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Issue 607 - May 6th, 2020
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Tom's Featured Tip: Mud Balls

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Tom's Featured Tip: Mud Balls

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Before I get to this week's timely tip on mud balls, here's the latest New York State update on using motorized carts when you play:

UPDATE: MAY 4, 2020:
  • Individuals may use a personally-owned golf cart as long as they are the only one in it (or they may ride with another member of their household).

  • Disabled golfers may request a cart as an accommodation (however private courses are still not allowed to have extra staff on site so this must be handled by the allowed maintenance or security staff).
Why do I think that the person making up these rules is a non-golfer?


I read an article on "The Science of Mud Balls" conducted by some of the engineers at Ping, and I wanted to share some of the information since it's pretty timely. I'm skipping the real technical details and getting right down to the nitty gritty.

Does mud on either side of the ball cause it to bend consistently in one direction?

The answer is categorically yes, and the direction of the curvature might surprise you. Their expirement showed that balls with mud on the right side landed around 25 yards left of the target on average but with much wider variation in results. Likewise, with mud on the left, the ball landed almost 30 yards right of the target. The main reason is aerodynamics. A golf ball with no dimples on the right would also curve to the left.

With mud all over, the balls went mostly straight but with a similarly wide variation in results.

The mud is making the ball flight less consistent, which is no surprise.

The takeaway here is: that if you find your ball on the fairway with mud on the right side, aim right of your target and you can be confident that the ball will curve a long way to the left. This was tested by one of the Ping engineers in competition not long after they conducted the test, and with mud on the right side of his ball he was able to aim right with confidence and find the middle of the green.

Does mud on the ball cause it to fly shorter?

There was a significant drop in distance for all the mud balls, but the most dramatic drop by far occurred when mud interfered with the club-ball interaction. With mud on the back or bottom of the ball, the club impacts mud before the ball and " no surprise" mud is not great for energy transfer. Even when mud doess not get in the way of the club, ball speed is lower, which is a result of some of the energy in the club head going towards accelerating mud rather than the ball.

The takeaway here is: mud on your ball can lead to a loss of carry distance, depending on how much mud gets between the club and ball, so take an extra club, or two, if there is a lot of mud on the ball. The effect will exist whenever there is an impediment on the ball.

Here's what you need to know:
  1. mud on the right side of the ball, aim right
  2. mud on the left side of the ball, aim left
  3. lots of mud - take an extra club or two.
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