Golf Balls: Drop versus Distance
Ayaan Jeraj
Prince of Wales Secondary
Floor Location : M 040 N

My love for golf inspired my science project. For my science project, I decided to answer these questions: Is there a correlation between the bounce of a golf ball and the distance it travels when struck and which brand of golf ball is the best? To answer these questions, I conducted two tests. I took three balls from each of the top five brands ranging from most expensive to cheapest to conduct my experiment. The first test was a measured height drop test, from five feet in the air along a wall. To ensure precision, I filmed the balls being dropped in slow-motion which I then reviewed to get the exact bounce heights. The second test was a measured striking distance test. For this test, I designed and created the Golf Ball Striking Mechanism (or G.B.S.M. for short) so that I could ensure each ball was hit with the same amount of force. After reviewing the data, I concluded that there is a correlation between the bounce of a golf ball and the distance it travels which proved the first part of my hypothesis: golf balls that bounce higher travel further. I also concluded that the balls that travel further and bounce higher are better for beginner golfers as they would want more overall distance and that more experienced golfers would want the less bouncier golf balls so that they can get more control and precision when they hit the golf ball.