Monday, May 31, 2010

Squash and Stretch

A golf ball seems to be a solid object, incapable of flexing. But if you whack it hard enough, and film it with a fast enough camera, what appears rigid squishes and stretches like a water balloon.

13 comments:

Dan Gurney said...

Fascinating!!!

I'm sending this to my golfing friend. He'll love it.

Mike Burns said...

My mind has been shattered...unlike that golf ball

draigstudio said...

That is amazing! I must show my students this!

René PleinAir. said...

Unbelievable, you almost think that the ball must have an internal memory. when you do this with a tomato of a Mellon they have no idea how the look like when they hit the steel plate, but the golfbal is sooo stubborn, ... he knows!

Daniel.Z said...

Mind = blown.

David Patel said...

ehh... i call shenanigans on that. how do we know thats real?

Ulrich said...

It's a pancake with dimples! Gotta love physics, amazing!

the plummer said...

O-O Holy cow...I was expecting to see even just a bit of squash on that impact...but what an eye opener! Awesome of you to plug a bit of animation reference...it's important to know when and where to exaggerate things like this...since all art - from illustrating to animating - is merely an illusion of life!

Les said...

Actually, it appears that this is not the impact from a normal golf club swing, nor is it arguably a standard golf ball. The dialogue underneath the YouTube video is instructive.

Compare with
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y57pw_iWlk&feature=related and

Here's a more expected impact:

Gordon Napier said...

Pull the other one... I can imagine a golf ball denting or cracking or shattering, but not turning into a fried egg and the reforming itself!

SVSART said...

WOW

Patrick Dizon said...

I could not comprehend what i jstu swa..!..:;.;......

James Gurney said...

Thanks, Les: I guess the jury is out on whether it's real or not. That video you linked to of the driver seems more like what one would expect.