This Is Definitely Not Real
By Kickntrue on 1/11/11
Here is another email I got last night. This one I can (mostly) confirm is not real...
The link I was provided was a video showing a golf ball hitting a steel plate at 150 miles per hour. Here is that video.
While very entertaining (and cool), the video is probably faked. Many, many people saw this video and someone had to respond. In this case- the USGA took it upon themselves to create a "real" video showing the same test; what a golf ball really looks like hitting steel at 150mph. Still very cool, and frankly, more believable.
The truth in this case may not matter. Over 2,000,000 people have seen the first video, and only 5k the "real" video from the USGA, but at least now- when you receive this forward- you'll know the truth.
The real take-away from both of these video's is awesomeness of slo-mo. 70,000 frames per second (as purported by the first video) is just silly.
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So what was the first ball made of? Jello? There's always room for Jello, just not near a steel plate .
Kurt the Knife says:
I suspect it is a "real" video of a doctored golf ball. In other words, the skin of the ball is "real," but the core is not.
The second video is way cool. I also like the super slo-mo videos showing how shafts bend during a shot. The driver shaft is cool, but seeing a Wedge shaft bend when hitting out of the rough is incredible.
I wonder if the faked video is a Bermuda ball.
The little yellow bar with red button in the top-right of the first video makes me think it's from the BBC: it looks like a lot of their sports programming. That'd incline me more towards believing they had some reason to believe its veracity.
I think I may have the answer. Since I have a smidge of experience with making golf balls. The first video most likely was of a test of a low compression core. ie a 40 or 50 COR Vs the usual 90 and 100 compression balls we are all used to. Cayman golf pioneered some of these early compression balls and cayman was initially a McGregor company from the UK. Note that golf ball cores are basically a mixture of butadine rubber, better known as superball rubber and chalk. Then you compress it to around 3,500 PSI to make a 100 compression ball. If you compress the superball less, it will behave much like the video. Imagine a superball at 150. It would splat.
So, this could very well be a real golf ball, just a test I bet made then decide to scrap the ball...
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