# How far will the GOLF BALL travel?

1. Nov 7, 2009

How far will the GOLF BALL travel???

I'm a business major, and was hoping that a few of the geniuses here could help me solve a problem!

If a golf club was afixed to the front of a train (moving 100mph & assuming no loss of compression on the part of the train), and struck a stationary golf ball (with a C.O.R. of 70%) how far would the ball travel???

I'd appreciate any help on the subject, and possibly how the problem is solved. I am reasonably sure conservation of momentum and kinetic energy are involved, but just don't know how to properly use the variables.

Thanks in advance to anyone interested!

2. Nov 7, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

Re: How far will the GOLF BALL travel???

You can't actually calculate an answer with the information provided, but 200 yards isn't a bad guess. 100 mph is in the ballpark of the speed at which a person swings a golf club, but you don't have a launch angle there from which to calculate trajectory.

3. Nov 7, 2009

### Molydood

Re: How far will the GOLF BALL travel???

Unless you golf club is made out of ballistics gel then it would certainly leave the head on impact!

4. Nov 7, 2009

### WhoWee

Re: How far will the GOLF BALL travel???

Just for fun, and given you're a business major, if the golf ball was projected onto private property and caused damage, what would the legal ramifications include?