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  1. I became interested in how the golf swing works about 15 years ago when I retired. I started with books, then started downloading videos of pro swings and then Research papers from University academics from all over the world. What I discovered was that nobody in the world, including the manufacturers of golf clubs knows how the swing works. There are millions of opinions, but very few provable facts. What this means is that the whole Golf Industry is based on uncertainty and some philosophers may say that is a good thing. I am a golfer who wants to know how it works even if I can't do it. I would like to know why I am not as good as the pro who hits the ball 300 yards. What does he have that I don't and what does he know that I should be able to learn. I started using computer modelling techniques 7 or 8 years ago as a way of understanding the swing, because I knew the answer must be in physics, not in individual opinions. Using these modelling techniques I believe I have discovered a number of new mechanisms that start the process of understanding what happens in the 250 milliseconds when a pro can accelerate the clubhead from zero to 120 mph. If we understand what happens, then I believe all golfers should be able to learn how to do it, or why they can't do it. The "BIG PICTURE" is that in the last 100 years the handicap profile of golfers has not changed. All the hype about equipment has had no influence on the handicap profile of golfers. I am aware that a model is only as good as the assumptions that go into building the model. What I need to assess now is whether the model is telling me a truth about the swing. Today I am introducing the RYKE effect which is what I believe happens at release. It is a piece of physics that has not previously been understood or described, which I believe is fundamental to understanding why pros play a different game to most of us. You can help me to assess if the RYKE effect is what happens when you release during the golf swing. To introduce the RYKE effect I would ask you to watch these two videos: This is a presentation that I gave to the World Science Congress of Golf in September last year. It takes about 15 minutes. This is a short video that repeats the RYKE effect many times so that you can see what is happening. The questions I have are: "Can this piece of physics be applied to release in the golf swing?". "What do you feel or experience at release?" . "Does knowledge of the RYKE effect help explain release?" I look forward to any comments or questions you may have. Kevin Ryan
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