Was McIlroy’s Bell Golf Shot Real?

At the tenth hole at the Belfry, legendary and world renowned PGA golf champion Rory McIlroy appeared to casually belt a ball some three hundred yards to hit the iconic bell overlooking the course. Not just that, the ball then just as casually plopped back down not but ten feet away from the launch point.

The physics behind such a maneuver have been worked over by the likes of ESPN and Aussie Golfer. Despite the roaring cry of “foul” by sporting authorities, there’s plenty of gaps left in the analysis. It’s a good question. With international golfers all clamoring for greater and greater sponsorships to support their career, would it be just as easy to do a trick of a camera rather than do the genuine article? Physics says it’s relatively possible for a 46 gram ball to travel through the air, hit the parabolic lip of a bell and return back. However, the real damning piece of evidence is the law of Conservation of Mass.

In order for the ball to return back a similar distance from which it was launched would require additional kinetic energy input. Using just the Conversation of Mass, we’ll explain why this shot couldn’t be genuine.
1. The driver applies some amount of force to a 46 gram golf ball. The golf ball, imbued with some fraction of the total force applied from the driver, has a sudden burst of kinetic energy. (more…)

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So, in five points, we’ve ultimately proven that this shot was a fake. But, within the illusion lies a shred of reality. Because it’s obvious that the return flight came behin