The Search for My Perfect Swing — Part 9

The Flight of My 1-1/2 Flip Horseshoe


As promised, I setup the release and highpoint frame previously put together. I hoped that my Canon S230 would provide a series of images that would show the release point and highpoint. Unfortunately, the camera was only capable of capturing three images of the shoe in flight. I am showing the two sets of photographs below. The plot shown at the top of this page represents the flight as seen. The shoe is released 3 feet from the ground and 25-1/2 feet from the stake. Each shoe reaches a high point of 6 feet 9 inches at 10 feet 9 inches downrange.

Each line vertically and horizontally is divided into 3 inch squares. The base of the frame is 2 feet above the ground. The last vertical string to the right end is located at 10 feet from the foul line. The highest horizontal string is located 7 feet above the ground.

Release Point

Release Point

Photo 1 Frame 1 of 3

Photo 1 Frame 1 of 3

Phoeo 1 Frame 2 of 3

Photo 1 Frame 2 of 3

Phoeo 1 Frame 3 of 3

Photo 1 Frame 3 of 3

Photo 2 Frame 1 of 3

Photo 2 Frame 1 of 3

Photo 2 Frame 2 of 3

Photo 2 Frame 2 of 3

Photo 2 Frame 3 of 3

Photo 2 Frame 3 of 3

I later borrowed a Sony DR-TRV140 Video Camera and taped the flight of the horseshoe. I transferred the Sony video to a VHS tape. I then played the VHS tape through a GE VCR, through a GrabIt Pro video capture device and stopped each individual frame on tape with my VCR. Unfortunately, the recording speed of the Sony video camera was not fast enough to provide very much additional information. I need to use a faster frame per second video camera. The horseshoe travels through the 10 foot frame in less than 1/2 second.

The continuation of Part 9 continues on Part 11. Part 11 will discuss the importance of knowing the various mathematical values of the flight of a horseshoe.

Continue to Part 10 — The Maryland State Tournament of Champions
Continue to Part 11 — The Flight of My 1-1/2 Flip Horseshoe (Continued)

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