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Bonkers website: Law firm in crazy golf video
06 July 2018
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This week's bonkers firm has promoted its legal services by featuring an astronaut hitting a golf ball from the Moon to Earth.

On its website, Parisian-based firm, Fairway, says that "fairness" is key for the firm:
   

Pushing the wordplay a bit more, the firm's website says that Fairway, achieves deals that are "fair":
     
 
And just in case you missed it, Fairway rams it home:
     

A marketing bod at the firm realised that there was more potential to the name, as Fairway can also refer to the main stretch of a golf course. So, naturally, the firm's website features a video of an astronaut hitting a golf ball from the Moon, through space, onto Earth and into Fairway's office, to represent, erm ... a golf "fairway" across the planets. And nothing to do with law. Cue video.

In a galaxy, fair, fair away:
     

A golf ball on the moon is teed up to face Earth: 
     

An astronaut golfer defies physics, logic and Fairway's marketing budget, to hit the ball towards Earth:
     

The ball heads down the galactic fairway. That's one giant shot for mankind:
     

One of the disadvantages of space golf soon becomes apparent, as the ball hurtles towards a satellite in orbit:
     

The ball wipes out the satellite, causing it to burst into flames and giving Houston a problem. But the ball is still on track so, technically, it's a good shot:
     

The flaming ball penetrates the earth's atmosphere and heads towards Paris, as the satellite presumably crashes off screen wiping out an entire community in the suburbs:
     

The ball lands straight down the middle of a chimney. The satellite disaster is forgiven, as it seems the astronaut really managed a peach of a shot:
     

It rolls into an empty meeting room - seems that nobody back on Earth was that bothered:
     

Having made it across the planetary fairway - it's a hole in one as the ball slots into ... a laptop accessory. 
     

The galaxy's most impressive golf shot of all time has enabled a PowerPoint display about Fairway to start on a projector to an empty meeting room. Sport has its anti-climatic moments:
     

Fairway's amazing scenes can be seen here

Or take a stroll down the hall of other bonkerdom websites.

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ShootyIsBack
06/07/2018 09:02
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*sigh*
Great, thanks, i'm going to spend all morning pondering whether this is actually possible. Given the moon's low gravity, could a decent hit with a suitable driver actually achieve escape velocity? If it did so, then leaving aside orbital periods, manual speed/distance/timing judgments and the difficulties involved in delivering a precise stroke which would bring the ball into Earth's gravity, could this actually be done?
I'm saying yes. Yes, I think this is possible. Obvs, 3Dux is possibly the only human who could achieve it.
anonymous user
06/07/2018 10:30
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That is a beautiful meeting room.
anonymous user
06/07/2018 11:07
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Thanks to the power of the Google, cut & paste and a trainee who is temporarily out of work because the copier is busted, I can confirm as follows:

"The escape velocity from the surface of the moon is approximately 2380 m/s. In conclusion I think it is obvious to the most casual observer that it is not possible for a human to drive a golf ball at these speeds. No, you cannot hit a golf ball into orbit on the moon."
3-ducks
06/07/2018 11:18
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Shot!
ShootyIsBack
06/07/2018 12:23
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Gutted.

Thanks, nonny xer!
anonymous user
06/07/2018 12:25
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Surely the golf ball would burn up on entering the earth's atmosphere?
anonymous user
06/07/2018 15:08
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"The escape velocity from the surface of the moon is approximately 2380 m/s. In conclusion I think it is obvious to the most casual observer that it is not possible for a human to drive a golf ball at these speeds. No, you cannot hit a golf ball into orbit on the moon."

Your trainee did not spend enough time on Google. The average velocity of a golf ball (on earth) is 340km/h, which I calculate to be 5,666 m/s.
anonymous user
06/07/2018 15:13
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I say "average", that should have been "maximum". And that obviously drops off very quickly.
anonymous user
06/07/2018 17:33
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Thanks nonny @15.08. That's noted for the next appraisal.
anonymous user
09/07/2018 10:31
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Maybe @15:08 needs an appraisal of his own. Hope he is not near the accounts dept!

340 kmph is approx 94.5mps.
5,666 mps is over 20,000 kmph
anonymous user
10/07/2018 13:16
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Anon 10:31 - it may be possible in reduced gravity and with no atmosphere to get a really good swing on the golf club. I believe speeds of up to 150 metres a second would be feasible. Actually, nix that - gravity probably helps to get a better swing by accelerating the downwards motion of the club.

However, the moon's rotation also gives a boost. The moon rotates approximately once every 27 days upon its axis, which equates to 2 x pi / (27 * 24 * 60 * 60) = 0.000002 radians per second. As the moon's radius is 1,737,000 metres, at the moon's equator, this gives a boost of an extra 3 metres a second. The remaining 5,567m/s come from building a tower to both increase this boost, and to reduce the required escape velocity, of height h, where 0.000002h = 5567 - 5,6667/(sqrt(1,737,000) x sqrt(1,737,000/h), or a mere 227,000 kilometres.
anonymous user
13/07/2018 06:42
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@10:31 is a cretin who needs to learn the difference between miles and metres.
  

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