Phil Mickelson Takes a Swing at Science

24:32 minutes

Scientists are studying the brains and bodies of golfers to determine why amateurs aren’t on par with the pros. Sports scientist Mark F. Smith explains the latest findings, while PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, just back from winning the British Open, talks about his passion for math and science on and off the green.

Segment Guests

Mark F. Smith

Mark F. Smith is a sports science expert, researcher, and avid golf enthusiast. He serves on the International Editorial Board for the World Scientific Congress of Golf Science.

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson is a PGA golfer and co-founder of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in San Diego, California.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.