WIRED | 6/25/2019 | Rhett Allain
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I couldn't help myself: I had to check out the new ABC show Holey Moley, an extreme mini-golf show that has Steph Curry as its resident golf pro and one of its executive producers. It's somewhere in between MXC (the Japanese show Most Extreme Elimination Challenge) and PGA golf. The holes are more crazy than a normal putt-putt golf course. On top of that, the mini-golfers sometimes have to get over obstacles to get to their ball. The first episode was fun, but can they keep this up?

OK, in the spirit of helping others—I'm going to give some ideas for some new mini golf holes. Here we go. Steph Curry, I hope you are reading this.

#### Suggestion - Idea - Episode - Problem—they - Seconds

Actually, this isn't a real suggestion. It's a great idea, but they already had this in the first episode. The only problem—they showed it for just a few seconds.

The idea is to have both a hole and the golfer on a rotating platform. Normally, a golf ball will follow the rules of physics (OK, this is always true). Our ideas about forces and motion, however, only work in a non-accelerating reference frame. A spinning floor does indeed accelerate—but we can still use force ideas. We just have to add some fake forces. The fake force allows a rotating reference frame to act like a stationary one.

#### Wait - Forces—even - Car - Circle - Force

But wait! You already know this. You have experience with fake forces—even though you don't realize it. When you are in a car going around a circle, you feel a force pushing you away from the center of the circle. Surprise. There is no such force. It's fake. It's the centrifugal force (not to be confused with the centripetal force). Actually if you move towards or away from the center of a rotating platform, there is another fake force you...