Why Whip Fins™ Work
Whip Fins™ Tech Info
Whip Fins™ Tech Info
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Using high speed video to record the whip stroke seen above, the photomontage shows an impulse wave (also called a whip wave) moving down the whip. The photomontage records only a small fraction of a second which is one of the reasons that we are not generally aware of this phenomena when we crack a whip ourselves. Notice how the impulse wave increases in size and speed due to the way that the whip tapers down and decreases in mass towards the tip. Since the energy in the wave cannot dissipate, it changes in size and speed as the mass decreases to conserve energy. Check out the TECH INFO page for more in depth information on the physics of whips and also this study on whips.
By studying whips, I came to realize how much we use whips without recognizing how and when they work in our lives. When we watch slow motion video as a great athlete throws a ball, we can see the parts of the body work in concert to make a great throw. If we watch closely, we will see the arm whip to throw the ball forward. At present, BIOMECHANICS and KINESIOLOGY call this action a "kinematic chain', but I am working to change the name and concept to a "kinematic whip". Because our arms and legs decrease in mass like a whip, our core body functions as a whip wave generator, and our limbs as whips. The mass of the body creates whip waves that travel down the limbs to help our limbs increase in speed and power while reducing the need effort from our limb's muscles. In fact, keeping the lower part of the limb relaxed allows for better whip action. This allows for extremely powerful use our limbs if we understand whips and where and how to use our "whip handles" effectively. Find more information on this is on the TECH INFO page.
Our Whip Fins tapered ellipsoid shapes seem similar to flying wings, but they function because decrease in mass and size exactly like a whips. When you use the right WHIP TECHNIQUE, you can harness the whip waves that your core body generates to gain extra power. speed, and control with less work from your legs. It seems almost magical, but it simply demonstrates the physics that make whips work.
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