WIT Press


The Role Of The Engineering Properties Of Materials On The Performance Of Golf Clubs

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CON950431

Volume

7

Pages

8

Published

1995

Size

648 kb

Author(s)

R.D. Thompson, A.A. Adam & T.D. Lucas

Abstract

Golf equipment has evolved during the history of the game and modern manufacturers must squeeze more performance from tried and tested pro- ducts. The problem is to isolate the factors which truly affect performance from those which are cosmetic or of psychological benefit. From finite ele- ment analyses of the impact of the club and ball it is possible to determine properties of the clubhead which influence spin and hence distance. It was found that both the elastic modulus and friction coefficient of the clubface affect spin but, over the range of materials commonly used, the difference was insignificant. Geometric design factors, such as size and shape and their influence on weight distribution, are more important than material. 1 Introduction Go

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