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How Much Does Shaft Torque Affect Performance?

How Much Does Shaft Torque Affect Performance?

 

Shaft torque is defined as the relative and comparative amount of force a golf shaft is able to resist twisting. Yes, it can affect the golf game but not that much.

Shaft torque will not actually be a concern if the Rules of Golf would permit aligning the shaft with the clubhead’s center of gravity. The golfer’s downswing force and the clubhead’s weight sticking out of the shaft are what actually cause the twist. Therefore, twisting cannot be prevented since the golfer always exerts the force in downward manner and the shaft is attached on the heel side of the clubhead.

The issue regarding shaft torque started when shafts were made of hickory way back in the early 1900s. Shafts made of wood are very susceptible to twisting. Golfers had to modify swing styles to keep wooden shafts from twisting heavily during golf games. Shafts nowadays usually have a torque measurement of about 2 to 5 degrees while back then, it has more than 20 degrees.

The concern regarding shaft torque was the main reason why wooden shafts were eventually replaced by steel shafts even as early as 1920s. Golf industry found out that steel shafts carry much lower torque compared to the wooden ones. They are better used for golf since they deliver more accurate and controlled shots.

The downside of the first steel shafts released was its weight. They were much heavier compared to hickory shafts but golfers, in general, wanted them more because of their greater twisting resistance.

Due to the weight concerns of the existing steel shafts, the next generation of golf shaft was made of graphite and fiberglass. This big advancement came between 1960s and 1970s. The shaft torque was recorded to be over 10 degrees.

Shafts in our generation are designed with torques in line with the flex. For this reason, torque is no longer much of an issue. Flex shafts nowadays have shaft torques lower than 4 degrees which can be considered as almost negligible for golfers.

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Virtual Golfing

Virtual Golfing

Golf is a sport loved by many. It is also a sport that requires a good amount of money from equipment costs, green fees, membership fees, transportation costs, and the like. The good news is, there are now several ways to enjoy playing golf without having to neither leave your home nor be a member of any golf course. The answer is, virtual golfing.

Playing golf virtually is now possible through the use of apps. Numerous mobile applications can now be used to play golf when waiting or riding a train or bus. Though the mobile apps in mobile phones or tablets are not as powerful and as detailed as what you have installed in your desktop computer, its format and features come in no way less than the other. The touch screen interface of your mobile device allows you to virtually hit the ball by swiping the screen.

Many computer games found in the market also allow you to play golf at home through the use of game consoles or PCs. If you happen to find a computer software game entitled Tiger Woods, it is more likely a golf game itself.

Wii-Mote allows you to play golf by swinging the remote and using the motion sensor to pick things up. Its shape is designed like a stick to mimic playing with the use of a golf club. Another way is through the use of Kinect. Its motion capture capability is more impressive than Wii though the latter gives you the feel of using a golf club when playing. Another downside of using Kinect is its limited version of games compared to the several you can find for Wii.

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Does Golf Technology Really Help Minors to Win a Major?

Does Golf Technology Really Help Minors to Win a Major?

Discussions are recently ongoing about the effects of golf technology among players and the sport in general. It is observed that as modern technology revolutionizes the quality and performance of golf equipment, particularly golf clubs and balls, the equipment greatly help golf players achieve a major title.

Golf clubs are more controlled and powerful delivering greater precision and performance while golf balls endure different weather conditions and go further than they used to. The change seems to be very positive but it has changed sport.

Though nothing seems to be wrong about technology but the question being asked is, are the golfers really excellent in their golf skills or was it the technology that have taken over the sport? The scores players deliver now become a question of skills and performance versus applied technology.

The performance of golfers nowadays is not as competitive as it was 20 years ago. Many people before devoted themselves in the sport but few have mastered and delivered great performances but now, technology matches up with players’ inabilities.

Golf equipment is now adjusted and customized to meet the players’ needs and requirements thus giving the golfer an edge during a game. It is worth noting that the last 16 majors held turned out with 16 different winners. Many concerns were raised regarding the matter but everything is still on the discussion table. Some jestingly thinks that time may come that robots will be on their way to play golf. We all can just wait and see what the conclusion would turn out to be.

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Are Club Lengths Relative to the Golfers’ Heights?

Are Club Lengths Relative to the Golfers’ Heights?

When golfers purchase golf equipment, they always make assumptions that the club they are buying will work right for them. The height of the club length is estimated to work with the golfer’s physique. Many people believe that golfers need clubs proportionate to their height. That is, longer clubs are ideal for tall golfers while shorter clubs for shorter people.

This however does not always hold true. It doesn’t apply at all times. We know that there are people whose physique isn’t in proportion like tall people having long arms than average and there are also short people whose arms are just of normal lengths.

Club lengths are determined through the combination of the golfer’s height and arm length. One’s posture is another consideration when choosing the club length. Some stands in erect posture while others are more bent. The golfer’s swing characteristics also need evaluation. The player must stand comfortable when hitting the golf ball to avoid injuries or any physical damages.

The best club length therefore is the longest length of the golf club that golfers can consistently control and hit at the center. It must be long enough to prevent the golfer from excessive crouching but must not be too long to affect the consistency of his strikes. Only experienced custom clubfitters can help you find the perfect club with the right balance for every golfer’s specifications. Clubfitting works best for these purposes.

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Terms Used in Golf Technology

Terms Used in Golf Technology

Golf is a well-loved sport involving terms non-technical people would find hard to understand.

Callaway’s Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Jeff Colton, and its Vice President for Golf Ball Research and Development, Steve Ogg, extends their time and effort to help readers understand some technical terms commonly used in golf.

The Moment of Inertia (MOI) described non-technically can be expressed as: the higher MOI of a clubhead leads to a ball traveling straighter and farther. Ogg said, “MOI is a concept at the heart of many recent innovations in golf equipment, from drivers to golf balls to putters. Increasing a golf ball’s MOI also optimizes its spin rate and accuracy. This is a concept Callaway Golf embraced when it changed the way its balls are constructed, moving from the traditional single-core golf ball to a dual core structure.”

Perimeter Weighting was defined by Colton as, “It improves positioning of the club at impact and enables straighter shots – something that benefits golfers at all levels.” He also added that Callaway Golf used this principle in the development of their most technologically advanced driver, the FT-IQ. Traditionally, the weight of the clubhead is heavier in the center and back but with perimeter weighting, the weight is repositioned to the edges and perimeter of the clubhead to gain higher MOI making it more forgiving as it hits.

Variable Face Thickness is the adjustment of the clubface’s thickness to maximize ball speed for longer distance and more forgiveness. Colton explained that, “In irons, variable face thickness can lower the center of gravity for optimum trajectory with each iron in the set. This delivers a higher launch angle in the long irons and better trajectory height in short irons and wedges.”

Lastly, Center of Gravity is the point where the weight of an object is balanced in all dimensions. Colton also discussed that, “In a golf club, a lower center of gravity that is farther away from the clubface results in a higher shot trajectory, a result desired by many golfers.” Custom fitting of golf clubs can help optimize the golfer’s swing trajectory.

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Affordable Golfing

Affordable Golfing

Golf is one of the most popular and classic sports, as well as one of the most expensive ones. The cost involves not just purchasing your personal golf equipment but also include green fees, golf course memberships, equipment upgrade, transportation, and the like. Here are some tips on how you can cut costs on your golf equipment and make golfing affordable.

One of the biggest golf equipment manufacturer is Callaway. To entice golfers into purchasing their new line of equipment, Callaway may accept trade-in of equipment. This is an opportunity for golfers to upgrade into better quality and newly released golf equipment at lesser costs. After all, you won’t need all of them at once.

If you are looking for a site that offers almost any golf equipment, go to Craigslist. They have various choices of golf clubs, balls, shoes and clothes. Try browsing their website every now and then to find new product offerings that may fit your need. The prices posted are comparatively low and may be negotiable.

Goodwill does it best by offering golf items at absolute best price regardless of the item’s condition and longevity. You can surely find good buys since Goodwill donations can be tax write-offs. Hopping from one Goodwill location to another will give you rewards since the best ones may be hidden at one and is not available in another.

You can also find affordable golf equipment at Local Golf Pro Shops. They often release items that are stuck for a year or more and need to be loaded off. Since the golf equipment, clothing and other gears are just over a year old after its release, they won’t be considered obsolete or out of trend. Slightly used gears are also sold in this store at significantly low prices.

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What’s Up in Golf Technology?

What’s Up in Golf Technology?

Technology changed the many facets of our lives in a wonderful way. While it is true that technology has its downsides also, we can never deny the fact that we are living comfortably and enjoying life as we do, all because of the help of technology. The application of technology is just found everywhere and at anytime, including in the world of golf.

Golf technology has changed the way the golf games go, also wonderfully. It has helped players to stay on the competition longer than the previous generations. Both amateurs and professionals alike reap the benefits technology has conveyed into the golf world.

Golf club manufacturers found through research that a golf ball’s trajectory path can be tracked and examined using a launch monitor. As the ball is hit, the launch monitor observes its impact, it launch angle and up until it reaches the highest trajectory then until the ball hits the ground. The device was manufactured and made available to more golfers. It allows the players to have a scientific basis for the right combination and equipment specifications during club fitting. This technology allowed more golfers to come out with longer shots using drivers with bigger loft angles which is in contrary to what golfers believe in the past.

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The Effect of COR in Your Shot

The Effect of COR in Your Shot

COR, which is short for Coefficient of Restitution is technically the measurement of the energy transfer between the collisions of two objects. It can be expressed as a number between 0 and 1. Knowledgeable golfers define COR as a value that represents how far a shot can go using a particular clubhead given a certain swing speed.

The term COR entered and became accepted in the golf industry language when the USGA clamored about the increased distances golf professionals made way back in 1998. Blaming the newly released titanium drivers at that time, the USGA came up with a rule placing a limited value of COR of all driver faces. The decision was made without any hesitation or further research.

Then if USGA places 0.83 as the COR limit of driver faces, it means that the energy transfer between the driver head and the golf ball must not be more than 83%. Otherwise, the driver will not conform to the standard rules of golf set by the association.

But the thing is, there is always a loss of energy during a collision between the clubhead and the ball since the clubhead face flexes inward while the ball is compressed towards the face. Scientists believe that 80% of the lost energy comes from the ball while the other 20% comes is resulted by the clubhead. The higher COR, therefore, means that the clubhead is designed to allow more inward flexing to prevent the ball from compressing too much towards the club face. So clubheads with higher COR tends to go farther distance regardless of the clubhead speed.

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Different Flex, Different Shafts?

Different Flex, Different Shafts?

 

There are no particular rules as to when golf shafts need to be changed or if the same flex can be used with different shafts. It may sometimes be applicable, there may be times it may not.

The reason is, the golf industry do not have standard specifications which companies must follow in manufacturing flexes. The level of stiffness and code of one shaft is usually different from another shaft. One company’s specification does not necessarily reflect that of another company. This, however, gives every company the freedom to express and work on what they think how the best shaft should be designed.

What a golfer usually does is conduct a trial and error process to find out which type of flex best fits him. But, buying one shaft after another if he hasn’t found the right piece can eventually be costly. An alternative solution to such dilemma is to entrust the shaft fitting needs to a professional custom club maker using Tom Wishon Golf Technology’s proprietary shaft bending profile software.

Tom Wishon Golf Technology created software with measurement methodology that quantifies stiffness and allows comparing one shaft’s stiffness design with thousands of other different shafts available and listed in the database.
Therefore, to get a shaft fitted to your club as accurately as possible, go visit a good and professional custom club fitter using this software. You can be confident that they will do a better job of giving you a club that best suits your swing.

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Gripping Materials by 3M

Gripping Materials by 3M

The world of golf welcomes another innovative technology courtesy of 3M. The gripping materials made by 3M are designed to provide golfers with more competitive game performances. The gripping materials come in two forms, golf gloves and gripping tape, and may be used independently of each other.

Both gripping materials are manufactured with the innovative 3M micro-replication technology and are composed of thousands of micro fingers that bond together to improve grip. The 3M golf gloves may be used alone, or supplemented by wrapping the golf club with 3M gripping tape for a more enhanced grip. Using the two items together provides the maximum effect. Both amateurs and professional golfers can take advantage of this new innovation.

The golf gloves are expected to improve a player’s performance even in wet and humid conditions. Friction is measured to be 80% higher than other glove materials marketed by competing brands. Overall game performance is improved and longer driving distance is achieved when there is better club control. By using the new gripping material, golfers will make swings that flow smoothly and with better speed, without exerting greater force. Less force during the game means less fatigue and stress for the golfer.
Tanya Richert, 3M gripping material business leader, says, “We are reinventing and revolutionizing the way golfers get a grip on their clubs in a game they love with golf gloves made with 3M gripping material.”

She also added, “Another performance factor that golfers will appreciate is that gloves and golf wraps made with 3M gripping material maintain their gripping power and properties in the rain or when dampened by perspiration, unlike typical leather golf gloves and wraps that tend to be unpredictable in wet conditions. This assures golfers that they can achieve enhanced traction and grip effortlessly in most any condition they’ll find on the course.”
Different academic research studies support the statements made by 3M Company.

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