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A Novel Putter Design to Minimise Range Variability in Golf Putts

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School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, Queensland 4222, Australia
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Ping Europe Limited, Corringham Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 1XZ, UK
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Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering & Sciences—Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK
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Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(6), 242; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060242
Published: 6 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of ISEA 2018)
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Abstract

Putting accounts for more shots in a round of golf than any other type of play. The percentage of putts holed decreases as putt length increases, because golfers struggle to achieve a consistent range and direction. Range variation has been partly attributed to the ball striking the club face away from the central plane of the putter face. Tests have shown a 30 mm off-centre impact can reduce the roll distance of a putt by 13%. In this paper, changes in mass distribution of the putter body and the addition of a flexible striking surface are considered. Physical testing and Finite Element Analysis are used to produce a club design with more consistent roll distance. Redistribution of mass reduced the roll distance variation across the clubface. Combining this with a flexible impact surface reduced the variation between a central impact and one 20 mm from center to just 1%. The proposed design could significantly reduce distance variation; aiding golfers in holing putts. Future work will optimise the design and validate through physical prototyping.
Keywords: sports; FEA; golf; testing; equipment; COR sports; FEA; golf; testing; equipment; COR
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Emerson, N.J.; Morris, T.; Potts, J.R. A Novel Putter Design to Minimise Range Variability in Golf Putts. Proceedings 2018, 2, 242.

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