A novel putter design to minimise range variability in golf putts

EMERSON, Nicholas J., MORRIS, Tom and POTTS, Jonathan R. (2018). A novel putter design to minimise range variability in golf putts. Proceedings, 2 (6), 242-247.

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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 30mm 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 20mm from centre 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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–28 March 2018.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sports; FEA; golf; testing; equipment; COR
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Engineering and Mathematics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060242
Page Range: 242-247
Depositing User: Jonathan Potts
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 10:13
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 15:21
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18850

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