Rational Blog: Thoughts on Golf and the World
Science and research are about questioning old beliefs, right? Since the beginning of club making golfers have tried to find a way of matching golf clubs so that they can apply the same consistent swing to all their clubs. Building a matched set of clubs is considered the Holy Grail of golf. Today golfers still use the 95-year-old method of Swingweight. Swingweight was made as an approximation to MOI around the center of the grip (MOIG), as there were no instruments readily available for measuring MOI at the time. Today this arbitrary method is entirely off target as shafts are no longer made of wood and shafts of various materials are mixed in a set of clubs. It should be evident to anyone with a slight knowledge of Newtonian physics that the properties that affect how a club moves when swung are Mass and MOIG.
I have solved the problem of matching golf clubs. The solution is patented and is named BioMatch. I do not think I would have been able to solve the problem had I not been an outsider to the science of golf. As a mechanical engineer, I was able to solve the problem by considering conservation of energy. The Swingweight method is so ingrained in golfers at all levels that very few can imagine a world without Swingweight. Even golf scientists and professional golfers match their clubs by Swingweight. When I tell these people that there is a better way, I am met with disbelief.
Last week I presented my solution to the 500-year-old problem under the Inventors Spotlight at the PGA Show. Some club fitters are signing up to take advantage of the new technology. However, one would imagine that the industry, in general, would pay some attention to such a breakthrough.
Anyone that has tried the BioMatch method will tell you that it does wonders for their dispersion and game in general. It works.
In an attempt to cut through the disbelief, I have written a paper on Scientific Matching of Golf Clubs. It is available on request. Independent testing has also proven the that the method works. However, a more scientific approach to testing is required to have my paper published. If anyone is interested in carrying out such a test, I have made a research proposal available on request. I would welcome any advice on how to move this forward.