Abstract Title

A.G.E. - Amplified Golf Experience

Faculty Mentor Name

Mark Sensmeier, Lance Traub, Shigeo Hayashibara, Matt Haslam

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Poster

Abstract

A.G.E. - Amplified Golf Experience Our preliminary/detail design team has partnered with PING Golf in order to develop a driver clubhead to optimize performance for senior players. Many senior golfers experience a decrease in accuracy, physical comfort, and clubhead speed while using current club designs. In order to address these issues, design parameters of a driver will be investigated, which will provide insight for clubhead modifications. The first area of improvement is minimizing the dispersion of the ball off the tee. By manipulating certain aspects of the clubface geometry, improvements to accuracy can be made. In addition to accuracy, a decrease in clubhead speed also becomes a detriment for this demographic due to physiological issues. Aerodynamic simulations and testing provide knowledge on the plausibility of increasing clubhead speed and drive distance with a new design. Another design feature to be incorporated is the use of ribs and materials to create a moderate sound at impact. The sound at impact must appeal to players, thus study into acoustics and the effects of these club attributes will be investigated. Repeated vibrational effects from current driver designs can also induce physical discomfort. To address this, research into club weight, vibrational cushion inserts, and other possible installments will be investigated. Upon completion of the capstone courses, a design of a driver clubhead will be available to PING Golf for prototyping.

Poster Presentation

Location

AC1-ATRIUM

Start Date

4-8-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

4-8-2016 3:00 PM

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A.G.E. - Amplified Golf Experience

AC1-ATRIUM

A.G.E. - Amplified Golf Experience Our preliminary/detail design team has partnered with PING Golf in order to develop a driver clubhead to optimize performance for senior players. Many senior golfers experience a decrease in accuracy, physical comfort, and clubhead speed while using current club designs. In order to address these issues, design parameters of a driver will be investigated, which will provide insight for clubhead modifications. The first area of improvement is minimizing the dispersion of the ball off the tee. By manipulating certain aspects of the clubface geometry, improvements to accuracy can be made. In addition to accuracy, a decrease in clubhead speed also becomes a detriment for this demographic due to physiological issues. Aerodynamic simulations and testing provide knowledge on the plausibility of increasing clubhead speed and drive distance with a new design. Another design feature to be incorporated is the use of ribs and materials to create a moderate sound at impact. The sound at impact must appeal to players, thus study into acoustics and the effects of these club attributes will be investigated. Repeated vibrational effects from current driver designs can also induce physical discomfort. To address this, research into club weight, vibrational cushion inserts, and other possible installments will be investigated. Upon completion of the capstone courses, a design of a driver clubhead will be available to PING Golf for prototyping.

Poster Presentation