Wednesday, November 1, 2006
GT Tech Awards 2006
A Few Tips On Tip Stiffness
The primary goal of a shaft is to optimize ballflight and maximize efficiency for each individual swing profile. With the heightened focus the past few years on launch monitor fitting and proper launch and spin, it’s important for golfers to understand the significant consideration these features are given during the design of each shaft. The most important design feature is the tip design, or the relationship between the stiffness in the shaft’s grip section and tip section. We identify a particular player profile, and then make sure the appropriate tip flexibility or stiffness is achieved through extensive testing to produce the desired ballflight. By the way, tip stiffness is independent of the shaft flex.
When you see a shaft with an X, S or R designation, you’re essentially seeing its stiffness at the grip end. So you can still have a flexible shaft with a stiff tip section. That’s very important, particularly in large-headed drivers that need to be more stable at impact.
With the highly publicized USGA regulations in place regarding clubhead design, the shaft will continue to play an even more significant role.
Dedication To Technology Award: Winn G8
Winn grips have always been unique, largely due to the hi-tech nature of their construction. The company’s G8 grip represents a new level of technological advancement for Winn, featuring AI (Advanced Integration) that varies the grip materials in key areas where extra support is needed. Winn’s Vertical Seam design and proprietary synthetic materials make the G8 worthy of note. Added benefits of the G8 include significantly improved durability over past Winn models, as well as enhanced feel and weather resistance.
For more information, visit www.winngrips.com.
Weight Management Award: Bridgestone Gravity Chamber
Golf club designers have used a variety of methods for optimizing weight placement in irons, including sole plugs, lightweight face inserts and mixed material construction. Bridgestone’s new GC.MID and GC.OS irons feature the company’s innovative Gravity Chamber, which effectively removes weight from the clubhead that is then replaced in strategic areas using Gravity Discs. The repositioned weight provides increased MOI (moment of inertia) for a greater resistance to twisting on off-center hits, as well as improved launch conditions.
For more information, visit www.bridgestonegolf.com.
Innovative Features Award: Never Compromise GM2 Putter
In recent years, putters have become almost as technology-rich as drivers, as club designers have finally realized that, for a lot of players, putting is the most difficult part of the game. Never Compromise’s GM2 (Gray Matter 2) putter is a prime example of this trend, featuring a unique, aluminum-infused composite weave face insert, as well as tungsten heel-toe weighting and a clever Exchange system that allows players to alter the putter’s weight by as much as 50 grams. Though movable weights have become a fairly pervasive trend in both woods and putters, the Exchange system is notable in that it clearly indicates to the player exactly how much weight is being utilized as well as its location. Ease of use is also a benefit.
For more information, visit www.nevercompromise.com.
Tradition And Technology Award: Titleist 775.CB Irons
Long known for making top-quality traditional golf clubs, Titleist now employs the full spectrum of technologies to produce high-performance clubs with a traditional flavor. Exhibit A is the new forged 775.CB irons that feature a combination of channel-back, game-improvement long irons and cavity-back short irons with progressive CG locations for a mix of forgiveness and precision. Progressive blade lengths and heights, as well as thin face construction in the long irons are also featured.
For more information, visit www.titleist.com.
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