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Ping’s VP of engineering explains common club design myths

We talk through common golf club design myths of drivers, irons, and putters with Ping’s VP of Engineering Paul Wood.


The basic concept of driver engineering explained by Paul in this episode.

Our designers are optimizers. They have a bunch of variables and they have to chose trade offs. For instance, if I could make the center of mass more optimized but I might give up something on the aerodynamics.

A designers job it to take the best of our knowledge and make all those trade offs. For example, turbulators break a trade off because they can stick with a shape that’s great for the moment of inertia, and great for center of mass and now you don’t have to make such a big trade off on aerodynamics.

Here are a few of the questions and tweets we answered:

What makes a driver feel more solid?

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Paul Wood – Ping Golf

paul wood Ping GolfPaul is the Vice President of Engineering at Ping, coordinating a department responsible for club design, development, innovation and testing. He moved there in 2005 after completing a PhD studying Solar Flares in the Mathematics Department at St Andrews University, Scotland.

He has spent most of his time with Ping in the research department working on the physics of ball flight, the club-ball impact and many other aspects of golf science. Some of his projects at Ping include the nFlight fitting software, iPing, Turbulators and TR face technology.

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Traditional logic enforces the notion that variable length irons are correct and that smart people before us deciphered the most accurate way to play the game. Yet, few have questioned the reason why our clubs variate in length.

Ockham’s Razor is a scientific technique or discovery tool to guide researchers and scientists which states Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. In golf terms, a set of clubs that allows the player to maintain a single ball position, swing plane, and rhythm rate would provide the logical explanation to achieve optimal performance.

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