UL Innovation Series: Putting kinematics
Gary Williams sits down with former USGA technical director Frank Thomas to discuss the study and science of putting kinematics.
UL Innovation Series: Evolution of golf carts
Gary Williams sits down with former USGA technical director Frank Thomas to discuss the origins of golf carts and how they have evolved over the years.
UL Innovation Series: ShotLink technology
Gary Williams sits down with former USGA technical director Frank Thomas to discuss the development and use of ShotLink technology by the PGA Tour.
UL Innovation Series: Golf ball aerodynamics testing
Gary Williams sits down with former USGA technical director Frank Thomas to discuss the most innovative developments in the game of golf. This week’s innovation is testing and measuring the aerodynamics of the golf ball.
UL Innovation Series: Graphite Shafts
Gary Williams sits down with former USGA technical director Frank Thomas to discuss the most innovative developments in the game of golf. This week’s innovation is the graphite golf shaft.to this installment of the UL Innovation series. Gary Lims joined by Frank Thomas , the former technical director from the United States Golf Association. Today we focus on graphite. Before we get to that, the, the origins of the shaft in the golf club date all the way back to the 1400s. Correct they used to be wooden shafts, you know, some branches or whatever they had. And then eventually turned out to be hickory shafts, and then, and then they went to steel. The steel was invented in 1911 and perfected, probably later, a couple of years later than that. Then aluminum shafts and, and fiberglass shaft and I was doing some work in 1968 on researching composites. And then I designed a fiberglass shaft. Union Carbide came to me asking me to try and introduce this new material called graphite used in space for nosed cones and pressure vessels, et cetera. We tried for the first materials who would look too stiff and, and, and not strong enough and then when she modified the material, and we came out with the graphite shaft . And this is filament wound, so it's very expensive way of doing it, but 1969 introduced the graphite shaft then. They've seen the finished product Frank, but the reality is, is that we're talking about microscopic materials here. Very much I
Thomas: Changes in equipment testing and rules
Gary Williams talks with Frank Thomas, former technical director of the USGA, about equipment testing, new club-head materials and the new rules on anchored putting. From the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.better get past this guy. He was kind of the sheriff of Orange County , the former Technical Director for the USGA, Frank Thomas . Frank, nice to see you. -How do you do, Gary? -Okay. So for 26 years you held this position as technical director.
Night School: Where to focus when putting
School of Golf’s Martin Hall and putting guru Frank Thomas teach the proper place to focus your eyes when putting. Watch School of Golf Wednesdays 7PM ET.Thanks for joining us on Golf Channel Academy. This is Night School. To help you putt your best this weekend, I'm joined by Frank Thomas . Author of Fundamentals of Putting, and general all around mastermind of anything science and technical in the game of golf. But, what
Innovation: Titanium's impact on golf
Former USGA technical director Frank Thomas talks with Lisa Cornwell about the impact that titanium has had on the game of golf.months topic is titanium, we're please to be joined right now by Frank Thomas , the former technical director of the USGA for over 25 years. Frank first of all thanks a lot. For the time. Yeah. Why was titanium firstin, increase in distance has actually flattened off a little. Wow, just incredible technology Frank Thomas thanks a lot for your time in being with us. You're welcome. That has been this month's UL Innovation Series.
Innovation: The Stimpmeter
Former USGA technical director Frank Thomas talks with Gary Williams about how to measure the speed of greens with a Stimpmeter.by the former technical director of the United States Golf Association, Mr Frank Thomas . And Frank, we're focusing on the stimpmeter. And as we go through the major championship seasons for the men and for the women, you hear that term a lot. Let's start with the device itself, its origins.
Innovation: Evolution of the golf ball
Former USGA technical director Frank Thomas talks with Gary Williams about how the golf ball has evolved to its present form.to this installment of the UL Innovation Series. Gary Williams joined by Frank Thomas , the former technical director for the United States Golf Association. Innovations in the golf ball . We'll talk about how far the golf ball has come in the last ten years. Frank, it''s come along way from the beginning over 600 years as you can show.