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.
Innovation: The Stimpmeter
Former USGA technical director Frank Thomas talks with Gary Williams about how to measure the speed of greens with a Stimpmeter.
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.
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.
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.
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