Golf is a sport deeply loved by people. People have high requirements for golf equipment, not only for beautiful appearance but also for light clubs and fast and accurate hitting speed, which promotes the continuous development of golf club manufacturing. In the early 1990s, the Japanese began to introduce titanium golf clubs. The clubs made of titanium alloy have excellent stability and flexibility and are very popular among golf lovers. In this article, let’s take a close look at the application of titanium alloy in the golf club.
Golf is largely affected by the materials of the golf equipment. Therefore, different clubs are required to be used in different places and situations on the golf course. The clubs are also designed into a variety of shapes of different lengths, which can be roughly divided into three categories: wooden clubs, iron clubs, and putter.
The wooden clubs are used for opening and long-distance shots. In order to make the ball hit more straight and farther, the weight of the wooden clubhead needs to be maintained at 200g, and the volume should be increased as much as possible to increase the contact area of the ball and wooden clubhead.
Titanium alloy has low density, high strength, and good corrosion resistance. Under the same weight, the hollow clubhead made of titanium alloy is 2-3 times larger than the stainless steel clubhead and the mass can be evenly distributed around the clubhead so that the player can hit the ball farther and straighter.
The iron clubs are mainly used for mid-range and precise shots, which require higher accuracy. When the ball is in contact with the striking surface, the striking surface must provide enough friction to increase the spin rate after the ball is hit. In this way, the rolling of the ball can be better controlled when people are hitting the ball, making the hitting more precise.
Some company adds a titanium-diamond composite to the striking surface of the club to increase the coefficient of friction through diamond particles on and near the surface of the striking surface. But this will make the clubhead overweight by nearly 30g, otherwise, the clubhead will become smaller and even difficult to hit the ball. However, the iron clubhead using titanium alloy as the body can be embedded with diamond composite on the same volume of the striking surface, while the quality remains unchanged.
The putter is used to hit the ball into the hole on the green. The titanium-tungsten putter series launched by a company uses titanium alloy in the middle body of the putter head and tungsten weights at both ends. The tungsten block and the body are tapered and inlaid to achieve a dense combination by high-pressure sintering or hot pressing.
The density of titanium alloy is generally 4.51g/cm³, and the density of counterweight tungsten is about 19g/cm³, making 70% of the mass of the putter head concentrated at the two ends. This putter has more obvious advantages on the green than the traditional putter.
Titanium alloys have been used in the golf equipment industry for more than 20 years, and various titanium materials have been used in golf clubheads. However, the price of titanium alloy clubheads is higher, so the golf clubhead market is still dominated by stainless steel. How to improve titanium alloy casting technology and reduce costs will become the main research direction of golf clubhead manufacturers in the future.
Thank you for reading our article and we hope it can help you to have a better understanding of the application of titanium alloy in the golf club. If you want to know more about titanium alloy, we would like to advise you to visit Advanced Refractory Metals (ARM) for more information.
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