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køllemaker-messen i Kentucky i mars får Dr. Matz Modéer hederlig omtale:
Review of workshop (reviewer: Charles W. Vigor)
PCS clubmakers attending the 2000 meeting and Expo were exposed to a novel approach to relate golfer abilities to the appropriate frequency range for sets of clubs in a presentation entitled "Club Frequency Fitting" by Dr. Matz Modéer of Tveit, Norway. Dr. Modéer, a Swede by birth, is famous for his engineering on Norway's largest North Sea oil platforms, his love, however, is golf and golf club fitting. In his approach to 'Frequency Fitting' Dr. Modéer makes extensive use of computer graphics presentations.
Dr. Modéer presented four case studies all based on identifying a single club that either best fitted the golfer determined by hitting balls with different frequency clubs, or, selecting a golfers 'favorite' club. This club was called the "pivot" club and the slope line defining cpm changes per inch of club length passes through this point on a club length vs. frequency plot.
Contrary to most clubfitting practices, Dr. Modéer does not assume that each and every club should be 8.6 cpm change per inch of club length change, i.e. the Brunswick slope*. Thus the balance of the task is to use some rational method to determine the slope that fits the golfer. For the novice and weekend golfer, this was based on True Temper's 'Determinator, readings and Dynacraft's DSFI numbers. For the more expert golfer, 'FitChip' data was employed along with a sophisticated statistical analysis. In the case of the expert player the example presented was PCS Technical Director Bob Dodds. The slope of the cpm vs. club length line for Bob was found to be 8.5. (Can Bob be a reincarnation of Nelson and Jones?)
We hope that Dr. Modéer will publish more on his fitting method in The PCS Journal. The limited time of the workshop format prevented an in depth discussion or a meaningful question and answer session. Dr. Modéer's use of the computer and eye catching computer graphics, some of them credited to PCS member C. H. Silco, Jr. of Pittsford NY, was very impressive. If there was a weakness in the presentation, it was that the projections were too finely detailed to be viewed and comprehended by the audience and the paper handouts no better.
While not teaching anything that the clubmakers could take away and use immediately in their shops, one has to ask, 'Is leadership in club fitting moving to Europe?' Well, maybe, however, this reviewer note that all the hardware used as well as some of the programming expertise was transplanted from the USA.
* Brunswick's slope of 8.6 cpm per inch was originally determined from the clubs of Byron Nelson and Bobby Jones.
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