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In this video, I explain some of the “golf gear geek speak” that is so common in the golf equipment industry. I explain what these terms and acronyms really mean in an easy to understand way, as well as how they apply to your equipment and your game.

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Ryan Barath is a club fitter and master club builder who has more than 15 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf located in Toronto. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Dave Tutelman

    May 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Good work on the whole. I have some nitpicking I might do, but getting the nits right would take more time and might bore much of the GolfWRX audience.

    • Ryan B

      May 16, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Dave!
      I’m all about keeping it simple.

      Ryan

  2. stevve

    May 15, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Physics questions:
    1. MOI equals forgiveness for off-center hits. It you hit the sweet spot MOI is irrelevant.. right?
    2. CPM frequency… a measure of shaft stiffness. It’s also a measure of how fast the golf tip section will flex going into impact. Graphite is slow to react dynamically while steel react fast. Right?

    • stevve

      May 15, 2018 at 8:27 am

      More physics questions:
      3. COR.. or how much kinetic energy is transferred to the ball from the face during impact.. and diminishes greatly for off-center hits, even Twist Face.
      4. Center of Gravity.. or more correctly, Center of Mass where the force of gravity is resolved in a free body diagram analysis. CofM driver head weight adjustment is miniscule because the driver head mass is so large thus making changes irrelevant.

    • stevve

      May 15, 2018 at 8:33 am

      More physics questions:
      3. COR, or how much kinetic energy is transferred to the ball from the face during impact. COR diminishes greatly for off-center hits, even Twist Face.
      4. Center of Gravity.. aka Center of Mass where the force of gravity is resolved in free body diagram analysis. CofM driver head weight adjustment is miniscule because driver head mass is so large thus making it irrelevant.

  3. SK

    May 14, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Physics questions:
    1. MOI equals forgiveness for off-center hits. It you hit the sweet spot MOI is irrelevant.. right?
    2. CPM frequency… a measure of shaft stiffness. It’s also a measure of how fast the golf tip section will recover to straight after impact. Graphite is slow to react dynamically while steel react fast. Right?
    3. COR.. or how much kinetic energy is transferred to the ball from the face… and diminishes greatly for off-center hits, even Twist Face.
    4. Center of Gravity.. or correctly, Center of Mass where the force of gravity is resolved in a free body diagram analysis. CofM driver head adjustment is miniscule because the driver head mass is so large thus making changes irrelevant.

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