SUMMER STUDENT RESEARCH SERIES
Matt Iczkowski (Callaway Golf Company)
For the past two months, rising junior Matt Iczkowski got to combine his passion for golf with the skills he learned in Dr. Fiser’s PHY 2001/2002 research class. He spent the summer in Massachusetts working for the well-known Callaway golf company. In particular, he worked on projects focusing on golf ball production processes and the durability of golf balls. Short abstracts of each are found below:
“IMPLICATIONS OF GOLF BALL COMPRESSION AND CONSTRUCTIONS ON HIGH SPEED STRAIN”
This project investigated the effects of ball compression and construction type on resilience coefficients and strains seen at velocities representing professional golf impacts. The resulting data will be used as a foundation to define golf ball testing protocols for performance and durability based on strain rather on a single one-size-fits all test based on a single ball speed.
“EFFECTS OF MOLD COATING, BRUSH TUMBLE RESIDENCY TIME, AND PAINT WT ON GOLF BALL AERODYNAMICS”
The purpose of this project was to investigate the effects of various process variables on golf ball aerodynamic performance. Historical data suggests that, in spite of exacting dimensional control in injection molding tooling used to manufacture golf balls, there exist other processing variables that can impact aerodynamic lift and golf ball performance. Variables in this study included mold age (tooling wear), mold coating, brush tumbling residency time, and paint application. This research will be used to more finely control manufacturing processes to improve variations in aerodynamics.