Preston-based FGX Sports has enlisted the help of the University of Sheffield’s North West Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) to develop an innovative range of golf clubs.
FGX Sports was founded by professional PGA coach Paul Woodhouse and businessman Peter Smith, who combine 60 years of golfing experience.
They have already developed the Hybrid X putter, which is designed to have a shallower, more natural putting arc, allowing for more efficient putting.
The FGX Sports team now aims to apply the same spirit of innovation to the rest of the 14 clubs that make up a set. By working with AMRC, they are able to explore their options and develop prototypes much faster and at lower cost.
Peter Smith, co-owner of FGX Sports, said: “I’ve been golfing for 45 years, so I know what makes a good club. What I want to do here is bring together the best of the old style and the new. style of clubs, to create a design that will revolutionize the golf club industry.
“The project we brought to AMRC North West was to explore design options for our new type of high end club. The team there were great and came up with some great ideas for us. They also produced a prototype, which is useful for several reasons, one of which is that we now have something to show potential makers of the product.
“Golf is a multi-billion dollar industry globally, and AMRC North West has taken us through several important milestones in strengthening our work in the sector.”
Dominic Haigh is a project engineer at AMRC North West, part of High Value Manufacturing Catapult, he said: “FGX Sports came up with a design idea for their new club, which will hit the ball better than other clubs currently on the market. market, but they were unsure of the next steps for manufacturing.
“We produced computer-aided design (CAD) options for the company and then fabricated a 3D-printed prototype. Golf clubs tend to be forged using an array of different machines, and it’s usually a time-consuming and expensive process that doesn’t lend itself to creating prototypes, so it was a faster way and more efficient to test the design.
“This project was aimed at accelerating their design cycle and providing support to bring a product to market faster.”
FGX Sports is currently investigating options for manufacturing the new type of stainless steel golf club.
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