Now that Tom has been introduced to FEA, swing simulations, aerodynamics, and other club modeling software, he has to apply these and put everything together. He spent this last week analyzing his current set of clubs along with their performance, then predicting the ideal set of clubs for him. He not only has to figure out what clubs will be right for him, but he has to quantify how much improvement there should be and why. He will then present his findings where his decisions will be scrutinized by the rest of us in R & D. Here are Tom’s thoughts on his report thus far.
Archive for the ‘R&D’ Category
In his third week of working here, Tom finally got to sit at his own desk. This week we trained Tom on all of the simulation and analysis software we use here. We went over our swing simulation, aerodynamics, and finite element analysis packages. Finite element analysis was explained by Gilly in a previous blog, but it basically allows us to run performance, stress, and sound analysis on clubs before we make them so we know exactly what to expect when we do get our first prototypes in.
Week two of Tom’s training is similar to week 1, but instead of being down on the production floor, he is spending a week in our test lab. Our lab measures all aspects of clubs from loft, lie, and weight to thickness, durability, and even the sound each club makes. They are also constantly running player and robot tests comparing our clubs to the competition. We want Tom to be an expert on all of this equipment. I still haven’t really worked with Tom, so I don’t have much to say. Here are his comments:
So, Brian had his little brainteaser last week and we got a bunch of comments and it got me thinking. Why don’t we give away some prizes for people who participate in the brainteasers? Coincidentally, I happen to have a brand new CG15 ‘First Run’ wedge sitting at my desk. The first 250 CG15s we ever made were marked with a first run logo and I have one to give away. Here is how we are going to work the contest. Every week, Brian is going to post a brainteaser. Every person who posts a solution (whether right or wrong & no spam) will be entered to win the wedge. At the end of Brian’s 5-6 blog series, we will announce the winner. The first person to post the correct answer each week will also win a Cleveland Golf Tour Hat. Get your comments in and hopefully, you will be our winner. On to Brian’s blog…
So, it seems like I am constantly writing about new hires or summer interns. To be honest, I am hoping that it interesting to hear how someone goes from college student to designing golf clubs. For the next few weeks, I am going to let one of the guys from my team take over the blog. He is going to mentor our new hire. For those of you who read Alex’s posts last year, these might be similar except that they are coming from a seasoned veteran rather than the new kid on the block.
Dear consistent and loyal readers,
Welcome to my last blog! Today I venture forth in making my last days at Cleveland Golf memorable and mischievous. Emphasis on the mischievous…
This is my last week on the West Coast. Sadly, I take a plane Saturday morning back to school, and even worse, back to lectures and tests. (Note that I do sometimes feel as if I am in school with John.)
Recently, I got a chance to sit down with an employee here, Nate. Nate works in our Research and Development Department and he was able to share some knowledge with us.
Q: Job Title and Major Responsibilities
A: Metal Woods Development Manager for Cleveland Golf/Srixon. Major responsibilities, basically take care of the wood program from start to finish. So, everything from conceptual to mass production, tour testing, customer presentations, sales and marketing support. Start to finish on all Drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and shafts, grips and head covers… All that good stuff.
Welcome back readers. I have two more weeks here in R&D to make trouble for John and spice up the work day a little.
This weekend the weather cooperated and it was a beautiful, sunny beach weekend for a visit from my sister. We went to Venice beach and walked the boardwalk and visited the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach courtesy of Mr. John Rae. I was able to pet a shark and a stingray which was a new experience. That was all fun, but the best part of the weekend was the Planet Earth Live concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
So, I’ve been taking it easy on Gilly in these first few blogs. Now that I know she is going to blast my cereal choices, I’m bringing out the big guns. Let’s see what she has to say this week…
These last three weeks have certainly disappeared. I am half way through my time on the west coast and it feels like it just started. I ventured out to L.A. last weekend (the drive was the scariest part) and spent time walking Hollywood Boulevard doing some people watching. I even met some famous people and I had my picture taken with George Clooney (too bad he was made out of wax).