The Golf Laboratories Computer Controlled Robot is the industry standard for testing golf equipment in the golf industry.
It is used by all of the major manufacturers, the USGA and R&A, and the major foundries in Asia.
Features both mechanical and electronic provide the user with the ability to simulate and model any type of golf swing under highly repeatable conditions.
The Golf Laboratories robot is capable of duplicating any golf shot.
It can hit any club from a driver through a wedge.
The machine can swing from 130 mph to 5 mph. It can create straight shots, draws, fades, pulls, hooks, slices, and shanks.
It is capable of duplicating the launch conditions of any player from an elite Tour player to a beginning amateur.
Bio Mechanical Modeling System
Using a proprietary Bio-mechanical modeling system it can create the identical acceleration and launch conditions of any player from a Tour Player to a beginning golfer.
The system imitates the acceleration forces of the left arm and wrist from the start of the downswing through impact.
The system can create any type of swing from a better players lag swing to a beginning players casting swing.
Programs can be created to simulate the left arm and wrist acceleration of a golfer from beginning of the downswing into impact.
The robot is powered by a servo motor. Using acceleration and launch data of a players swing the servo motor can be programmed to duplicate their exact swing.
The servo motor uses a programmable torque curve to duplicate the acceleration forces of a players golf swing.
Because these are torque curves, the machine responds much like a human golfer to changes in club characteristics. For example, the machine will swing a lighter club faster. This provides the means for true product comparison and testing. A machine using conventional velocity/acceleration curves (not torque curves) will automatically compensate for changes in club, weight, unlike a human golfer.
The wrist mechanism is freewheeling. There is a stationary gear and a rotating gear. The gear movement simulates the wrist hinge and closing of a golfer rotating from open to closed.
The centrifugal wrist simulates a player's wrist allowing the robot swing to be affected by the weight and length of a golf club. Differences in equipment can be measured with the same swing.
The centrifugal wrist incorporates a CNC machined aluminum housing, 12 pitch CNC machined miter gears and aircraft control bearings. The wrist rotates the club a full 180' in two axes (wrist axis and toe axis) relative to the arm. The position of the toe axis is dependent on the position of the wrist axis (and vice versa) via the stationary and rotating gear relationship. This dependency is linear, meaning 1' of wrist rotation equates to 1' of the toe axis rotation. Therefore, a change in the wrist position at impact will result in a change in the toe at impact. The wrist also incorporates 15' zero offset, adjustment between the axes to finely tune this relationship.
Equipment Performance can then be analyzed by determining which is the optimal piece of equipment for a specific swing
The tee table attached to the robot has complete X,Y,Z axis adjustability. The golf ball can be placed anywhere in the downswing/impact area to create exact attack angles, swing planes, and impact points at contact.
The robot has lie angle adjustability of 45 degrees. The lie angle can be set to duplicate the dynamic lie angle of the golf club during the downswing into impact.
Swing Plane Rotation Plate
An adjustable swing plane rotation plate provides movement of the upper portion of the frame in relation to the bottom portion.
With the rotation plate swing path can be adjusted from square, to inside/out, and outside in.
The robot can duplicate swing path, attack angle, and face angle at impact to create an exact reproduction of a players dynamic swing characteristics.