Dedicated electronic devices allow to measure moment of inertia of whole club fast and easy, but their prices are rather too high for occasional, home use.
Dave Tutelman describes the method which bases on the pendulum phenomenon. The value of whole club MOI can be calculated after some measurements that can be done at home. The most difficult task is to mount the club the club by the butt so that it can swing like a pendulum (see figure below and at the bottom of this page). If it succeeds, the procedure is very easy.
There are only four steps needed to compute the whole club MOI:
– measure the club’s period of the pendulum’s swing (with a stopwatch)
– measure the club’s total weight (with a postal scale)
– measure the distance of the balance point (CG) of the club from the edge of the grip cap (with a ruler)
– enter above data into calculator below
The pictures at the bottom of the pageshows how to measure the distance from CG to butt and how to mount the club to get the pendulum (the holder made at home and used by me for MOI measurements).
- The result of the calculation based on correct measurements is the good approximation, but it is still an approximation. Use it at your own risk.
- A 3 g error in weight, a 6 mm (1/4″) error in distance or 0,01 sec in time will result in more than 3 kg*in² (one point) of error in the result. The accuracy of 1 gram, 3 mm (1/8″) and 0,005 sec is required.
- Measuring the period accurately enough is hard, but achievable. It can be done by measuring the time of 40-50 pendulum cycles with a stopwatch and divide the result by the number of cycles. The alternative method is to use a smartphone application designed for slot cars lap times tracking (e.g. Mini4WD) and take the average time of one cycle after 50 cycles (it is 100 car laps in the application).
update: November 2017