Five Advantages to the Slotted Shaft Technology
Paradigm uses the principle of momentum arm from the laws of physics to describe the dynamics that occur when one has the ability to control the amount of weight and the position on the "arm" or shaft. As one moves the weight more towards the putter head, for the same amount of force, putter head velocity increases. Moving the weight more towards the grip, deceases putter head speed. This Slotted Shaft Technology increases a golfer's control that affects 5 main areas:
1. The speed of each green is measured using a device called a Stimpmeter. Each green is assigned a speed rating or how far a golf ball will travel using an applied standard force. If one knows the green speed, one can then adjust the Internal Weight Adjusted System to create the club head speed that more aligns with the appropriate speed of the green. Depending on putter head weight, weight amount, and it's position along the putter's shaft, one can have up to a 37% increase or decrease in putter head speed using Paradigm's technology.
2. The Internal Weight Management System reduces the margin of error a golfer is faced with on every putt. On every putt, a golfer must decide how far to bring the putter head back to achieve the desired amount of force necessary to achieve the proper putt distance. Adjusting the weights, amount and position, along the shaft allows a golfer to increase or decrease putter head speed. Move the weight down the shaft towards the putter head and increase club head speed without the need to increase club head take-back distance. With the ability to increase putter head speed by using a series of weights, a golfer can now use less putter head take-back distance to achieve the same putt distance. Less take back distance reduces the critical area of error in which pushing and pulling occurs; this equates to less pushed and pulled putts.
3. If we reduce our margin of error by having a shorter take back distance in our putting stroke, we have less chance of a pushed or pulled putt. Pulling and pushing putts are the two main reasons for missed putts. A push occurs when the heel of the putter head is ahead of the of the putter toe at impact. The golf ball will travel to the right of the intended target line. A pull is the opposite. In a pull, the toe of the putter head is ahead of the heel at impact. The ball will travel to the left of the intended target line. Less take-back distance reduces the margin for error in the most critical area where the twisting and turning of the club head occurs to cause pushing and pulling.
4. Muscle memory is a form of what is known as "procedural memory" which guides the specific motor task we perform into memory through repetition. When a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that particular task. This process creates maximum efficiency by joining the motor and memory systems together. Muscle memory are found in many everyday activities that become automatic and improve with practice, such as: Riding a bike, typing, playing a musical instrument or a video game, or in putting.
Maintaining consistent muscle-memory Range of Movement (ROM) eliminates green speed error through adjustment of the weight and position along the shaft. On any course in the world, this means the golfer matches their preferred weight and position, aligned to the Stimpmeter reading of that particular course, using the same exact muscle-memory ROM each time. This takes another aspect of error out of the putting equation.
5. The property of physics that indicates the relative difference in how easy or difficult it is to set any object, in this case a golf ball, in rotational motion about its axis, is called: Moment of Inertia, or MOI. The higher the MOI of the ball, the higher the force that will need to be applied to set the ball in a motion. Conversely, the lower the MOI, the less force needed to make the golf ball rotate.
The most important variable in a stroke is stroke speed and head velocity. This translates to ball travel distance. The correct head velocity and corresponding optimum ball speed equates to the amount of force that must be applied. This technology allows the Moment of Inertia (MOI) of the club to be predictably adjusted by either moving the weight closer to the head whereby increasing MOI or decreasing MOI closer to the grip. An increase in force translates to an increase in the MOI which is proportional to club velocity. The ball will travel a greater distance. MOI can be increased as green speed decreases that will deliver a shot that travels as far as the same stroke would deliver on a fast surface.