28.7.14

THE VEE TEE


Just been tweeted saying he's found a pack of tees in his garage that he bought 13 years ago. The Vee Tee was one of the first products I designed. They were featured in Stuff magazine and Conde Nast Traveller. Reviewed by European Tour player Alison Nicholas who thought they were rubbish. But they were not designed to improve your game, they were super-tough and more of a blatant style statement. I remember looking at Philippe Starck designs at the time. Made in England, just up the road by an injection moulding company in Onley, from high grade zytel.

Silver foil pouch packaging with info. label. Six tees per pack available in black and orange.
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25.7.14

CAREER LOANS FOR TOP AMATEUR GOLFERS?


When you decide to turn pro you probably need about 20-25k to go on tour. There was a very good example recently when the current female British amateur champion received an invite to play on the LPGA's first major. Unfortunately she nor her family could afford the airfare and accommodation. There is an opportunity for golfing bodies to take a stake in their most promising young amateur golfers by offering a loan system to turn pro, where the money is paid back with interest if they succeed.

In the UK you can take out a student loan to cover your university fees etc, which enables students from all backgrounds to attend university. When they graduate and start earning a salary above a stated threshold, they then start to pay the money back plus interest to the government. Sports coaching and training costs a small fortune. Where does the money come from if not from your parents / family and friends? Could a similar loan system work for new professional golfers?
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WILL ADIDAS STAY SILENT?


I've just acquired a brand new Adidas sports shirt in black with orange flashes. Had a quick butchers at the label which states 'made in China' and '100% polyester'.Just e-mailed Adidas to ask if their textile workers were paid a living wage to make my shirt? Plus could they confirm this sport shirt, designed to interact with my sweating skin, contains lead, mercury and cadmium? Obviously a full list of the chemicals used would be ideal. Will be interesting to see what Adidas say.
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RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS


According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, 85.9 million metric tons of textiles were produced in 2011. China dominates the production of textiles, accounting for 63 percent of global output, followed by India and the United States. Globalized and outsourced textile manufacturing is a major cause of water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and exploitative labour practices.

Designers are urged to stop buying material from manufacturers who aren’t taking steps to reduce their environmental impact, but they can’t do it by themselves. A lot of the fabric makers don’t feel it’s commercially feasible to create responsible products.
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15.7.14

CALLING 3D PRINTING EXPERTS


Sports products are highly regulated and golf balls are no exception. However, the dimpled cover for a golf ball is unrestricted in terms of the shape, size, depth and quantity of dimples per ball. Golf ball covers are usually injection moulded using thermoplastic materials; eg DuPont's Surlyn. If it were possible to 3D Print a golf ball cover over a synthetic rubber core using an appropriate thermoplastic. It would open the door for every golfer to design and manufacture their own golf balls. As golf balls have a relatively small diameter and cover thickness minimal, the amount of material used and hence cost should be reasonable.

Please get in touch if you think you can 3D Print a golf ball cover in a single piece over a synthetic rubber core. You might just start a revolution.
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14.7.14

JUST TELL US


Textiles are full of chemicals, an undisputed fact. Chemicals are treated and regulated on an individual basis, and yet when two or more substances combine, their toxicity can be fundamentally changed. Here is just one example;
A dose of mercury that would kill 1 out of 100 rats, mixed with a dose of lead that would kill 1 out of 1000 rats, would kill every rat exposed.

You may think that your sportswear wouldn’t contain such toxic substances such as mercury and lead, but you would be wrong. They do, it’s just that the brands do not inform consumers about any of the chemicals they use to make your clothes. We previously published a list of restricted substances from a leading sportswear brand.
And none of these chemical cocktails are tested, unless you consider yourself as a guinea pig.

You may think that such chemicals are only used in very low doses and you would be correct. We used to think that a little dose of a poison would do a little bit of harm, and a big dose would do a lot of harm. But the new science shows that exposure to even tiny amounts of chemicals can have significant impacts on our health.

We are exposed to chemicals all day, every day in a multitude of consumer products. This cumulative exposure could mean at some point your body reaches a tipping point. The generations born from 1970 on are the first to be raised in a truly toxified world.

What should we do? As consumers we should demand brands provide a list of all the chemicals they use in the finished products they supply to us.

Regulators should begin to test mixtures of chemicals and provide additional information and regulations to limit the use of the most harmful combinations.

The chemicals used in textiles are real. Given the amount of time we spend surrounded by fabrics they contribute towards the hazardous challenges to our bodies.

We deserve to know what chemicals we’re eating, drinking and putting on our skins. Just tell us.
Ref: Oecotextiles
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12.7.14

LOWER BALL TRAJECTORY


Because of its unique lattice cover design, Golf Refugees ball will have deeper dimples than traditional solid covered balls, which in theory should produce a lower ball trajectory.
We are talking with The Royal College of Art to create initial 3D Printed lattice cover prototypes.
This colour combination was inspired by Matisse; blue core with light blur number 3 and yellow lattice cover.

#golfrefugees #latticecover #golfball
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