Consumer Products – Sports Equipment
For some of the same reasons titanium is used in the aircraft industry, titanium is also utilized in the sporting goods market. The strength to weight ratio of titanium lends itself to products including tennis rackets, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs, bikes, camping gear, etc.
For the same reasons that titanium is used in the aircraft industry and the industrial marketplace, it has also been identified as a metal of choice for sports equipment.
The strength to weight ratio has made titanium a great material choice in the sporting goods market where weight reduction is beneficial. One of the first sporting goods applications for titanium was back in the 1990's when titanium was used in the manufacturing of golf club heads. Titanium's light weight allowed for the design of a large head, hence creating a bigger "soft spot" to hit the ball, which results in a more accurate and longer distanced shot.
Titanium's low modulus of elasticity combined with its strength and weight characteristics, make it a material of choice in the following sporting goods applications:
- bicycle frames and components
- tennis rackets
- lacrosse sticks
- pool cue shafts
- baseball bats
- camping gear
- hiking equipment
- camping equipment
- golf clubs