Lloyd Hackman – Inventor of FitChip Shaft Fitting Technology
Education – B.S., Aeronautical Engineering (Structures), Purdue University, 1952
Qualifications – I joined North American Aviation (NAA), Inc upon graduation. After three months I was committed to enter the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Edwards AFB, California, as a project manager in the experimental track branch. In August 1954 I returned to NAA. There I served as a structural analysis engineer, senior R & D engineer and supervisor of the structural composites group where I was active in the early development of Advanced Composite Materials.
I Led a group of investors in establishing Ribbon Technology, Corp. (Ribtec) in 1972. I took over control of Ribtec in 1975 as President and Chairman of the Board to achieve profitable years from 1976 to 1997 until I retired.
I had 30 papers published in various fields, contributed a chapter on honeycomb sandwich design in the book “Analysis and Design of Aircraft Structures” by E.F. Bruhn (Professor in Aero Space engineering at Purdue University). I also held 15 patents in the various fields of activity.
It was with this experience that I first became interested in using advanced graphite materials in golf shafts. I built my first graphite golf shaft in l968 using a filament winding process. I built shafts for myself and friends over the next five to six years before quality shafts began to appear in the marketplace. The fabrication of these shafts is what developed my interest in custom club making and then developing the process of Frequency Tuning/Matching the golf shaft/club to the Swing Timing of the player with the newly developed and Patented FitChip Technology.
Rich Ruddle – Club Maker and Fitter
Born in 1948 in Hot Springs, Virginia, where as a young boy I became friends with Wayne Snead, the nephew of Sam Snead. My mother actually went to grade school with Sam Snead in Ashwood Virginia.
I began playing golf at 10 years of age in Hot Springs Virginia at “The Homestead” 9-hole caddy course, with Nelson Long Jr. who was the son of ”The Homestead” PGA Professional Nelson Long.
Eventually played on the golf team in High School and in College. In 1971 I competed in the NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque N.M.
Became interested in equipment and club repair in the mid 1980’s while a member of Franklin Country Club in Franklin Massachusetts. Former Club Champion at Franklin. At one time I was the holder of two course records ,which have long since been broken.
My interest in club repair eventually expanded to an interest in club fitting, and through a variety of contacts I was introduced to traditional swing-speed club fitting where I worked with both the Titleist and the Tommy Armour club fitting systems. Following a move to Columbus Ohio, I had the opportunity to take a part time job as a sales associate with Ralph Maltby’s GolfWorks at their Outlet store in Columbus Ohio. I eventually became a full time employee with Maltby and specialized in club fitting using the Ralph Maltby Golfworks clubfitting method.
When the Golfworks outlet store closed I went to work for Perfected Golf Group and learned the FitChip Swing Timing method of shaft fitting to a specific cycle per minute frequency based upon the golfers natural swing timing. I have come to realize that this system picks the right shaft for all players at a much higher rate then any other system in the industry.