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An innovative yoke-style harness for comfortably carrying heavy golf bags has been launched by sports engineers at Sheffield Hallam University.

The ergonomically-designed GolfBone carrying system is designed by a team of sports engineers at the University's Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES). It recently won a prestigious industry prize at the Academic Challenge Awards 2009, and is set to go into mass production in May.

Lead engineer on the project Nick Hamilton said: "We developed the GolfBone with Sheffield pro golfer Paul Fields.

"In order to solve the problem of comfortably carrying a fully-loaded golf bag over long distance, Paul had taken the yoke concept and created a version that would balance the load evenly across the shoulders. It also provided a simple movement to put on and take off the bag."

Although Paul Fields' prototype proved the concept, he required assistance to turn it into a marketable product and develop a new business. Experts from the Sports Engineering Research Group at CSES used 3D computer-aided design (CAD) technology to create a fully-functioning harness with optimum comfort and efficiency.

The GolfBone product took the 'popular and leisure sports' title in the ispo-TUM Academic Challenge Awards 2009, held in Munich.The polymer composite harness has now been licensed for production and Paul Fields' Sheffield-based company are now making the GolfBone carrying system.

The team also won a prize at the Academic Challenge Awards for their innovative Tennis GUT software, which allows the user to assess the performance of any piece of tennis equipment.

Research engineer Dr Simon Goodwill explains, “We created Tennis GUT in collaboration with the International Tennis Federation. It allows them to answer questions like ‘What effect does an increase in ball size of three per cent have on the flight of the tennis ball?’

"The results of the simulations are displayed on a 3D tennis court, using similar techniques to those used in the computer game industry.”

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