Schnider’s story is typical of many young golfers. In Schnider’s words, “I woke up one morning and realized I had to get a job.”
That was after four years as a member of the golf team at San Diego State, where he majored in business administration. So Schnider began the interview process. On the day that he accepted a job with putter manufacturer Ray Cook, he received another offer, from shaft manufacturer Grafalloy.
Schnider called Bob Bauer, owner of Ray Cook, explaining the Grafalloy position was a better fit. “He agreed,” Schnider said. “He was a real gentleman.”
In 2008, Schnider was named president and chief operating officer of shaftmaker Fujikura. For 2014, Schnider, 43 and in Vista, Calif., has been a major force behind new upgraded models of the legendary Speeder shaft.