Brown, with an undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering (Washington) and masters degree in materials engineering (UC San Diego), was working on a doctorate when he decided to step into the working world.
Brown’s whirlwind job courtship: “I put my resume on Monster.com on a Monday, interviewed with True Temper on that Wednesday, reinterviewed on Thursday, and started working on the following Monday.”
Brown, 37, True Temper’s product development manager in San Diego, is excited about the Project X LZ graphite shaft that will be unveiled at the PGA Show. LZ stands for Loading Zone, and Brown predicts this 64-gram shaft will set new standards for effective loading during the golf swing. In layman’s language, the shaft is soft in the middle and firm in the tip and butt sections. To maximize the loading of the shaft, the exact location of the middle section is slightly different from one flex to another.
Although most graphite shafts are made outside the U.S., this one isn’t – for now, at least. The LZ shaft contains a graphic that says it all: “Hand Crafted Prototype, San Diego, Calif.”
(True Temper’s headquarters is in Memphis, Tenn.)