Schnider drives upgrade to Fujikura's Speeder shaft

Dave Schnider’s story is typical of many young golfers: “I woke up one morning and realized I had to get a job.” That was after four years playing at San Diego State. His career path has carried him to Fujikura.

Dave Schnider’s story is typical of many young golfers: “I woke up one morning and realized I had to get a job.” That was after four years playing at San Diego State. His career path has carried him to Fujikura.

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.

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