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. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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.