Dan Stone, Titleist's VP of R&D, shares his transition from airplanes to golf clubs: One day he was designing flight controls for the C-17 military transport plane; the next he was figuring out where to place tungsten in an iron head.
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.
Don Brown, with an undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering and masters degree in materials engineering, was working on a doctorate when he decided to step into the working world with True Temper.
Brian Bazzel, 39, is director of product creation for TaylorMade -- focusing heavily on metalwoods, where TaylorMade's roots began in 1979 as a metalwood company.
The world of golf needs the energy and ideas and innovation that are part and parcel of the PGA Merchandise Show.
Miura, the Japanese manufacturer known for forged irons and wedges, has introduced its first new blade iron in nearly seven years -- the forged MB001.
Bridgestone's booth at the 2014 PGA Show stayed consistently jam-packed, thanks to a revolutionary putter named True Balance and a new golf-ball formulation called Hydro Core technology.
Cleveland has expanded its 588 family into metalwoods, with a new 588 Custom driver available Feb. 7 alongside the 588 Altitude driver introduced in November.
Ping introduced its Ketsch putter at the PGA Merchandise Show, a club named after the town in Germany where Ping maintains its headquarters for that country.
Phil Mickelson showed up in Abu Dhabi in January with a new 18-degree X2 Hot Pro hybrid in his bag. He tied for second.
The Adams Golf XTD Cross Cavity is a multi-material iron. In the middle of the back cavity is a flexible damper that helps shorten the duration of sound waves. This means less vibration.
A new member of the Tour Velvet family was released at the PGA Merchandise Show. Called Tour Velvet Super Tack, the grip will be available March 1 in retail outlets.
Mark King, chief executive of TaylorMade Golf, says about a dozen golf courses are poised to target growing the game by adding 15-inch cups – more than triple the diameter of the 4.25-inch cups players are used to.
Raleigh’s Jim Hyler, who would become the USGA’s president in 2010, was among a visionary, influential group that delivered the first Open to tiny Pinehurst.
TaylorMade Golf pledged $5 million Tuesday evening to foster the growth of the game of golf in a five-year effort will be conducted under an entity called Hackgolf.
The Dynamic steel golf shaft was introduced in 1942. Today, 72 years later, it is still manufactured by the same company, True Temper, and remains the most popular iron shaft on the PGA Tour.
Fujikura’s MCI (Metal Composite Iron) shaft recently became widely available through the certified network of Fujikura dealers. This iron shaft is a blend of graphite and steel. The objective is better balance, feel and stability.
UST vice president and shaft designer Mike Guerrette says the company has finally mastered the ovaling process – just ask five-time major winner Ernie Els.
John Ward, a veteran sales executive with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, was named president of Adams Golf in June 2012. After 1 1/2 years at the helm, Ward offers candid observations about his company, the state of golf and the future of the game.
At the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Nike’s Scott Brown played the new RZN Platinum golf ball, while Russell Henley used the new RZN Black ball.
TaylorMade’s new JetSpeed driver offers another choice to touring pros, as have Tour Preferred MB irons and the Tour Preferred X golf ball as the PGA Tour spent two weeks in Hawaii.
Golfweek Senior Writer James Achenbach has seen his fair share of innovation in his career, but says 2013 showed him superior new golf clubs and balls are all around us. They exist to service the dreams and fantasies of golfers young and old.
The companies that partake in the annual Industry Cup are in business to make money, but they also make it their business to benefit the game by adding to the fun and enjoyment.
Pat Dempsey is a prominent example of someone who discovered golf later in life. Dempsey, 56, of Sunland, Calif., came into the game at age 39 and quickly became involved as a spokesman, advocate and businessman.
Tiger Woods switched into a Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver -- and also went from a 73-gram Mitsubishi Diamana White Board to a 103-gram Blue Board.
Behind the team of Frank Firman, Greg Cesario, Pete Roberts and Joe Ryon, TaylorMade became the first team to win the Industry Cup title since Golfweek took over the event four years ago.
Titleist engineer Grant Martens is 150 pounds soaking wet, but managed to win the Long Drive competition at the Industry Cup at Oak Creek GC in Irvine, Calif.
Rory McIlroy spoke frankly at Nike's recent Innovation Unleashed event in Las Vegas -- as did Nike Golf president Cindy Davis.
Wilson designs its irons in three categories: Feel, Control and Distance. The Wilson Staff C 100 is the centerpiece of the Control category.
Big Bertha is back. Callaway Golf will use the famous name for two new drivers and a line of fairway woods for 2014.
The Wilson Staff D 100 ES, a long-distance combination set of irons and hybrids is being introduced because a distance-producing 6-iron doesn’t mean much if a golfer isn't hitting the center of the face.
The Nike VRS Covert Forged irons are the company's first forged iron with its high-speed NexCOR face, which Nike says uses variable face thickness to amplify trampoline effect.
Nike Golf’s Mike Taylor listened to countless touring pros as they explained what they liked and wanted in wedges while he developed the VR X3X Toe Sweep and VR X3X Dual Wide Sole.
Nike, with its new VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods and hybrids, has adapted the same Fly-Brace design principle that is used in the new VRS Covert 2.0 drivers.
In shadowing Rory McIlroy and putting guru Dave Stockton at a Nike promotional event, our James Achenbach heard one major topic of conversation: putting.
Nike's 2014 VRS Covert 2.0 driver might not look much different on the outside, but its new Fly-Brace technology in the hollow internal cavity gives the clubhead a new stiffness that the company feels is a good thing.
The new Nike RZN golf balls come in four models: Black and Platinum are four-piece balls, while Red and White are three-piece balls.
OHL Classic winner Harris English's Ping G15 driver was broken en route to Malaysia in October – so he won at Mayakoba with Billy Horschel’s backup G25.
Henrik Stenson’s victory on the European Tour was the eighth worldwide for a player with a SLDR driver.
Harris English, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Wen-Chong Liang won this week using Titleist golf balls.
A couple of quick notes on equipment from the pro tours this week, including Odyssey putters and Aldila shafts.
John Solheim, Ping’s president and chief executive, joins his parents, Karsten and Louise Solheim, as members of the the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.
John Senden used a new TaylorMade putter while contending on Tour; players are quickly turning to new Nike drivers and balls; plus more in this week's Toy Box short shots.
Chris Kirk’s victory gave the new Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro fairway wood its first victory.
It was a huge weekend for Titleist, as staff members Adam Scott and Victor Dubuisson won on different continents with all-Titleist bag configurations.
Chris Kirk carried a mixed bag of mostly Callaway clubs during his win at the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic.
Any discussion of Callaway Golf’s new family of clubs revolves around the word hot -- it's even in the name of the new Callaway X2 Hot lineup of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.
Callaway's new X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro drivers are all about ball speed, with a face 4 percent larger than the previous model without adding weight.
Callaway Golf’s new Apex Pro iron, available Jan. 17, is a thought-provoking iron that surely will generate plenty of discussion among skilled golfers.
One of TaylorMade’s goals is to convert golfers – touring pros and amateurs – to higher lofts with the SLDR driver. The most recent example: Dustin Johnson won the WGC-HSBC Champions with a 10.5-degree SLDR driver.