Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring Cleveland Golf / Srixon world headquarters here in Huntington Beach, California. Keith Patterson in the PR department was my tour guide and I had a fantastic time exploring the facility. And let me tell you, it is a “facility.” I was very surprised to find out that quite a few of their golf clubs are manufactured and assembled right here in the USA.
Cleveland Golf / Srixon Headquarters - Click to view the INSIDE!
I got quite a few funny looks and comments because of my “attire” or lack thereof. I had literally come straight from the beach in my flip flops and bathing suit. In fact, I had sand on my feet and my bathing suit was still wet. When I got back to the beach, it was at that time that I realized I was wearing a t-shirt which said “get leid” on it. No wonder I got so many funny looks!
Unfinished Cleveland wedges. I want one... Click for larger image.
I’ll post a few pics and comments in the main blog here when I get back from my vacation here in SoCal, but for now you can check out the Cleveland / Srixon HQ image gallery.
Last week I managed to hit some shots with the new TaylorMade R11 irons. The irons are very forgiving and easy to hit, no doubt. I wasn’t very warmed up but I still hit them quite well. The back of the club head is sort of a cavity with muscle back which has an air gap between the cavity and the weight. You can see the gap in the 1st image below.
New TaylorMade r11 Irons - click for more TaylorMade R11 iron images
The R11 irons are certainly NOT blades or “tour only” clubs. The top line is fairly thick as is the sole, and the club head is fairly large. They’re obviously meant to be a more forgiving design.
New TaylorMade r11 Irons - click for more
I have a few more images of the TaylorMade R11 irons in the Hooked On Golf Blog TaylorMade Image Gallery.
At a recent PGA Tour stop I had the pleasure of spending some time inside the PING tour truck. The tour trucks from golf manufacturers travel with the PGA Tour to support their players with gear, tweaks, repairs, maintenance, fresh hats and sometimes just a cool place to relax.
Inside the PING Tour Van. I want to live here. Click for more images.
Inside the PING truck were some very interesting machines and technology used in building and adjusting clubs. The tech, my new friend Daniel Udd (pictured below), could literally custom build any PING golf club in a matter of minutes. customized weighting, lofts, lie, grips take even less time.
Master technician Daniel Udd tweaks a PING wedge. Click for more images.
Perhaps the most fun was looking inside the drawers which contained player specific items like special grips for Bubba Watson or Hunter Mahan. The hat drawer had hats for all of their staffers and I wanted snag one of Miguel Angel Jimenez’s brown hats (below left). I resisted.
Brown hat is for Miguel Angel Jimenez. I want one... Click for more.
I’ve updated this post out of respect for my relationship with TaylorMade. To see images of the R11 irons and read my first impressions, tune in Monday the 1st of August.
New TaylorMade r11 Irons - click for more TaylorMade images
Gear head alert. Titleist has released some photos of their prototype irons for 2012, the 712 series. They are “seeding” them to players for a “tour validation analysis” this week at the AT&T National at Aronomink Golf Club. I’ve snagged a few shots of some of these fine looking clubs and thrown them in the Hooked On Golf Blog Titleist image gallery. Click the image here to see the rest of them, including the new Titleist 712 CB, MB, AP1 and AP2 irons.
New Titleist 712 irons - click to see more images
Ever wonder why Titleist names all of their irons with a number like “712” CB etc? The “7” means irons, and the next two digits are the year. So 712 means “irons from 2012.”