The Saturday Video: How Golf Clubs Are Made

By February 4, 2006Cool Stuff Being Made

How Gold Clubs Are MadeSince neither the Blogger-in-Chief nor the Blogger’s Apprentice know much about golf, we turned to the NAM’s resident Golfer-in-Chief, Jason Straczewski. We know a thing or two about Blogging, and pinging blogs, but when it comes to PING Golf clubs, this week’s write up comes from Jason:

It has been a fairly mild, and downright balmy winter in the northeastern United States this year. Many people are taking advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures by getting outside. This good weather has also meant more action on the local links. Rightfully so, our thoughts turn toward perpetually sunny Phoenix, Arizona and the Karsten Manufacturing Corporation. If you are an avid golfer then you surely recognize that they are the manufacturers of PING golf clubs and equipment.

Karsten Manufacturing Corporation began in the 1950’s garage of Karsten Solheim, when he set out to build his own club to improve his golf game. What started with a custom line of putters has grown into a full line of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons and putters. Today, Karsten Manufacturing is utilizing the latest alloys, aerodynamic technology and experiences of professional tour golfers to continually improve upon their design and make some of the best selling equipment in the world of golf.

The most impressive aspect of Karsten’s manufacturing process is the amount of time spent on the design. An average golfer hears the terminology of “low spin, more roll and a soft feel around the greens”, but most of us do not realize the careful consideration to the physics of the game that Karsten’s engineers incorporate into their club designs. The following video is a unique and fascinating inside-look into how they make that club you slam into the ground when you hit a bad shot or kiss when you put the ball right on the flag.

Their latest line of drivers, utility woods, irons and putters, the G5 Series, was just listed “Highly Recommended” in Golf Digest’s Hot List for 2006. So, while you are out taking advantage of the mild weather in order to tune up your game for the 2006 season, why don’t you check out how the hottest new line of clubs are made, right here in the United States? Learn more by watching this week’s video. Click here to feel the manufacturing vibe.

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  • Jim Mallory says:

    The most impressive thing about Karsten manufacturing isn’t that they operate their own investment casting foundry (Dolphin Mfg.) but rather that they are the only major golf clubmaker that still produces all of its clubheads in the USA. Every other clubmaker has shifted their casting production to China to reduce their production costs, but the price of a new driver from those companies still averages between $300 and $500. Obviously, the cost savings don’t get passed on to consumers.