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The History Behind Titleist

Posted by Heather Plyler on Apr 13, 2015 10:24:07 AM

Sometimes even the best putt doesn’t go quite where you would like or expect. Eighty-four years ago, a well-struck putt by Philip “Skipper” Young veered off course and away from the hole. Scratching his head, Young took the ball to his friend, a fellow golfer and dentist, for an x-ray. In the black-and-white image, they could see that the core of the ball had become askew.

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Titleist: The Benchmark Brand

Posted by LostGolfBalls on Aug 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Sometimes even the best putt doesn’t go quite where you would like or expect. Eighty-four years ago, a well-struck putt by Philip “Skipper” Young veered off course and away from the hole. Scratching his head, Young took the ball to his friend, a fellow golfer and dentist, for an x-ray. In the black-and-white image, they could see that the core of the ball had become askew.

1930s Titleist Production FacilityBy 1910, Young, an MIT graduate, had already founded Acushnet Process Company which concentrated on deresinating latex and producing rubber. After his experience with the missed shot that should have been “for sure,” Young developed a machine that could uniformly wind rubber string around a rubber core—creating the wound golf ball. With his “Dead Center” concept behind the new “Titleist” ball, he proclaimed it to be the winner of the quest to create the best for the game. By 1949, just a few years later, Titleist had become the most-played golf ball in the U.S. Open.

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TaylorMade: An Experience Crafted Out Of Necessity

Posted by LostGolfBalls on Jul 21, 2014 10:23:07 AM

Tailor-made: (adjective) made special for the individual—as in the TaylorMade golf company, maker of clubs specially tailored to your hand and your golf ball. 

The first face of TaylorMade was not a Taylor but Gary Adams: entrepreneur, amateur golfer, and founder. In 1979 he borrowed a $24,000 loan. With it he bought a 6,000 square foot building in McHenry, IL with the ambitious goal of creating a new kind of club, one that would catch up to the cutting edge golf balls that had already transformed the game. He began by experimenting with different materials in the hope of improving upon the screws that muttled the face of a persimmon wood.

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Ely Would—Callaway Golf Company

Posted by LostGolfBalls on Jun 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

If all of our golf ball inventory could be placed into a big golf bag, shaken up and emptied, a Titleist or a Nike might roll out like a white marble—or maybe a Callaway, a popular brand for golf gear, would zoom out ahead of the crowd as the company has done in the last few decades.

Today, we celebrate Callaway golf balls for their velocity, courtesy of aerodynamics, but some golfers might not be quite up to speed with their history and ingenuity. 

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Noodle in a Haystack: Our Sorting Process

Posted by LostGolfBalls on May 12, 2014 8:41:43 AM

Golf balls. Millions and millions and millions of golf balls…

Lost Golf Balls sorts around 40,000,000 golf balls a year. How do we do this, you ask? Easy. We kidnap PGA professionals from golf courses around the country and force them to sort, inspect, and hand-shine each and every golf ball.

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More Than Just A Logo:Nike Golf

Posted by LostGolfBalls on May 5, 2014 12:58:25 PM

Nike began its foray into golf in 1984 with a business plan, a couple promotional shirts, and a football cleat converted into a golf shoe.  A little over a decade later, a young phenom would catapult their meager presence in the golfing world into one of enormous power and influence. 

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