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Golf Digest: Callaway CEO Brewer explains cuts

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EXCLUSIVE: Post cuts, Brewer sees a “more aggressive, authentic and relevant” Callaway

One of the game’s equipment giants shed itself of some size as Callaway Golf announced layoffs impacting some 250 employees worldwide (out of a total of 2,100 employees for an approximately 12-percent drop) across a wide swath of divisions. The workforce reduction was accompanied by an announcement of $52 million in cost-reduction initiatives.

In an exclusive interview with GolfDigest.com, Callaway CEO Chip Brewer said the changes were personally trying but necessary.

“If this surprised anybody, they weren’t paying attention,” Brewer said. “Before I came to Callaway, I knew, and everyone in the industry knew, that there was some level of cost-cutting to be done. It’s very unpleasant but necessary. It keeps you up at night, but you have to do it.

“I didn’t think it was going to be this extensive, to be candid. You have to assess the situation, and as you get further into it, you learn more. If you come in with those ideas predetermined, you’re doing a disservice to the organization. But I wouldn’t say we’re excessively skinny. There’s not a lack of resources here by any means.”

Brewer said the layoffs affect workers across all levels of the organization, but with greater cuts coming domestically than internationally. While corporate support positions were among the most affected areas, research and development was among the least affected.

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  1. golf jobs

    Jan 31, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    As such, many golfers suffered from fatigue and diminished concentration
    long before they reached the 18th hole. The calculations of handicaps are resolute by golf clubs or golfers society.

    This is because the head helps maintain the tension of the swing,
    and moving it forward along with the hips causes some of the tension, that was built up during the backswing, to be lost.

  2. lloyd

    Jan 21, 2013 at 7:19 am

    callaway has been losing money for the last couple of years its a shame really as there a good company. the problem is other golf companies have big name sports brand backing the company up like cobra has puma taylormade has adidas and titleist has fila even tho titleist dont seem to have the money to keep there stars and then you have nike who will never run out of cash. the job cuts are bad news but its happening all over the world but if that wot it takes to stay in the business then fine.

  3. Walden

    Jul 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Too bad, but it’s what is necessary to make the company healthy again. Seems like Tony did a great job in the search and interim position, and I suspect that getting lean (stop losing so much money) and better product will be the key.

    Unfortunately, golf is simply a very tough industry right now. Good luck to you and the team.

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Alex Noren WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/25/18).

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9.0 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange CK 60TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 80X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (2 hybrid)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana HY 90X

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (4-9 irons)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (46-10S, 50-10S, 60-08C)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 1W

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Ian Poulter WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/20/2018).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange CK 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik TP7HDe 7X

Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green ATX85H TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shaft: Project X LZ 130 7.0

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F, 56-14F, 60-04L)
Shaft: Project X LZ 7.0 (52), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56, 60)

Putter: EvnRoll Tour ER
Grip: Odyssey Pistol

Putter: Rife Antigua Island Series
Grip: Odyssey Pistol

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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From our featured image of Rory McIlroy putting in a different kind of work on the range in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning, to shots of Tiger Woods’ similarly early pre-pro-am range work, to some intriguing shots Patrick Reed’s prototype Bettinardi putter, GolfWRX has plenty of fantastic photo content from PGA National.

Here are some of the best shots from Wednesday.

Tiger Woods at work prior to his crack-of-dawn pro-am tee time. Gentleman in the foreground: You do know that as the sun has not yet risen, you do not need a hat to aggressively combat its rays, right?

“My feet do not look like that at impact.”

All eyes on the Big Cat…except those focused on the live video on their cell phone screens…

Let’s take a closer look at Patrick Reed’s yardage book cover. Yep. As expected.

Do you think these two ever talk?

It looks like Captain Furyk already has some pre-Ryder Cup swag in the form of a putter cover.

If you’ve ever wondered why Rickie Fowler selected these interesting locations for his tattoos, this may be the answer: Visible when he holds his finish.

We’ve got a Pistol Pete sighting!

Patrick Reed’s droolworthy Bettinardi Dass prototype.

Fun fact: Wedges double as magnetic putter cover holders, as Jon Curran illustrates here. Healthy application of lead tape, as well, from the tour’s resident graffiti artist.

Wednesday’s Photos

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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