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Checking in with Mitchell Golf after acquisition by Caster Concepts



Last July, we reported Mitchell Golf Equipment Company, industry leader in loft and lie machines and other golf club bending equipment, was seeking a buyer. Founder and CEO Ed Mitchell was hoping for absorption into a larger company to reduce overhead and capitalize on the efficiencies of being nested inside a larger manufacturer.

As of December 1, Caster Concepts, a manufacturer of heavy duty industrial casters, purchased all assets of Mitchell Golf, and the the company has relocated to Caster’s facility in Albion, Michigan.

Ed Mitchell explained at the time the announcement, “Certainly partnering with a caster company was not my first thought, [but] when I met Bill Dobbins President, Brian Burt Controller and Andrew Dobbins General Manager, and fully understood the expertise that was within their company, it was clear there was a great fit for my company.”

Now a couple of months into the new arrangement, we caught up with Mr. Mitchell by phone to see how things are going.

I asked how they got linked up with Caster Concepts in the first place.

“We were looking for someone that could provide the machining and metal fabrication in house that we didn’t have…to find that already in the golf industry was very difficult.”

“I happened on a firm just 20 miles west of Jackson, which is my hometown. The son of the owner of the firm [Andrew Dobbins] had spent about eight or 10 years as a PGA Professional and he was familiar with our machines. So they had a connection to the industry, and with their in-house manufacturing, it seemed like a great fit.”

Mitchell indicated Castor Concepts offers a full buffet of resources.

“This company does business all over the world. They have a very sound grounding in manufacturing. They have a laser cutter. They have polyurethane capabilities. The have powder coating. They have in-house painting. They have in-house welding as well as all types of machining…all the tools that are needed to produce the precision parts that go into our machines. We’re able to take ideas from skratchpad all the way to production.”  

Mitchell also told us a few of the ways the the arrangement will help the company are

  • Get delivery times back to within days.
  • Add new design features the current line, as well as continue to improve on our machines.
  • Reinstate the company’s training schools, as well as offer an internet-based training program.
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  1. Steve

    Mar 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    No mention here about Ed Mitchell sneaking out if Dayton Ohio on the weekend still owing vendors thousands of dollars.

  2. Scooter6

    Feb 17, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I have had the pleasure to meet Mr. Mitchell, his son Tom, and Dodger the cat. What a fine family! Really great people and I hope this is the future they hoped for.

  3. Chuck

    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    This is great news, and a nice and a timely report. Ed Mitchell has lots of roots in that area (Albion-Jackson). Ed Mitchell WAS the old Mitchell Golf, and he has so incredibly much historic knowledge. Back before there were any tour vans to speak of, Mitchell Golf had a little van at the Masters. He’s got amazing stories, and I hope that someone can help publicize them at this point in Ed’s life. Somebody should do a long-form interview with him.

    Bubba: since SuperStroke Grips, Carl’s Golfland, Miles of Golf, the Eaton (Golfpride) Corporation… oh, and three of the largest manufacturing companies in the world (General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Fiat-Chrysler Automotive) and the world’s leading autonomous vehicle research center all make their homes in Michigan, I think our productive class is doing fine, thank you very little.

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The Nike 2018 Golf Sunglass Collection is here for Spring



Nike is adding five ultra-lightweight new styles for Spring. The shades introduces the brand’s new innovative Nike Course Tint and air pocket technologies, designed for peak performance on the golf course.

Taking a cue from Nike Golf apparel and footwear, The Nike Vision Golf Collection offers golfers traditional style in frames that are suitable for both on-and-off the course wear.

Several of the models feature Nike’s air pocket temple-cushioning technology, which enhances comfort.

Nike Course Tint is designed to block sunlight, highlight form and enhance contours when outdoors. The new tint balances light transmission and intensifies colors to assist in reading greens and amplifying the whiteness of the ball.

Additional features include durable high-tension hinges, innovative cushioning and ventilated rubber nose bridges to reduce fogging. Select styles also include tapered temple arms designed to fit easily under a hat.

Each pair of sunglasses comes equipped with 100% UVA and UVB protection.

The 2018 Golf Collection includes:

Nike Maverick

Nike Outrider

Nike Pivot Six & Nike Pivot Eight


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Jason Dufner WITB 2018



Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 WGC Dell Match Play (3/20/2018).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (10.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 65 6.5

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (13.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour 80 Tour X

7 Wood: Titleist 915F (21 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 125 MSI 80 Tour X

Irons: Titleist 716 Ap2 (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT S400 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F), Titleist Vokey Design (56), Titleist Vokey 2017 Prototype (60)
Shaft: True Temper DG Spinner

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T T5S
Grip: SuperStroke PistolGTR Tour

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Dufner’s clubs. 

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Vijay Singh WITB 2018



Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational (3/13/18).

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2016 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: TPT Golf

3 Wood: TaylorMade Areo Burner (12 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2 Tour Spec X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2016 HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2 Tour Spec X

3 Wood: Tour Edge Exotics CBX T3 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 2.0 Tour Spec 7S

Irons: Mizuno MP-4 (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Prototype

Wedges: Wilson Staff FG Tour PMP (54-11, 59-10)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3

Putter: Bloodline R1-J
Grip: Bloodline Grip

WITB Notes: We spotted Vijay testing a few different fairway woods at the 2018 Arnold Palmer, and we’ll update this post when we confirm his decisions.


Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Singh’s clubs. 

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