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Titleist is releasing new “AVX” premium golf balls, made for more distance

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GolfWRX has learned that Titleist is testing new “AVX” golf balls — made with premium performance urethane covers and designed for more distance and a softer feel — in three different markets. The new three-piece golf balls will hit the shelves of golf shops and retail stores for the same price as Titleist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls on October 6 in only Florida, California and Arizona to evaluate the demand for such a product.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Titleist’s AVX golf balls here

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The golf balls will be available in both white and high optic yellow based on the photos of the packaging and golf balls.

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According to language written on Titleist’s AVX packaging, the golf balls will have a new, “high speed,” low-compression core that’s designed for a softer feel and more distance. There is also a “high flex casing layer” to enhance speed and control spin. The “GRN41 urethane cover” is said to deliver scoring control, a soft feel and durability.

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It’s clear from the photos we’ve obtained that the AVX golf balls feature a new dimple pattern, at least compared to the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. According to the packaging, it’s a “352 tetrahedral catenary dimple design” to make it more aerodynamic for flight consistency.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Titleist’s AVX golf balls here

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  1. Tyler Brooke

    Oct 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    For Dummies Version: A ball that will go father then their prov and prov1X but is supposed to perform better around the greens and on the green.

    They also flight iron shots lower and come hot off the face.

  2. Bert

    Oct 20, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Played the ball today for the first time. Felt good off club face and checked well on full shots into the greens. Distance was OK, not sure I picked up any with my 85 MPH swing speed. What I didn’t like about the ball was how it played for short pitch shots. I usually play a gap wedge, if possible, within 60-30 yards and it will bounce once, twice and then bite hard. This ball felt good but would bounce once, twice and then let go and roll. It tried to get it to bite off tight lie, but usually let go and rolled out more than I like. I switched to the B-330 RXS and got the check I wanted. I hit a few side by side and noticed the difference in bite characteristics. I could get used to it, but not sure. I did like the reaction off my driver, like I mentioned, not sure it was any longer, but flight was good for me. I’ll play them for a few more rounds and get a better feel.

  3. Jerry

    Oct 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    What is GRN41 Urethane??

    Not as spinny as their Elastomer Urethane in the ProV1?

    AVX – Amateur VX (ProV1X)

  4. Mat

    Oct 13, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    NXT + Urethane…

  5. Mad-Mex

    Sep 24, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Heard next year they will have a rubber wound balata covered premium golf ball,,,,,,

  6. Bobo

    Sep 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    The upgrade to the AVX is now in the minds and mill of the folks at Titleist.
    AVX now….. BWY coming soon!!! (CXZ next year).

  7. Mike Tomasi

    Sep 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    They should have just come out with a 70 compression pro v1 and called it the pro v1s. Just my marketing idea.

    • SK

      Sep 23, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      AVX now…. BWY soon…. CXZ coming next year…. otherwise no change

  8. retired04

    Sep 23, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Slower swing speed? Try the Srixon Q Star Tour and do your own comparison. I’m 70. 75-77 swing speed-took the time to hit dozens of full and short game shots actually comparing the Pro Vs to the Srixon ball and the Srixon ball was as good or better at $30 or less per dz.. Had to convince myself and I did.

  9. BO

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    urethane…. non-urethane…..uranusthane?

  10. 2putttom

    Sep 22, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    lol .. these comments and responses remind me of public comment time at a city council meeting

    • abxgolf

      Sep 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      golf clubs and balls are gearhead heaven and let no man put that asunder

  11. James Strachan

    Sep 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    VICE are made in yellow.

    • abxgolf

      Sep 22, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      try finding one of those in autumn leaves lol

  12. Jack Nash

    Sep 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Re-Branding
    Re-Engineering
    Re-Thinking
    Re-Imagining (the latest BS acronym)
    Re-Jigging
    Re-Treading

    All great ideas run thru the Constant Mill of failed actual new ideas.

    3 piece balls go far Correct.
    3 piece balls can have a soft cover.
    3 piece balls will never have enuff spin greenside.

    • abxgolf

      Sep 22, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      rush down to yer nearest big box golf mecca store and buy a dozen or two is you loose lotsa balls.

  13. DrB

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    It is their way of catching up to Bridgestone, Callaway, Wilson (!), and perhaps others without having to eat crow and change their narrative of the last few years. Titleist has always maintained that either ProV1 or ProV1x is the best ball for your game regardless of your swing speed. (Their other balls exist for those players for whom price is a consideration.) Other companies have brought out tour-quality balls optimized for sub-100mph swings and have found great success with customers. So, Titleist had a problem: they could ignore the success of the likes of the Chrome Soft, B330RX, et al, and continue to lose market share, or come up with a new ball optimized for the sub-100mph swing that has a urethane cover, great distance, tour-quality short game performance, but not contradicting their previous proclamations that ProV1(x) is still best for everyone. Enter the AVX

  14. asugrad1988

    Sep 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    It sounds like the Bridgestone E5 golf ball. 3 piece ball with a urethane cover. About $20 a dozen.

    • Jack Nash

      Sep 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Add the name Titleist and double the cost. Re-Branding.

    • Mat

      Oct 13, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      And probably not as good as the e5.

  15. MamasBoy

    Sep 21, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Mo’ distance….. Lo spin…… Hi shot….. Hit da pin

  16. Speedy

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    No thanks, another of their overpriced balls.

  17. MamasBoy

    Sep 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    “made for more distance”??
    I need more distance so I’m gonna switch to AVX and they will match my PXG’s
    AVX + PXG = APXXVG ….. woooh

  18. Rich

    Sep 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Flat dimples , looks like the Wilson Staff C golf ball of a few years ago. It seems Wilson Duo had it right after all, Callaway has copied it in the soft, TaylorMade has tried to copy the idea of softer and now another attempt by Titleist to copy the DUO ball. Titleist has again put a ball out that is in the upper ranks in price thinking they will buy it just because of the name…. Titleist over priced and under delivered on most of their goods. They are like the car companies of the mid seventy era.

    • Brian

      Sep 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Golf is a game of ‘status’ and the boys with the newest toys play together. You will never find a foursome of buddies with one playing 5 y.o. clubs. If you wanna play, you gotta pay.

  19. Acew7iron

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Their answer to the Kirkland ball?

    • Brian

      Sep 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Except it’s still over 3x the price of a Kirkland…

      • Bert

        Oct 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm

        Whatever happened to the Kirkland ball? Is it finally on the shelves again; and if yes, is it really the same specifications as the one that stirred everyone up?

  20. Tanner

    Sep 21, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Perhaps their answer for calls for a yellow pro v ?

    • carl spackler

      Sep 21, 2017 at 8:25 am

      but, but they said they couldn’t make a ball with a urethane cover yellow due to the nature of urethane

  21. stevemac

    Sep 20, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Yeah we do play golf in Texas year round!!!!!!!! Sure hope I am going to get my test balls here. How do you leave out Texas?

  22. Rich Douglas

    Sep 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Too little information. Are these some cool, new breakthrough? Or are they just re-packaged Titleist Velocity balls? Something in between? Something else?

  23. TigerArmy

    Sep 20, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Where the hell do these fit in between the ProV1s and the NXTs???
    Looks a lot like the Bridgestone strategy where they try to sell sub par tour balls RX / RXS as premium balls to hackers.

  24. AllanA

    Sep 20, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    AVX … AVX … AVX??? ….. Oh, I get it ….. A (Pro)V(1)X …. LOLOL

  25. Guia

    Sep 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I will give it a try. Personally though, I use any number of brand balls and have seen very little difference.

    • AllanA

      Sep 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Oh, no… there must be a difference… look at all the claims and promises… it must be better because it’s the newest.

    • larrybud

      Sep 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

      There is certainly a difference between urethane and non-urethane balls as far as spin goes, especially on approach shots.

      Distance? Eh, all within your margin of error.

  26. Davey Dave

    Sep 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Looks like a good target for an after-hours water hazard diving expedition. Seriously, I’d like to try them to see if they change my second shot.

  27. golfraven

    Sep 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Looks loke a NXT to me. Same packaging but different name?

  28. Brian

    Sep 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Until their balls are reasonably priced, the only Titleist’s I’ll play are those I find on the course.

  29. Judge Smeills

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Still waiting for the release of new DT Solo and the Tour Prestige

  30. Irma

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Titleist, starting to lose their ball market badly to Srixon, Bridgestone, TM, so they decide to copy and say why fight them, join them. Typical of a Korean-owned company looking to cash in, like always, with copies.

    • Thomas A

      Sep 20, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Fila Korea sold Titleist. They are American, publicly owned now. If you read GolfWRX you’d know this.

      • CCGolfTx

        Sep 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

        Acushnet owns Titleist but Fila Korea still owns Acushnet and owns the controlling percentage of the company.

      • Irma

        Sep 21, 2017 at 2:16 am

        No, it didn’t. You would know that if you lived in the outside world
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acushnet_Company

        • surewin73

          Sep 21, 2017 at 11:00 am

          From your Wikipedia page….

          The Acushnet Company is an American company and a subsidiary of Fila Korea, Ltd. that makes golf equipment and clothing.

          Acushnet is still owned by Fila Korea!

        • ibo

          Sep 22, 2017 at 10:43 am

          Irma it literally says The Acushnet Company is an American company and a subsidiary of Fila Korea, Ltd. that makes golf equipment and clothing. in the first line of the article. LOL

          • Irma

            Sep 23, 2017 at 6:35 pm

            Yeah. I was answering Thomas A’s retort that Fila Korea sold Titleist. It didn’t.
            You would know that if you understood how the reply listings worked here. Duh

  31. Double Mocha Man

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Did they stop making the “Velocity”… it was their long ball?

  32. Golf64

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    So 4 balls in the same price category?! Only thing I like about this is it comes in yellow. No customer here at ProV1 prices!

  33. Scott

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Hey why not right? Give it the old Billy Baron!

  34. cgasucks

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    A 3 piece Urethane covered ball at the same price as the Pro V1? There’s no incentive for the golfer to buy the AVX (maybe a dozen or two for curiosity’s sake) long term and might as well buy the tried and true Pro V1 for the same price.

  35. Teaj

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    im confused, someone needs to do a review with these, PROV1 and PROV1X

  36. Golfinnut

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    with their quarterly golf sales down the toilet … why come out with a premium distance ball priced just like the V1? No one buys the ProV1 for just that reason. It’s just too damn expensive. No wonder it’s only in 3 states.

    • Golfandpuff

      Sep 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Stats? Proof sales are down? Why don’t you get me the mfg cost per ball while you are at it? Thanks!

      • Brian

        Sep 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

        A simple google search will tell you what is common knowledge on Titleist’s recent sales decline.

        • AllanA

          Sep 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

          Golf equipment sales to the recreational golf market is down because the average golfer is aging and giving up the game. The demographics backs this up.
          So the golf OEMs are shifting their sales to the upscale market because that’s where the money is. It’s happening to drivers, irons, wedges, balls, everything.
          Most on these forums are not so rich that they don’t have to ask for the price of the equipment; they are mostly gearhead wannabes who fall in love with the newest and fanciest toys.

      • Cdub

        Sep 20, 2017 at 6:51 pm

        They are a public company. Read their last Q earnings release.

  37. AllanA

    Sep 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Titlesist Promises:
    – More distance
    – Softer feeel
    – Enhanced speed
    – Control spin
    – Scoring control
    – Durability
    – More aerodynamic
    – Flight consistency
    – Optic color
    – Fancy dimples
    Premium performance at a premium price on par with ProV1-x.
    Sooo, if you want to be a good golfer you must spend more $$$$ on your equipment, shoes, accessories and clothes too. It only makes sense.

  38. new stuff!!

    Sep 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    what I don’t understand is why they don’t make the v1 or v1x in yellow.
    waiting for tp5 to come in yellow as well.
    until then… chrome soft it is

    • AllanA

      Sep 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      No ‘yaller’ ball for me…. maybe a pink Volvic…. maybe not …..

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What It’s Like: TaylorMade Golf’s “The Kingdom”

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One of the best parts of this job, beyond the people we get to meet, is the facilities. All of the core OEMs have a “place” that is exclusive, away from anything normal, and you gotta know someone to get a ticket in.

That’s what the “What It’s Like” series is about. Those certain OEM places with no doors open to the public. Those places that if you happened to sneak in, there is no way you can Fletch your way around into two steak sandwiches and a bloody mary.

I never admit this, but I used to manage a night club in Los Angeles called Les Deux (it was cool for a minute). It was a fun although soul-sucking endeavor but the thing that made the experience stick out was the exclusivity of it. If you got in by knowing someone, greased the door guy (me), or got invited, it was four hours of awesome. Yes, it’s a lame example, but there is, unfortunately, something about getting to the other side of a closed door that is just awesome.

TaylorMade Golf’s Kingdom is location No. 1, and as you would expect, it’s nothing short of pure golf ecstasy.

My Experience

I have been to TaylorMade HQ quite a number of times, and typically those visits involve time at what I call the gear junkie mecca (short of Tiger Woods’ garage or the Nike Oven graveyard now called Artisan) AKA The Kingdom.

The coolest thing about it is how subtle the location is. Located just steps away from the front door of TM HQ (and a very random corporate basketball hoop) sits a small-yet-elegant building that if you didn’t know was there, you would fly past it. Once you pull into the side parking lot, unload your sticks, and head to the door, there is still that feeling of “will they actually let me in?”

Here’s the thing. The best (all of them) have been in here. To test, practice, hang out, get fit, get wowed to potentially be on staff and everything in-between. A schmuck like me should get nervous, but then it happens, the door opens and you are not only let in but you are greeted by the master of ceremonies and a man I truly adore Tom “TK” Kroll.

With the passion to match not only yours but anyone else who walks in, he makes sure every nuance is seen and experienced. From the lobby with current TM athletes on the wall to the locker room with your custom locker that sits next to an exact replica of Tiger’s bag. There are snacks, extras shoes, gloves, swag, coffee, beer, and all your wildest dreams…and we are barely in the facility.

From a 35,000 foot view, The Kingdom has everything a golfer would ever want, need, or wish for. Starting with Duane Anderson’s putter studio that has tested thousands of strokes from players ranging from a 20 handicap to Rory McIlroy. The data compiled in this room is staggering. We did a video (link below) that gives you the full rundown.

There are three (one with an Iron Byron for testing) main inside hitting bays with all the bells and whistles you would assume. TrackMans, cameras, big screens, fresh gloves hanging on the wall, and a club fitting matrix with every TM combination you could think of.

The outside hitting area is heaven on earth. There is no other way to describe. Huge hitting area with multiple styles of grass, lies, pins, etc. Any shot you would need to hit can be recreated here on grass with a ball flying into the air and not into a screen. My favorite area is the Flick Tee. In honor of the great teacher and longtime TM staffer Jim Flick. Its tucked up high and privately in the corner of the range under a tree and this may sound ridiculous but you can almost feel Mr. Flick standing there with you as you look out onto the facility. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

As mentioned, the man who manages your experience is Tom Kroll. He’s about as respected and beloved as anyone in the industry and for good reason. You combine passion with service you get an awesome human to hang out with. Everyone that has been through these doors has a TK story, which includes a chuckle and a smile.

I chatted with him recently about The Kingdom, and this is what he had to say.

JW: Walk me through how The Kingdom came to be what it is now? Basically origin to current day…

TK: Back in 1994, I was in R&D, running player testing, and we needed to find our own testing range. We built our headquarters in Carlsbad in the 1990s and added the range in 1998. Only robot, cannon and player testing were done at the start. Once in a while, a tour or staff pro would come out and test, but it was all operated from one building. At the time, what’s currently the clubhouse at The Kingdom was actually a maintenance building. But in 2010, The Kingdom was reimagined to the layout we have now.

Over the last three years I’ve been at The Kingdom, we’ve added GEARS, Quintic high-speed cameras, and a Foresight simulator bay. We transformed the putting lab with a Perfection Platforms articulating floor and SAM technology. Last year we resurfaced the main tee, redesigned and dedicated the Flick Tee, underwent a complete renovation of the short game area with new bunker complexes, redesigned the targeting downrange, and developed a par-3 routing. We partnered with Kurt Bowman Design, a longtime designer under Jack Nicklaus.

Our superintendent Mark Warren and his crew have done incredible work with our current maintenance equipment, and I can’t wait to see the conditions after we deliver a brand new fleet of brand new Toro equipment. We structured a long-term partnership with Toro and Turf Star Western.

JW: What is the simple function of The Kingdom? 

TK: We still have the robot bay and R&D does development work almost every day. We are mostly a resource for the entire company: Global Sports Marketing (Tour), developmental pros and ams, AJGA standouts, our Crusaders (club professionals), and commercial teams. We host pre-lines to introduce new product to our at-large teams and training events. We’re even a PR resource, hosting media, social influencers, celebrities, and professional athletes.

We also act as a hub for our Crusaders. They send their members to us, and we wholesale back to the staff account. I’ll do a significant amount of corporate events, charity events and have had “Flicks at The Kingdom” where we set up a giant projector and our employees bring their kids, beach chairs and blankets to watch a movie out on the range. Really a fun and cool event.

JW: Give me three awesome stories or experiences from your time there that you are cool sharing.

TK: It’s tough to only pick three! From Reggie Jackson stopping by to Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke, President Bush. Those may be the most haughty name drops of all time! What can I say, it is beyond the coolest job I have ever had! It’s truly tough to pick, but here are my three…

Story 1: Tiger was preparing to make his first PGA Tour start after fusion surgery and he just spends the day grinding out here. He was testing an early proto of the TW irons and to see how much speed he still had. There’s a sound that only he and maybe two or three others make when they center it up. That sound is something that goes through your body, I can still hear it. It sticks with you.

He’s playing old school lofts, which are three degrees weaker than any other tour pro, but the carry distances were still there, the windows he hits it through, holding it against the wind, flighting a 6-iron even ripping a 5-wood 275 yards. His feedback and ability to discern the most minute details working with the advanced teams developing the irons was fantastic to witness.

To come full circle, I played with him in the Southern Cal Amateur when he was 16-years-old and had a front-row to his 62 at Hacienda, I was keeping his scorecard so he has my autograph. To again be standing three feet from him while he goes through the process is just special.

Story 2: I’m going to put two guys in the same bucket (because The Kingdom is so magical, I hope the golf gods are okay with it). Rory now spends a day out here the week of Farmers–he has for the last two years, and with the U.S. Open there 2021, I think he’s a lock for the next few. He went through two sets of irons in a wind quartering off the right at 20-25 mph. The consistency of launch, speed and spin were shockingly close! It was one of the greatest ball-striking exhibitions I’ve ever witnessed. We handpicked the range after his day, it took us 10 minutes He’s also the most gracious, down to earth person.

Jon Rahm stops by five or six times a year. To watch his sessions in the putting lab, to see Duane show him what’s changing and getting Jon back to baseline and see his confidence, to the 4-iron flop shots after we tell our Seve stories. Jon is part of the family. His brother and dad came out before Jon and Kelly’s wedding. He’s one of the two or three others where the sound goes through you.

Story 3: Has to be Operation Game On (OGO). We have partnered with  Tony Perez for over 15 years, we are the cherry on top of a 6-10 week program where wounded veterans take lessons and the graduation is a fitting at The Kingdom. I had a dear friend, Joe Horowitz, who’s a golfer and a musician, here late one day and I mentioned the OGO guys were coming the next day. It’s Veteran’s Day and the Marine Corps Birthday. Not to mention Jon Rahm would be here for a last tweak before he left for Dubai. Joe shows me a video of him singing the national anthem at the Jaguars game a few weeks before, and we both say let’s do that for the OGO guys. I get in early and send an email to all employees to be on the tee at 9 a.m. sharp. We have the OGO guys arrive and Jon is hanging in the locker room. I’m stalling to get all the employees onto the tee through the side gate, I walk the boys into the bay and hit the roll up door. Outside are 250 employees cheering these guys on! Joe sings the anthem (goose bumps every time), then happy birthday to Jon and the marine corps. There’s fittings, a pizza truck, Jon Rahm signed U.S. Open staff bags for the OGO boys. Then, get this, Jon goes on and wins that week in Dubai!

JW: If you could change anything about the property or the experience what would it be?

TK: At TaylorMade, the relentless pursuit of improving is in our DNA. The Kingdom is no different. We’re constantly innovating and reimagining the downrange experience. From targeting, to conditions and turf types, we’re always nuancing and squeaking out ways to be better. One example, we’re designing each of our targets with a specific purpose. When players are testing at The Kingdom, we want them to feel that every shot has a consequence. So, we want to deliver a real-world experience in every testing situation. We went through a massive redesign last fall and are currently still working with the advanced research team on new ways to enhance our testing and fitting experiences to meet the way that players perform in competition.

When it comes to the overall experience, The Kingdom has transformed from a predominantly R&D and fitting facility to the most capable environment to test, measure and understand how equipment performs and how golfers interact with their equipment. I call it the ultimate truth machine. We help golfers at every level uncover the insights they need to improve. After each session, we’re going to know everything about the club, the player and the ball flight.

So we came from a place where we were mainly focused on research, fitting, and selling. Our goals have changed. Now we obsess over how to help golfers get better.

What would I change? If you’re curious and passionate about making change, the answers are out there. The first thing we do is listen. We’re going to change everything that needs to be changed in order to meet our goals. I have an incredible focus group to bounce ideas off of. To ask our tour pros, club professionals, and teachers for feedback on the design ideas and what they like and prefer is fortunate. We’re constantly learning, we’re constantly improving, and if there’s a better way do something, then we’re going to figure it out and do it.

JW: What does the kingdom look like in 10 years?

TK: We have a lot of incredible plans for new targeting, bunker complexes, and refining the purposeful design of the range and short game area. Beyond that, we have designs for new teeing areas, a new short game complex, adding another GEARS system and Foresight Simulator, along with other new technologies. I can’t disclose all we do, since the R&D guys get a bit jumpy when I start going on about all the cool stuff and high science! I don’t know exactly what The Kingdom looks like in 10 years as technologies and our understanding continue to improve, but I do know give me six months, and we’ll have done something new. Always grinding to get better!

JW: Tell me a little bit about your career at TaylorMade.

TK: 31 years is hard to do in a “little bit” but I’ll try to give you the Clif Notes! Bob Vokey ran our Tour department and had me running his repair shop in Vista after George Willett took a job driving the Tour truck for TaylorMade. I was refinishing wooden clubs and repairing clubs for the local country clubs. I told Bob I was going broke making $4.50 an hour and driving all over San Diego. I asked if he could get me a job at TaylorMade and I started on the custom line with Wade Liles! Get to work at 2 p.m., off at 1 a.m. and golf in the morning. It was the life! Not to mention, I was lucky enough to meet my wife who worked for the company.

I started our player testing and worked for the great Dr. Benoit Vincent–the smartest man I know. I was a pretty good player, and I played a bunch of USGA and national amateur events. But when I did a TV commercial, I lost my amateur status and made the decision to turn pro. I quit my job and started that journey. Our CEO wanted me to take a leavem and I said: “I need to be all-in on this.” I had two children, a mortgage, car payments and had to buy health insurance while getting through all three stages of Q School. I realized I was a better amateur than a tour pro. We had our third child, and then I got the sales rep job in San Diego. After 10 years of sales, I moved inside the building and the ran innovations department before taking over our metalwoods category when we hit our highest market share in history. I spent a few years in product creation, ran global experiential for a few years and then got the best gig in all of golf here at The Kingdom. Been here for three years, and we’re just getting started!

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, and Puma Golf has teamed up with ambassador Ernie Els in support of the Els for Autism Foundation.

Throughout April, Puma will donate a portion of every individual sale of the brand’s Ignite Pwradapt Caged shoes with the proceeds going towards the Els for Autism Foundation.

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Every pair of Caged shoes sold this month will include a blue Els for Autism shoe bag and puzzle piece ribbon lapel pin – with the color blue and the puzzle pieces representing Autism Awareness.

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The Els for Autism Foundation helps deliver and facilitate programs designed to serve individuals with autism spectrum disorder. You can purchase the shoes here.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about “Boutique brands vs Major OEMs”

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In our forums, our members have been discussing both boutique brands and major OEMs and why the former “trail the OEMs in drivers and woods”. WRXer ‘gr8 flopshot’, who plays a bag full of boutique clubs bar woods, poses the question and it’s got our members talking in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • DaRiz: “Irons, wedges, and putters don’t change much, and for all the technology OEMs try to pack in there, it’s more about how they look and feel. So boutique can fit in nicely here. Drivers/FW, on the other hand, definitely benefit from the millions of dollars in R&D, and it is probably really hard to compete. You can argue that COR is maxed out, but the tiny changes in launch conditions, spin rates, and forgiveness add up.”
  • MattM97: “One reason why I and most other lefties don’t go boutique is options. At least with OEM’s for drivers and most woods we get the most of what is released, some versions and loft we don’t get but better than nothing. I’m not against boutique; I love my putters, I love the look of a lot of wedges, I would absolutely love a set of Japanese forged CB irons one day. Just woods I’ll stick to OEM options.”
  • sniper: “The Wishon 560’s I had built years ago were as good (or better) as anything I’ve had. My current set of MP-18SC’s and Wishon’s are the best feeling irons I’ve played. Both came from a club builder and not built by the OEM. Obviously on the Wishon’s.”
  • RogerInNewZealand: “Genuinely good point. It’s like why we buy JDM, Yonex Ezone 420…and the famed J33 Bridgestone driver from long ago! T.E.E is another one..always a surprise there. With your wood/driver if your sorted that’s fine! You don’t have to bag an exotic club to hit fairways.”

Entire Thread: “Boutique brands vs Major OEMs”

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