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Barney Adams

Barney Adams
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Barney Adams is the founder of Adams Golf and the inventor of the iconic "Tight Lies" fairway wood. He served as Chairman of the Board for Adams until 2012, when the company was purchased by TaylorMade-Adidas.

Adams is one of golf's most distinguished entrepreneurs, receiving honors such as Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 1999 and the 2010 Ernie Sabayrac Award for lifetime contribution to the golf industry by the PGA of America. His journey in the golf industry started as as a club fitter, however, and has the epoxy filled shirts as a testimony to his days as an assembler.

Have an equipment question? Adams holds seven patents on club design and has conducted research on every club in the bag. He welcomes your equipment questions through email at
barneyadams9@gmail.com

Adams is now retired from the golf equipment industry, but his passion for the game endures through his writing. He is the author of "The WOW Factor," a book published in 2008 that offers an insider's view of the golf industry and business advice to entrepreneurs, and he continues to contribute articles to outlets like GolfWRX that offer his solutions to grow the game of golf.
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The pile on the sport of golf is officially underway. I’ve received at least a dozen links to different stories about troubling times in...

The outcry from players and fans over the USGA's handling of the Dustin Johnson ruling at the U.S. Open has all but disappeared --...

Several years ago, I wrote a story about the impending decline in golf participation followed by another one on playing the correct tees. The...

Among the stories for this year’s Masters, the serious club folks show a serious interest in Bryson DeChambeau, specifically his single-length clubs. This evokes...

It is unequivocally the preeminent professional golf tournament, and my respect for them is paramount. Professional golf, be it a major or any event, is...

In case any of you ever wondered, my pay scale for writing for GolfWRX is zippo, nada. I volunteered because I’ve spent nearly 40...

I wrote the original story about amateurs playing relatively longer courses than the pros some four years ago and it became a movement called...

The purists may argue, but in marketing golf equipment distance is No. 1. All else follows. When you understand that the USGA capped maximum...

I read some of the 2015 GolfWRX Gear Trials and the comments. Recently, there was a also an analysis of the new Adams Blue line on...

This story was selected as one of the 15 best GolfWRX stories of 2015! Allow me a bit of forecasting, for those of you planning...

I am very fortunate to belong to Preston Trail, a golf club in Dallas noted for having professional and amateur players. Among them is...

I was asked by the editorial staff of GolfWRX to write about some of the "names" I've played with during my 40 years in the golf...

I've gone through the comments on my previous stories, looking for topics that my readers seem to want covered. So far, I've focused on the nuts...

First, a disclaimer. After my previous story a comment appeared under the name Barney Adams that essentially said cut the crap with the Mickey...

In my previous article, I told the true story of when I encountered a "genius IQ" and his putter design. In our conversation, I pointed out...

"Ball on Green," or putting, is a statistical environment of its own and was my introduction into the golf equipment business. A mutual friend introduced...

Let's say you have temporarily abandoned your plan to introduce a full set of woods and irons, but your passion to be in the golf...

If I had to use one word that applies to the people in the golf industry, and specifically the golf equipment, it would be...

I'm going to start this one with a disclaimer. Understand that I have no motive outside presenting an accurate historical accounting. Back in March of...

I had a recent experience that reminded me of some lessons I learned as a club fitter. My wife and I were headed to...

Let’s start with a major topic of discussion: the golf ball. Many respected names in the world of golf have made it clear that...

In the comments from my story on golf equipment costs, there was some confusion on how equipment companies could be restricted by the USGA...

While reading comments from previous articles, the cost of equipment was often mentioned as a reason folks were not enamored with the game. The...

I'm saddened to report that Golf Czar has relinquished his title. It seems that when reading the fine print I didn't understand that wearing...

Before I get into specifics, here's a quick review of golf participation in the U.S. Since 1985, we've lost 500,000 avid golfers, who are golfers...

I must admit that I was surprised and humbled when told I've been named Czar over all of golf. I asked about the process...

"Why should I care about golf participation?" "What will increased participation do for me?" These are valid questions that have come up consistently from readers...

Let's cut to the chase. Has there been a precipitous drop in golf participation or is it the hand wringing of borderline operators? I...

In the first part of this series, we traced the rise and fall of tennis and postulated the conclusion that it was a natural condition...

Once upon a time, there was the great tennis boom. The game was immensely popular and growing, and equipment manufacturers were researching ways to make...

Hello GolfWRX readers. Let me introduce myself, as I'm about to write a series of columns for the site. The initial effort will be a...