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Golf Australia Express : July 2013 - THE OPEN
QFINDING A CAREER: I played college golf at the University of North Florida and then professionally for four years on the Hooters Tour and Golden Bear Tour (now Gateway Tour). I joined Callaway in 2006 as a club specialist. GROWING UP: As a kid, I had a pretty decent background in pro tour golf. My father played on the PGA and Champions tours for a number of years, and I caddied for him when I wasn’t in school. THE GRIND: I make sure our staffers are putting as well as they can by making sure their putters and specs fit their strokes and body types. On the PGA Tour, Odyssey is typically around 25 per cent of total usage, which can mean 35-45 users per week. Much of my time is spent ensuring that those players are putting well and happy with their putters. TINKERING: I spend about 50 per cent of my time doing putter repairs and adjustments inside our Tour Trailer. Typical work includes loft and lie adjustments, length adjustments and re- shafting—airlines are not kind to golf equipment. Also offset adjustments, swing weight, and total weight adjustments, as well as simple re-grips. FINE-TUNING: Putter specs are very precise and players are beyond particular about them, so I make sure their set-up is spot on with zero tolerances. DESIGN INPUT: Our principal designer, Austie Rollinson, and I stay in constant contact as I see trends developing or models that may need tweaking. The work he and our R&D have done this past year has really kept us moving at a fast pace. PLAYERS WINNING: You don’t want to watch golf with me on Sundays—I live and die on every shot. Spending as much time as we do with players, you can’t help but make friends on the practice green, and I find myself emotionally invested in their successes and defeats. THE BIG EASY: Ernie Els worked closely with our reps in Europe and the US on his belly putter, so when he won the Open Championship you could have heard my screams for miles. TWO GLOVES GAINEY: We were emotional when Tommy Gainey got his first PGA TOUR win in 2012 because we’ve become very close to him and his family. I was on the practice green in 2010 on the Web.com Tour when we put that Odyssey Backstryke in his hands. He finished second that week and then won twice to propel himself back onto the PGA Tour. That same putter was in his hands when he won last year. SWEET EMOTION: My fondest memory of being a part of a player’s win was when Leta Lindley won her first title in her 295th start on the LPGA Tour. OTG "When he won The Open you could have heard my screams for miles."
June 2013-US OPEN
August 2013 - PGA Championship