In eighties, when i just started playing golf as a teenager, my father was looking for best junior golf clubs (if you are looking for good golf clubs for your kids, there’s the tutorial i recently discovered) for me to play with. There were lots of options, but at that time, PING was considered to be the best golf club manufacturer around, so my dad bought ping’s 12 piece kids’ golf club set for me, and i was so happy.
The reason for PING’s authority as the best golf company was that they advertised themselves as local manufacturers. They had factories here, and manufactured all their golf clubs locally in US. It was profitable for them, but that has lately changed. And a lot of people are still unaware that Ping moved it’s factories to somewhere else. They still buy Ping golf clubs thinking that they’re helping American economy, but they’re unfortunately wrong. Most golf clubs are manufactured in Asia, mostly in China, Japan and Taiwan. None of the major golf club manufacturers produce golf club heads and shafts in USA anymore, including PING, which used to.
The reason for that is simple – it’s just cheaper for them to manufacture their clubs somewhere else. Wages in US are really high, so are the costs of raw materials. Titanium is much more expensive here, so all golf clubs made of that specific material are imported from China. Every one of those things are less expensive in China, so it kind of makes sense that golf companies decided to manufacture there. But from customer’s perspective, it’s sad that there are no more major golf clubs that are made here in USA. Some people want to aid the economy by buying locally made golf clubs, and they don’t have that option. Of course, there are some clubs, but they are crazy expensive and aren’t even that good. Their design is flawed and golf brands are not trustworthy.
But things are not that bad. Some golf companies, like Ping, still assemble their golf clubs here, in America. Which is important, because assembly is the most important of golf club production. They hire American people to assemble those clubs, so even though not as much as they used to, PING still helps American economy.
On the other hand, some brands like Callaway don’t even do that. Until 2010, they also had assembly line here, in California. But they no longer do. They moved their production to Mexico to reduce costs and make bigger profits on their clubs. When i heard this, i didn’t want to believe it first, because i love Callaway’s Big Bertha line and was a huge fan of the brand. From their affordable golf club sets to high end clubs, their quality is always exceptional and up to standards. But knowing they care more about profits rather than this country, i probably won’t be buying from them anymore.