Callaway Golf is the biggest manufacturing golf equipment company in the United States, specializing in golf clubs, bags, golf balls, golf apparel, and golf gloves. Callaway has a well established brand identity and is known for producing premium and effective golf equipment. The brand is especially known for producing great drivers, fairway woods, and distance irons. Which were all awarded gold by Golf Digest's Hot List in 2018. The brand began its journey when the Callaway company changed locations to Carlsbad, California in 1995. The company began to become popular by the end of the 1990s and would soon have many well known players wear their brand including:
TaylorMade is another major manufacturing of golf equipment and like Callaway specializes in golf clubs. It was the company that brought metal woods into the golf club industry. The brand is primarily known for its great drivers, two of which were rated gold by Golf Digest's Hot List in 2018. The company dates its origins back to when Gary Adams began showing his metal-headed drivers to pro players on the PGA tour. In 1979 Adams took out a loan started the company, and quickly grew into one of the major brands within the industry. In 1998 it became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Adidas Group, and continued to buy out smaller golf companies to enrich their brand. The company is also based in Carlsbad, California. Notable golf players who are endorsed are:
Titleist is another manufacturer of golf equipment, and the makers of the Pro-VI the most widely played with the ball of the PGA tour. They also make golf clubs, apparel, bags, and other golf equipment. They are known for having exceptional irons and putters that offer both distance and precision. The company is headquartered today in Fairhaven, Massachusetts and is a highly respected brand within the golf industry. The famous Titleist script was first branded in 1935 on the company's first golf ball model. The company has achieved a great trust in its brand after years of outstanding products, and is backed by some of the best professional golfers in the world including:
Ping is another company that manufactures and produces golf equipment, and like other top three on the list has a long reputation of quality golf equipment. The company may not have as many stars as the other top companies, but still has 7 of the 50 players on the PGA tour of their roster. The company has been popular since the release of Eye 2 irons over 25 years ago and is known for their outstanding putters. In 1959, an engineer named Karsten Solhiem was unsatisfied with the golf putters on the market at the time. He designed the first club known as the "Ping 1A" in his garage, and called it the ping because of the sound it made when the metal club came into contact with the golf ball. Demand for this new design increased and by the end of the 1960s Ping had developed a whole line of clubs. The brand today is well established and has several top players endorsed:
It is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nike is a major manufacturer of athletic apparel, footwear and equipment, and the biggest in the United States. The company not only produces golf equipment, but other major sports such as basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. Nike is an incredibly global brand and extends its reach and impact far beyond the boundaries of the United States. The company was initially founded by former Oregon University Track & Field Coach, Bill Bowerman. The company gained massive leverage when it launched the Nike brand shoe in 1972, and was renamed Nike, Inc. in 1978. Since then Nike has major control of the athletic apparel and footwear market. It is based in Beaverton, Oregon and in the world of the golf has some huge names such as:
Cleveland Golf is an independently operated subsidiary of the Japan company, SRI Sports. The brand makes a full line of golf equipment including clubs, bags, headwear and other golf equipment. The brand is best known by golfers for its great wedges and hybrid models for clubs. The company is headquartered in Huntington Beach, California and was founded in 1979 by Roger Cleveland. The brand has a solid reputation within the golf community and is represented by two major stars on the PGA tour: Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell.
Mizuno is a Japan based company that produces all kinds of sporting goods equipment including golf, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and swimming. The company has a strong reputation as a global brand for producing some of the best irons in golf. The company as a whole was founded in 1906 by Rihachi and Rizo Mizuno, in Japan. Initially the company only produced baseballs, and the Mizuno Golf brand was founded until 1982 in the United States. The company does not have a huge presence on the PGA tour or professional level, but do have former star Luke Donald on their team.
Cobra Golf which today is merged with Puma, in 2010 Puma bought the Cobra Golf company and combined Puma's apparel and footwear with the golf equipment of the Cobra brand. The company was initially founded in 1973 by Thomas Crow. The brand began to grow and today is well known for its superior hybrid clubs. The brand is very diverse offering many different products and apparel pieces. Rickie Fowler is the brand's top athlete in the PGA tour.
Odyssey Golf is a company focused solely based on the production of putters. The brand has a great reputation of making some of the best putters within the industry. The company was founded in 1991 and was later bought out, by major company Callway. They have the same headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The reason for popularity for the brand is because they offer so many different types of putters and many accessories including covers, grips, ball makers, divot repairs, towels and umbrellas. The brand is well known for mostly using red, black, white color schemes and a swirl.
The company Bridgestone is actually a Japanese based auto and truck manufacturing company, but they also produce golf balls and equipment. The brand is well known for their prestigious golf balls with the PGA tour and amatuer levels of golf. The original company was founded in 1931, but did not begin manufacturing golf balls until 1972. PGA tour athletes who are sponsored by the brand include: