A sneak peak inside the Tour equipment vans
Manufacturers like Callaway send trucks that are more than 50 feet long and weigh up to 65,000 pounds to PGA Tour events. The trucks are staffed by the manufacturers' club-fitting experts, who work closely with the Tour players. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the vans at the FBR Open.
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This Cleveland Hi-Bore XLS driver head had been carefully measured.
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This Nike wedge was adjusted for Richard Johnson at the FBR Open.
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Epoxy, shown here on a pallet in the Cleveland truck, is used to bond shafts and clubheads together.
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To make Brendt Snedeker's driver slightly more upright, TaylorMade's Wade Liles heated the hosel using a blowtorch before bending it into shape.
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Callaway prototype irons made for Rich Beem. Each club has been stamped with his initials.
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Callaway continuously updates a database of every player's equipment and specifications. The information is linked to Callaway's testing facilities and is also available to other Callaway technicians around the world. So if an American player is competing overseas, the Callaway reps will know exactly what he likes and needs.
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The Hooters doll inside TaylorMade's truck was a gift from John Daly.
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Drawers and shelves are packed with the newest equipment. Everything is carefully labeled and packaged to be ready at a moment's notice.
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The shop area inside Nike's truck has several work stations, drills, grinders, machines and measuring devices.
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The front of TaylorMade's truck would look intimidating in any driver's rear-view mirror.
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Along the walls of the Callaway truck are several new clubs for players to try, along with prototypes and customized models. The wedge in the middle has been ornamentally stamped by hand.
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