If you’ve ever been to a PGA Tour event early in the week you’ve no doubt seen the big group of semi trucks branded with major OEM logos, normally situated somewhere near the practice area.
These “Tour Vans” function as mobile workshops where the pros can have any and all work they need done on their sticks handled by experts who can tweak and adjust at a moments notice, making certain their man has the exact shaft, grip, loft, lie, or anything else they want exactly as they like it.
Today TaylorMade introduced the company’s new, re-designed Tour Truck, which is scheduled to go into rotation next month at Augusta.
According to company reps, the design of the new truck was inspired by those found on the Formula 1 racing circuit and was built with help from Craftsmen Industries in St. Louis. Features of the new monster-sized vehicle include dual slide out pods for more meeting space, twelve player lockers, four 4K HDR TVs, a two-zone sound system, and a new workshop with multiple loft/lie machines, a dedicated gripping station, as well as a bunch of other tools needed to service some of the world’s very best players.
Oh yea, it’s also a double-decker, providing the vaulted ceiling you see in the photos. For the record the new TaylorMade Tour Truck will be the largest on Tour, weighing in at 22 tons and measuring 42 feet in length.
“With our new truck the company has made a definitive statement that serves as yet another example of our ongoing commitment and dedication to the best players in the world,” says Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade’s vice president of Tour Operations. “It’s a place they can not only come to have their equipment built, but a place they can come hang out and truly feel like part of the TaylorMade family.”
Some notable stats regarding the new mobile workshop and meeting room include:
44,000 lbs: weight carried in the trailer
35,000: estimated travel miles expected for the first year on Tour
1,500: number of shafts contained in the vehicle
1,200: number of TP5 and TP5x golf balls contained in the vehicle
1,000: number of grips contained in the vehicle
700+: number of TaylorMade clubheads contained in the vehicle
500: number of hats and shirts contained in the vehicle
450: amount of tinted glass, in square feet, on the vehicle.