Back in 1986, Richard Helmstetter moved to Callaway Golf and immediately became chief club designer. The exact same year, he introduced computer control fabricating machines.
Glenn Schmidt was subsequently brought on board to be the master application manufacturer and the firm developed and sold the first Big Bertha Driver, utilizing a large (190cc) steel club head. This subsequently increased to 290cc in 1997.
Back in 2002, the Callaway Golf Forged Wedges were launched, after the hiring of Roger Cleveland in 1996 as chief club designer. The clubs boasted modified U grooves, built from carbon steel.
That exact same year, Callaway Golf published a statement announcing that the development of a new golf ball was here. Chuck Yash was on board, who had been the former Head of Taylormade Golf.
Generation took three years at a state-of-the-art manufacturing centre where Ely had bought special production equipment, designed especially for the exceptional manufacturing requirements for the new ball.
Engineers were recruited out of Boeing and Dupont and utilized aerodynamic computer applications to guarantee the plan of this ball was ideal before its launch. They trialled over 300 dimple patterns, more than 1000 boundary layers, cores and cover substances. The new Rule 35 ball was subsequently produced. They explained this to be a complete functionality’ ball.
Ely was quoted as saying”we’ve combined all of the performance benefits into a single ball so golfers no longer have to sacrifice control for distance, or texture, or endurance. Each Rule 35 ball includes an exceptional synergy of distance, control, spin, feel and durability attributes. This eliminates guesswork and confusion in trying to recognize the golf ball that’s best for every individual golfer.”
After the purchase of Odyssey Sports during 1997, Callaway Golf expanded their line of putters. The Odyssey White Hot Putter Line premiered in 2000.