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Page 1 of 6 Callaway Golf Company Essay, Research Paper Callaway Callaway Golf Company Essay, Research Paper Callaway Golf Company Ely Callaway founded the Callaway Golf Company, originally called Hickory Stick USA, INC., in 1982. The company started out specializing in hickory-shafted putters and wedges that were ?demonstrably superior and pleasingly different?. In 1988 the company expanded its product line to include a new set of irons that it designated as the S2H2 (Short, Strait, Hollow Hosel). ?This design combined a cavity back iron with an innovative with perimeter weighting, a progressive offset and a bore-through shaft with an innovative shortened hosel that moved weight from the hosel to the club?s effective hitting area.? The company also changed its name to Callaway Golf Company in that same year. In 1989 Callaway began to offer a metal woods that incorporated the S2H2 design philosophy that produced a much more efficient weight distribution throughout the club and consequently a better feel to the golfer. Both the driver and woods were made with steel graphite shafts instead of the heavier hickory ones. ?By the end of 1990, the S2H2 Driver was #1 on the senior PGA tour.? These new innovations caused an increase in from $10.3 million in 1989 to $21.5 million in 1990. Callaway entered the 1990?s with the strategy of offering a new and differentiated line of oversized metal woods that they felt would ?revolutionize the industry?. The first of these clubs was named after the World War I cannon, the Big Bertha. This club would again take the basic design of the S2H2 club and make dramatic improvements that resulted in golfers being able to obtain straighter shots from hits the were off-centered or in other words missed the sweet spot. Golfers showed their approval of the new club by boosting Callaway?s 1991 sales totals to $54.7 million. By the end of the 1992 season, Big Bertha Drivers were ranked as the #1 drivers and the Senior PGA, the LPGA and the Nike (then Hogan) Tours. The company?s sales more than doubled that year to a new total of $132 million. The company made its Initial Public Offering on February 28, 1992 with the
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New York Stock Exchange; the stock has split three times since that date. In 1994 the Richard C. Helmestetter Test Center was opened greatly expanding the company?s research and development capabilities and paving the way for better enhancing golf club performance and the development of new club designs. Later that same year Callaway released the Big Bertha irons and an improved metal wood that featured the war bird sole plate. Year-end sales again soared to $448 million. 1995 saw the release of the next generation Great Big Bertha Titanium Driver that sported a longer shaft and larger club head design while maintaining the lighter feel of previously released models. By the third quarter of that same year Calloway Golf Company had become #1 in sales of woods and irons and year-end sales topped $448 million. 1996 would prove to be another big year for Calloway with five major
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