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POSSIBLE USGA METALWOOD BAN COULD HAVE FAR-REACHING EFFECTS
Published June 1, 1998
If the USGA goes ahead with a possible ban on metal clubs, it would put golf pros "in a tight spot, since they make their living with the equipment," according to James Peltz of the L.A. TIMES. Reports say that golf pros are currently "split" over the issue. Regarding a possible ban, Callaway Golf Chair Ely Callaway said it's "very premature" to say whether his company would sue the USGA to block a rules change, but that "he doesn't dismiss the idea either." Peltz: "After all, Callaway sold stock on the basis of its clubs being USGA approved" (L.A. TIMES, 5/30). In N.Y., Phil Mushnick wrote that the issue "is loosely about golf ... it's about greed." He added that the debate also puts the golf media "in a perilous predicament," as many golf analysts are being paid by the same companies who could be affected by the ban. Mushnick cites NBC's Johnny Miller, a Callaway spokesperson, and CBS's Gary McCord, who endorses Taylor Made, as examples of TV personalities whose opinions on the subject would be "worthless" (N.Y. POST, 5/31). THE ADAMS FAMILY: Adams Golf, whose revenues have gone from less than $1M three years ago to more than $30M last year boosted by its Tight Lies club, was profiled by PBS's Byron Harris on "Nightly Business Report." Harris: "Now the problem is the competition, like Callaway Golf, which spends more on R&D than Adams grosses" ("NBR," PBS, 5/29).