CARLSBAD, Calif. — The combination of a long day yesterday and a very early rise today in order to catch a plane back to Toronto means this contribution will be short, with the immediate goal of catching some shuteye before the early flight out of nearby San Diego.
The day began with an early rise back in Los Angeles for a trip down the coast to the head office of TaylorMade-adidas Golf, where the first order of business was to take a closer look at that company’s shoe product offerings for the coming year.
Then, chief technical officer Dr. Benoit Vincent dropped by for a chat about new golf club offerings, most notable the r9 driver and Burner irons that lead the way into an uncertain 2009 season for the entire golf industry.
A short walk up the street took us to the Kingdom, a test facility and driving range where the supreme commander of the company, president and chief executive officer Mark King, greeted the motley crew from Canada.
King is a no-holds-barred kind of guy, who isn’t shy at all about giving his opinion. Over lunch, one of the main topics of conversation was how the golf industry will change in this tough economy. King is always an enjoyable interview and he has some interesting insights for GNN, which will appear in the near future.
Another guy who is never short on opinion and always serves it up in interesting fashion is teaching guru Jim Flick, who was kind enough to take some time to help a couple of individual swings yesterday, while offering interesting opinions about teaching the game to ordinary mortals instead of tour players.
Golf balls and putters were also discussed back at TMaG headquarters later in the afternoon before dinner with Dr, Benoit Vincent, in which a couple of bottles of wine were consumed down by the beach in Carlsbad.
It all adds up to some interesting content from TaylorMade-adidas over the next little while, but before that happens, it’s time to pack up the bags and get some shuteye before the flight back.
After the pace of the last couple of days, the flight may seem like a breeze, but you never know, especially with a tight connection in Denver.