Innovations from TaylorMade: Drivers

TaylorMadeTaylormade golf made its name when they introduced the metalwood. While most people saw it as nothing more than a novelty, Gary Adams, along with a host of other professional golfers, saw it in an entirely different way: his invention would revolutionize how golf clubs were made. Drivers, in particular, would see the most improvement in the next few years.

True to form, Taylormade is now the biggest name in the world of golf as far as drivers are concerned. This article talks about the innovations they’ve made in driver design.

Innovation means TaylorMade

1979 marked the year when golf would experience one of the biggest changes it has seen since the dimpled ball. Gary Adams, a golf equipment salesman, has just thought of a way to improve player scores by having golf balls fly farther from the tee. Taking a $24,000 loan on his home to start Taylormade golf in a 6,000-square-foot television assembly plant, he starts working on his idea: a 12° driver cast of stainless steel. People saw it as a novelty, but soon it catches on.

Golf1983 sees TaylorMade introducing the Burner, a 7° driver which has dynamic dimples on the skirt, which enhances the head’s aerodynamics. By this time, Taylormade golf also offered a large selection of drivers, including the Burner. Metalwood popularity is on the rise, with 80% of metalwoods used on tour being made by TaylorMade. This was in the face of TaylorMade drivers not winning a major.

While Burners continue to make their mark as the preferred driver for tour players, it wasn’t until 1988 that a Taylormade golf driver would be used in a win. Curtis Strange won the 1988 U.S. Open with a Burner driver, marking the first in TaylorMade’s many wins in the PGA Tour.

The Burner Bubble, a successor to the Burner, becomes one of the most successful clubs made by TaylorMade. Released in 1995, its copper-coloured head makes it easy to identify, but its true innovation lies in its bubble shaft. This innovation promotes faster club head speed which results in increased distance, making Taylormade golf drivers the preferred driver for golfers in the 90s, with more top 10 finishes than any other brand. Titanium would also come into play during this decade, with the release of the T1 Bubble. It would also make its mark in the tour when Tom Lehman would use it to catapult himself to being the number one player on the PGA Tour money list in 1996.

2003 would solidify TaylorMade’s position as the best manufacturer for all kinds of golf clubs, as it was ranked number 1 in drivers, fairway woods, and irons – the first and only time a single manufacturer has achieved such a milestone. TaylorMade’s R500 series, which introduced the inverted cone technology, would help Tour Staff Professional Mike Weir win the Masters using an R580. The inverted cone technology (ICT) expands the size of the COR zone, giving consistently longer tee shots.Taylormade-golf

TaylorMade would soon introduce even more advancements, like the movable weight technology of the r7 Quad in 2004, allowing the golfer to adjust the club’s center of gravity to affect changes in flight; the dual crown technology (DCT) of the Tour Burner driver in 2008, which encourages a higher launch angle while also having a lower spin rate for more distance; r9’s flight control technology (FCT) in 2009, giving players the ability to adjust both the face angle and loft for straighter and longer tee shots.

Its latest innovation would come in 2011, with the Burner Super-fast being marketed as the lightest driver ever and the white-headed r11, which incorporates the new Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) technology. This, in combination with FCT and MWT, allows golfers even more customization in their driver, as well as making the r11 the most technologically-advanced driver ever created. The white head makes it easier to aim, along with giving it a very unique look.

Know all about Los Angeles hospitality and tourism

Welcome to! This website is dedicated to inform you about everything and anything about Los Angeles hospitality and tourism. As a first post in our blog, we present to you a brief background of Los Angeles and the top tourist must see spots in the City of Angels.

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States in terms of land area next to New York. It is also the most populous city in California and is also the seat of power in the Los Angeles County. Also known as the city of angels which is a direct translation of its name, Los Angeles is entertainment city of America.

Los Angeles hospitality and tourismLos Angeles is also home to a lot of important landmarks such as the Hollywood Sign, Capitol Records Building, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Angels Flight, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Dolby Theater, TCL Chinese Theater, Getty Villa, Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Theme Building, the Venice Canal Historic District and boardwalk, Bradbury Building, Wilshire Grand Tower, U.S. Bank Tower, Hollywood Boulevard, Wilshire Grand Tower, Los Angeles City Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Watts Tower, Battleship USS Iowa, Staples Center, Olvera and Dodger Stadium.

Because of these absolutely breath-taking and one-of-a-kind landmarks, Los Angeles is one of the most visited states in the USA by tourists. Here are some of the must-visit tourist spots in LA:

  1. Venice Beach

Venice Beach is the Mecca of California. But it isn’t your ordinary beach, it’s not only good for water sports activities like swimming and surfing. It’s also a good spot for skateboarding, cycling and even for playing volleyball. A lot of people also like to go to Venice Beach just to watch people. There are also a lot of awesome restaurants and cafes such as the Figtree’s Café and Small World Books. There are also some tourists who visit the Bohemian District of Venice Beach which is known for its eccentric and colorful atmosphere.

  1. Hollywood

Who doesn’t know Hollywood? Los Angeles is known best because of Hollywood. The Hollywood sign could be seen miles away. Most tourists love to visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Seeing the names of the stars on the walk just gives a more familiar and welcoming vibe to the place. It also excites a lot of tourists realizing that their favorite actors and actresses have walked the same path before.

  1. Museum of Jurassic Technology

Speaking of Hollywood, another famous tourist spot in L.A. is the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Despite its name, it is in no way connected to Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster trilogy Jurassic Park. It is home to a collection of scientific, artistic, ethnographic and historic exhibits. It is home to over 30 permanent exhibits such as an oil portrait gallery of the dogs of the Soviet Space Program. The museum is “an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic.”

  1. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art or also known as LACMA is another great hit to tourists. It is famous for the iconic Urban Light, an installation of Chris Burden. Urban Light is a favorite Instagram spot. It is home to more than 150,000 artworks from the ancient times to the present.

Aside from the art works, the museum also features films and concerts from time to time.

  1. Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is a facility situated in the south slope of the Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles Griffith Park. It was first opened in 1935 and has been accepting and accommodating visitors for free. However, there are instances that the facility charges minimally for planetary shows. It holds several exhibits such as the Hall of the Sky and the Hall of the Eye.

  1. Watts Tower

Watts Tower is also another iconic spot in Los Angeles. Also known as Nuestro Pueblo and Towers of Simon Rodia, Watts Tower is located in the Simon Rodia State Historic Park. The Watts Tower consists of several towers; the tallest of which reaches up to 99 feet. It is named after its designer, Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ‘Simon’ Rodia. The Towers have inspired a lot of works of art such as a short documentary film by William Hale entitled ‘The Towers’ and a 2006 documentary film entitled ‘I Build the Tower’.

  1. Disneyland

Now who would forget about Disneyland? The Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California is the first of two theme parks. What is notable about this Disneyland is that it is the only one built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It was inaugurated in July 17, 1995.

The theme park boasts of countless of rides and a once-in-a-lifetime experience in wonderland with all the Disneyland characters you grew up with. Both young and old alike flock to Disneyland Park every year to experience the magic of this theme park.

  1. Walt Disney Concert Hall

Apart from Disneyland, there is another landmark named after Walt Disney, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It is the crown jewel of the Lose Angeles Music Center. Literally everyone big in the music industry has performed in this 2,265 seater auditorium. It is also the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Aside from the 2,265 seater auditorium, there is also a 250-seat theater, an art gallery and a roof garden in the complex.

  1. Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive is a favorite in a lot of Hollywood movies. It is featured in a lot of films. Aside from that, you can also see the whole of Los Angeles from the Mulholland Scenic Parkway. The Hollywood sign could also be seen from the parkway.