What are Ram Golf Clubs?
As businesses in the USA started the transition from the production of war to consumer goods, a new industrial revolution took place. A young engineer moved to Chicago from Minnesota at this time and formed Sportsman's Golf. The first customer was the Armed forces. The company produced the first scoring and stamping machines as well as the first moulding machines for the underlistings of grips.
Soon, they were getting so much business that they had to move in 1956 to Melrose Park Illinois to a 25,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility. By 1961 the building was expanded to over 100,000 sq. ft. Every time they expanded they added new technology developments such as automatic boring for the woods that they made. Some big name professionals joined the advisory staff and soon the company was opening further factories just to make balls and bags and just for R&D.
The products that were developed made a long-term impact on the world of golf. The mallet headed George Low Wizard was a line of new putters that came onto the market in 1960. In 1972 we saw the introduction of the Golden Ram iron, which was a forged club that balanced forgiveness with the classic lines that pros preferred. These became the tour's most successful irons. So successful that the company's name became Ram Golf.
David Foster, who was Chairman of Colgate Palmolive, was sponsoring numerous golf tournaments when Ram caught his eye. He purchased Ram Golf in the mid-1970s. The Zebra putter was introduced around this time - which featured adjustable weighting and face balancing. Ram also built a network of distributors around the world and were a true international company when Colgate sold them in 1979.
The company were the first to frequency-match their golf clubs to make sure they could give players the same feel whatever club they were using. They also introduced a 3 wedge system, sold in display boxes, which is still a favourite of pro golfers today. The mid-80s saw the RAM Golf Wizard system introduced which used a computer to fit players properly for the lie, shaft flex, grip size and club length as well as model that suited them most. This was distributed wherever RAM clubs could be sold.
The Ram Laser clubs which were introduced in 1989 offered both cast and forged clubs on the same model which helps to make sure each player has a clubhead ideally suited to their type of game.
Ram Golf was bought by the Tear Drop Golf Company in 1997 as the company ran into financial troubles due to the massed entrants into the golf market. All of the manufacturing operations were moved to Morton Grove in Illinois and merged with Tommy Armour Golf.
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