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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone Interested in the Business of Golf

NGF TOP 100 BUSINESSES IN GOLF

Tour Edge

Category

Corporate Headquarters

Batavia, Illinois

Website

Key Employees

David Glod, Founder and President
John Craig, Executive Vice President
Gordon Glod, Vice President of Sales
Tony Herb, Vice President of Operations
Rich Balla, Vice President of Financing
Jon Claffey, Vice President of Marketing

Profile

In 1985, David Glod founded Tour Edge with a primary focus in mind—to offer customers high-quality and technologically advanced products for prices that are as affordable as possible.

Staying true to this commitment, Glod designed his first golf club two years later and eventually became known as one of the industry’s preeminent master club designers.

Toue Edge clubs are hand-built in the U.S.

 Tour Edge currently manufactures and sells golf clubs under three distinct brand names: Exotics, Hot Launch and Bazooka. Exotics products bring futuristic technologies to the marketplace with tour quality and smaller production runs, while Hot Launch has become renowned for its guaranteed 48-hour custom fit delivery program. Bazooka products, meanwhile, have become highly popular as well, as they offer playability to golfers of all skill levels, including beginners, women and juniors.

Due to the reputations of these three brands, Tour Edge grew by more than 25% from 2016 to 2017 and anticipates similar growth patterns in the coming years.

“Our growth is tied to our technological advancements and achievements in design,” says Glod, who first started the company in his father’s garage as a repair company during his college days. “Every year we get a little smarter and more proficient in how to provide golfers with a meaningful advantage on the golf course with our wide range of equipment.”

In addition, all of Tour Edge’s Exotics and Hot Launch clubs are hand-built in the U.S. and then distributed globally. Roughly half of the company’s sales are in retail stores, with the rest either online or in green-grass shops.

“Because our distribution model is large and we have such a loyal following, every year the word spreads more about the technical advantage we provide,” Glod said. “That has led us to be a very healthy company that will continue to put profit back into our products so that we can continue our growth trends.”

NGF Takeaways

Tour Edge has built itself into a top-10 manufacturer in every single club category, yet doesn’t pay any U.S. professional to play its products.

The brand’s Iron-Wood has a noteworthy history, as its original design was ahead of the curve that saw hybrids replace long-irons in the 1990s. And Tour Edge’s Exotics line first gained significant traction from a “hot” fairway wood that was introduced in 2004 and featured a weight-saving – and distance-boosting — brazing technique that fused a titanium face to the steel back of the club.

Glod, a former golf professional, is unique in the industry as both a master club maker and designer as well as a company founder, giving Tour Edge a singular place in the crowded equipment sector.

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