Why Getting Dedicated Clubs From True Spec Golf Is A Study In Global Logistics

A customized fit club trip can be quite extensive.

Ben Muncie Wood

There’s nothing quite as fun as the joy of a custom-fitted set of putters delivered to your door. (Consider starting with express delivery. If anything is worth a day or two of service, it’s this.)

While this may be the most exciting moment of the mission, it is only the last step in a complex logistical journey stretching across the globe.

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GOLF’s sister company, True Spec Golf, has 26 locations nationwide, where they become part of an amazing international movement of various makes and models of putter heads, shafts, grips, packing materials, etc. TSG’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing center are in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the many components converge.

Do you think steering a golf course over mountainous terrain is complicated? Consider a (simplified) map of how the custom-made TSG sticks will look – and in your hands, where their next journey begins.

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(*see map above*)

1. China to Los Angeles
Headers, shafts, and knobs for most of the major manufacturers arrive from China via a cargo ship in the Port of Los Angeles, where they are forwarded to major club makers (Calaway, PING, TaylorMade and others) in, among other places, Carlsbad, California, and Phoenix, Arizona.

2. South Korea to Scottsdale
The AutoFlex steered shaft brand arrives directly through the air.

3. Vietnam to Los Angeles
China is not the only center for the production of club parts. Vietnam and other Far Eastern countries are also taking part in the event. Generally, their merchandise also arrives via cargo ship at the Port of Los Angeles before continuing to the equipment company’s headquarters in the United States.

4. Japan to Los Angeles
Clubheads of Miura Golf – About two tiers of 60 to 80 crates per shipment every six to eight weeks – arrive by ship at the Port of Los Angeles. From there, the freight forwarder ships it to TSG HQ. The Epon Club chiefs travel the same route.

5. Ontario, Canada, to Scottsdale
True Sports – supplier of True Temper, Project X, Accra, Aerotech and other brands – sends product to TSG over the air.

6. Rosberg, raw, to Scottsdale
Custom ferrules from BB&F specialist product manufacturers reach across the floor.

7. Sparks, Nev. , to Scottsdale
The 3M epoxy used to bond club components arrives across the floor from its supplier.

8. Los Angeles to Scottsdale
Approximately 15,000 custom-made foam blocks and brackets to protect the ultimate clubs against shipping damage annually arrive at TSG across the land.

9. Irvine, Calif, to Scottsdale
Iomic brand grips come by land to TSG.

10. Carlsbad, CA, to Scottsdale
Most of the leading club builders are located in and around Carlsbad, with their club chiefs moving across the land to TSG.

11. Phoenix to Scottsdale
PING HQ is about a half hour drive from True Spec HQ. Easy squeeze lemon!

12. Chicago to Scottsdale
Some Nippon plumes reach the TSG across the ground.

13. Chicago to Scottsdale
Approximately 30,000 raw golf club chests arrive at TSG annually across the ground.

14. Griffiths, IND. , to Scottsdale
Many grip brands come across the land from J&M Golf to TSG.

15. Newark, Ohio, to Scottsdale
Standard building supplies, including rings and tip weights, arrive across the ground from GolfWorks.

16. Atlanta to Scottsdale
Mizuno club heads reach across the floor at TSG.

17. Copper City, Florida, to Scottsdale
Many grip brands come across the land from Global Golf Sales to TSG.

Scottsdale to Everywhere: The True Specs by the Numbers

2021 total shipments: 22,444 *

Total 2021 clubs built and shipped: 72978

Total light goods for 2021 picked up and shipped: 18.312

70/30: 70% of customer shipments go out by plane and 30% by land

* Including hard goods and light goods

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Former Executive Editor at golf magazine, Rothman is now self-employed remotely. His primary role is centered around custom publishing, which entails writing, editing and obtaining client approval for travel advertising sections. Since 2016, he has also written, under a pseudonym, the popular monthly “Rules Guy” column, often worrying the recurring “How It Works” page. Rothman’s independent work for both GOLF and GOLF.com runs the gamut from equipment, instructions, travel and writing features to editing major tournament previews and service packages.

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