Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A carpenter is only as good as his tools, and in golf that can many times be true when it comes to clubs. On the Champions Tour, golfers take their clubs to some "gear guys" that are stationed at each tour stop.
At each tour event during the golf season, you may see a trailer sitting next to the driving range. Inside it is where players can take their clubs to get fixed up before the tournament starts.
"Basically what we do is all the club building and fitting for the players," said Brian Rhattigan, a club repair technician. "Just kind of tweaks here and there or if they need to re-shaft or build something new, try something new and really kind of inform them what they're doing right and wrong with their golf equipment."
Some players don't change a thing with their clubs, and others change things every week with the conditions. The most interesting part is just how many things the players can get changed.
Golfers can change the amount of spin clubs get as well as increase or lower the launch of the ball. They can also play with how flexible or heavy the club is. On Tuesday, the guys in the truck were working on Craig Stadler's clubs for the week.
"It's pretty much whatever you need, my grips were getting bad and I kept forgetting about them and finally I just went to lunch and left them and got them all changed when I got back," said Stadler. "So they do a great job, good service, great friends. It's all good."
Players then will hit the driving range to make sure the clubs are adjusted to their liking before the first round on Friday. Once action gets underway, the gear guys in the truck pack up and move to their next tour stop.