Rob Lee takes us inside Callaway’s brand new tour truck, and it’s just as awesome as everyone makes out.
On the eve of the US Open, the talk is often about the big numbers that might be racked up during one of golf’s toughest weeks, but for some really big numbers on Tour, you need look no further than the newest edition to Callaway Europe’s Tour Team – the new state-of-the art Tour Truck.
The mammoth vehicle, all 33,400kg of it, will rack up 30,000 miles a year shadowing Callaway players competing on the European Tour. Under the watchful eye of the company’s Tour Technician Supervisor, Paul Monks, the truck is able to offer unrivalled levels of service and support for its 24 European Staff Professionals along with other Tour Pros using Callaway and Odyssey products.
This mobile Aladdin’s Cave is packed with hundreds of components and accessories a Tour player might require and is supported by a workshop that is capable of building a RAZR Fit Driver, ready for play, in just 15 minutes, or a full set of custom-fitted Callaway irons in as little as two hours.
To allow it to travel to key European golf destinations with ease, the truck has to carry plenty of fuel, specifically 650 litres of diesel which equates to over £900 to fill up in the UK from empty!
FUNCTIONALITY PLUS COMFORT
Players and caddies arriving on the new Truck have their own reception area, which contains a dedicated locker for each player, where they can access their hats, shoes, gloves and balls for that week’s play.
In addition, the Tour Truck has its own conference suite which acts as an important business hub where players and their managers can meet with Callaway executives, or relax in the knowledge they have access to Sky HD satellite television, Apple TV or can keep up-to-date with the outside world thanks to the Tour Truck’s own internet connectivity.
It takes the Callaway team just 20 minutes from arriving at a venue to have the Truck up and running. A special hydraulic system allows the team to get the truck as level as possible, important when you are working with machinery, and then they set about washing it ready for the week. That’s a job in itself as the sheer scale of the vehicle can mean it takes over two hours – in the heat of the Spanish sun, that’s hard work!
THE FACTS & FIGURES
At any one time the new Callaway Tour Truck carries:
- 4,500 grips with 45 options of model or colour
- 2,100 shafts
- 350 wood heads
- 300 wedge heads in three models across all lofts
- 30 sets of Callaway Irons in six models
- 3,000 ferrules
- 200 head covers
- 250 branded caps
- 600 white golf gloves
- 1,800 golf balls
- 10 waterproof suits
- 1,000 golf tees
- 36 visors
- 40 bobble hats
- 20 pairs of mittens
- 15 umbrellas
- 50 golf bag towels…
…and just in case the players get thirsty or hungry, there are:
- 96 cans of Diet Coke
- 36 litres of drinking water
- 1,150 tea bags
- 500g of coffee
- 1lb of sugar
- two boxes of Bran Flakes.