Inside the Callaway Tour Truck at 2014 US Open

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

PINEHURST, N.C. -- It might seem easy on the course for PGA Tour players sometimes, but to get everything ready for the opening round of a tournament requires tons of work, plenty of preparation and more than a little tweaking.

Pros find course conditions different than they expected, loft lacking on clubs and distance difference than they were prepared for.

Enter the Callaway Tour Truck.

Part of a NASCAR-style pit, the Callaway Tour Truck sits among rows of tricked-out 18-wheelers from various golf-equipment companies located behind the range/practice area in Pinehurst and is some amalgamation of luxury man cave and ultimate workshop.

Furnished with high-end cabinetry and loaded with big-screen televisions on most available wall space, it's also got a full set of weapons for designing golf clubs.

We use the word weapons somewhat jokingly: there's all kind of vices, grips, wrenches and even blowtorches set up around the truck.

So what are they doing in this souped-up toolshed on wheels? Banging out new equipment for the Callaway guys who need it on the course.

A perfect example for Pinehurst's conditions: Callaway said, generally speaking, many players spent the week adding bounce to their wedges in order to handle the Bermuda grass fairways found at No. 2.

A more specific change they made for a player this week: Patrick Reed went to the Callaway crew and said he wanted to funkify his wedges a bit. Reed asked for a fresh set of Tour Grind wedges, this time with an even more-than-standard straighter leading edge.

Reed also asked for a custom paint fill: full black, giving them a sweet look along with the custom striking ability.

Another example is Matt Every. Callaway told us Every was originally using "a MD2 lob wedge 60*/10 with a standard sole that had a little heel relief." He found it wasn't working well while out on his practice rounds in Pinehurst, so he went to the engineers in the truck and asked the Tour Reps to build him an MD2 60/14 C-Grind wedge with a reduced-width sole. The idea is to reduce bounce by through a smaller sole width, all built from scratch in the Callaway truck.

It's custom, made-to-order golf clubs right when you want them, with the ability to test them out on the course after you've gotten a look at the layout.

The crazy thing about the truck? It doesn't stick around all week -- the "pit" typically clears out on late Wednesday when the work is done to get the players ready for the tournament.

Besides there's driving to be done, more clubs to be made and another course to grind on the following Monday.

 
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