If you are wondering where are Callaway golf clubs made then it is actually a story from a hickory factory to outsourced components assembled at various places.
Almost 90% of the golf clubs are made in Asia. Callaway clubs are also no surprise as the company now no longer does the manufacturing process in the USA rather everything is now outsourced to various companies in China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. ENDO is one of the speculated companies as X-Tour model (2005) with the specialty of pocket cavity back was forged by ENDO.
So the manufacturing plants make the parts as per the direction from the HQ. These parts are later shipped to the assembly plant in Monterrey, Mexico. It takes care of providing finished/ assembled or ready to be sold Callaway clubs to the Americas and Europe. However, for the Asian market, another assembly plant is located in Japan which takes care of producing Callaway clubs for the Asian market.
The ready clubs are then shipped to distributions centers throughout the World where they are sold online or at retail stores.
So What Is the Carlsbad, CA Headquarters Doing?
Interestingly on the internet, it is been stated repeatedly that 40% of the manufacturing and assembly is still happening in the Carlsbad, CA Headquarters. As per our research, the HQ moved out its assembly operations from the Carlsbad, CA Headquarters to Mexico around 2010 or 2011.
The shift was done to cut down the operational cost and improve the company’s revenue. So that is why we see now that the manufacturing is done at cheaper plants in China and then the parts are shipped over to Monterrey, Mexico for cheaper assembly.
At the HQ, Callaway has employed the best minds in the market who are busy in doing the research and development in producing the next big driver, iron or a putter. For example, the epic driver took the Callaway R&D around 4 years to produce one of the best drivers.
So now mostly the research work is taking place at the HQ. This is the place where they keep all the secrets and then send out the manufacturing instructions to the factories in China, Vietnam, and Taiwan.
The output from the R&D has however improved from the HQ. This is mainly due to the improvement in the software simulation. Researchers are now able to simulate the actual playing conditions such as the performance of the clubs on greens, bunkers or from the tee.
Little changes in the density of the head by employing different design techniques can give quick results for a range of shots. Researchers can measure the performance of a particular design. If improvement is observed they take the measurements, make the blueprints, get the approvals and pass directions to the manufacturing plant to make the prototype.
The prototype gets shipped to the Carlsbad, CA Headquarters. Where they have the performance center and expert players. Soon after arrival, the experts play with the new prototypes and compare real-life performance with the one calculated with the simulation.
If all is good, then bulk orders are placed at the manufacturing plants in Asia that ship the parts to Monterrey, Mexico and later we see a newly developed Callaway product in the market.
So this is pretty much the club lifecycle in recent times.
If you are looking for an all USA-made golf club then Callaway is not going to offer that. In fact, most tags on clubs that say made in the USA are actually manufactured in Asia and finished in the USA.
But is it really an important factor? Companies get from Asian manufacturing plants what they pay for. Callaway states that they put immense effort into making sure that all parts of their equipment go through intense quality assurance. They are surely paying more to get the best from those overseas production facilities.
For some, it is a matter of questioning their patriotism to buy a non-US-made golf club. However, if you have the same mindset then you are in the minority. Have a look at the below graph which shows interest in the Callaway brand over the years:
It is quite evident that more or less the brand has kept its popularity and now a major dip is seen over the decades. We can question the revenue generations over the years, especially in those when the political tensions between the US and China were at it peak but by and large, Callaway hasn’t been affected much.
However, at the headquarter, you can still place a custom clubs order. The expert will take your playing style under consideration and then make a totally customized golf club set for you. These clubs will not be a usual pre-configured golf club set but rather a specialized set that will give you the optimum performance for your playing style. This, however, of course, comes at a higher price tag.
Where are Callaway golf balls are made?
Although the clubs are no longer made in the US. You can still get the US Callaway golf balls as they are made in Chicopee, Massachusetts.