World’s most popular golf balls are Made in Mass.

World’s most popular golf balls are Made in Mass.


World’s most popular golf balls are Made in Mass.



DOUG: AT THE ACUSHNET COMPANY IN NEW BEDFORD THE NUMBER ONE GOLF BALL IN THE WORLD IS COMING DOWN THE PRODUCTION LINE AT A RATE OF 1 MILLION BALLS A DAY. >> THE STOCK IS A COMBINATION OF BASE RUBBERS AND POWDERS. DOUG: DAN GENDREAU IS VP OF MANUFACTURING AT ACUSHNET. HE SHOWED US AROUND THE 225,000 SQUARE FEET OF MANUFACTURING SPACE KNOWN AS BALL PLANT 3. >> A LOT OF THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE USE TODAY IS LITERALLY THE EVOLUTION OF 87 YEARS OF LEARNING AND PERFECTING HOW BALL MAKE. DOUG: DATING BACK TO THE 1930’S WHEN ITS FOUNDER PHIL YOUNG MISSED A PUTT TO WIN A MATCH AND DECIDED TO CREATE A BETTER BALL TITLEIST HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS THE MOST PLAYED BALL BY PROFESSIONALS ON TOUR TODAY. >> THE DEMAND FOR OUR PRODUCT IS UNPRECEDENTED RIGHT NOW, PARTICULARLY WITH THE PRO V 1 MODEL. DOUG: MAKING IT’S DEBUT IN 2001, THE PRO V 1 HAS CREATED A UNIQUE SPACE FOR ITSELF IN TERMS OF MARKET SHARE. IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT A COMPANY’S HIGH END, MOST EXPENSIVE PRODUCT, IS ALSO THE MOST DOMINATE IN SALES. WHY HAS THAT BEEN THE CASE? >> THAT’S PERFORMANCE. IT’S PERFORMANCE. DOUG: THE PERFORMANCE ALL STARTS WITH A FLAT ROLL OF RUBBER WHICH IS THEN SQUEEZED INTO LITTLE LOGS. IT THEN IS SENT INTO A PRECISION-CONTROLLED COMPRESSION MOLDING SYSTEM. >> BASICALLY, WE’RE TRANSFORMING THE MATERIAL FROM THE UNCURED STATE. TO THE CURED STATE. DOUG: A FEW MORE PROPRIETARY STEPS AND EVENTUALLY THE DIMPLED SPHERE FINDS ITSELF IMPRINTED WITH THAT FAMILIAR NAME AND EVENTUALLY SENT OFF TO GOLFERS ALL OVER THE GLOBE. >> HOW MANY JOBS AND INDUSTRIES CAN YOU BE IN WHERE YOU CAN TURN THE TV ON, ON SUNDAY, AND SEE THE BEST PEOPLE AT THEIR CRAFT PLAY THE PRODUCT THAT YOU MAKE. DOUG: THAT IS PRETTY COOL. AND WHAT’S ALSO REALLY COOL IS THAT BALL PLANT 3 IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND YOU AT HOME CAN ACTUALLY TAKE A TOUR OF IT JUST LIKE I DID. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO SIGN UP FOR A TOUR WE’VE PLACED A LINK FOR IT ON OUR WEBSITE WCVB.COM. I’M DOUG MEEHAN WCVB NEWS CENTER

World’s most popular golf balls are Made in Mass.

At a Massachusetts factory, the No. 1 golf ball in the world rolls down the production line at a rate of 1 million per day.

At a Massachusetts factory, the No. 1 golf ball in the world rolls down the production line at a rate of 1 million per day.

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