Origin of Titleist
When playing a round of golf with his dentist, Young missed a sure putt
that seemed to be caused by the weight of the ball. He then asked his
dentist friend to X-ray the ball and the film showed that the rubber core
was off center.
After this initial discovery, Young took X-rays of more golf balls and
found that most were poorly constructed with off center cores and prone to
erratic shots. This inspired Young to produce his own line of golf balls,
which would become known as Titleist.
1930: Young developed a machine that could uniformly wind rubber string
around a rubber core, making a "dead center" golf ball. He named the ball
"Titleist," noting it was the "winner" of the quest to create the best for
1935: The golf division of the Acushnet Process Company produced the
Titleist golf ball which had consistently been the company's most
1948: Introduced "Dynamite Thread" to increase the yardage of their balls.
1949: Titleist became the most used ball at the U.S. Open Tournament.
1976: Titleist was purchased by American Brands (now known as Fortune
1985: Fortune Brands sold off the Acushnet Company's Acushnet Rubber
division, which was Acushnet's original business (circa early 1900s).
2002: Titleist reached the $1 billion mark in annual revenues.
On December 8, 2010, Fortune Brands announced that it would soon sell or
spin off Titleist and some other brands. It was then announced on May 20,
2011 that a Korean group associated with Fila Korea, Ltd. and Mirae Asset
Private Equity would purchase Acushnet for $1.23 billion in cash.
Acushnet employs roughly 3000 people in Massachusetts, making it one of the
largest employers in the region. It is headquartered in Fairhaven,
Massachusetts alongside its Packing and Distribution Center about three
miles south of its original location.
They also have two golf ball manufacturing plants and an R&D Technology
Center located in the New Bedford Industrial Park, as well as a Custom Golf
Ball plant located in New Bedford.
And all of this due to a missed putt... and a lot of blood sweat and tears,
persistence, & dedication to making things happen!