Nike tour van debut

Home for Faldo, Immelman and Co

Bob Warters's picture
Fri, 16 May 2003

To back up its growing influence on the European Tour, Nike has introduced its own travelling facility, where players like Nick Faldo, Trevor Immelmann and Michael Campbell can have their equipment regularly monitored.

The high tech vehicle, made its UK debut at the Benson and Hedges this week and includes a testing facilitiy, equipment stock room and workshop on wheels.

Players can also escape the rigours of the practice ground with their own satellite TV lounge, music centre and games console!

Peter Powell will travel with the van and be responsible for all technical elements while designers and engineers from Nike Golf’s club research and development headquarters in Texas, will be able to offer advice and, if necessary, fly out to work on the road.

The Tour Van will be outfitted with enough precision machinery, components and tools to build complete sets of Nike Golf clubs and modify or repair individual clubs on-site, says Nike’s European general manager John Trainor.

"We are now set up to address the needs of every player on-site whether it is a general service issue or an emergency," he says. "It also allows us to efficiently test new equipment, including clubs and balls, directly on Tour."

Among the Nike Golf clubs that are currently available to its Tour Staff and consumers are: Nike’s Forged Titanium Drivers; Forged Blade-Style Irons; Forged Pro Combo Irons; T-40 Fairway Woods; and Forged Wedges. Nike Golf will introduce its Blue Chip Putter Series and CPR hybrid clubs later in the season.



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