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Graphite Design Shafts Closing U.S. HQ! 7 years 5 months ago #53114

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Shaft maker Graphite Design International will close its U.S. headquarters in San Diego on Nov. 30th.

“It was a difficult decision after being in San Diego for 15 years,” the company wrote Oct. 31 to GDI customers. “The board of directors of Graphite Design International made this business decision in light of the current business environment and our group's plan to streamline its business worldwide.”

Graphite Design said it plans to grant exclusive distributorship rights for aftermarket shafts in the U.S., Canada and Europe to Pro's Choice Golf Shafts. Pro's Choice is a San Diego company owned by Wayne Ageno who is the current chief financial officer for Graphite Design and one of its first employees hired in 1997. On Dec. 1. Graphite Design officials are making the rounds to meet with the leading U.S.-based original equipment manufacturers and outline their plans.

Graphite Design was founded and launched in Japan. There it has dominated market share among shaft makers for more than a decade.

But in the United States however, GDI faced an uphill battle. Margins have been compressed across the board as OEMs demand better pricing from component makers. Still, the timing of the decision is curious, given GDI’s success in the professional ranks and the accompanying interest it generated in its products in the custom after-market category. Tiger Woods has been using Graphite Design's Tour AD-DI shafts in his metal woods since he returned from his layoff at the 2010 Masters, making the shaft one of the top-selling after-market custom upgrade shafts.

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According to the company’s website, more than 80 tour winners have used their products since 2004, including the 2012 U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and Women’s British Open champions.
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Re: Graphite Design Shafts Closing U.S. HQ! 7 years 5 months ago #53120

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Hmmmmmmm very strange.... :huh:

Re: Graphite Design Shafts Closing U.S. HQ! 7 years 5 months ago #53136

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I've never played a GI shaft. But I can see how they are having trouble since most players don't use after market shafts and generally keep the stock shaft. And I never see GI shafts that come stock with drivers or woods.
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Problem is most name brand stock shafts are not the same ones sold as aftermarket shafts. The stock ones are cheaper versions. And you can tell GD wouldn't do a cheaper version to get a contract and it hurt them. Even though they make some of the best aftermarket shafts. It's a shame.
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Re: Graphite Design Shafts Closing U.S. HQ! 7 years 5 months ago #53140

Crazy !!! But sounds like they are keeping it in the family of employees. If I read it right
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jmcelroy wrote:
Problem is most name brand stock shafts are not the same ones sold as aftermarket shafts. The stock ones are cheaper versions. And you can tell GD wouldn't do a cheaper version to get a contract and it hurt them. Even though they make some of the best aftermarket shafts. It's a shame.
Very true. Only time I ever saw one was in the old Titleist 904 fairway. That shaft was the best 3 wood shaft I ever hit that came stock.
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