“Those Are Jewels” – Ben Crenshaw

Posted: July 20, 2009 in Marathon

Last year, I went out to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to visit with David Mills, the son of legendary putter maker Truett P. Mills. It was a fascinating day in his T.P. Mills shop.
While there in his garage-like machine shop, I spent the day learning all about the company and how he makes the putters with his hand-operated machines. There are no computer-programmed milling machines. And unlike other bigger companies, TP Mills cranks out only 1,500 putters a year, the same amount other big companies produce in a month.

I bring this up because, on Sunday, Bo Van Pelt used a T.P. Mills-made putter to win the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, giving the company it’s first win since 2006.

In the world of multi-million dollar endorsement contracts, it’s nice to see a small company that can’t pay players still get the occasional victory.

Here’s my article from that day.


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