Nike Truck ()
Nike Golf has extended its commitment to its growing Tour Staff athletes with a brand new, state of the art Tour support vehicle for the European Tour.
On the surface, it is a symbol of Nike Golf’s design and engineering excellence, adorned with the Nike Golf logo. Inside, those high standards will be put to the test every day servicing the club needs of Nike’s Tour staff athletes in Europe. The new Tour truck will be Nike Golf’s testing facility, equipment stock room, meeting space, workshop on wheels and billboard, all rolled into one. The company will utilise every inch of the 16.5 metre long vehicle, both inside and outside, as it travels from tour stop to tour stop throughout the season.
Peter Powell, Nike Golf European Tour technician will continue to be responsible for all technical elements on board the new truck which is outfitted with state of the art precision machinery, components and tools to custom build Nike Golf clubs and modify, re-grip or repair individual clubs on-site. Every element of the Tour truck’s functionality is designed to save time for Nike Golf’s sports marketing team, which in turn enhances the service provided for its athletes.
“Our first Tour truck became a necessity to service our growing stable of athletes when we launched hardware into the range more than 10 years ago,” said Robin Murray, Nike Golf’s EMEA sports marketing director. “Over the past decade we have grown tremendously as a brand and added more athletes to our team. We have extended the workshop area to accommodate two technicians and now have the space and storage on the new truck to carry more stock. We are set up to address the needs of every player on-site whether it is building a whole new set of irons, a general service issue or an emergency. Investing the future of the European Tour is key to the continued success of Nike Golf and our new Tour home reinforces our commitment to this.”
NIKE GOLF EUROPEAN TOUR VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS
FUJIKURA FREQUENCY MACHINE
This machine helps to read the flex of a shaft when already installed into a players club such as a Driver or an Iron which may not be a Nike Club, thus enabling a replica to be build with Nike components or indeed build a "Back Up" as accurate as possible.
THE GREEN MACHINE
This Machine has been used from the beginning of Nike's programme in club building technology. Nike believes this to be the most accurate machine for reading the loft, lie, face angle, length and off set of any iron, putter or wood.
MITCHELL LOFT & LIE GAUGE
Used for securing the Iron for bending.
MITCHELL LOFT & LIE PUTTER GUAGE
Used for securing the putter for bending.
HP-100 SHAFT PULLER.
This helps the Technician to separate the head of a golf club from the shaft as easily as possible and more importantly it reduces the risk of breaking or melting the shaft in the separation enabling the shaft to be used again.
This machine helps to accurately ream and clean a head in preparation for building.
HOT MELT MACHINE.
This machine is used for the application of "HOT MELT" to the interior of the metal wood head. The process is used to accurately swing weight the metal wood and also to reduce or enhance the sound quality and feel.
Machine used to accurately cut steel or graphite shafts
Small machine used to measure the swing weight of a club.
This machine is used in many applications but mainly for tip preparation on shafts and for specific head grinding requirements for Nike Golf’s athletes.
This machine is used for turning down ferrules on metal woods and irons.
This machine is used for installing grips and it consists of a sink, pump and tank. The machine grasps the club in the pneumatic vice which holds it secure, then uses recycled grip solution to help install the grip. The whole process makes it possible to grip a set of irons in under 10 minutes and have the athlete hitting the clubs in under 20 minutes.
Nike Golf utilises TrackMan which is an integral part of the fitting process for both club and ball.
The Green Machine, Fuji and Swing weight scale have been calibrated so that they are exactly the same in Europe, Japan and the U.S. Players can rely upon the fact that there loft & lies and swing weight read the same all over the world.
The truck also carries all of Nike's other products such as gloves, balls, shoes, apparel and accessories to make sure that athletes have the best available service on the Tour.
Alongside the fully equipped workshop there is a meeting room and lounge area for the athletes and staff to work and relax in when at an event. Comprising of satellite TV, a larger than life audio system, a games console and a Wi-Fi enabled work area it is a place where people can relax away from the stresses of life on Tour.
The vehicle dimensions are: Length 16.5 metres, Width 2.5 metres, Height 4 metres, Weight 28 tonnes.