Diligence, persistence and growth through retained earnings moved Ping Golf from the Solheim garage to its 35-acre campus in Phoenix. From the father-son team, the company has grown to over 900 employees who work each day making some of the world’s most popular golf clubs.
HATTIE: (Voiceover) To make sure all Ping clubs meet the company's critical tolerances, Ping has its own foundry, where stainless steel clubs are poured. Hot wax is injected into a mold. The finished wax patterns are attached to a wax rack called a tree. The tree is coated with ceramic sand and then fired. The wax inside melts, leaving a hollow mold. That's why it's called the lost wax process. Then it goes to the foundry.
Here, it is so hot, there are no impurities. We couldn't get close to the process, and huge air conditioners cooled the area where the workers pour 3,000-degree molten metal.
The molds, filled with hot stainless steel, are put outside to cool. A machine breaks away the ceramic mold, exposing the raw club heads. The heads are cut away, ground smooth and then put in a bowl of vibrating stones and water, which gives them an unusual luster. A powerful pneumatic hammer shoves the shaft into the head.
Technicians align the grip by hand. It takes both well-trained eyes and hands to position the grip perfectly. Each club has its own specifications. Those are checked and the clubs are tweaked, if necessary. They are color-coded and the customer's personal serial number is put on the entire set.
JOHN: And it's important that it's a set of clubs, not individual clubs.
This video serves as an illustration of diligent work in "There is No Way to Know What Comes Afterwards (Eccl 9:1-11:6)" in Ecclesiastes and Work at www.theologyofwork.org.