Former Nike Golf ball guru Ishii signs with Callaway Golf

Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) will report its 3Q numbers this afternoon, but the company this morning announced it has hired golf industry veteran Hideyuki “Rock” Ishii as Sr. Director, Advanced Golf Ball Research. Ishii brings 25 years of golf product development experience, including the past 15 years with Nike Golf, during which he was responsible for the design of every Nike ball.

callawayballIshii is the first “name’’ hiring of a former Nike Golf employee since the company announced this past summer that was leaving the club and ball business.

“Adding Rock to our already exceptional ball team will strengthen our ability to investigate new construction methods and improve our evaluation of golf ball performance,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s SVP of R&D, “leading to better products for golfers at every level.”

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