Mizuno Golf History

By Brendan O'Brien

Mizuno is a company in Japan that develops, makes and markets sporting equipment for sports such as volleyball, soccer, baseball and swimming. It also is a worldwide producer of golf equipment. The company had 8,000 employees as of 2008.

Mizuno Brothers

The company was started by Rihachi and Rizo Mizuno in 1906 in Osaka, Japan, as a storefront that sold baseballs.


Mizuno Golf Company started in 1982 in the United States. One year later, company started a U.S. golf workshop.


Mizuno golf created a golf workshop in Europe in 1986. These golf workshops are where the company develops and tests golf equipment.


The company was awarded an ISO9001 certification in 1999, a designation that recognizes Mizuno's golf clubs as high-quality.

European and PGA Tours

The company has developed a firm relationship with European and PGA Tour players. In 1998, the company's irons became the most played on both tours.

Golf Balls

The company started making and distributing golf balls in Asia in 2005.

About The Author

Brendan O'Brien is a professional journalist in Milwaukee, Wis. He has worked for several news organizations, newspapers such as the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" and trade magazines during his 15-year career. He is currently a freelance writer who works for several publications.

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