Gary Adams started TaylorMade in 1979 in McHenry, Ill., where he leased a 6,000-square-foot facility to run the business. Adams found that a golf ball goes further when it is hit with a metal club face, so he began developing and marketing metal woods. The first breakthrough was with the original Taylor Made (it wasn't yet one word) driver that was nicknamed the Pittsburgh Persimmon. Soon metalwoods would replace older wooden clubs.
TaylorMade corporate headquarters are located in Carlsbad, Calif., and Mulgrave, Australia.
TaylorMade is a part of adidas Group, a sports equipment conglomerate that includes adidas, Ashworth Inc. apparel and Reebok brands. The conglomerate has about 33,000 employees worldwide.
TaylorMade sponsors dozens of players on the PGA, LPGA and Senior PGA tours. The roster of players includes Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
KPS Capital Partners
In 2017, adidas sold the TaylorMade brand to KPS Capital Partners, a New York based firm with manufacturing and industrial companies based worldwide. The deal was for a reported $425 million, with KPS promising to continue the TaylorMade tradition in clubmaking.