Ely Callaway: The Old Man And The Tee

It's 7:30 on a golden Southern California morning in November, and golf club maker Ely Callaway is at it again. Dragging a visiting pro to a local driving range, the 72-year-old former textile tycoon shoves a prototype of his latest club--a driver known as Big Bertha--into the skeptical pro's hands. The range is closed for business, but Callaway darts out onto the dewy fairway and scoops up a few balls lying in the grass. Then, he stands back and smiles as the pro swings approvingly in the early morning mist. "He wanted to get that club in my hands so badly," recalls pro Tom Bracken of Western Hills Country Club in Waterbury, Conn. "He is so enthusiastic that you are made to be a believer."

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