HISTORY OF PROBE GOLF, INC.
"Probe Custom Golf Company got its start in my garage on the 15th hole of the Lake Shastina Golf Resort’s 18-hole Championship Robert Trent Jones layout at the foot of Mt. Shasta, California in January of 1987, specializing in custom fit iron sets. Although PING claimed at the time that they made custom fit iron sets, every set they made used the exact same iron shaft, which fit no one! Really, NO ONE! After I learned all about the differences in shaft flex, flex point location, and torque, I started making much better custom fit iron sets.
"I had played golf for twenty-two years, and had never made a hole-in-one. Two months after making myself my first set of PROBE custom-fit irons I made my first hole-in-one, a 5-iron over water on a 195 yard hole. One month later I holed out a 2-iron on a 222 yard hole. Hundreds of amazing success stories like mine are available if I had time to relate each story.
"In January of 1991 PROBE Custom Golf entered the driver market. Every major manufacturer made its metal driver heads with a 16-inch radius bulge (toe to heel curvature; with the same radius as a circle with a radius of 16 inches). Their roll measurement from top to bottom on the face was "infinite", completely flat.
"Our first PROBE driver faces had 10 inches of bulge and 10 inches of roll. Our more curved faces added 30 yards to every drive. Johnny Miller was one of the first tour players to try the PROBE drivers, and ended up asking me to send him one dozen PROBE driver heads each month for the next year!
"Chi Chi Rodriguez received the first PROBE driver on the Senior Tour in April of 1991, and won four tournaments the first three months he used it. In mid-June of 1991 I received a fax from Chi Chi’s agent and attorney, Eddie Ellias, demanding that I pay Chi Chi $150,000 for him to continue using my driver! Can you believe that? I declined, and Chi Chi accepted money from Callaway to switch to its Big Bertha driver. Chi Chi fell from first on the money list to tenth using Big Bertha! In the next three years twenty-three Seniors won on tour with a PROBE. It took the rest of the industry three years to copy PROBE driver faces!
“In 1992, I obtained four patents on what I predicted would be the best putter in the world. I signed a marketing agreement with a marketing group out of New York, and gave them control over my invention for the next five years.
"They invested $1,000,000 in my new golf putter to produce a 30-minute infomercial and airing their infomercial nationwide. They sold 125,000 putters for $120 each, plus shipping, grossing over $15,000,000! Marketing my new putter technology through the infomercial and making some fast money was their only goal. They were not interested in introducing the putter to professional golfers.
Pete Baumann, Probe Golf, Inc. President and inventor of Probe's "Break Reduction Technology".
"I retired from making golf equipment in 1997. In 2003 I bought a home computer and set up my email address at www.probegolf.com. "I started receiving emails from all over the world from golfers who had purchased my putter from the infomercial, asking where they could get another one. I had fun listening to golfers who felt they had lost their best friend when they lost their PROBE 20/20, some to their wife who had borrowed it and refused to give it back, and some to theft from their golf bag! I helped many of them by assembling additional putters from my storage unit until I ran out of inventory.
"The main lesson I learned while making golf equipment from 1987 through 1997 was this: “It is easy to make better performing golf equipment than any of the major equipment companies if you care about your customers, their happiness and their satisfaction, instead of putting money and profit ahead of those customers!’
"In October of 2010, I woke up from a dream wherein I had been playing in a golf tournament, and I was using a revolutionary new putter that did things no other putter in the history of the game could ever do!" In that dream I made every difficult breaking putt I faced, and I won the tournament.
"When I was awake, I remembered the dream, and I remembered the feeling of excitement I had at that moment. After playing golf for 50 years, I thought I was having an extraterrestrial experience! Before I forgot that dream, and the feeling I experienced, I grabbed a sheet of paper and started writing down that experience of making every tough breaking putt I had faced in the dream, of deliberately putting side spin on the ball to counter the apparent break in each putt.
"For the next two years I kept that vision in my mind while I tried to figure out how I could manufacture the putter I had used in my dream. Isn't that what inventions are all about; having a vision of something that will solve a problem, and then coming up with something, a product or a service, that will solve that problem?
"In the PROBE 20/10, I have invented a putter that does something no other putter in the history of the game of golf ever did, probably something no golfer has ever even imagined doing with a putter! It took a dream, an unconscious thought during my dream, to end up with the concept.
"Take a look at the PROBE 'Crib Sheet' in the INSTRUCTION SECTION of this website, to get an idea how the PROBE 20/10 lets you take the guesswork out of making those tough breaking putts!
"Now I look forward to letting all golfers, amateurs and professionals alike, learn why my PROBE 20/10 putter, with its Break Reduction Technology is the best performing putter of all time! We all have an unconscious thought, during a dream, to thank for the Probe 20/10!
“In closing, I am proud to say that Probe Golf, Inc. is only marketing its amazing new putter technology through the approximate 500 avid golfers who make the choice to apply for a position as one of our PROBE EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTORS nationwide! Our GREATEST POWER is the POWER TO CHOOSE!
“I look forward to awarding those 500 avid golfers who CHOOSE TO JOIN US with huge success as Probe distributors in the next ten years!
"After starting with the future’s most amazing putter, the PROBE 20/10, distributors will have the option at no additional charge to expand into a Full Service Custom PROBE GOLF STORE in their exclusive territory, offering all Probe GOLF EQUIPMENT from the Break Reduction Technology PROBE putters to the PROBE driver, utility fairway woods and custom fit iron sets!
"Contact Probe Golf by emailing email@example.com if interested in a position as a Probe distributor.”
President, Probe Golf