His clubs are Taylor-made


February 25, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

A love of golf became an outlet following retirement for Bruce Taylor, a resident of Middletown, Md., and member of Beaver Creek Country Club.

While working for the Food and Drug Adminstration in computer networking, Taylor spent his spare time on the course playing, but he soon took up the art of clubmaking.

Clubmaking began as a part-time hobby 12 years ago and has since turned into a full-time homebased business - Bee Tee Golf.

"I started working on my own clubs and on those of some friends and word just started to spread and before long I was being asked to work on more and more clubs," said Taylor. "Being that I would consider myself a handyman and craftsman, I thought (clubmaking) could become more than just a hobby."


Through his interests, Taylor became exposed to the Professional Clubmakers Society and became Class A certified by the group in 2001. At a recent PCS convention in Tampa, Fla., Taylor was awarded the Society's Top Shop homebased award.

Taylor's shop includes all the necessary ingredients for clubmaking, from gripping tables to storage bins and display racks.

"I've tried to be creative and innovative and I get a joy in doing so," said Taylor. "I'm able to develop new widgets and ways of doing things. Clubmaking keeps you in a learning mode all the time."

Taylor's shop also includes modern functional clubmaking tools, equipment and computer software which allows him to fit a golfer's needs through swing analysis on his launch monitor.

His repertoire ranges from new clubfitting to club repair to new grips. He became Rifle shaft certified in 2004 and last year became certified in Advanced Rifle shafts, one of the newest and more expensive types of golf club shafts.

Taylor is also an accredited member of the Golf Clubmakers Association.

League Signup

The Williamsport Red Men Golf League will conduct its seasonal meeting on March 6 at 6 p.m. at the Red Men Club. League play begins April 9 at Black Rock. Interested golfers can contact Don Rupp at 301-223-6210 or Dave Hardman at 240-527-1556.

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