James 'Bubba' Kroeger: Selecting the correct golf ball, the Foot Joy brand, and the best job in golf.
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"The number one thing we're doing is trying to educate golfers on the fact that 65% of all golfers are in the wrong size shoe." - James 'Bubba' Kroeger - Manager Foot Joy Field Marketing
This is one of the coolest interviews I’ve done, and it is with my good friend, James ‘Bubba’ Kroeger. One of the reasons this is so cool is because Bubba has had arguably two of the best jobs you could ever want in the golf business. His first one was in Titleist golf ball R&D where he would go up and down the East Coast, gather a lot of research on Titleist golf balls with amateurs, club pros, and tour pros, take that back to the engineers at Titleist so they would know what needed to be modified to optimize a golf ball; dimple depth, dimple pattern, outer core material and so on. He was also a club fitter for Titleist where he got to work with and fit some of the top amateur’s in the game, Titleist staff club pros and Titleist PGA Touring staff pros at the Titleist home facility in Massachusetts. From there he went on to become Manager of Foot Field Marketing, where he is primarily focused on managing Foot Joy’s amateur promotions program at the same time overseeing Foot Joys infield fitting and consumer marketing initiatives. That may sound like a lot of big words, but it really means he is the Foot Joy Amateur Rep. In this position he goes to a lot of the top amateur golf tournaments, and junior tournament’s around the country, and works with some kids who really like playing the Foot Joy and Titleist products. Today’s interview is packed with a lot of information on golf balls, club fitting, amateur golf and if by the end of this interview you don’t think that Bubba is one of the best guys in the game and has had some of the best jobs in the game, than you might have listened to the wrong interview.
Connect with Bubba on Linkedin HERE
For more on the Titleist story and how they got started in golf balls CLICK HERE
Golf 360 came about from a theory I wrote a decade ago called The Golf Paradigm. This theory was in the process of becoming a master’s thesis and book until life got in the way and time didn't allow it. It is something I came up with after spending over 30 years in golf. During that time, I was fortunate enough to have met, become friends with or worked with some exceptional people. Some of them were within the industry while others were outside of it but they all had phenomenal information that helped me improve as a player, a coach and a person. Whether it was a world-renowned coach, genius club fitter or engineer, ground breaking health professional or therapist, fantastic mental coach or psychologist or someone that understood how to utilize all of these to the benefit of the whole, they are some amazing people. There were also many others, all highly accomplished and from various fields; the business world, other professional athletes, and many more that were kind enough to pass along the knowledge they had acquired over a lifetime of work. Not only did their input help me as a touring professional, it also helped me in life and with my current teaching position with the The Golf Paradigm Academy. I wanted to take my good fortune of having access to so many people and bring that to you so you could apply it to your own game and life. With such a wide array of people I thought why not call it 'Golf 360'
The common denominator with all of the guests is they have two things in common 1) they were very highly accomplished and exceptional in their field and 2) they were more than willing to share their knowledge, experiences and pearls of wisdom with me and many others who were more than willing to learn and improve themselves in their games, business or life.
I hope you enjoy listening to each of the guests and can utilize the information they pass along; whether its a story, an experience or fascinating information so you can continue to improve your game and life.
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During this discussion you will learn more about:
How he got the name 'Bubba'
Playing baseball, basketball, football...and golf
Walking on at Indiana University
Playing the mini's
How working at Titleist came about
Mentors; Mike Bender, Ty Krieger, and Zach Johnson and what he learned from them