GolferDied when: 56 years 162 days (677 months)
Star Sign: Leo
Gary Adams was a notable salesman, founder of TaylorMade Golf, Founders Club, McHenry Metals, and nominal inventor of the modern "metal wood." After leaving college, he started working as a golf salesman.
He observed new golf balls worked well with irons, but not wood clubs, so he started tinkering to create a metal driver.
In 1979, Gary Adams borrowed $24,000 on his house and leased a 6,000 square foot building in McHenry, Illinois to found TaylorMade Golf.
He originally had three employees and sold only one item, his newly invented 12-degree loft metalwood.He was awarded the National Golf Association man of the year in 1984.
He was awarded the PGA Ernie Sabayrac award in 1995 for his contribution to golf.