Not the way you want to blister a course.
Like many revolutionary products, the World's Best Golf Sock was born out of need. More specifically, out of discomfort...extreme discomfort. On a sunny South Carolina spring day in 2008, KENTWOOL CEO Mark Kent was on the eighteenth hole at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, in what should have been one of high points of his long (not necessarily illustrious) golf career.
After a superb drive, and with dogged determination, he was in position to Eagle the challenging 18th hole and, thus, secure a position in the Final Round of Play. But instead of having clear focus and concentrating on the next shot, he couldn't take his mind off the pain of his badly blistered feet. Three days of competitive golf had left his soles battered and bleeding. "Why doesn't anyone make a better golf sock?" he asked his caddy.
The caddy's response would prove to be a game-changing question: "You run a wool manufacturing company. Why don't you go make a great golf sock?" A lightbulb moment, and the rest is history.
From A Great Idea, To The
World's Best Golf Sock
Combining his love and knowledge of golf with his manufacturing background, Mark took his initial ideas and designs of "a better golf sock" to a carefully chosen group of colleagues and asked one simple question: "How do we make the world's best golf sock?" From there, his team set about to do just that. They researched, analyzed, figured, concocted, designed, and experimented. After much effort and intense testing, their dream was finally realized in late 2008.
Today, KENTWOOL has become universally regarded as the World's Best Golf Sock. In terms of comfort and performance, no other sock compares. KENTWOOL socks are worn by dozens of PGA and LPGA Tour professionals, including Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Peter Jacobsen, Kristy McPherson, Ryann O'Toole, and many more. People sometimes ask: How can a sock make that much of a difference? Good question. Answer: all you have to do is try them on and you will feel the difference. "They're not like any other golf sock," says Kristy McPherson. "Once I put them on and played a round, I was hooked. I said to myself, 'I want to wear these socks every time I play.'"
KENTWOOL socks are the only golf socks that carry a Lifetime Blister-Free Guarantee. And like all of our products, they are manufactured in Pickens, South Carolina in the U.S.A.
Mark is known as the Chief Sock Rocker for the World's Best Golf Sock. Talk about having manufacturing in your blood? Mark is the 6th generation of Kents to be at the helm of KENTWOOL Manufacturing. There's been one common thread, if you will, over that long, illustrious period: Quality. Mark's a 20+ year veteran at KENTWOOL-Chairman since 1993. He has served on numerous national and international textile industry boards and strategic committees, and is always looking for new, cost-efficient ways to make the highest quality garments. A native of Philadelphia, Kent is a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest University and a 1986 graduate of Clemson University's School of Textiles.
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Kent has a passion for manufacturing that runs deep. The main thing you need to know about him is that he is all about the World's Best Golf Sock. He is dedicated to extending that same quality and expertise into new, expanded lines under the KENTWOOL Performance names. Kent graduated in 2007 from Auburn University's School of Business with a degree in Marketing. But his education was just beginning. After a brief stint (vacation?) on the island of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Kent started working with KENTWOOL in May 2008: 'to learn the manufacturing business from the ground up,' as he says.
Gil is an experienced industry veteran whose knowledge is exceeded only by his passion for the World's Greatest Golf Sock. As President of KENTWOOL Performance, Gil's mission is to grow the brand by introducing more premium, high-quality apparel in new emerging markets. Originally from Hubbard, Ohio, Gil graduated from Youngstown State University in 1972, and-because of his talent and enthusiasm for the game of golf-actually spent "quality time" as a golf teaching professional at La Jolla CC, Rancho Bernardo and The Greenbrier. Lucky for us, his sales numbers continue to soar upward as his golf handicap stands pat at 10.