The History of The GolfWorks

In 1976, Ralph founded The GolfWorks and has been manufacturing and distributing golf clubs, machines, gauges, tools, and supplies worldwide to golf club repair shops, golf professionals, manufacturers, custom clubmakers and do-it yourselfers. In 2006 Ralph sold The GolfWorks to Golf Galaxy.


About The GolfWorks

The GolfWorks is the golf industry’s most complete source for golf club components, clubmaking tools, supplies and technical information. Located in Newark, Ohio, the GolfWorks has been providing clubmakers and other golf equipment experts with a complete complement of proprietary clubhead designs, a full selection of brand name shafts and grips, fitting tools and supplies, educational material and golf accessories for 40 years.

Founded by Ralph Maltby in 1976, The GolfWorks is recognized throughout the industry as the premier distributor for golf clubheads, shafts, grips, tools and supplies and for supreme golf equipment design technology.

The Golfworks has the largest selection golf grips, shafts tools and supplies in the golf industry and ships product not only to all locations in the U.S., but also to countries all over the world. The Golfworks provides clubmakers, fitters and golfers a variety of catalogs each year and has the premier website for golf club components in the industry.

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Maltby Playability Factor

All metal woods and irons offered by The GolfWorks are designed by Ralph and The GolfWorks Technical Team and utilize the principles of the proprietary Maltby Playability Factor. Derived through more than 34 years of golf club design and practical fitting experience, Ralph created the Maltby Playability Factor by combining a simple application of the laws of physics and an advanced mathematical formula. The result is a clubhead rating system that separates all models into five distinct playability levels:

  • Ultra Game Improvement Playability (851+ Playability Factor and above)
  • Super Game Improvement (701+ PF)
  • Game Improvement (551+ PF)
  • Conventional (401+ PF)
  • Classic (251+ PF)
  • Player Classic (250 PF and lower)


The higher the Playability Rating of a clubhead design, the easier the club is to consistently hit. All clubhead designs offered by The GolfWorks have a Playability Factor of Ultra Game Improvement, Super Game Improvement or Game Improvement.

That gives clubhead designs from The GolfWorks a quantified performance rating that no other golf equipment manufacturer can match. The Golfworks also measures the majority of the major golf equipment manufacturers iron models and lists their MPF (Maltby Playability Factor) by manufacturer and by year of release.

All clubheads distributed by The GolfWorks have undergone this evaluation. Playability Factor ratings are listed alongside each head in The GolfWorks annual Clubmaker’s Catalog, and displayed on The Golfworks website and on


“Custom fitting golf equipment has always been two parts fact and one part ‘best guess,’” said Ralph. “The Maltby Playability Factor is a quantitative guide that objectively identifies specific clubhead performance characteristics for specific player types. As a result, clubmakers now have an additional tool in matching golfers with perfectly fit equipment.”

Dana Upshaw, a custom clubmaker from Warner Robins, Ga. and winner of four U.S. Southern Region and two International Clubmaker of the Year Awards, said the Maltby Playability Factor respresents a breakthrough in the custom fitting of golf clubheads. “The Maltby Playability Factor evaluates clubhead performance objectively, not through marketing or hype,” he said. “It will give me greater confidence in the clubhead recommendations I make for my customers.”



The GolfWorks also is host to the finest educational programs in the industry — The GolfWorks Clubmaking Academy. Offering up to 27 sessions throughout the year, the Clubmaking Academy attracts students from around the world and is recognized as the game’s premier golf equipment assembly, fitting and repair training center. The schedule for all schools offered at The Golfworks is listed in The Golfworks Master Clubmaking catalog and online at


The GolfWorks USA headquarters is located just 30 miles east of Columbus, Ohio, just north of I-70. The GolfWorks also operates The GolfWorks Canada in Nepean, Ontario, Canada.