Careers of SAKAKI
Sakakibara Putter when Takashi Sakakibara, the president of Sakakibara Machine Works (Sakakibara Koki, Inc.), and Yoshimasa Ishizuka, a professional golfer who plays all over the world, met around April 2020.
Sakakibara not only had the world's most advanced cutting and milling machine with 5-axis but decades of mastering the most advanced manufacturing techniques. The putters he produced were of the highest quality in the world. Sensing the potential, Ishizuka decided to work with him to solve the problems of conventional putters and develop one entirely from scratch.
Combining state-of-the-art grinding and cutting machine technology with the expertise of both men resulted in putters with the highest levels of performance. While they have a deceptively minimalist appearance, every golf pro who tries them on the course is immediately convinced.
Takashi Sakakibara, CEO, Sakakibara Kouki, Inc.
After graduating from high school, Sakakibara worked at a local factory during the days and studied electrical engineering at university at night. In 1989, at the age of 25, he started his own business.
Since its establishment, the company has been engaged in machining automobile parts, automatic machine parts, jig parts, mold parts, etc. Although it is a small company, it has established a one-stop system and provides customers with quick delivery.
Yoshi Ishizuka, JPGA Tour Player
Born in Japan's Aichi Prefecture, Ishizuka began playing golf at the age of five. After spending his junior high school years in Hawaii, he attended school in Utah and Arizona. He became a PGA tournament player at 20.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he returned to Japan, met Takashi Sakakibara, and designed a putter for him while not playing. One year later, he and Sakakibara co-founded the putter brand Sakaki Putter.