Ian is not just the name behind Raybon Putters, he’s also the engineering brain which will make your putter unique.
Engineering was an obvious career route for Ian. His first love was motorbikes and from just four years of age he was off riding, competing in local track events and always getting his hands dirty, tinkering with the engines. By 2012 his racing career had taken off and he was competing in the British Championships, and at the same time sharpening his skills as a precision engineer with Swagelok, the global manufacturer which has multi-million dollar contracts in the oil, gas and aerospace industries.
Although Ian originally took up golf as a schoolboy, over the years bikes and work took over, but despite time restrictions his love for the game continued and he played whenever he could. After a couple of years racing for his own outfit, Ian Raybon Racing, Ian decided to step back from the bike world and by 2015, still only 23 and working full time at Swagelok, he could be found playing at his local golf course every weekend. But however many rounds Ian played, he was frustrated by his poor and erratic putting, and he decided he needed a new putter.
Some years earlier Ian had been given a traditional-style long neck putter which he admired as not only a piece of golf memorabilia, but also a fine piece of engineering and art. And this made him think: he might not be able to afford to buy a bespoke putter, but he could design and make one for himself. Ian put all his engineering skills into milling that putter to his own precise stroke and desires, and just a few weeks later the original Raybon Putter had its first - highly successful – outing, quickly followed by orders from friends and fellow golfers for their own bespoke, yet affordable, high performance milled putters.
Ian’s main focus now is to make sure that every putter is perfect, and the same precision which he used to make offshore oil drills and aerospace engines is now an integral part of your Raybon Putter. And with over 55 million variations, from head design to grip, that’s an awful lot of precision.