David Gould


  • Wesleyan University

David Gould is a golf journalist with long experience covering professional tours and golf industry trends. He was the lead equipment writer for a Golf Digest publication widely read by golf professionals at top clubs and public courses throughout the U.S. Gould developed extensive expertise in golf club design and was one of the first to spotlight the importance of custom club fitting, launching and overseeing the industry’s original club fitting awards program. His knowledge of golf gear performance is from on-site reporting at the production plants, testing grounds, and design centers at the world’s leading manufacturers of clubs, balls, shafts, and grips.

  • Editor of Golf Shop magazine, 1985-90
  • Contributing Writer to GOLF Magazine, 1994-98
  • Editor of LINKS Magazine, 2000-2005
  • Author, Q School Confidential, St. Martin’s Press, 2000
  • Executive Editor, Travel + Leisure Golf, 2006-09

Recruited in 1991 by the industry-disrupting startup Henry-Griffitts, Inc., Gould spent six years as a technical writer disseminating the breakthrough concepts in which test clubs in wheeled “fitting carts” made their first appearance at clubs and courses, allowing golfers guided by teaching professionals to sample an array of shaft and clubhead specifications, in a process that is now standard anywhere premium equipment is marketed and sold.

Originally employed in his youth as a caddie, pro shop assistant, and caddie master, Gould was selected as a Francis Ouimet Caddie Scholar and financially supported in his collegiate years by the Francis Ouimet foundation. 


David Gould has written 100-plus articles on golf equipment and instruction for many of the game’s leading publications. He is a former senior editor of Travel + Leisure Golf, LINKS Magazine, and Golf Illustrated magazine.


Gould is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he studied European History, competed as a sprinter on the varsity track team, and covered football and hockey for the city’s daily newspaper, the Middletown Press.

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