About Jane Spicer
You are likely to find a Daphne’s display, sometimes two, at almost any golf store, golf club or resort pro shop. We like to think our headcovers liven up the place. People love stroking the soft fur, smiling at the iconic Gopher, hugging the lovable Lab. We have more than 175 designs to choose from. And wait until they see your golf bag at the Bag Drop. Always a show-stopper! We also like the fact that our novelty headcovers hide your expensive driver from prying eyes, at the same time protecting it from damage—even from damaging UV rays—with top-grade materials. Daphne’s is the real deal.
As a true Arizona native, I love sunsets, hiking and saguaros. One of our newest headcovers is a Roadrunner, another native of the Southwest. Daphne’s is a home-grown Arizona company, although we are now represented in over 75 countries. Our Phoenix headquarters contains a warehouse and manufacturing base, so I get to be involved, “hands-on,” with some of our production.
We started with animal headcovers. Our Best Sellers include The Golden Retriever, The Gopher, and of course, The Tiger. We are so honored that Tiger Woods has carried a Daphne’s Headcover for his entire career. The “Just For Fun” headcovers came later, like The Pirate, the Dragon and our best selling Unicorn. We are always moving forward, looking ahead and creating new designs.
There is no school I know of that offers a degree in Entrepreneurship. I just learned “on the job,” from the mistakes I made along the way and the challenges I encountered. There were plenty of both. Being a 16 year-old girl selling a new product to what could affectionately be referred to as the “old boys club” presented challenges every day. But I knew we had a quality product and a niche in the golf business that no one else occupied. We believed totally in what we were doing, and still do, and work tirelessly to be the best that we can be. Golf has changed a lot over the years, but one thing remains and that is the kind and fun loving friends I have made along the way.
I have always felt that with success comes responsibility. Along the way I seem to have become something of a role model for young entrepreneurs, especially women. It is a great pleasure for me to serve as a mentor and help them succeed in whatever their passion may be.
Life work balance is always a challenge. I’ve done it well and I’ve done it poorly. The main thing I’ve learned is to just be present where you are (and write everything down). My two ( grown now) amazing kids learned to flex and adapt as the business pulled us and me in many directions. I would like to think it made us all more resilient and empathetic.
In my down time I love to golf ( can you guess which headcovers I carry?), hike, ski, read, garden, sail and spend time with friends.
One of the things I love about Daphne’s is that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. How can you, surrounded by the smiling Sloth, a periwinkle Unicorn or a chicken that lays golf balls ( really, she does, check her out) and those lovable pups that frequent our dog friendly office? Friends often ask me, “What’s in your Inbox today?” It could be an urgent request for unicorn headcovers to be delivered to the WM Phoenix Open, or a note from a long-time customer asking us to restore a beloved yet bedraggled headcover.
So now you know. There is a real person behind the company. It’s me, myself and I, Jane, head honcho, CEO, and the person lucky enough to still love her job after 41 years of doing it. Thank you so much for checking in!