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List of pros making equipment changes 2013

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After the short off season, there is lots new on tour, especially what's in players bags. So here is the significant change list.

 

Players changing brands:

 

Rory McIlroy - Titleist & Oakley to Nike

Nick Watney - Titleist & Hugo Boss to Nike

Kyle Stanley - Titleist to Nike

Seung-Yul Noh - Titleist to Nike

David Duval - Back to Nike (making a comeback this year)

Lucas Glover - Nike to Taylormade

Nicolas Colsaerts - Titleist to Callaway (mixed bag)

Ryan Moore - Adams to Taylormade

 

Clothing Only:

 

Bubba Watson - Travis Matthews to Oakley

Zach Johnson - whatever he was wearing to Oakley

Webb Simpson - Polo to Izod

Keegan Bradley - Oakley to Nike (footwear only)

 

 

As for simple known in the bag changes:

 

Webb Simpson: Switched from Titleist 712 MBs to Titleist 712 AP2s as well as the new 913 driver and fairway metals

Bubba Watson: No more G20, new Pink G25 is in the bag as well as a new Ping Scottsdale prototype putter.

Rickie Fowler: Almost all new clubs, the new AMP Cell line from driver to prototype blade irons.  GOLO is the putter to start the season.

Steve Stricker: Switched to new 913D

Luke Donald: Switched from R11S to RBZ driver

Dustin Johnson: New R1 and RBZ Stage 2 in play at TOC this week

Watney & Stanley: Hitting the VRS Covert line to start the season

 

Will update once McIlroy's Nike bag is released before his start in Abu Dhabi on the Euro tour later this month. 

post #2 of 10
Bradley wasn't wearing Oakley in 2012, he was with, and still is with Tommy Hilfiger for apparel. He was with Oakley in 2011 though, when he won the PGA Championship and rookie of the year.

Also Zach Johnson's apparel sponsor was Iliac in 2012. I'm surprised he left to go to Oakley.

But money talks... And golf's TV ratings were larger last year, so everyone is looking to parlay that into a payday. Thus why you see so much movement.
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But money talks... And golf's TV ratings were larger last year, so everyone is looking to parlay that into a payday. Thus why you see so much movement.

 

Speaking of money talks, Ryan Moore is the biggest example of that.  He was anti logo when he first appeared on Tour with his vest and tie ensemble and went around talking about how he prides himself in not being a walking billboard (something along those lines).

 

Fast forward to today and with his 40th in the world Golf Ranking, it's hard to resist the cash equipment companies are willing to dish out...

post #4 of 10

Without trying to get to much into fashion, I always use the players as a guide to style on a course. But, if everyone starts wearing Nike, buying golf clothes will become easier. Nike is getting the best players to wear their gear. What a change in the years.

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Maybe all the switching is an indication that there really is not much difference between the different club companies anymore? 

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Thanks for starting the thread Krazy

 

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Maybe all the switching is an indication that there really is not much difference between the different club companies anymore? 

 

I think that's true for the most part, especially on tour.  Quality control and customization are pretty good out there.  When those guys get a new driver, they'll have 5-6 of them made and pick out the best one.  The biggest difference from company to company is just how the clubs look and sound.  Which can be really importance with the putter.  All the clubs perform well. 

 

Ryan Moore is notorious for being a club ho and going to TaylorMade is a good move because it looks like he might only be playing the woods.  So it gives him some freedom with the rest of his bag, kind of like Bo Van Pelt and some other guys.  Moore's go S56 irons, looks like a Callaway wedge(?) and a YES putter, which is still in the TMAG family because they were bought by Adams and TMAG now owns Adams.

 

I like the new TaylorMade bag

 

 

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From Nike's Facebook page

 

Watney's new clubs.  Interesting to see Watney going to a combo set after using AP2's for several years.

 

 

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Kyle Stanley's new wedges

 

 

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Andre Gonzalez's new Cally bag

 

 

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From Nike's Facebook page

Watney's new clubs.  Interesting to see Watney going to a combo set after using AP2's for several years.


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That's a modified version, too. The Pro Combos have a cavity-back 7 iron, Watney's is a blade (and just says "VR Pro," not "VR Pro Combo," of course, because they just pulled one from the regular VR Pro blades).
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Deryck Griffith View Post

 

Speaking of money talks, Ryan Moore is the biggest example of that.  He was anti logo when he first appeared on Tour with his vest and tie ensemble and went around talking about how he prides himself in not being a walking billboard (something along those lines).

 

Fast forward to today and with his 40th in the world Golf Ranking, it's hard to resist the cash equipment companies are willing to dish out...

My thoughts exactly. He's from the area and I remember walking in to a LGS and seeing a sign posted near the registers explaining how Ryan got a contract with Adams, because it seemed to stir up chatter at the golf shop. I'd imagine it takes a level of restraint most men don't have when that many zeroes are in play. 

post #9 of 10
Just read that Under Armour signed Jordan Spieth to a full clothing deal.
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post

I think that's true for the most part, especially on tour.  Quality control and customization are pretty good out there.  When those guys get a new driver, they'll have 5-6 of them made and pick out the best one.  The biggest difference from company to company is just how the clubs look and sound.  Which can be really importance with the putter.  All the clubs perform well. 

 

Ryan Moore is notorious for being a club ho and going to TaylorMade is a good move because it looks like he might only be playing the woods.  So it gives him some freedom with the rest of his bag, kind of like Bo Van Pelt and some other guys.  Moore's go S56 irons, looks like a Callaway wedge(?) and a YES putter, which is still in the TMAG family because they were bought by Adams and TMAG now owns Adams.

 

Kyle Stanley is my new favorite player. love the shout out to "Rob & Big"

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