Season of Change: Notable New Club and Apparel Signings
A new season is underway and many players on the PGA Tour are making changes to the clubs, balls, or clothes they’ll be using this year. Some of the more notable new club and apparel signings are listed below:
New Club and Apparel Signings
Without a doubt, the biggest name on the change list is Sergio Garcia. He made his mark for years playing TaylorMade equipment and wearing Adidas apparel.
For 2018, while he is sticking with Adidas for his look, Sergio has signed a deal with Callaway. His bag will be filled with Callaway clubs and golf balls. It is worth noting that Garcia and TaylorMade mutually agreed to part ways in November. He had also been spotted playing Callaway clubs at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai prior to the deal being made public.
Patrick Reed has signed a head-to-toe apparel deal with Nike, the company he first had a deal with before leaving for Callaway in 2013. With Nike no longer in the club market, it’s still uncertain what club manufacturer will land Reed as he is no longer under contract with Callaway. Stay tuned for more on that front…
KJ Choi has signed a deal with PING that will have him playing a minimum of 13 clubs from the manufacturer. These will consist of the G400 driver, fairway woods, hybrid and irons as well as the Glide 2.0 wedges and a Sigma G Piper putter for starters. Known to play a wide variety of club brands over his career, the decision to go with one company shows Choi’s strong confidence in PING as a brand.
With all of the switches made by players, it’s important to note that Kevin Streelman has signed a two-year extension with Wilson. Originally signed by Wilson in 2011, Streelman has been an important part of Wilson’s Tour feedback staff in regards to products and R & D. Wilson described him as a “trusted advisor” who’s played a key role in the design process of several products over the last 7 years.
Other Notable Signings
- Jason Dufner signed to Titleist ball, FootJoy shoe, and glove deal. No club deal yet.
- Francisco Molinari will use Bettinardi putters.
- Xander Schauffele will play Callaway clubs and wear Adidas apparel.
- Tyrrell Hatton to don Adidas apparel
- Jamie Sadlowski signed as a global brand ambassador with Cleveland Golf
- Brian Harman switches to all Titleist clubs.