5 Costly Equipment Changes
By Kickntrue on 1/6/11
The beginning of the new year has seen a good number of players switching equipment sponsors (most notably 2010 breakout start Graeme McDowell who switched from Callaway to Srixon/Cleveland). While it's usually about the dough, taking more upfront isn't always wise. Golf Digest's Jaime Diaz breaks down 5 equipment changes by pros that have backfired in a bad way. It's actually pretty interesting- especially the first couple on the list- pros in the early 90's who took money to switch from their blades to these new type of consumer clubs (at the time) perimeter-weighted sticks. Both players (I'll leave the names a surprise for you to click) dropped in the world rankings and money lists the following years and never truly recovered their form until switching back to blades.

It's easy to say new equipment is all marketing but with the pros I feel like their specifications can be so intricate that if they never really feel comfortable it's going to hurt them. A good example from the list would be Mickelson.

It's a pretty interesting list- though in most of these cases it is players switching to no-name brands who are trying to get into the game. I think McDowell will probably find what he needs at Srixon. Plus- I believe most contracts these days (unlike some of these mentioned) are made so that the pro wouldn't be forced to use a club he wasn't comfortable with.

Golf Digest - 5 Costly Equipment Changes

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cph2133 says:
Dead link anyone else?
Kickntrue says:
@cph2133- works for me. it did take a second to load though...
bducharm says:
It is always interesting at the beginning of the year to see who has changed and how it affects them. One notable this year is Davis Love III leaving Titliest. He wanted $5 M again this year, Titleist offered him $500,000.
Kickntrue says:
@bducharm- nice nugget of info. I just got an email about Jim Furyk leaving Srixon (where McDowell is going) and is now TaylorMade Adidas.
rmumph1 says:
I've changed equipment more than once last year. My handicap didn't increase or my wallet.
Backquak says:
I'm looking for a new sponsor, I think Taylormade or Titleist should send me a new driver, 3 metal, and Mizuno or Adams should send me some new irons, Scratch should send wedges, and Scotty send me a putter.
cpercy says:
I have a ten year deal with EBAY, I send them money several times a year and they send me used clubs.
dsferris says:
I think Ping,and Cleveland should send me a sponsorship deal I mean those guys use the clubs 70 times a round and that includes putting. I use my clubs 110 times a round. I put their clubs on display more often.
Matt F says:
@dsferris - I think you might be on to something there! LOL
falcon50driver says:
dsferris, I like a guy who gets his money's worth. We get to see a lot more of what we're paying for. I feel it's boring to just go down the middle, there's so much more interesting flora and fauna along the edges.
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