WORLDWIDE GOLF SHOPS INSIDER

February / March 2018

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TOUR NEWS ver.indd 1 12/1/1 ver.indd 1 12/1/1 ver.indd 1 12/1/1 ver.indd 1 12/1/1 NEW YEAR, NEW GEAR 2018 BRINGS EQUIPMENT CHANGES FOR TOP TOUR PROS I t's been said that the only thing constant is change, and that maxim holds true when it comes to professional golfers and the equipment they take to work with them every day. For the world's best players, this time of year often brings with it adjustments in golf clubs, golf balls and even the ap- parel they use. Here's a look at a sampling of what's new with Tour pros and their equipment in 2018. u u u Garcia signs with Callaway Perhaps the biggest news in the golf equipment world over the last few months was Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ending their 15-year re- lationship and the 2017 Masters win- ner signing with Callaway Golf. He started his 2017-18 campaign with an Epic driver, Apex MB irons and Call- away's Mack Daddy wedges in his bag, as well as an Odyssey putter and Callaway's new Chrome Soft ball. "I'm really excited to switch to Callaway," Garcia said in a release. "After testing different brands I real- ized Callaway's technology and in- novation will help me maximize my game and perform to the best of my ability." u u u Top rookie joins Callaway, too While Garcia lends some experi- ence to Callaway's roster of staff play- ers, the company has largely gone with younger golfers, and signed a great one in 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. The 24-year-old was 26th in the world rankings after two strong per- formances to open the year in Hawaii, keeping the momentum rolling after having won the Green- brier Classic and the Tour Champi- onship last season. "I've been so impressed with how Callaway clubs have performed for me from the first time I started test- ing them during the offseason," Schauffele said. "I'm really confident in how their equipment will help im- prove every part of my game." fi Sergio Garcia will have Callaway clubs in his bag top to bottom.

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