You won’t see Jason Dufner with a Titleist hat this season.
It’s that time of the year, a new season and change is in the air — equipment changes for many PGA Tour players.
Dufner’s one of them.
The Duf is playing the new TaylorMade M4 driver this week at the Tournament Of Champions, a decent indicator that he may put a bunch of TaylorMade clubs in his bag shortly.
His club contract with Titleist is up.
He’ll still march around in FootJoy shoes and use the FootJoy gloves and Titleist ball but that’s about it.
The most high profile equipment change started last year and became official this week when Callaway welcomed Masters champion Sergio Garcia into its family.
Callaway also added the PGA Tour Rookie Of The Year, Xander Schauffele, into its stable of tour players.
Nike is no longer a player in the equipment world but it still has clout when it comes to clothing.
Patrick Reed, the Tiger Woods Sunday impersonator, has joined Woods with a head-to-toe Nike apparel deal. No word if Woods has a cease-and-desist order out on Reed and his Sunday “red and black” outfits.
Chris Wood, a mainstay on the European Tour, has also joined the Nike clothing staff.
Bettinardi sounds like an upscale Italian restaurant but it actually manufactures high-end putters. Francesco Molinari has signed a deal to use a Bettinardi putter.