TIGER, RORY, PHIL & MORE: SEE HOW THEY PERFORMED AFTER CHANGING EQUIPMENT PROVIDER

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Wed, 6 Dec 2017

Ian Poulter - Cobra to Titleist, 2015

Cobra pinup Ian Poulter announced he was switching to Titleist via Twitter - of course.

The 38-year-old confirmed he would be playing a full bag and ball, but not putter, following a relationship with Cobra since 2006.

Year before switch, 2014: 0 wins
PGA Tour (17 events): 0 wins, 2 top 10s, 6 top 25s, 4 missed cuts
European Tour (14 events): 0 wins, 3 top 10s, 6 top 25s, 2 missed cuts

Year of switch, 2015: 0 wins
PGA Tour (19 events): 0 wins, 4 top 10s, 9 top 25s, 4 missed cuts
European Tour (14 events): 0 wins, 1 top 10, 4 top 25s, 3 missed cuts

Verdict: It was hardly a golden time in Poulter’s career, but the Postman did see an improvement on the PGA Tour when making the switch, although his form in Europe diminished slightly. Thankfully, the Englishman’s form seems to be back going into 2018.

Graeme McDowell - Callaway to Srixon/Cleveland, 2011

The announcement came at the end of McDowell’s best year on the golf course, seeing him named European Tour Player of the Year.

The Northern Irishman, who was world number seven,  ended Europe’s 40-year wait for a US Open winner, and he holed the winning putt in the Ryder Cup to beat Tiger Woods.
For the new season he bagged Srixon irons and ball, and Cleveland wedges.

Year before switch, 2010: 3 wins (US Open, Celtic Manor Wales Open, Andalucia Masters)
PGA Tour (10 events): 1 win, 2 top 10s, 4 top 25s, 3 missed cuts
European Tour (24 wins): 3 wins, 9 top 10s, 16 top 25s, 2 missed cuts

Year after switch, 2011: 0 wins
PGA Tour (16 events): 0 wins, 3 top 10s, 4 top 25s, 6 missed cuts
European Tour (18 events): 0 wins, 5 top 10s, 9 top 25s, 4 missed cuts

Verdict: GMac bombed after the best season of his career on the course. Some saw it as inevitable, but getting used to new clubs can’t have helped.  

Zach Johnson - 2016

New kids on the block PXG snapped up eight players at the start of 2016, with the headliner being reigning Open champion and former Masters champion Johnson.

The American kept is ball and putter, but made a change to the rest of his bag.

Year before switch, 2015: 1 win (the Open)
PGA Tour (25 events): 1 win, 10 top 10s, 16 top 25s, 5 missed cuts

Year after switch, 2016: 0 wins
PGA Tour (24 events): 0 wins, 5 top 10s, 9 top 25s, 3 missed cuts

Verdict: Johnson appeared to struggle after making the switch, not just in the win column but in overall.

 

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