Former Open and Masters Champion Mark O’Meara has changed allegiances from Taylor Made to Titleist in a Multi year agreement where he will use Titleist products including the new two piece Pro V1 Titleist golf ball, golf clubs, carry a Titleist golf bag, and wear Titleist headwear, FootJoy shoes and either a Titleist or FootJoy glove.
O’Meara, who was among the first players in the world to tout the benefits of playing a two piece ball on tour, the Top-Flite Strata, has led the procession away from the traditional 3-piece “feel” ball.
Some of the followers included his friend and neighbour Tiger Woods, who now uses the Nike Tour accuracy, a two-piece ball.
The new Pro V1 ball (its prototype name) from Titleist, which O’Meara is expected to use, is due for launch in the UK next year and has already won on the PGA Tour when Phil Mickelson used it to win the Tour Championship.
O’Meara has won 16 PGA Tour events and seven international events since turning professional in 1980, including the Masters and British Open in 1998 when he was named PGA Tour Player of the Year. He has participated on five United States Ryder Cup and two Presidents Cup teams.
"My new association with the Acushnet Company and Titleist and FootJoy is a dream come true for me and my family," commented O’Meara.
"When I think of Titleist and FootJoy, I immediately think of quality products and quality people. From the new Pro V1 golf ball, to the Titleist Titanium 975 drivers, DCI irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron putters, the key element of my joining the Acushnet Company family is its top quality product, designers and service across the board. I have confidence in the equipment that I will be playing and trust that it will be just the way I want it. I am rejuvenated and excited about playing again. I know I still have the ability to win and appreciate the confidence that Wally and the Acushnet Company have shown in me."