AFTER months of speculation Tiger Woods has officially confirmed he will play TaylorMade clubs for the foreseeable future.
Formerly Nike golf’s biggest star, Woods has been testing equipment from other manufacturers since the Oregon based sportsgoods giant announced it was getting out of the hard goods business last August.
While he will still sport the Nike logo on his clothing and wear the company’s shoes, Woods will carry 13 TaylorMade clubs in his bag.
“Throughout my career, I’ve always been meticulous about my equipment,” Woods said in a statement released by TaylorMade at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
“Over the past few months, I’ve had clubs from every brand sent to me to test. When it came to making a final decision, the choice was easy—it all came down to performance, which is why I chose TaylorMade.”
Woods used a TaylorMade driver and 3-wood at his last public outing in the Bahamas in December and will play the M2 Driver and 3-wood this week as well as an M1 5-wood.
The company says Woods is working with senior director of iron development Tomo Bystedt on a set of irons and wedges which he will put in play during 2017.
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The only non TaylorMade club in Woods’ bag will be the Scotty Cameron putter he used to win 13 of his 14 majors.
TaylorMade CEO Davie Abeles said he was thrilled with Woods’ decision to join the company which also sponsors World Number One Jason Day and World Number Four Dustin Johnson.
“We are thrilled that Tiger has chosen to play TaylorMade,” Abeles said in statement.
“His impact on the game of golf is undeniable and we are honoured to have him part of our team.”
Woods will be paired with both Day and Johnson in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open in California this week, his first full field event in almost 18 months.
While news of Woods’ switch dominated equipment headlines Nike’s biggest female star, Michelle Wie, has also announced a change in clubs.
The 27-year-old, who has played Nike clubs exclusively since turning professional in 2005, will now play Callaway equipment after signing a multi-year deal with the company.
World Number Two Rory McIlroy, another Nike star, is also presently using Callaway clubs though there is no formal arrangement in place between the Irishamn and the California based company.
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