Posted 22 August 2012 - 09:16 AM
kjbowen, on 22 August 2012 - 08:50 AM, said:
NRJyzr, on 22 August 2012 - 08:34 AM, said:
kjbowen, on 22 August 2012 - 07:53 AM, said:
The best ball for pros is the ProV1 line. There is zero argument there.
There's plenty of argument there.
It only dominates usage for the same reason TM dominates driver usage.
Not even close ..
Non titleist players play th proV. just like Luke Donald plays RBZ woods. Tons of players on another staff play the proV
Tour players are generally not on staff with Titleist for a full bag endorsement.
Fortune Brands (or maybe Fila now <shrug>) sign Tour players to ball/shoe/glove contracts. These players receive a not-insignificant amount of money to play Titleist balls, wear Footjoy shoes, and use their gloves.
Just as they pay players to use Cameron putters. Just as TaylorMade pays players to use their drivers. All regardless of which brand is on the bag.
Years ago, TMAG was going to try taking some of the Titleist market share, by offering a similar deal. In response, Titleist shored up their ball/shoe/glove budget by cutting several pros they had on staff for "standard" endorsement deals, like Webb, Irwin, etc. TMAG took their money to the driver count, instead of going the escalation route in the ball arena.
With the PGA Tour, it's always about the money. Eventually, they all chase it (Ryan Moore anyone?).
Edited by NRJyzr, 22 August 2012 - 09:22 AM.
The Ever Changing Bag!
Driver: King LTD, HZRDUS 75 X, 44½"
(testing ProtoPype 80 X at 44⅛"; may cottonball to 43½")
3w: Cobra King F6, 8m3 X, 42"
2h: Adams Pro 18°, Tour Green X
3-PW: TM Tour Preferred MC (2011), DGS400, +½"
GW: Scratch 8620 53° DS, Super Peening Blue X
SW: Scratch 8620 58° DD, DGS400
Putter: Ping Craz-E Scottsdale TR 35"
Balls: Vice Pro Neon, Wilson Staff 50 Elite or FG Tour, Volvik Vista iV, Srixon ZStar/ZStar XV (in no particular order)
Shoes by New Balance
Pure Pro grips, various colors