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TaylorMade and Sergio Garcia part ways after 15 years… where to next?

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When we recently spotted Sergio Garcia with a custom Odyssey Toulon putter, and then later using a Callaway Mack Daddy wedge in competition (pictured below), it seemed to be only a matter of time that TaylorMade and Garcia would soon part ways. That day has now come, as TaylorMade announced in a statement today that the Garcia-TaylorMade marriage has ended after 15 years.

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“Today, after a memorable 15 year partnership with Sergio Garcia, we have mutually agreed on a release from the remaining years of his TaylorMade contract,” a TaylorMade spokesperson told us. “It has been an honor to play a role in his performance throughout his career, including The Players Championship, 19 worldwide wins, Ryder Cup heroics and his 2017 Masters win. We congratulate Sergio on a career year and wish him all the best for the future.”

Using a bag full of TaylorMade golf clubs, Garcia won the 2017 Masters to get himself off of the “best player without a major” list. As highlighted by TaylorMade’s statement, since 2003 when he joined TaylorMade from Titleist, Garcia also won The Players Championship, had 19 worldwide wins, and constantly tormented Team USA in the Ryder Cup on alternating years.

As his recent club testing decisions imply, the most likely candidate for Garcia’s next club sponsor would be Callaway, but the company has yet to comment on the matter. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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  1. LEWIS

    Nov 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Looks like its mizuno irons now guys

  2. Forsbrand

    Oct 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Is I because he has just been advised that Rory and tiger are major shareholders in Taylormade, part of eh private equity buyout?

  3. Mister Tom

    Oct 11, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Contrary to a lot of people here, my opinion is this isn’t a decision that Garcia made. This isn’t his decision. This is a young man’s game and the needle is being pushed due to all the “2011” high-school graduates. Adidas, Taylormade, Nike, etc, are looking to use their sponsorship dollars with player brands that grow the game and grow their revenue, and Garcia isn’t growing a brand’s awareness despite having the Masters under his belt. People aren’t buying Adidas shoes or Taylormade clubs because Sergio sports their logo, they are because Dustin Johnson carries the gear.

    Sponsorship for a young man is an island paradise and an old man’s graveyard. For example, Phil isn’t moving the needle much, and I would imagine Callaway has or is renegotiating his contract terms. I mean, how can Callaway afford to continue to pay Mickelson $35MM/yr, and why would they? He cannot hit a fairway, so why would that help Callaway’s driver sales?

    All this talk about Tiger and his new “irons” and his swing? Seriously? The game has moved on and has embraced the young guns.

    • Thomas A

      Oct 11, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Callaway just signed Phil to a career contract. Sergio definitely moves the needle internationally.

  4. smitty

    Oct 11, 2017 at 1:16 am

    TM dumped Sergio to make way for Tiger’s comeback…. and they are betting a big bagful of $$$$$ on the Resurrection of The Tigerman.

  5. Shane

    Oct 10, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Sergio Garcia had a lot of talent but has under performed over the years and it was not due to equipment. In light of his Masters win Garcia probably wanted more money and TM said no because from a marketing perspective they don’t need him as they have new blood like John Rahm to capture the Spanish market.

  6. alvin

    Oct 10, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Sergio Sergio, I bought TM clubs because of you!!
    I love you Sergio but what should I do with my new TM clubs now that you are leaving TM?
    I’m verklempt ….. oooh Sergio

  7. UnclePhil

    Oct 10, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I just read that Target is making a strong run at him with his own custom line of Northwesterns!

  8. Reno

    Oct 10, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Who cares.

  9. golfraven

    Oct 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I think he also lost it after recent putter incident. Please give him a ‘decent’ putter for heaven’s sake!

    • Boyo

      Oct 11, 2017 at 7:39 am

      It’s not the arrow it’s the Indian.
      Head case. What a waste of talent.

      • ibo

        Nov 8, 2017 at 2:02 am

        $46M throughout his career. 20 international victories including a The Players and The Masters. Truly a waste of talent.

  10. golfraven

    Oct 10, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I guess Sergio can’t hit it as far as the driver promises (he should hit it longer than Rory after what TM claimed in recent years) so he is taking off the hat and quits it – simples. I can’t blame him, who wants to have the shortest in the bunch?

  11. Jacked_Loft

    Oct 10, 2017 at 4:21 am

    More than likely it’s because that Sergio originally signed with Adidas, and the TM contract was part of the total deal. Now that Adidas and TM have parted, TM would probably have to pay more for SG than before, and that would be just too much all factors considered.

  12. Robert Parsons

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    He’s in talks to go under contract as I type.

    Nobody signs players like we do. Period.

  13. Robert Parsons

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    How soon till your post is removed?

    Nobody deletes posts like we do. Period.

  14. Jack Nash

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Only a matter of time before he stepped away from the garbage. He got them their Major, now he smartens up.

    • Steven

      Oct 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      That garbage is the best driver and 5 wood I’ve hit in my life. It’s kind of stupid to call the best drivers on the PGA Tour garbage.
      And the Champions Tour Players who don’t get paid to play a driver? Most are using M2. They seem to like the garbage a lot.

      • Boyo

        Oct 11, 2017 at 7:40 am

        You mean the driver that they are paying the most to the players to use. These guys could use anything.

  15. M. Vegas

    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Where’s the acid faces that want Sergio with Mizuno

    • Brian

      Oct 10, 2017 at 9:44 am

      You mean “where’re”, right? “Where is the acid faces…” Does that sound right to you?

      • M. Vegas

        Oct 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        No, I like where’s…
        I feel like that’s how I would say it if I was talking

        • DT

          Oct 10, 2017 at 3:32 pm

          Since “acid faces” is plural, “where are” is grammatically correct.

  16. Steve Hamer

    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    there club are made for them not we get in the stores no mater what name is on them

  17. Garry Pierce

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I lost respect for him when hawked a luger in the cup, he is a.
    LOSER

    • Sergio

      Oct 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      you are the loser. he won a lot of tournament, how about you?

    • JThunder

      Oct 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      He sold a gun during the Ryder Cup?

    • Boyo

      Oct 11, 2017 at 7:44 am

      I call him spit boy. If he’d have done that in my group I’d have kicked his a$$.

  18. Bob Parsons

    Oct 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I’d like to welcome Sergio Garcia to the PXG family.

    • Darren Rovell

      Oct 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Sources Close to ESPN: Sergio to PXG on a 15 year deal worth up to $690 million.

      • Garry Pierce

        Oct 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm

        I can’t believe that Parson’s going to pay that kind of money. I don’t see his irons at the courses where the guys that have the cash to buy them. Las Vegas – Palm Springs – LA area or in Phoenix. Where they selling?

      • moses

        Oct 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm

        .690 million. Fixed it for ya. 🙂

    • William Boulton

      Oct 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Congrats
      Great player
      I’d like to try your clubs anytime soon

  19. WestPhi

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I wonder if PXG will take a stab at him…?

    • henry

      Oct 9, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Parsons claims “to PXG” when any player becomes available. I mean for gods sake they just signed Paige Spirinac, whose only job in golf is to look pretty.

  20. DaJudge

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Sergio is abandoning TM because he doesn’t want to be associated with a company that sells Fake-Forged P-790 cast steel body clubs. It’s simply unethical and devious and Sergio is a man of principles.

  21. Joe Mcgillicuti

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Wake up and get in touch with reality guys. He’s already overpaid and now that he won the Masters, his price tag has gone up per his agent. He’s on the back 9 people. And now that he is married, that old work ethic will be a tad bit harder to execute. TaylorMade got his best years out of him. Callaway usually overpays guys like this after he’s been squeezed of all the juice. Once the kid comes, priorities will REALLY change

    • ND Hickman

      Oct 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Let’s be frank. Does it really matter to us which club he plays? All credit to him. We wish him well.

  22. Boss

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Aaaaaah I see. It’s just more money that Callaway are willing to pay, for a guy who just won a major, who has that power of negotiation that TM wasn’t willing to give that extra bit more in renegotiation. Such a shame. The agents have so much power.

    • Matt

      Oct 9, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      This is a TM decision. They’re letting almost all their players go.

    • JThunder

      Oct 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      What’s “such a shame” about any of this? It’s two multi-million dollar companies fighting over a millionaire wearing their hat. Want some better examples of shameful behavior by millionaires? I bet I could find a few.

  23. Jack Matthews

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Interesting. I wonder if he does go to Callaway. It seems like their new driver (GBB Epic) is becoming very popular on tour. Also, I wonder if “playing what the pros play” is as important as it was a decade ago. It’s clear the OEMs are fighting it out for market share now that the club business is in somewhat of a decline. I guess having big name endorsers is still one way to compete.

  24. TBone

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Wish he’d go back and to titleist. The 818 line is so pure.

    • rymail00

      Oct 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      That’d be cool. But Titleist seems to get them early and then they go to OEM’s who offer more.

  25. Tom54

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I see nothing wrong with Sergio switching golf equipment. Let’s face it to all us avid golf nuts can you honestly say you’ve stayed with one brand for 15 years. That’s half the fun trying the newest items out on the market regardless of who makes them. Other than being paid why should they be any different.

  26. Matt

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

    TM rumored to be going to a four (star) player sponsorship system. DJ, Rory, Rahm and JDay. Not sure what will happen to Rose, Woods etc, but Rosey likely to be the next to jump ship. They just need to spread the announcements out so it doesn’t look as bad.

  27. AceVenturi

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:50 am

    He is going to Callaway, 100%.
    This will hurt TaylorMade as not only they’ve seen a major drop in sales and marketshare in every major region due to the Epic story, but also gets corroborated by one of their major Icons changing bag mid-contract. Sergio has been in TMs advertising each year for the last 15.

    • Boyo

      Oct 11, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Who cares about a company that brings out “THE NEXT TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH” every 6 months?

  28. Duncan Marc

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Maybe he got tired of being asked to switch clubs every 6 weeks….

    • Shane

      Oct 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Exactly. MAYBE he asked for more, or it was just time for a change. Funny how everyone seems quick to call the guy out! Always liked the guy and wish him the best, wherever he winds up!

      • cgasucks

        Oct 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm

        Yeah…no matter which OEM he winds up with he’ll be fine career wise…

      • Boyo

        Oct 11, 2017 at 7:49 am

        You’d play with a guy that spits in the cup?

  29. Richard Tickle

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

    i bet he go pxg they make best clubsin all of golf. BOOMBABBY!

    • PAUL

      Oct 9, 2017 at 11:46 am

      YOURE ALL WRONG! i HAVE HEARD fROM rEPUTABLE SOURCE HES GOING TO wILSON sTAFF!

      • Mike

        Oct 27, 2017 at 1:40 pm

        Paul that wouldn’t surprise me one bit, Wilson make good irons, but he might just try Srixon ??? progressive iron makers

    • ILoveHateGolf

      Oct 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      I’ll bet he doesn’t. Regardless, at least a little effort on the grammar would be appreciated, Richard. Jesus….

      • Richard Trickle

        Oct 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm

        lEAVE jESUS OUT OF THIS. yOU BEET hE doeSNT GO pXG hUH? rEAL SMART GUYYV YOU arE!

        • cgasucks

          Oct 10, 2017 at 10:47 am

          Fentanyl is a very bad drug..please get help. Besides Wilson can’t afford Garcia…PXG…possibly..

  30. cgasucks

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:14 am

    If Garcia switched when his TM contract expired it makes a lot of sense and no one will bat an eye. But in this case Garcia got out in mid-contract which will leave a lot of questions on the table…just like Mickelson when he left Titleist for Callaway in mid-contract.

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Best irons in golf of 2021: Best blades

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A new set of irons is the single biggest investment you can make into your set of golf clubs. At GolfWRX, to determine the 2021 best irons and their categories, we have compiled an expert panel of fitters to help you find out which of 2021 irons is best for your game.

In 2021, OEMs have continued to push the engineering envelope of iron design by utilizing new technology and manufacturing methods to create clubs that offer forgiveness, along with faster, more consistent club faces and launch windows. Not only that, but we are also seeing more segmentation of models from equipment manufacturers to help you determine your best set and/or set combination thanks to fitting.

These fitting options are important because irons are the key to better scoring and by building the perfect set, you create a cohesive group of clubs in your bag to help you reduce dispersion and hit it closer to your target.

That being said, ultimately the best way to find your personal iron set is to work with a professional fitter using a launch monitor. The difficult part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders—so at GolfWRX, we have done a lot of the work for you.

We are in the era of not just maximizing distance but also minimizing the penalty of common misses for each player—this applies to irons just as much as it does with any other club in the bag. This is why, now more than ever, custom fitting is essential to help you see results on every swing you make.

Join the discussion about best irons 2021 in the forums!

The methodology is simple: We want to give you the tools and information to go out and find what works best for you by offering recommendations for your individual iron set wants and needs with insight and feedback from the people who work every single day to help golfers get peak performance out of their equipment.

Best irons of 2021: How we did it

Before starting the process of building our best iron survey, we reached out to our trusted fitters to discuss how they sort through the endless number of iron options available to golfers. The consensus was clear—the best fitters in the world see all the options available in the marketplace, analyze their performance traits, and pull from that internal database of knowledge and experience like a supercomputer when they are working with a golfer.

It’s essentially a huge decision tree derived from experience and boiled down to a starting point of options—and it has nothing to do with a handicap!

Modern iron sets are designed into player categories that overlap the outdated “what’s your handicap?” model, and at GolfWRX we believe it was important to go beyond handicap and ask specific questions about the most crucial performance elements fitters are looking at to help golfers find the best set of irons for them. From overall performance to shotmaking, to helping players achieve better trajectories and speed, we strived to ask the right questions.

These are the best iron categories we have developed to help you the reader determine what rankings are most important for your swing and game.

Best irons of 2021: The categories

Best irons of 2021: Meet the fitters

Nick Sherburne: Founder, Club Champion
Clare Cornelius: Fitter,
 Cool Clubs
Eric Johnson: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Shaun Fagan: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Kirk Oguri: PGA Professional/ Club Specialist, Pete’s Golf
Sue O’Connor: Fitter, Cool Clubs 
Scott Felix: Owner, Felix Club Works
Mark Knapp: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Ryan Johnson: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Eric Hensler: Manager & Fitter, 
Miles of Golf
Brad Coffield: Fitter Carls Golfland
Nick Waterworth: Fitter, Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop
Adam White: Co-Founder & Director of Club Fitting, Measured Golf
Scott Anderson: VP of Sales, Fitter, True Spec Golf
Matthew Sim: Director of Operations, Modern Golf
Ian Fraser: CEO & Founder, Tour Experience Golf
Mike Martysiewicz: Director of Club Fitting & Building, Tour Experience Golf
Shawn Zawodni: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Ben Giunta: Owner, The Tour Van

2021 Best irons: Blades

This is by far the most straightforward category because it is defined by a single style of club—the blade AKA the muscleback or MB for short. Although modern variations offer a lot more playability than they did decades ago, blades are still defined by their workability, compact shaping, and lower ball flight. If you are looking for the ultimate test or just prefer something in the more traditional vein, these are for you.

Srixon Z Forged

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Their story: The Z-Forged irons from Srixon are forged from a single billet of soft 1020 carbon steel, and are designed to offer players an exceptional amount of feel throughout all shots. The irons also contain the patented Tour V.T Sole which is designed to provide more consistent ball striking while keeping the versatility to execute every type of shot.

From the fitters

  • I know this is will sound like an oxymoron based on the category, but thanks to the profile and sole design, the Z-Forged is quite a forgiving blade option.
  • This is my favorite blade iron because of the VT sole—it’s a game-changer for steeper players who take a divot but still performs great for those that don’t.
  • With blades all being very familiar, it often comes down to look and turf interaction, and the Z-forged arguably offers the best turf interaction of the group with the beveled leading edge.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

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Callaway Apex MB

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Their story: The Callaway Apex MB is forged from 1025 carbon steel with a classic shape that is similar to other blade irons from Callaway’s past, but this time with a slightly narrower sole and less offset. Another improvement is the 20V grooves ensure optimal spin control in and out of the rough.

The centrally located weight screw in the back of the head allows Callaway builders to maintain the precise center of gravity locations when adding or removing weight from the irons—it’s not a new idea, but it’s one that is key to allowing the irons to be dialed into spec for each golfer.

From the fitters

  • With its compact profile and subtly square toe, the Apex MB is the best-looking blade on the market in my opinion. It’s also very easy to work the ball in any direction you want.
  • The central weight screw for adjusting swing weight has been great this year for quality control and to fine-tune during fittings. Although not everyone is sensitive to swing weight, this feature allows us, and secondly the builders, to get things just right.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

Mizuno MP-20

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Their story: Mizuno calls the MP-20 “the ultimate tour blade” thanks to its melding of modern manufacturing techniques with classic styling. The MP20s provide flow throughout the set from top to bottom leading to greater control over ball flight. This flow also increases forgiveness (please remember it’s still a blade) and launch in the longer irons, with an increased ability to flight the ball in the scoring clubs.

To help create the classic Mizuno feel, the irons are also complemented with a copper underlay beneath the final chrome plating.

From the fitters:

  • The MP-20 is the quintessential Mizuno blade while also being quite a bit easier to hit—a relative term I know.
  • Not only is the iron great on its own, but Mizuno has a fantastic fitting cart full of shaft options.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

Titleist 620 MB

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Their story: The 620 MB offers ideal turf interaction throughout the set thanks to more camber and a tweaked leading edge.  In addition to the sole tweaks, the blade length is progressive from the longest iron to the shortest and the transition is so smooth that unless you set clubs next to each other, it’s quite difficult to notice. The final design element is the face height progression which transitions from more shallow to tall in the pitching wedge to offer the greatest control over ball flight.

From the fitters:

  • As long as the player has the skill set to play a blade, the 620 MB is consistent and the misses are not too bad.
  • This is a “traditional blade” in every sense, and sticks with slightly more traditional lofts. The other great thing Titleist did with the lofts of the MB is match them exactly to the 620 CB so you can easily build combo sets—because even at this point Adam Scott isn’t using a blade 3-iron.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

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TaylorMade P7MB

Their story: Making something seem simple is often the most challenging. What makes the TaylorMade P7MB great is in the nuance and very fine details that the designers made upgrades to compared to the previous models. The P7MB keeps the same workability as the previous generation P730 but with some extra forgiveness built into the longer clubs by the way of a slightly longer blade length. The irons are also manufactured using a multi-step forging process which includes a 2,000-ton forging press to push the quality tolerance of every 1025 carbon steel forging to its peak.

From the fitters:

  • A lot of the players I have worked with have given great feedback on the look and feel of these irons. I also love that the whole P-Series irons can be easily custom-built as combo sets—P7MB’s mixed with a couple of P7MC longer irons is a real “gamer” set.   
  • This is without a doubt the nicest looking and best-performing blade TaylorMade has ever produced.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

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Matthew Wolff WITB 2021 (April)

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Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (10.5 degrees @ 9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD HD 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (3-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (50-09SB, 56-12SB, 60-09LB)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Proto (33 inches, lie at 70, 3.5 loft, D4)
Grip: TaylorMade Red/Black

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ’21 Pix

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord (+3 double-sided tape)

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Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @7, Big -)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX (45.25 inches, tipped 1.5 inch)

3-wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 degrees @14), D5+ swing weight
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX (42 inches)

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Ping Blueprint (4-PW)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 105 X (3), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

  

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (50-10, 56-10), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (60-10S)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 125 X (50, 56), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 125 Wedge

Putter:  Piretti Elite Custom

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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