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Tommy Fleetwood joins TaylorMade’s tour staff

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Yes, that’s Tommy Fleetwood holding a bottle of shampoo in the featured image, but we’ll get to that.

One of the worst-kept secrets in golf (or at least our small corner of the golf world) is now officially declassified: Tommy Fleetwood is a member of TaylorMade’s tour staff, the company announced via social media, Monday.

You can see the skit, which features the well-coiffed Mr. Fleetwood and TM’s (well-bearded) Senior Tour Technician Wade Liles, below.

The Englishman responded to the tweet with the following (all credit for the use of “hirsute” in a tweet in the year 2020).

Fleetwood, who migrated from his beloved Nike VR Pro blades to a set of TaylorMade P7TW irons—and then to a set of TaylorMade TF Proto irons (below) earlier this year—has been without an equipment contract since Nike Golf exited the hard goods business in August of 2016.

Nearly all of TaylorMade’s tour staff is full bag, so it will be interesting to see what Fleetwood settles on in the woods, wedges, and putter department.

RELATED: Tommy Fleetwood WITB (2020 Masters)

TaylorMade’s PGA Tour staff includes Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff, Jon Rahm, and Jason Day.

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  1. Ben sucks more than Gianni

    Dec 14, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Sick. Tommy Fleetwood and I have the same amount of PGA wins.

  2. Curious

    Dec 14, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Where’s Jon Rahm in your list of TM staffers?????

    • Sam

      Dec 14, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      Rahm is reported to be going to Callaway and wearing Travis Mathew apparel.

      • curious

        Dec 14, 2020 at 4:45 pm

        Wondering when that news is going to break proper. Good score for Callaway

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Sony Open Tour Truck Report: CH3 newest Ventus Black convert, free agent testing, and Srixon has two new staffers

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With no tour trucks on site until the West Coast Swing begins next week, we had to scrape and claw for every morsel of information for this week’s report. And with the time difference in Hawaii, we may get more info this evening and will update accordingly.

That said, let’s dig into this week’s Tour Truck Report.

Titleist

Charles Howell III put a new Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X in his Titleist TSi3. He was also testing new 4-irons to find a recipe that gapped a bit better with his Ping G410 7-wood and Titleist T100 5-iron.

TaylorMade

Lots of players staff and non-staff players going into SIM2.

Staff

  • Nick Taylor: SIM2 w/ Fujikura Atmos Blue 6 X

Non Staff:

  • DJ Trahan: SIM2
  • Danny Lee: SIM2
  • XJ Zhang: SIM2

Non Staff Testing

  • SIM2/SIM2 Max: Jim Herman, Luke List, Henrik Norlander, James Hahn, Sung Kang, Kyle Stanley, Hudson Swafford

Collin Morikawa has the new TP5 Prototype ball in play and Sergio Garcia is in the new TP5X Proto.

Callaway

Jim Furyk went to a long stick with a 47-inch (tipped 3/4) Callaway Epic Proto Driver (9 degrees) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X.

Will Gordon is also in the new Callaway Epic Proto (9 degrees) with a Ventus Black 6 X and was seeing ball speeds reach 190 mph.

Callaway announced the signing of Tyler McCumber who will be in a full bag of Callaway gear in 2021. We will update on what landed in the bag ASAP.

Si Woo Kim switching to a prototype Odyssey OG Putter

Srixon

Keegan Bradley added the new Srixon ZX7 irons (4-PW) replacing his trust Z745’s. The new irons come equipped with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Srixon also added two new staff members for 2021 PGA Tour veteran KJ Choi and 27 year old Matt Neismith.

Matt Neismith WITB

ZX7 Driver 9.5: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

ZX Utility 18: Fujikura Atmos Blue Hybrid 85 X

Z-FORGED (4-PW): Nippon Modus 125 X

Wedges RTX Zip Core (50, 54, 58): KBS 610 Wedge 115g

K.J Choi WITB

ZX7 Driver 9.5

ZX7 (5-PW)

Wedges RTX Zip Core (50, 54, 58) w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Free Agents

Not in the field at Sony, but two notable free agents Ryan Moore and Jason Day are in the midst of building new bags. Nothing is secure by any stretch but see below for what we heard they have been testing thus far.

Jason Day

Ping G425 LST Driver, Mizuno JPX921 Tour irons

Ryan Moore

TaylorMade SIM2, Titleist TSi2 and 3 fairways, Mizuno irons (multiple), Vokey Wedges

Also…

Vijay Singh put in a brand new Callaway Epic Proto driver at 46.5 inches with a Fujikura Atmos Black 5 TX shaft.

In regards to players who have signed with new companies, here is the list

PXG

  • Sung Kang
  • Jim Herman

Srixon

  • Matt Neismith
  • KJ Choi

Titleist 

  • Joseph Bramlett
  • Fabian Gomez
  • Nelson Ledesma
  • Troy Merritt
  • Sam Saunders

Callaway 

  • Jon Rahm
  • Tyler McCumber

TaylorMade 

  • Tommy Fleetwood

Ping

  • None
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Sentry TOC Tour Truck Report: New sticks, new companies, and Patrick Reed buys his own threads

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Happy 2021! The PGA Tour is at Kapalua for the Sentry Tournament of Champions, and with the electricity around the Rahm Callaway signing and new TaylorMade gear hitting the streets, there is a ton to track.

Here is a list of who had new gear in the bag to kick off the year.

Titleist

Justin Thomas finally put the new Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees) into the bag fully equipped with a Fujikura Ventus Red 6 X. The Ventus Red is gaining popularity little by little with Adam Scott and now Thomas switching into it. The new set up saw JT keeping his launch constant from the old TS3 set up all while going from 176 to 179mph ball speed and dropping spin from 2300 to 2100.

Richie Wereksnki also added a Ventus Red 6 X to his yet-unreleased Titleist TSi4 (10 degrees @9.25, D1 SureFit)

Lanto Griffin joined the long driver crowd with a fresh new TSi2 (9 degrees) with a Project X HZRDUS Black 65 6.5 @46 inches.

Adam Scott made some fairway wood switches adding a 15-degree TSi2 3-wood with an old-school Fujikura P95 and a TSi2 7-wood with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 10 TX.

TaylorMade

Dustin Johnson tested the new SIM2 and SIM2 Max heads in 9 and 10.5 degrees. The world No. 1 tried both heads with his trusted Speeder 661 Evolution and a Ventus Black 6 X. DJ will also put the SIM2Max HL (16.5) 3-wood in play with a Fujikura Ventus Black 9 X.

Collin Morikawa tested SIM2 (10.5) and SIM2 Max (9). Word is on course he was going back and forth between the SIM2 (10.5 degrees @9) and his current gamer SIM (8 degrees @8.5) both with the MCA Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX. Morikawa also has a new Spider FCG putter in the satchel as well as the new Sim2 3-Wood ([email protected]) with an MCA Diamana D+ Limited 80TX

Ping

Cameron Champ switched into the new Ping G425 LST (10.5) with a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green (Hulk) 70 G 6.5 TX.

Michael Thompson is now in the new Ping G425 LST (10.5) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6X.

Joaquin Niemann also added the new Ping G425 LST (10.5) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 TX.

Tony Finau added swing weight to his entire set over the winter. The reason was to reduce a left miss, and after some tweaking, he ended up adding two to three swing weights across the board. The irons went from D3 to D5+ (D5.5).

Mackenzie Hughes put the new Ping G425 Max (9) in play with a Project X Hzurdus T1100 60G 6.5.

Callaway

Jon Rahm showed up with a whole bag of new Callaway gear

Driver: Callaway Proto Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

5-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI (Black) 8 X

Irons: Callaway UT Proto (3), Callaway Apex Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

  • TBD on UT or 5 Wood

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Forged JPN (52-8, 56-12, 60-10)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Marc Leishman added a prototype Odyssey putter to his bag. The putter has an OG White Hot insert, and sources tell me Leishman loved the feel of the face straight away.

Xander Schauffele put a new Callaway Triple Diamond Prototype driver in play. The 9-degree (@8) head is loaded with his usual Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7X (custom black finish) shaft. Xander, like Rahm, also has the new Apex Prototype irons in play with Nippon Pro Modus3 130 X. The irons are rumored to have less offset, thinner top line, shorter blade length, and no Flash Face Cup.

Srixon

Hideki Matsuyama swapped shafts in his Srixon ZX5 driver (9.5 degrees) from a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 TX into a Graphite Design Tour AD MD 8X XX (that’s right). The prototype shaft is a modified XC with a soft butt section and a very stiff tip.

Free Agents

On the fashion front, Patrick Reed who parted ways with Nike at the end of 2020, showed up in head-to-toe G/Fore apparel. The coolest part about the story is that Reed was such a fan of the brand that instead of signing a deal or expecting it for free, the 2018 Masters Champion went online and put all of his gear on the old AmEx like everyone else. According to my source, he’s loved G/Fore clothing for a long time and insisted that he get it like everyone else. Well done, PR.

This is what a representative from Team G/Fore had to say

“We are happy anytime we hear someone is enjoying our products and though Patrick is not on our roster for 2021, we are glad to learn he enjoys our gear!”

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Top equipment free agents heading into 2021

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Although golf doesn’t have professional teams outside of the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup competitions, we still have our own version of draft day, signing day, and free agency as players move not from teams but from equipment companies. These changes not only bring with them a gluttony of testing, switching, and conversation around performance but also a close examination of a player’s game pre-, and post-switch.

Heading into 2021, the list of unsigned and rumored to be signed players has never been bigger.

These are top free agents heading into the new year.

Jason Day & Jon Rahm

Jason and Jon were noticeably absent from this year’s TaylorMade Christmas card, while the newest staff player Tommy Fleetwood was included right next to Rory and Tiger. As we covered for PGATour.com, both Day and Rahm have been TaylorMade staff players for their entire careers with Jason’s tenure going back to 2006.

It has been rumored that Rahm has been spotted extensively testing Callaway equipment, and considering his ties to Phil Mickelson—Phil’s brother was Jon’s first professional agent—this is the most likely scenario. As for Jason, considering his career earnings and inconsistent health in recent years, it is most likely he will do what a lot of players have done recently and become an equipment free agent and have some sort of golf bag and hat deal outside of the equipment world.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose has had an interesting couple of years when it comes to his equipment. He switched to Honma going into 2019 and won right out of the gate. He then struggled with swing issues, and in early 2020, he and Honma split and Rose was an unrestricted free agent filling his bag with whatever he felt suited him best (Justin Rose 2020 WITB).

With his valuable portfolio of sponsors outside of the equipment world, the likelihood he will sign a full club deal with another equipment manufacturer is unlikely, but it doesn’t make it impossible, which is why it will be something to watch in 2021.

The “unlikely to sign” list

Brooks Koepka – Brooks has made it well known that his time is his time and considering the fact that even now, after four major wins, he has yet to sign an equipment contract puts to rest the possibility he will ever be tied down to a single OEM for clubs.

Paul Casey – Much like Brooks, Paul Casey has had the luxury of using whatever clubs he sees fit since Nike left the hard goods space, and with his global playing schedule and name recognition, you would think by this point he would have signed a deal. But when you have a good thing going, why change, and I think that’s the approach Paul is sticking with.

Ryan Palmer – Ryan in a way embodies everything that is what we at GolfWRX love. He is known to tinker when new gear is released, but still maintains his love for great clubs )Ryan Palmer 2020 WITB)After famously saying in an interview “With the amount of money we play for (on the PGATour) why would I risk using something I don’t 100% feel confident in?” we expect that the status quo will continue, which still makes it a lot of fun to watch!

Billy Horschel – Billy was one of the first players to sign with (at the time) equipment upstart PXG, but for 2020 he joined the ranks of other equipment free agents on tour (Billy Horschel 2020 WITB)Once again, like other veteran players on this list, Billy has done very well with career earning including a FedEx Cup win, so he is likely to stay the course and play what he wants for 2021, but stranger things have happened and he will be a player to follow.

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