TaylorMade Up For Sale - Tour Gear Round Up

We've seen some huge gear stories already in February...

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We've seen some huge gear stories already in February...

TaylorMade Up For Sale - Tour Gear Round Up

After a very busy January in the tour equipment world, will things settle down in February? It doesn't look like it!

January saw some huge stories like Jon Rahm moving to Callaway, Justin Thomas being dropped by Ralph Lauren and Tommy Fleetwood officially signing with TaylorMade.

For everything that happened last month visit our January Transfer Window round up.

So far in February we've already seen the governing bodies propose drastic equipment changes and TaylorMade being put up for sale.

TaylorMade up for sale

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TaylorMade has been put up for sale by its owners KPS Capital Partners, which bought the brand from adidas back in 2017.

The New York City-based KPS, a private equity firm, bought TaylorMade for $425m and it has been reported that it could be sold for $2bn, according to valuations.

The brand has shedded big names like Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm and Jason Day in recent years, with its star names now Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff.

Justin Rose

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The equipment free agent left Honma at the start of 2020 and went back to using mainly TaylorMade clubs.

Rose was using a TaylorMade driver and 3 wood, a Cobra 5 wood, TaylorMade irons, Titleist wedges, an Axis1 putter and TaylorMade ball last year.

However, after initially going back to his 2015 TaylorMade irons, Rose has put in a new set of Mizuno MP20 blades this week in Saudi.

Mizuno irons have had huge success with free agents in recent years, most notably with Brooks Koepka who won all four of his Majors using Mizunos.

Koepka has, as it stands, switched the Mizunos out for Srixons to start 2021.

Laurie Canter

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Sticking with Rose, his fellow Englishman Laurie Canter has his old irons in the bag.

Canter uses the Rose Proto Honma blade with the 'Rose' name scratched out.

He is currently at a career-high 94th in the world after four top-5 finishes in his last nine starts on the European Tour.

Jon Rahm

TaylorMade Up For Sale

The former World No.1 moved to Callaway to start 2021 and initially had 13 Callaway clubs in the bag...until now.

The Spaniard has made the transition into an Odyssey flat stick, a yet-to-be-released two-ball-style mallet.

As well as all 14 clubs, Rahm also used a Callaway ball.

Adam Scott

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The Aussie put an AutoFlex driver shaft worth $790 in the bag at the Farmers Insurance Open.

The Korean-made shaft, pink and black in colour, is said to contain KHT - Korean Hidden Technology.

Rory McIlroy played with Adam Scott at Torrey Pines and said talk about the shaft dominated his Christmas dinner, with his dad very interested in it as his fellow members at Seminole all seem to be using one.

“Don’t get me started about that shaft,” Rory McIlroy said.

“All I heard about at Christmas dinner from my dad was this AutoFlex golf shaft.

"All I heard at Christmas dinner was my dad saying, ‘Can you get me one of these?’ Everyone is hitting it 20 yards longer.

"I swear, it’s all I heard about.”

Paul Casey

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The Englishman won the Dubai Desert Classic, his 15th European Tour title, using Titleist woods.

Casey is a non-contracted free agent and spoke about how the new TSi3 driver has helped him drive it like he used to when he was World No.3.

“I've switched drivers. So part of the reason for the good performance the last two weeks, I finished 8th last week in California and then obviously win today,” Casey said.

“I put a new driver in, and I don't often talk about equipment, but I put a Titleist driver in the bag. Don't ask me the exact specs, TSi3 or something like that, but I feel like I'm driving the golf ball like I did when I was playing my best golf, when I was 3 in the world or whatever, and that's -- I feel like this rejuvenation.”

The former Nike staffer uses Mizuno irons, Titleist wedges, a Scotty Cameron putter and a Pro V1 ball, which he is contracted to use.

Related: Paul Casey What's in the bag?

Acushnet

Acushnet Responds To Proposed Equipment Changes

The parent company of Titleist and FootJoy has responded to the proposed equipment changes by the R&A.

The company’s CEO, David Maher said that equipment innovation is a “great contributor” to enjoyment of golf at all levels.

Maher also said his initial response to the new proposals is focused on the change to the golf ball testing process, which “introduces a wide range of complexities.”

Read the full story and statement

Brooks Koepka

TaylorMade Up For Sale

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As mentioned above and in our January Transfer Window round-up, Koepka put the Srixon ZX7 irons in the bag.

That remains the case and he has also put the brand new TaylorMade SIM2 driver in to start February.

Koepka has played around with his drivers over the last year or so, going from a TaylorMade M5 to the Callaway Mavrik, then back to the M5 and now into the SIM2.

We did suspect that he may go as far as signing with Srixon, but as of yet there has been no announcement or any further speculation.

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5