Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods and Tommy Fleetwood are just three players still using Nike golf clubs on Tour. We take a look at what they are carrying
Reed, Woods and Fleetwood: Three players still using Nike golf clubs on Tour
This summer will mark the second anniversary of Nike’s withdrawal from the golf equipment market. Despite sponsoring many of the world’s best players including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, Nike struggled to gain a foothold among those paying for their equipment and in August 2016, the decision was made to close its golf equipment operation.
Despite almost two years passing, there are plenty of examples of players using Nike golf clubs on Tour. Indeed, the 2018 US Masters leaderboard is peppered with top class players using Nike clubs.
When it comes to his equipment, Patrick Reed is a free agent without a club sponsor. Patrick Reed’s Golf Clubs are a tale of the unexpected as he uses a host of different brands. Of course, one of those is Nike – he uses a Nike VR Pro Limited fairway wood which was released way back in 2011.
Tiger Woods is another player still using some of his old Nike clubs. He has a set of Nike VR Pro Forged wedges in 56˚ and 60˚. He is currently ranked 6th in strokes gained so they are clearly working. In addition, Woods also has a bespoke set of ‘TGR’ irons in the bag. These were made specifically for him by the Nike engineers just before the brand exited the golf equipment game.
Another player vying for honours at the US Masters is Tommy Fleetwood. The Southport-man was a Nike sponsored player and still carries two of the brands fairway woods. You will spot his Nike Vapor Fly 13˚ and 19˚ fairway woods as they are blue. In addition, he also carries a Nike VR Forged 4-iron and Nike VR Pro irons from 5 to 9.
So whilst Nike may no longer be making golf equipment any more, their clubs are still seen out on Tour and are clearly performing well. Without the support of brand technicians to mend broken clubs and make tweaks to set ups, it is a testament that some of the best players in the world have decided to stick with them.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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