January 02, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
Sergio Garcia's incredible eagle at the Masters is the No. 2 shot of 2017
Coming off one of the best seasons of his professional career, Sergio Garcia will begin a new chapter on the equipment front in 2018. The reigning Masters champion agreed to terms on a multi-year equipment deal with Callaway Golf that will see him use 14 Callaway clubs, a Chrome Soft golf ball and display the company's logo on both sides of his hat as part of the agreement. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"I'm really excited to switch to Callaway," Garcia said in a release. "After testing different brands I realized Callaway`s technology and innovation will help me maximize my game and perform to the best of my ability."
While Garcia's deal didn't become official until Jan. 1, there were signs going all the way back to the Dell Technologies Championship, in August, that hinted a change could be on the horizon.
Garcia began testing new equipment during the 2017 FedExCup Playoffs, using a Toulon Design putter at TPC Boston, and a red Odyssey Versa 3T two weeks later in Chicago at the BMW Championship.
Shortly after the putters were spotted in Garcia's bag, TaylorMade announced the two sides had mutually agreed on a release from the remaining years of his equipment deal, bringing the 15-year partnership to a conclusion.
Without an equipment deal tying him to TaylorMade, Garcia added new Callaway equipment to the bag at the British Masters, starting with a 58-degree MD4 wedge. He would eventually insert the company's Epic driver and Apex MB irons one month later at the DP World Tour Championship.
Unlike most equipment deals that require a player to see out the remainder of their current contract before using different gear in competition, Garcia has enjoyed the luxury of playing and testing Callaway equipment as a free agent for the last few months — he won with a Toulon putter and Callaway wedge in the bag at the Valderrama Masters — which means there likely won't be a significant learning curve on the course when he tees it up for the first time this year.
According to Tim Reed, Callaway's SVP, global sports marketing, Garcia has worked extensively with the Tour department to dial in the specs on every club in the bag, to promote "maximum distance, accuracy and control."
"The launch monitor doesn’t lie,” said Reed. “[Callaway's] Jailbreak driver technology has upped his distance off the tee. And the combination of Apex irons, Mack Daddy 4 wedges and our Chrome Soft ball has given him tremendous control on approach shots, and around the green.”
With Henrik Stenson at No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking and Garcia at No. 10, Callaway now boasts two of the top 10 players in the world. The only equipment manufacturer with more staffers inside the top 10 is TaylorMade, who currently has three (Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose).