Posted 1/1/13
Much like betting underdogs in the NCAA March Madness Tourney, equipment switcherooskis are a surefire thing each and every offseason on the PGA Tour.  Here’s a sampling of those recently swapping sticks:

–        Kyle Stanley has left Titleist to sign a multi-year golf ball, club, footwear, glove, apparel, headwear and accessory deal with Nike (aka head-to-toe).  Stanley said that the 20XI ball helped lure him to Nike, as he says that it spins less and offers more control.

–        Nick Watney has also left Titleist to sign the same deal with Nike in addition to Stanley.  It’s definitely a noticeable youth movement and further attempt at a stronghold on the golf equipment industry by the Swoosh.  Both Stanley and Watney will be playing the new VR-S Covert driver at this week’s season kickoff at Kapalua.

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–        Rory’s all-but-official mega deal with Nike will be made official on January 14th, as a Nike spokesperson confirmed that there will be a “major” announcement on that date, which is the Monday of Abu Dhabi week, where both Tiger and Rory are making their season debuts.

–        Stewart Cink tweeted a photo of his new TaylorMade staff bag with a message of “Happy New Year to all,” but he will be still playing Ping i20 irons, Titleist Vokey wedges and a ProV1 ball.  Cink was previously a Nike staffer.

–        Lucas Glover (Glucose Lover bizarre world name) has left Nike for TaylorMade.

–        TaylorMade has also signed John Huh and Ryan Moore (Yep, Moore is on the move again).

–        Gary Woodland has joined the Callaway Golf Staff, as has Chris Kirk.

–        Bubba Watson likely will be inking an apparel endorsement deal with Oakley at some point later this week.

Joel Harrington