Rickie Fowler is making his first appearance of 2019 this week - and he's just announced a big equipment change
Fowler took to social media on Monday to announce that he's switching golf ball brands, from Titleist to TaylorMade, and will be teeing up with a TP5x when he makes his first appearance of the year at the Farmers Insurance Open this week.
It's the first time Fowler has ever switched golf balls, having played with a Titleist Pro V1 through his entire amateur and professional career, but has now signed a multi-year golf ball deal with TaylorMade.
Fowler reached out to TaylorMade in the Autumn to begin talks, which has since developed in to a deal to use the ball played by the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. It means that 6 of the top 12 players in the Official World Golf Rankings have now put either the ‘19 TP5 or TP5x in play.
Fowler, who is currently the World No.11, announced the switch by simply tweeting a video captioned 'It's time'.
Fowler came to the decision to make the switch to the TP5x after extensive testing in the off-season, and in a homage to his roots in motocross will play the number 15 on his ball.
“It’s been fun to see what the ball can do," Fowler said. "Extra yardage on irons, more spin around the green. One less club for me into many holes is a pretty big advantage, too. What more do you want?"
"We knew the performance of our golf balls would motivate Rickie and ease the transition away from the ball he's played his entire career," said Eric Loper, Director of R&D, Golf Balls. "With his decision to choose TaylorMade, Fowler becomes yet another top player in the world to make the switch from the perceived #1 ball into TaylorMade and that only further validates our product as the best in the world."
In addition to the golf ball, Fowler will also wear TaylorMade’s premium glove offering – the Tour Preferred Glove, the glove of choice for TaylorMade Tour players constructed from premium materials for optimal comfort, fit and feel.