The latest issue of Today's Golfer features an exclusive look at Callaway's newest golf clubs, Sergio Garcia's gear tips and 180 ways to play better this year.
There have been a handful of mega player equipment moves in the last few years. Rory, Tiger and Lydia Ko are three huge names who’ve made a wholesale switch to a new manufacturer, and the latest superstar to make a move is Sergio Garcia.
The Spaniard had been with TaylorMade for 15 years, winning the 2017 Masters, a Players Championship and 19 other titles worldwide. But last October the two parted company, with Garcia saying: “All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement.”
Almost immediately Garcia was spotted testing Callaway’s Epic driver, plus their Apex MB irons and Mack Daddy wedges. He finished third in the Race to Dubai, helped by a T4 at the season-ending event in Dubai using Callaway clubs.
On January 2, it became official – Garcia was confirmed as a Callaway staffer, saying: “I’m really excited to switch to Callaway. After testing different brands I realised Callaway’s technology and innovation will help me maximise my game and perform to the best of my ability.”
He’d spent the last two months doing what club golfers do all the time, choosing 14 new clubs and a ball based on how they will help his game.
He will use Callaway’s new-for-2018 Rogue Sub Zero driver, along with Apex MB irons, Mack Daddy 4 wedges and the latest Chrome Soft X ball. He is still testing an Odyssey Toulon putter.
To find out more about the process he’s gone through, how he’s made his decisions and reveal what you can learn from the process, we spoke to Dean Teykl, Senior Manager Tour Operations/Player Performance at Callaway, who’s been working closely with Sergio to find his perfect 2018 bag.
The pair have been fine-tuning Garcia’s set, and Teykl dived into 30 pages of notes to tell us what they went through to get Sergio’s ideal set-up, including driver, woods, irons, wedges, putter and ball.
It’s a fascinating insight into how one of the world’s best players goes about choosing his equipment. We know you won’t have your own tour rep to hand if you’re buying new gear this year. But the way Sergio went about it will help you make better buying decisions.
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Play better in 2018… and have more fun!
Get more out of your game this year, with 17 pages of tips, drills, new gear, new events and new experiences.
New gear in-depth
All the details behind the biggest launches of the year, Callaway’s Rogue woods and irons and TaylorMade’s M3 and M4 ranges.
‘I played 878 rounds… in a year’
And in the process Barry Gibbons knocked nine shots off his handicap. This is his incredible story.
My Life in Golf: Tom Chaplin
The former Keane frontman – and scratch golfer – can’t get enough of it.
TG Travel Award winners revealed
The best places to stay and play across the UK, Portugal and Spain.
TG Columnists: Nick Dougherty & Andrew Cotter
While Dougherty gives advice about how not to get bogged down with technique, Cotter offers his thoughts on the market's obsession with youth golfers and how he hopes it won't overshadow the older generation - as golf is often the answer for many people as a sport when they get older.
If you do one thing to improve in 2018…
Our team of Top 50 teachers suggest the best thing to focus on.
Exclusive Tour interviews
Graeme Storm, Bernard Gallacher, Martin Kaymer, Ryan Moore… and the fireman who’s playing in the Masters!