Garcia spotted using Callaway driver and ironsNovember 14, 2017 Golf Equipment
Sergio Garcia opts for the Callaway Epic driver ahead of Race to Dubai finale
Sergio Garcia was seen using a Callaway driver, fairway wood and irons during a practice round ahead of the DP World Tour Championships in Dubai.
We reported last month how Garcia and TaylorMade had agreed to terminate the remainder of his equipment contract.
And Callaway was always looking likely to be the next brand of choice seeing as Garcia was already using a new Mack Daddy wedge and Odyssey putter ahead of the announced split.
And he put them into play for the start of the tournament too which is a bold move considering he is one of only three players who can win the Race to Dubai title.
Speaking ahead of the Italian Open, the Masters champion insisted he was sticking mainly with his TaylorMade gear until the end of the year before doing some testing in the off-season.
And during his Dubai press conference, Garcia revealed more details behind the decision to terminate his TaylorMade deal early.
“It wasn’t only my decision,” said Garcia. “Obviously I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end.
“I guess all companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement.
“I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”
Garcia also admitted he had been testing new Callaway balls – probably the Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X – the latter being most similar to the TaylorMade TP5x he won the Masters with.
“I would say the most difficult thing to fit into your game would be the golf ball, when you have played with one for quite a while.
“With what we have been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me.
“Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play. If there are any changes that need to be made then we have time in the off-season to get it sorted out. Hopefully we won’t have to.”
Either way, he was certainly keen to get the Callaway Epic driver and Apex MB irons out on the course for a trial run.
He’s been using a new Callaway prototype Mack Daddy wedge since the British Masters – the same model Branden Grace had in play at the Nedbank. We expect these will be the new Mack Daddy 4.
And he’s been using an Odyssey Toulon Design putter for a few months now.
We can’t quite make out the exact model of the fairway wood he is using here but will be keeping a close eye on his bag for the rest of the week.
And we’re saying it’s only a matter of time before a formal Callaway deal is announced.