The Top Golf Equipment Stories of the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season

Now that the PGA TOUR’s 2018-2019 season has wrapped up, it’s time to celebrate by recapping the top equipment stories of the season. There was controversy, surprise switches, big-time players making big sponsor changes … and of course, Tiger Woods was in the spotlight for his equipment.

The stories below are listed in no particular order, but they all had a significant impact and intrigue in their own right. Enjoy the look into the past season of equipment, and we look forward to seeing you back on the Equipment Report once the Fall season begins in just a few short weeks.


Spieth switches irons before The Open
Jordan Spieth has used Titleist AP2 model irons throughout his professional career, but that changed right before the 2019 Open Championship. Instead of using AP2 irons, Spieth put Titleist’s new T100 irons in play at Royal Portrush. While it may have seemed like odd timing to put new irons in play the week of a major, Spieth actually had a hand in the creation of the T100 irons. (More on Spieth’s role in the design of the irons and why he switched)

Fowler changes up his golf ball
Fowler shocked the equipment world when he announced he was signing a golf ball deal with TaylorMade, instead of staying with the Titleist Pro V1 line of golf balls that he had been using since before he turned professional. As part of the announcement, Fowler spoke with PGATOUR.COM to explain what made him switch, and which TaylorMade golf ball he’d be using going forward. (The full Q&A with Fowler)

Xander fails CT test at The Open, and J.T. speaks out
Before competing in the 2019 Open Championship, Xander Schauffele’s driver was deemed illegal after random testing conducted by the R&A. Schauffele responded publicly, calling the testing “unfair.” Fellow pro Justin Thomas later spoke out on the matter, giving his opinion on who should be to blame and how to tackle the issue going forward. (Schauffele comments) (Thomas comments)

Rose signs with Honma
While Just Rose had been a TaylorMade staffer throughout his long career, rumors began swirling at the end of 2018 that he’d be making a sponsor switch. While most speculated he would eventually sign with Honma, Rose made it official with an announcement on New Year’s Day. On the same day, Rose also unveiled the “Rose Proto” Honma irons that he continues to use. (More on Rose’s equipment deal) (More on Rose’s prototype irons)

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Joel Tadman tests the new TaylorMade P790 iron up against the original P790 and experienced some very unexpected results!

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Stephen Curry Makes Donation to Launch Golf Teams at Howard University

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a historic stride forward to grow the game of golf, six-time NBA All-Star and Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation co-founder, Stephen Curry, announced his commitment to Howard University today, with a pledge to support the establishment of the university’s first NCAA Division 1 golf program for the next six years.

Inspired by Howard senior and golfer, Otis Ferguson IV, whom Curry met during a campus visit earlier this year, Curry was compelled to act when Ferguson shared that his impassioned solo crusade to get a golf team at Howard proved unsuccessful. An avid golfer himself, Curry tapped into what is increasingly becoming his defining trait— the distinctive ability to connect and empathize with anyone, anywhere, and made the unprecedented decision to help bridge the gap between talent and opportunity. Utilizing his unique position, Curry will introduce and increase access to elite golf at a historically black college, furthermore calling on sport and community giants like Under Armour, Callaway, Eat. Learn. Play., among others, for help with equipment, uniforms, and more.

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Quick Look at the BMW Championship

Here we are, having hit the aptly named BMW Championship in the meat of the FedExCup Playoffs. Aptly named because it is time to put the accelerator to the floor if you want to survive or thrive in these Playoffs. Those who already know they’ll be part of the top 30 going to the TOUR Championship are playing for their head start at East Lake. The others, well, its go hard or go home. With just 69 players (Kevin Na withdrew) and no cut, you can expect plenty of pin-hunting at Medinah Country Club.

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In this video, Tour coach Clive Tucker explains how to play the 5 scariest shots in golf!

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