What Clubs Are the Nike Guys Hitting for 2017 PGA Season?
As far as golf equipment new goes, nothing could have caused more drama than a name like Nike pulling out of the industry. Not only is it news because you can no longer buy and bag Nike clubs, but the likes of Tiger, Rory, Brooks, Finau, and Vegas will have to find new golf clubs.
Some of the Nike pros made an all-around change, found a new deal, and likely got paid big bucks for doing so. Others seemed to piece together a bag with clubs that they truly preferred over anything else on the market. Let’s take a look at each golfer, and what changed.
Rory is officially part of the Callaway Hype train… He is now part of the Callaway team, and his bag is going to be a thing of envy for plenty of golfers out there. He’s hitting the new GBB Epic Sub Zero driver, which tested off the charts for us (and most other equipment websites out there). He also has the GBB Epic fairway woods, and is hitting a prototype set of Callaway Apex MB irons.
Tiger made only one change to his bag in his 2.5 appearances this season, his driver. He elected to join buddy Jason Day on the TaylorMade M2 train. Data suggests this is a significant upgrade from his old Vapor, but was the only new club in his bag. He’s still hitting the VR Pro blades and VR wedges.
Brooks made two major changes to his bag after the Nike announcement. First, he is hitting a TaylorMade M2 driver. Clearly TaylorMade reached out to all of these golfers and asked them to at least consider bagging one of their drivers. The other change is a set of Mizuno JPX-900 Tour irons. Most of our readers are familiar with the fact that we stand behind the ] Mizuno JPX-900 and Srixon Z545 irons as the best game improvement irons on the market. The 900 tours aren’t quite as forgiving or long as the standard hot metal set, but Brooks doesn’t need any help in those two departments.
While Rory, Tiger, and Brooks were the big draws in this group, I was really excited to see what Finau and Vegas were going to do. These are both golfers that made a surge in world golf rankings last season, and are both really good dudes that can rake. Tony joined Ping, and is bagging their G LS Tec driver at 9 degrees, with a matching 3 wood, and a set of iBlades. He switched from the Nike Engage wedges to a set of Vokey SM6 (50, 55), and a Mack Daddy 60.
Hopefully you’re sitting down for Jhonny Vegas’s bag, because it’s great. He joined Tiger and Brooks in swapping his driver out for a M2, while keeping his Nike Fairway woods. Nunchuck nVentix shafts on all the woods. His irons are a gorgeous set of Mizuno MP4’s, one of the longest blades/musclebacks we have ever tested. He’s hitting a set of Vokey wedges, and his putter is a custom Scotty Cameron with the cover you see to the right. We’re jealous.