Which Equipment Company Has the Best Tour Staff?

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As a new season on the PGA Tour kicks off, many players have made changes to their equipment. With all the shakeup that has taken place, we found ourselves wondering which company boasts the best team of tour staffers? If we put all these teams together in a tournament, which team would come out on top? We put a quick recap together of each company’s tour staff and how they might stack up against one another. Please note, all the players mentioned are selected from the the PGA. Many of these companies sponsor players on the LPGA, Champions, and Web.com Tours as well. Companies are listed in alphabetical order.

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Callaway

  • Marquee Playe(s): Phil Mickelson
  • Notables: Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Stuart Appleby, Ryo Ishikawa, Gary Woodland
  • Major Championship Victories: 9
  • Golfers in the WGR Top 50: 4

Callaway has been a power player in the golf game for a long time, and a big part of that is due to the level of talent on tour they sponsor. With a healthy mix of battle-tested veterans and talented young up-and-comers, Callaway has put together a very deep team from top to bottom.

 

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Cleveland

  • Marquee Player(s): Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley
  • Notables: David Toms, Vijay Singh, Jerry Kelly
  • Major Championship Victories: 6
  • Golfers in WGR Top 50: 3

Cleveland/ Srixon has put together a very solid squad. It’s top two players are recent major winners and members of the last Ryder Cup for their respective sides, so you know they aren’t intimidated by the big stage.

 

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Cobra

  • Marquee Player(s): Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter
  • Notables: Jonas Blixt
  • Major Championship Victories: 0
  • Golfers in the WGR Top 50: 2

Compared to some of the other teams out there, this group is talented, but very lean. Other than their top two guys in Fowler and Poulter, there isn’t much else in terms of firepower. However, if both of these players are on their games – watch out. They have the talent to play with anyone.

 

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  • Marquee Player(s): Luke Donald
  • Notables: Johnathan Byrd, Charles Howell III, Chris Wood
  • Major Championship Victories: 0
  • Golfers in the WGR Top 50: 1

For quite a while, Mizuno sponsored the #1 player in the world in Luke Donald. Currently, he sits at the #3 position in the WGR, but he’s the only star on the team, despite Byrd, Howell, and Wood all with professional victories under their belt.

 

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Nike

  • Marquee Player(s): Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods
  • Notables: Paul Casey, Carl Peterson, Kyle Stanley, Nick Watney, Charl Schwartzel, Francesco Molinari
  • Major Championship Victories: 17
  • Golfers in the WGR Top 50: 6

Nike, without a doubt, made the biggest move of the year by signing Rory McIlroy. They now have the top two players in the world playing their sticks, and they have quietly built a powerhouse of a team. This is a huge sign for them in regards to the improvement of their equipment. The knock against Nike used to be that they were new to golf and their clubs weren’t the best. Not the case anymore, as the world’s best are opting in. Nike certainly isn’t just a shoe company anymore.

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Ping

  • Marquee Player(s): Bubba Watson
  • Notables: Louis Oosthuizen, Hunter Mahan, Lee Westwood, Angel Cabrera
  • Major Championship Victories: 4
  • Golfers in the WGR Top 50: 4

Ping must have been jumping through the roof at last years Masters when Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen went toe-to-toe in a playoff to determine the green jacket. This team is stacked with talent, and any one of their pros can win at any time.

 

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TaylorMade

  • Marquee Player(s): Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson
  • Notables: Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang, Brandt Snedeker,  Camilo Villegas
  • Major Championship Victories: 4
  • Golfers in the WGR Top 50: 6

This is a very formidable team, but they seem to be lacking that one go-to guy – someone they can rely on to be the face of the brand. However, they have a plethora of very good players. Despite the major championships from Yang, Kaymer, and Clarke in recent years, it’s tough to point at one guy on the team that is a favorite to win every time he tees it up.

 

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Titleist

  • Marquee Player(s): Adam Scott
  • Notables: Steve Stricker, Jason Duffner, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas
  • Major Championship Victories: 2
  • Golfers in the WGR Top 50: 8

Things are a bit skewed Titleist’s way because everyone seems to use their golf ball, but if we look at the guys just using their clubs, they’ve still got a top-notch squad. They seem to have a pretty good stranglehold on the Top 50 in the world, since many of their players are incredibly consistent. Sprinkle in a couple major victories and you’ve got a team nobody wants to go up against.

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Wilson Staff

  • Marquee Player(s): Padraig Harrington
  • Notables: Ricky Barnes, Paul Lawrie, Kevin Streelman
  • Major Championship Victories: 4
  • Golfers in the WGR Top 50: 1

Wilson Staff is actually one of the oldest sporting brands in the world, and at one point it was the Rolls Royce of golf equipment. Today, they have a small team of tour players who haven’t made too much noise in recent years.

 

Our Pick: Nike

If all of these teams were going to tee it up against one another, it’s tough to go against the Swoosh. They’ve got the most majors (mostly thanks to Tiger) and the hottest name in golf right now in Rory McIlroy. The scary part about them is they always seem to be improving and getting better. Watch out for these guys to make some big noise in the coming months.

Do you agree with out pick? Who do you think has the best team of tour pros? Let us know in the comments section!

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