Here’s the lowdown on some of the biggest things you may have missed over the festive period.
Rory McIlroy returns to action on the European Tour at next week’s South African Open and it’s with some significant bag changes to what he finished 2016.
According to NoLayingUp, McIlroy will use a Callaway driver, woods and irons, Odyssey putter and Titleist wedges and ball at the start of 2017 at least, and won’t be tying himself down to an equipment deal with anybody in the near future.
“I want to play the new Pro V1x ball” – Rory McIlroy
“I want to play the new Pro V1x ball, and I know the Callaway driver works the best with it,” he said.
“I also know my Nike irons don’t work as well with the Titleist ball because of the groove format. Too spinny, and a loss of distance.”
While Rory McIlroy has signalled his intention to use a Callaway driver, its staffers have been all over social media today to hail the two new drivers, which are available to the public later this month.
— Danny Willett (@Danny_Willett) January 4, 2017
— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) January 4, 2017
— Marc Warren (@MarcWarrenGolf) January 4, 2017
As well as his pink driver, Bubba Watson could soon have a pink ball after penning a golf ball deal with South Korean manufacturer Volvik.
Watson tested the ball and liked it enough to shift away from the Titleist Pro V1x to become Volvik’s second high-profile PGA Tour signing after Tim Petrovic.
For the moment, Watson will use Volvik’s four-piece White Color S4 model. But that could change very soon.
World No.1 Lydia Ko’s long-awaited switch from Callaway to PXG was finally confirmed yesterday.
The move was first mooted at the end of November, with Ko reportedly offered a ‘sweeter financial deal’, and marked the end of three very successful years with Callaway – which yielded 12 of her 14 LPGA Tour wins.
— Lydia Ko (@LydiaKo) January 3, 2017
The deal is reportedly worth $14.5m over five years. Also joining PXG are fellow LPGA Tour players Brittany Lang, Christina Kim and Ryann O’Toole.
As well as PXG, Ko has also signed a footwear deal with Ecco Golf to wear the BIOM G2 model.
— ECCO Golf (@ECCO_GOLF) January 4, 2017
After an Instagram post last week thanking Nike for their support over the last 12 years, there were hints that Scottish LET star Carly Booth had signed another equipment deal.
And yesterday, she announced on Twitter that she’d signed a deal with Cobra/Puma.
— Carly Booth (@CarlyBooth92) January 3, 2017
The 23-year-old has switched from TaylorMade to a 14-club Callaway deal with this move significant in that it’s the first time he’s played different clubs since junior golf.
“It’s been an easy transition,” Berger told Golfweek. “We’ll see. There’s obviously going to be some ups and some downs, but I’m going to stick with it. From what I’ve seen at home, it (equipment) is not an issue. It’s just getting some confidence.”
As well as the signing of Web.com Tour graduate JJ Spaun, Srixon have re-signed JB Holmes, Shane Lowry, Soren Kjeldsen, Rod Pampling, Minjee Lee and Will Wilcox for 2017.
— Srixon (@SrixonGolf) January 3, 2017
Like many other Nike staffers, Tony Finau hasn’t wasted any time is shifting the ‘swoosh’ out of his bag.