Industry Notes

The PGA Tour golf season may be coming to a conclusion but that does not mean the business of golf is slowing down.  A number of notable items came across my desk in the last few days:

FootJoy is touting another successful year on the pro tours.  Luke Donald, a FootJoy proponent, wrapped up the last PGA Tour event of the year in Orlando, making it 30 wins out of the 45 for players wearing FootJoy shoes.  According to FootJoy 8 of the top 10 players on the PGA Tour money list and 7 of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking rely on FJ shoes. Players wearing FJ gloves won 18 times on the PGA Tour (43%) in 2011.

Speaking of Donald, sources have told me that he was working hard with Mizuno Golf staff at the Children Miracle Network for Hospitals Classic on testing some prototype equipment.  Donald, a Mizuno Golf endorser, currently uses a TaylorMade R11 driver and R9 three wood.  I am assuming Mizuno would like to see him teeing up their MP-650 which is expected to be in their 2012 line-up.

Staff from TaylorMade Golf were quite busy in Orlando, not just adjusting golf equipment for their staff players but shaking the bushes to see who might be willing to make a move to the brand for the year ahead.  No word on any confirmed contracts but expect to see some new players in their stable come January.

Last week was another big one for Titleist on the pro tours with 7 substantial wins.  Luke Donald (ProV1x), Yani Tseng (ProV1), K.J. Choi (ProV1x), Gavin Coles (ProV1x), Toru Tanaguchi (ProV1x), Darren Fichardt (ProV1x), and Michael Wright (ProV1x) all recorded victories around the world.

adidas Golf launched a new Fashion Performance apparel line last week.  It features bold colours and bright patterns – a marked shift from the understated products in their current line-up.  adidas staff professional Jason Day will sport the line starting in 2012.  To hear his reaction to the line see this video.