Sergio Garcia is coming residence. After virtually 18 months as an gear free agent, the 2017 Masters champion will formally rejoin TaylorMade’s Tour workers on the PGA Championship after coming to phrases on a multi-year deal gear deal that features golf equipment, golf ball, workers bag and aspect of the hat.
It’s a deal Garcia is greater than conversant in following a decade-and-a-half run with TaylorMade that got here to an in depth when the 2 sides parted methods on the finish of 2017. A month later, Garcia was unveiled as a Callaway staffer. The subsequent three-plus years turned out to be a whirlwind for Garcia, who break up from Callaway in 2018 to take up free gear company.
For a number of months, Garcia bounced between plenty of gear producers, however one model at all times appeared to have a daily spot in his bag setup: TaylorMade. What initially began as TaylorMade SIM fairway woods in the beginning of 2020 developed into the reintroduction of practically each membership from his outdated setup, golf ball included.
It didn’t take Garcia lengthy to select up on the gear pattern.
“I’ve been a free agent for nearly a year-and-a-half and have been in a position to play no matter I needed,” Garcia instructed GOLF.com. “Humorous sufficient, I ended up taking part in the TaylorMade golf ball and about 11 or 12 golf equipment. I ended up going again to the place I used to be probably the most comfy all through my profession, which was taking part in TaylorMade. The fellows at TaylorMade realized that and we began speaking and seeing if there was a risk to do one thing.”
Garcia’s path again to TaylorMade is one few execs have taken throughout their profession. It’s not unusual for a high-profile identify to go away his longtime membership producer for a mega-deal elsewhere, however very seldom does the professional ever reverse course and “go residence” when issues don’t work out.
What in the end led Garcia to think about returning to TaylorMade was his current relationship with the corporate’s tour reps, and his familiarity with the golf ball — a chunk of substances he performed an integral position in serving to deliver to life when the corporate launched its maiden TP Crimson in 2006.
“Ball is an important factor,” stated Garcia. “Clearly, the woods are huge, however the ball is an important a part of the gear that may assist or damage you, relying on in case you’re taking part in the suitable or mistaken ball. It was positively a giant a part of [my decision to sign]. Since 2006, I’ve been very proud of the TaylorMade ball and all of the work they’ve accomplished.”
Garcia made the change to TaylorMade’s 2021 TP5x earlier this 12 months on the Sentry Event of Champions after noticing refined enhancements across the inexperienced.
“All through the previous couple of years, they’ve improved across the greens the place they weren’t fairly pretty much as good as a number of the different balls may need been,” stated Garcia. “They’ve positively improved lots on that. I felt it the final couple of years after I was taking part in with TaylorMade.”
Even when Garcia was a free agent, his considerate, detailed suggestions throughout product testing made him a go-to tester for TaylorMade Tour rep Adrian Rietveld, who regularly leaned on the 41-year-old for insights on what the corporate was doing proper and wanted to enhance with their gear.
“Once I give him a membership, I at all times get a prolonged, worthwhile response in our conversations,” Rietveld instructed GOLF.com. “Generally it’s an audio textual content that lasts a couple of minutes. His really feel is off the charts and he picks up on issues that almost all wouldn’t even discover. There’s a cause why I’ve relied on him a lot.”
Except for the ball, Garcia instructed GOLF.com that he’ll doubtless preserve the gear adjustments to a minimal as he chases a spot on the 2021 European Ryder Cup crew. If there’s one membership he may change within the coming weeks, it’s driver after going by a constructive testing session with SIM2 Max. (He’s additionally making an attempt out a TaylorMade Spider EX putter in the meanwhile.)
“There’s not many issues I want to alter, to be completely trustworthy,” he stated. “I performed new SIM2 just a little bit at first of the 12 months and examined once more just a little final week. A pair SIM2 Max drivers felt good. I’m simply going to substantiate the following few it’s working the way in which it feels prefer it’s working.”
Gear and testing apart, Garcia is simply glad to be again in a well-known place utilizing acquainted gear that performed an vital position in his profession trajectory. It’s a setup he believes has the prospect to assist him make some noise over the ultimate six months of the 12 months, beginning with the PGA Championship.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s good to be again with the TaylorMade household as a result of I’ve been right here for 15 years. That’s one thing that’s not straightforward to do. There’s a great connection there and we’re excited to be again collectively.”
Sergio Garcia’s PGA Championship gear setup:
Driver: TaylorMade SIM (Fujikura Ventus Black 7X shaft), 9 levels
3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Rocket (Fujikura Ventus Black 7X shaft), 14.5 levels
5-wood: TaylorMade SIM (Fujikura Ventus Black 8X shaft), 19 levels
Irons: TaylorMade P750 (3-PW; Nippo NS Professional Modus 3 Tour 130X shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (52 levels; Nippon NS Professional Modus 3 Tour 130X shaft), Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks (58T levels; Nippon NS Professional Modus 3 Tour 130X shaft)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5
Ball: TaylorMade 2021 TP5x (#85)
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