We like to keep tabs on which equipment players are using out on Tour. Of course, the manufacturers are very tight lipped about announcing any particulars of any deal. Also, generally this information is kept extremely secret until the company can make the formal announcement, but sometimes rumors and photos of the pros practicing with their new gear.
Woodland, presently a Callaway staffer, is rumored to be making the move to TaylorMade for 2016. TaylorMade already has the best overall stable of players anchored by Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Justin Rose. Even still, Woodland, currently the No. 60 golfer in the world, would be a nice addition to TMag.
There have been recent rumors of photos taken with Woodland testing the M1 Driver during one of his recent practice sessions.
World No. 36, Billy Horschel, currently a Ping staffer is widely assumed to have already signed with Parsons Xtreme Golf for 2016.
Notice that Horschel's headcovers already have the PXG logo stitched on them, and those appear to be PXG model 0311 irons peaking out of his Ping Staff Bag.
The recent news comes on the heels of Davis Love III showing up at the RSM Classic with PXG equipment.
Given these two most recent moves, and abundant swirling rumors, it appears that PXG may only getting started building their stable of players for 2016. Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk are two more big names that are rumored to possibly be making the move to PXG in 2016.
India’s brightest golfing star, Anirban Lahiri, is presently a Cleveland/Srixon staffer. And judging by Cleveland’s tweet, the 28-year-old Lahiri is going to be staying that way for a while.
Lahiri, the No. 42 golfer in the world, joins Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell hoping to generate a resurgence for the Cleveland/Srixon brand in 2016.
RUMORS - The following rumors are unsubstantiated:
HAROLD VARNER III is rumored to be moving from Cleveland/Srixon and joining Callaway.
BROOKS KOEPKA may be moving from Titleist to join the Nike stable.
DUSTIN JOHNSON is rumored to have signed a contract with Under Armour staring in 2017.
SERGIO GARCIA may also be defecting back to Titleist in 2016 after being spotted on the practice range with some Vokey wedges. Although he has recently denied these rumors via Social Media.
Whoever does, and doesn't show up with new equipment, we will continue to investigate and speculate on the moves that players may, or may not be making in 2016.