Coming off a career year, even if that career spans just two seasons on the PGA Tour, it’s never an easy decision to make a wholesale equipment switch, but for Brooks Koepka there was no shortage of due diligence.
Nike Golf announced on Monday that Koepka, as well as Tony Finau, had signed an endorsement deal with Nike. Details of the agreement were not made available.
For Koepka his choice to go with Nike Golf included conversations with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, the brand’s highest-profile golfers.
“Rory had a different point of view and in the Bahamas it was nice to pick Tiger’s brain about it. Everybody had nothing but good things to say about it,” Koepka told GolfChannel.com.
Koepka said he started testing the new equipment, which includes Nike’s Vapor Fly driver, about two months ago and made a visit to the company’s research and development center in Texas.
Although Koepka, who ranked eighth on Tour in driving distance last season, said he picked up a few yards with his new driver, the most encouraging addition was a Vapor Fly 20-degree hybrid.
“We have a hybrid now we’re not afraid to hit,” said Koepka, who is beginning his year this week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. “We never found a club that was perfect for us but now I’ve found a hybrid that doesn’t have a lot of spin.”
As for the fear of changing equipment after enjoying success with another brand (Titleist), Koepka said he took a more nuanced approach to the move.
“You never end the year with the same clubs that you started with. When people make a big deal about the switch, you switch all year even if you’re with the same company,” he said.