After a 2011 season in which he notched his first two PGA Tour wins, finished second on the money list and moved up 200 places in the Official World Golf Ranking, Webb Simpson could have been tempted to cash in on his newfound fame.
Simpson, however, decided to avoid a profitable but potentially perilous move and not change equipment for 2012.
“I've seen players do it over and over again, and they struggle the next year. It takes them a few years to figure it out again,” Simpson said Wednesday at the Sony Open. “But I would rather go (make) $2 million on the course and make nothing off than win half a million on the course and make four off.”
Convinced of the superiority of his equipment, Simpson stuck by his long-standing relationship with Titleist.
“We didn't really take the process that far, because I think Titleist understood their loyalty to me, since I was an amateur player, and they knew that I thought they were the best equipment in the world,” he said.
In fact, Simpson is reluctant to change anything in his bag – Titleist or not.
“Everything new Titleist comes out with, I do test. But I'm old school in my thoughts of switching equipment,” he said.
Simpson switched to the latest Titleist medalwoods at the Deutsche Bank Championship, winning with a a 3- and 5-wood from the 910 line. A few weeks later, Simpson tested the driver from the line but chose to stick with what works.
“As long as I'm feeling good with what I'm using and its ability to perform well, then I won't switch,” he said. “I've used the same irons now for 10 years – the same ones or I've got newer sets but the same exact model – and driver I've used for three years.”