Former US Open champion Gary Woodland raised a few eyebrows when he announced his switch to Cobra Golf at the start of the year and he reveals it was due to a bit of nostalgia and a great driver.
As most golfers know, equipment can have a pretty big impact on your game, especially when it is new and unfamiliar.
However, Woodland’s switch to have a bag made up entirely out of Cobra equipment isn’t something new for him.
“My first set of clubs I ever got as a kid was a Cobra set,” Woodland said. “My first couple of clubs were cut-downs from my mom but my first junior set of clubs was a Cobra set, so it’s kind of a dream to actually play them out on Tour. It’s pretty cool.”
The decision wasn’t purely for nostalgic reasons, though, as a professional golfer there is a lot more on the line these days.
Woodland revealed he spend some time testing a new Cobra Aerojet driver and was very impressed.
“To be honest, it was the new Aerojet driver,” Woodland said, when asked what had the biggest influence on his decision to sign with Cobra.
“I’ve had flexibility in the past with the driver, which is a good thing but I absolutely fell in love with the driver.
“To me, the irons, we’re switching from a blade to a blade, so there’s not a lot going on. I have a little less offset.
“But, for me, the driver is what sold me on the deal. I was very excited to put that in play, and I’m excited about it going forward.”
The American had an equipment deal with Wilson Golf before signing on with Cobra but that deal let him use metalwoods from other manufacturers while with the new one, he only has Cobra in his bag.