SAN DIEGO — Rickie Fowler was at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Tuesday to help EA Sports promote the March release of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour '13 video game. Fowler joins Tiger on the game's box this year.
After he was done answering questions about the game, I had a chance to chat with Rickie about his recent equipment changes. Just a day before, Cobra Golf announced that Fowler had officially become a member of the company's tour staff, released several photos of the 23-year-old with his new Cobra gear and showcased a 30-second commercial featuring Fowler hitting a new Cobra AMP driver and crushing oranges.
Fowler has been wearing Puma footwear and apparel for a while, so in March 2010, when Acushnet sold Cobra Golf to Puma, some people, including myself, wondered if Fowler might leave Titleist and strike a deal with Cobra and become a "head to toe" player for a single company.
Fowler sent me, and a few others, the following tweet, in response:
@DavidDusek - I'm a Titleist guyClick here to see a gallery of Fowler's equipment.
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) March 10, 2010
"I really started working on things during the last few weeks of December," he told me. "I think they did a very good job preparing themselves and getting everything ready for testing. They did a very good job with the irons getting them similar and comparable to the ones I was playing before [Titleist 712 MB
Fowler says that he hits his new irons about the same distance he hit his Titleists, maybe just a touch farther. "Some of the guys back home at Medalist [Fowler's home course in Hobe Sound, Fla.] were complaining about some of the spots where I was hitting it, but I wouldn't say it was anything mind blowing."
Titleist 910D3 AMP driver
click here to see a gallery of Fowler's gear DRIVER: Cobra AMP Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X FAIRWAY WOOD: Mitsubishi Diamana 'Ahina 80X HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro Black Matrix OZIK HM2 Hybrid IRONS: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue WEDGE: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue PUTTER: BALL: Titleist Pro V1x See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cobra, Adams and Titleist clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith. Related: Follow David Dusek on Twitter | Facebook | Google+