Nick Watney shared some thoughts on his move to Nike Golf.
The start of the golf year means new dreams, new goals and of course, new equipment for many of the world's top players. Actually, many golfers will be debuting new equipment (including a zillion amateurs visited by Santa!) but you don't get blog posts written about you...
One high profile change came for five-time PGA Tour winner, Nick Watney. Watney signed with Nike Golf for the 2013 golf season and has made his debut at the season-opening Tournament of Champions. He was able to find time to answer a few questions on his golf life and the change in equipment.
PGA.com: Five PGA Tour victories puts you in pretty elite company. What goals are still ahead for you?
Watney: Well I feel like I am just getting started. Maybe when all is said and done, maybe I will get to 20 wins. I still feel like I have a lot to do and I am really excited to start this new year with Nike and improve every week.
PGA.com: Why will the move to Nike Golf help you get there?
Watney: Nike has proven in pretty much every sport that they provide equipment for that they strive to be the best. If you look at basketball for instance, the best players wear Nike. Tiger has been a Nike Athlete for a long time and has re-written the record books in golf. So I am excited to have their support and it is an honor to represent them.
PGA.com: Have you been a Nike fan your entire life?
Watney: I have been a Nike fan my entire life. The first sports I can remember was Michael Jordan, he put Nike footwear on the map as far as athletes go. My favorite athletes around the bay area growing up, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana wore Nike cleats…I have been a Nike fan for a long time. When I received my first product Nike after being on staff I had to pinch myself it was pretty fun and so exciting."
PGA.com: What product was easiest to switch?
Watney: The irons and wedges were the easiest products for me to switch into. They are very classic looking, very clean, simple, which is good. It was pretty much one day of looking down at them and feeling them perform so those were the easiest for me to switch into.
Obviously, players will change equipment for various reasons. But the one thing that they all will not compromise is their hope to play better this year than they played last year. Watney's move to Nike Golf carries some risk for both parties, but the up side could be quite significant. I'd probably say the same thing about my golf bag - so if anyone wants to sign a 8.2 handicap...I'm listening.