Golfers have a wide variety of brands to choose from when putting together their equipment. This list compiles the most popular golfing brands among professional golfers and recreational players.
Callaway Golf is the largest golf equipment manufacturing company in the United States, specializing in golf clubs, bags, balls, apparel, and gloves. Callaway has a well established brand identity and is known for producing premium golf equipment. The brand is especially well known for producing great drivers, fairway woods, and distance irons, which were all awarded gold by Golf Digest's Hot List in 2018. The brand began its journey when the Callaway company changed locations to Carlsbad, California in 1995. The company became popular by the end of the 1990s and would soon have many well known players wearing the brand including; Phil Mickelson (PGA tour), Francisco Molinari (PGA tour), Michelle Wie (LPGA tour), Tyler Yates (PGA tour), and Henrick Stenson (PGA tour).
TaylorMade is a major manufacturer of golf equipment that specializes in golf clubs. It was the company that brought metal woods into the golf club industry. The brand is primarily known for its great drivers, two of which were rated gold by Golf Digest's Hot List in 2018. The company dates its origins back to when Gary Adams began showing his metal-headed drivers to pro players on the PGA tour. In 1979 Adams took out a loan, started the company, and it quickly grew into one of the major brands within the industry. In 1998 it became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Adidas Group, and continued to buy out smaller golf companies to enrich their brand. The company is based in Carlsbad, California. Notable PGA tour golfers endorsed by TaylorMade are Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, and John Rahm.
Titleist is a major manufacturer of golf equipment, and the makers of the Pro-VI, the most widely played with ball of the PGA tour. They also make golf clubs, apparel, bags, and other golf equipment. They are known for having exceptional irons and putters that offer both distance and precision. The company is headquartered today in Fairhaven, Massachusetts and is a highly respected brand within the golf industry. The famous Titleist script was first branded in 1935 on the company's first golf ball model. The company has achieved a great trust in its brand after years of outstanding products and is backed by some of the world's best professional golfers, including; Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, and Bill Haas, all on the PGA tour roster.
Ping has a long-held reputation for producing and manufacturing quality golf equipment. It is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and has 7 of the 50 players on the PGA tour on their roster. The company has been popular since the release of Eye 2 irons over 25 years ago and is known for their outstanding putters. In 1959, an engineer named Karsten Solhiem was unsatisfied with the golf putters on the market at the time. He designed the first club known as the "Ping 1A" in his garage, and called it the ping because of the sound it made when the metal club came in contact with the golf ball. Demand for this new design increased and by the end of the 1960s, Ping had developed a whole line of clubs. Today's brand is well established and has several top players endorsed, including Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Hunter Mahan, and Lee Westwood, all on the PGA tour roster.
Nike is the United States' largest major manufacturer of athletic apparel, footwear, and equipment. The company produces golf and other major sports equipment such as basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. Nike is a global brand and extends its reach and impact far beyond the boundaries of the United States. The company was initially founded by former Oregon University Track & Field Coach, Bill Bowerman. The company gained massive leverage when it launched the Nike brand shoe in 1972, and was renamed Nike, Inc. in 1978. Since then Nike has major control of the athletic apparel and footwear market. It is based in Beaverton, Oregon, and endorses big names such as Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy, and Charl Schwartzel, all on the PGA tour roster.
Cleveland Golf is an independently operated subsidiary of the Japanese company SRI Sports. The brand makes a full line of golf equipment including clubs, bags, and headwear. The brand is well known for its great wedges and hybrid models for clubs. The company is headquartered in Huntington Beach, California, and was founded in 1979 by Roger Cleveland. The brand has a solid reputation within the golf community and is represented by two major stars on the PGA tour; Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell.
Mizuno is a Japanese company that produces all types of sporting goods equipment including golf, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and swimming. The company has a strong reputation as a global brand for producing some of the best irons in golf. The company as a whole was founded in 1906 by Rihachi and Rizo Mizuno. Initially the company only produced baseballs, until the Mizuno Golf brand was founded in 1982 in the United States. The company does not have a huge presence on the PGA tour or on a professional level, but does have former star Luke Donald on their team.
In 2010 Puma bought the Cobra Golf company and combined Puma's apparel and footwear with the golf equipment of the Cobra brand. The company was initially founded in 1973 by Thomas Crow. The brand began to grow and today is well known for its superior hybrid clubs. The brand is very diverse, offering many different products and apparel pieces. Rickie Fowler is the brand's top athlete in the PGA tour.
Odyssey Golf is a company focused on its production of putters. The brand has a great reputation for making some of the best putters within the industry. The company was founded in 1991 and was later bought out by major company Callway. They have the same headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The popular brand sells putters and accessories including covers, grips, ball markers, divot repairs, towels, and umbrellas. The brand is well known for using red, black, and white color schemes with a swirl.
Bridgestone is a Japanese auto and truck manufacturing company that also produces golf balls and equipment. The brand is well known for its prestigious golf balls within the PGA tour and amateur golf. The original company was founded in 1931, but did not begin manufacturing golf balls until 1972. PGA tour athletes sponsored by the brand include; Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Davis Love II, and Fred Couples.