At the end of January, it was reported that Tony Finau signed a deal to represent PING Golf. Coming off with the best season of his professional career, Finau was happy to form an alliance with one of the hottest equipment free agents in the industry. John K. Solheim—president of PING Golf—confirmed that the multi-year agreement would see Finau play a minimum of 11 PING clubs this season.
“Tony is very charismatic and has tremendous character,” Solheim said. “He’s great with the fans and well respected by his fellow tour players. He’s one of the most athletic players on tour, who uses his strength to generate a lot of power.
He can really hit the ball a long way and has the overall game to become a consistent winner on tour. We’ve developed a great relationship with him in the last year as he’s looked to play the best equipment available for his game. We believe it’s a great fit for both of us.”
Fans of the game noticed that Finau actually started carrying PING Golf gear as an equipment free agent at the beginning of last year. Since Nike departed from the hard goods industry, Finau was left without an all-encompassing endorsement deal—giving him the freedom to sample different brands and styles of equipment.
“It was a good process and a tough process at the same time, where I had the opportunity to try a bunch of equipment I had never tried before and to see what I thought was best for my game,” he said.
“It was a tough process just going through all of them because there’s so much great equipment out there […] but again, I felt the best equipment for me was the PING,” he added.
The 28-year old from Salt Lake City led the Farmers Insurance Open with an average drive of 325.6 yards. He has also demonstrated his remarked range, as of late, being ranked second on tour with an average driving distance of 328.8 yards. Finau made his debut as a PING Golf pro at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
When commenting on PING Golf, Finau said: “I’m most impressed with their passion for designing the best equipment in the game for golfers of all skill levels.
I know that their commitment to properly fitting and building equipment to fit my game will maximize my confidence every time I step on the tee.”
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