Today, Callaway Golf Company announced that Francesco Molinari, the reigning Open Champion and 2018 Race to Dubai winner, has joined its Tour Professional Staff.
Molinari will make his Callaway tournament debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour. A complete line up of Callaway equipment will feature in his bag for the event, including: An Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver; an Epic Flash Sub Zero Fairway Wood; Apex MB 18 Irons; Mack Daddy 4 Wedges; an Odyssey Toulon Madison Putter with a new Stroke Lab Shaft, and a Chrome Soft X Ball.
“I am joining Callaway because I’m so impressed by their equipment,” Molinari said.
“More than anything, I’m looking forward to playing the new Epic Flash Driver and the Chrome Soft X Golf Ball.
“The ball speed gains that I’m getting from the driver are unbelievable. And this golf ball is the best one that I’ve ever played. The performance from tee-to-green, especially the feel and control, is exactly what I want.”
A native of Turin, Italy, Molinari is coming off a remarkable 2018 campaign, highlighted by his first major win at The Open Championship.
He won the BMW PGA Championship and the Quicken Loans National last year, and he posted a perfect 5-0 record for the victorious European Team at the 2018 Ryder Cup, capping a stunning season by winning the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. He enters this week as the 10th ranked player in the world.
“We are so proud to welcome another European major winner to #teamcallaway, joining Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett. said Neil Howie, Callaway’s Managing Director and President Callaway Golf EMEA.
“Francesco was testing equipment from various manufacturers over the winter break, and we are therefore incredibly excited to see what Francesco can achieve having chosen to use Callaway and Odyssey products.
“If his performance gains in testing are an indication of what is to come, 2019 is set to be another stellar season for one of Europe’s finest golfers. Welcome to the team Frankie."
“We’re proud to welcome Francesco as our newest Callaway Staff Professional,” said Tim Reed, Callaway’s Senior VP of Global Sports marketing.
“We’re confident that he will play at an even higher level and enjoy many more great wins with Callaway equipment.
“He’s added ball speed off the driver with Flash Face Technology, and his performance on approach shots and around the greens has been spectacular with his new Callaway irons, wedges, and our Chrome Soft X Ball.”
On the greens, Molinari is currently using an Odyssey Toulon Madison Putter that features a new Stroke Lab Shaft.
“Francesco is a tremendous putter, and he really likes the milled performance he’s seeing from the Madison,” said Sean Toulon, SVP, Callaway Golf & GM, Odyssey Brand.
“And with the Stroke Lab Shaft he’s getting more consistency in the rhythm and the tempo of his stroke. It’s a combination that’s going to help him have a lot of success and make of a lot of big putts.”