Charl Schwartzel’s thoughts on switch to PXG

Charl Schwartzel watches a drive at Royal Troon.
Charl Schwartzel watches a drive at Royal Troon. (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s not unusual for highly ranked players to switch from one manufacturer to another, but it is extremely unusual for players to change immediately before a major event. On the eve of last week’s British Open, Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, signed an endorsement deal with Parsons Xtreme Golf and put the company’s clubs in his bag.

A PXG representative confirmed to Golfweek that the deal came together relatively quickly, and Schwartzel said he did not have long to work with his new irons before putting his peg in the ground at Royal Troon.

“First time I hit them was Sunday (before the British Open),” he said after the tournament. “And I had a full set by Tuesday.”

The South African, No. 21 on the Official World Golf Ranking, used a new 0811X prototype driver, 0311 3- and 5-irons, 0311T 6-PW and an 0311T 54-degree wedge at Royal Troon. He tied for 18th after shooting rounds of 72-66-73-73 to finish at even par.

“I’m very excited about it,” Schwartzel said. “What it’s going to bring, I don’t know, but I feel very confident that this will help maybe improve some areas. And as long as I’m happy within myself with it, I’m sure it won’t affect me,”

Other PXG staff players, including Zach Johnson at the start of 2016, switched into drivers and irons quickly, then added more clubs over the following weeks. It appears Schwartzel will do the same.

“Not only is Charl a champion, he is a stand-up guy. The kind of guy we want on our team,” PXG founder Bob Parsons said in a media release. “I couldn’t be more proud to have such an accomplished player join the team of professionals representing PXG.”

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