It may have taken Nike some time to get into the golf market but there is little doubt now that the swoosh has arrived and is here to stay. It is, of course, Nike’s good fortune that the dominant player of the era endorses their products but despite Tiger Wood’s marketing profile, Nike Golf has made an incredible impact in a relatively short space of time.
We need only look back a decade or so to see Nike as, essentially, a complete novice in the golfing world. It’s true that this was a novice with the incredible power and experience of Nike’s global domination of the sportswear market behind it but us golfer’s are a fairly loyal bunch and the kind of market penetration that Nike demands was always going to be difficult to achieve.
Nike Golf Equipment: Capturing A Global Market
Nike Golf can now boast it is the undisputed market leader of golfing clothes, whilst Nike drivers, Nike irons and Nike golf balls are steadily carving out a large and loyal share of a truly global market.
A large part of that success is down to Tiger Woods, another in a line of athletes like Michael Jordan who have become synonymous with a range of Nike equipment. It is hardly a surprise to learn that Nike have honoured Tiger by calling a building at their headquarters after him.
Tiger signed for Nike in 1996 and now exclusively wears Nike golf apparel and uses a Nike driver, Nike fairway woods, Nike irons and Nike wedges and has even used a Nike putter in a major.
In January 2013, Nike made a splash, signing world No.1 Rory McIlroy to a multi-year deal. Along with a host of other top, young signings, McIlroy's contact meant he would be wearing a swoosh on his clubs, shoes, apparel, ball and hat.