By John Strege
Bubba Watson, for whom convention is not part of his repertoire, has an unusual agreement to wear and endorse Ping's new Sensor Cool line of golf gloves.
The agreement was designed not to reward the player, but to reward the player's charity, the Bubba Watson Foundation.
"Instead of a traditional endorsement agreement, we'll contribute to Bubba's foundation annually," John A. Solheim, chairman and CEO of Ping said in a news release. "It was Bubba's idea and it fits his desire to use his status in the game to assist charities that are doing good work in their communities. Bubba and his wife Angie have big hearts, and this arrangement will help them further their efforts. At the same time, Bubba will be out on tour representing what we feel is the best line of golf gloves in the industry."
The size of the donation to the foundation will depend on overall glove sales, according to Solheim.
Sensor Cool is a proprietary technology designed to wick away moisture. Some Ping headwater also features the technology.
Three models are available: The Sensor Tour ($24), Sensor Sport ($20) and Sensor Tech ($14). The first two feature Solite cabretta leather, while the Tech has all-weather synthetic leather. Watson began wearing the Sensor Sport at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.