John ‘Wild Thing’ Daly has been making headlines on and off the golf course since turning pro in 1987. His latest headline sees him sign an endorsement deal with Polara Golf, a club and ball manufacturer who among their products, make self-correcting golf balls.
Daly is probably on a high having signed for a few pennies with another low-level semi-golf brand, but truth is… the man’s had his lows. Since winning two majors, he has had a rollercoaster of trials and tribulations trying to find his way.
He has had two divorces, the latter resulting in him showing up for a PGA event with scratches on his face having been attacked by his wife wielding a steak knife.
He’s been arrested in a Hooters having fallen asleep drunk at 2am.
In 2006, he admitted he has gambled away more than $50,000,000. Since then Daly has been signing up endorsements with anyone that will give him cash.
In 2009, he signed (away his dignity) with Loudmouth golf, maker of some rather interesting golf trousers. Millions of golf fans have lowered the contrast on their TVs since, as they watch Daly stride the fairways, or more likely the rough, in some ‘interesting’ designs.
Perhaps the wackiest of endorsement deals Daly signed was in 2009 when he inked a deal to feature a TV screen on his bag.
Now, in 2013, having missed more cuts than he has made Daly has signed with Polara Golf. “I’m really excited about being involved with Polara Golf. They’ve created some exciting products for recreational golfers that will allow them to Grip It and Rip It, be more consistently in the fairway, and ultimately have a lot more fun on the golf course!,” said John Daly.
Daly is known for hitting it long, not for hitting it straight. Of the approximate 190 players that play each season on the PGA Tour, Daly’s driving accuracy ranks over the last 5 seasons are 184th, 160th, 177th, 189th on 184th.
As mentioned, one of their products is a ball that corrects itself in the air, limited a slice or hook by up to 75%. This is, of course, completely illegal on professional Tours, but perhaps JD is going to use it to at least see what the fairway is like in practice then take that visual to the Tour.
Good luck to Wild Thing and all his endorsements. May I recommend signing up a local barber shop next to take care of that nicotine stained half-mullet?