Michael Phelps signs golf deal with Ping

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 12:00 PM

Michael Phelps is getting serious about his golf game.

The 18-time Olympic swimming champion has signed on with Ping to provide his clubs, starting with an appearance in Wednesday's pro-am for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He's paired with Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Phelps got a tour of Ping's Arizona facilities, where he was fitted for a set of clubs that accommodate his 6-foot-4 height, long arms and large hands. He says golf is much more technical than swimming, joking that he used to get by with a cap, goggles and suit.

Phelps has been working with coach Hank Haney for an eight-episode series on the Golf Channel that begins Feb. 25. He's not sure how far golf can take him but says, "You can't put limits on anything."

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