The PGA Championship is here. The warm-ups are done and the competition is now well and truly underway! So, apart from guessing who will win (I secretly hope it’s Spieth) one thing we’ve all been wondering is… what’s in their bags?
Since this is a question I’ve not only asked myself, but a lot of you have asked me, I thought I’d have a little Google and find out the answer to what the players have been using recently.
Here are a couple I think you’ll find interesting…
Rory McIlroy – Sponsored by TaylorMade
Rory McIlroy just recently signed with TaylorMade, since Nike stopped producing golf equipment. Choosing a new sponsor took a lot of testing and deliberation, which also kept a lot of brands at the edge of their seats.
In the end TaylorMade came out as the winner, McIlroy said it offered a lot more visibility and turf interaction. So, currently in his bag you will find:
Driver: 2017 TaylorMade M2 Driver, 9.5°, MCG Kuro Kage Silver 70 XTS shaft.
3 wood: 2017 TaylorMade M2 Tour, 13.5° with a MCG Tensei CK Blue 90TX shaft
5 wood: 2017 TaylorMade M2 Tour Fairway, 19°, Fujikura Composites Pro P95X shaft.
Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto Irons (3-4-iron), True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts. P700 “Rors
Proto” Irons (5-9-iron), True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts.
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedges, 48°, 54° and 60°, True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts.
Putter: TaylorMade Tour Proto TP Collection Juno.
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x.
Jordan Spieth – Sponsored by Titleist
Jordan Spieth has had a pretty good year so far and he comes into the PGA Championship with a new major title under his belt.
This tournament, as most of you will already know, is a pretty important one, especially for Spieth.
If Spieth wins this title, not only will he gain a Grand Slam, but he’ll also be the youngest to achieve it, beating Tiger Woods by just a couple of months. So, with a lot riding on this championship, having the right equipment is vital.
Here’s what he used for his last win, at The Open 2017 at Royal Birkdale in England:
Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5 degrees),Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft.
3 Wood: Titleist 915F (15 degrees), Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X shaft.
3 iron: Titleist 718 T-MB, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95X shaft.
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4), Titleist 716 AP2 (5-9), True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (46-08 F Grind, 52-08 F Grind, 56-10 S Grind and 60-04 L Grind), True Temper Project X 6.0 (46, 56, 60) True Temper Project X 6.5 (52) shafts.
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype, SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 (Black/White) grip.
Hideki Matsuyama – Sponsored by Srixon (up at the end of the season)
With Matsuyama’s recent victory at the WGC-Bridgestone, similar to Spieth, he’s entering the PGA Champs with some added confidence. Sitting comfortably at number 3 on the OWGR leader board, Matsuyama is playing for the win.
So, having just played an impressive game, don’t you want to know what he’s using?
Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha 9°, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX shaft.
3 Wood: TaylorMade 2017 M2 15°, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 9TX shaft.
Hybrid: Callaway Apex 18°, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 115X shaft.
Irons: Srixon Z945 (4-PW), True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts.
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 52°, 56° and 60°, True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shaft.
Putter: TaylorMade TP Mullen.
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV.
Jhonattan Vegas – Sponsored by Nike
Let’s take a look at the 2017 RBC Canadian Open winner, Jhonattan Vegas. Although he’s one of the lesser known players at number 46 in the top 100, Vegas is quickly climbing the ranks to becoming a big player (both in ability and height, standing at 6ft.3).
Vegas has one of the more mixed bags, since he’s currently sponsored by Nike. So, having a peek inside is his bag is a little more interesting, let’s take a look…
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (10.5 Degrees), Nunchuck nVentix shaft.
Fairway Woods: Nike Vapor Speed (15 and 19 degrees), Nunchuck nVentix shaft.
Irons: Mizuno MP-4 (3-PW), True Temper Project X 7.0 shaft.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey prototype (54 and 60 degrees), True Temper Project X 7.0 shaft.
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Prototype.
Hopefully that’s eased your curiosity, for the moment.
It’s really interesting to see the impact specific clubs and balls can have on the performance of a player. Is it a psychological thing? Or, does it really make a difference? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below…