Have you ever wondered what equipment golf pro’s prefer? We looked at the bags of three professional golfers and listed the equipment they use. Let’s start with FedExCup winner Rory McIlroy, who’s bag includes:
It’s no secret that Rory McIlroy doesn’t like the new major schedule: The famous golfer had already expressed his thoughts on the subject and made several criticisms, especially about the timing. It is a mistake, according to Rory, to organize the US PGA Championship in May instead of August, as it has been so far, since it only makes a 102-day difference between The Masters and The Open events. In other words, we need to wait for almost 9 months until the four other marquee events of golf begin.
McIlroy says: “The narrative suggests that the majors are
the only important thing in golf. This is a dangerous narrative – we won’t care
for any other event for the other 48 weeks of the year?” The champion also
thinks that the majors are spaced so closely, the fans will only care from the
second week of April to the last week in July, and nothing else will really
matter. McIlroy also has a suggestion about this problem: “It should be like tennis,” he says, “they manage to stay relevant throughout the year and gain more
interest. I would like to see the same thing in golf.”
During the final round of the 2011 Deutsche Bank, Dustin Johnson had achieved the longest drive recorded on the PGA Tour with a distance of 465 yards, but it’s time to hand over this title he had been retaining for the last 8 years. The new owner of this record is 26 years old Justin Thomas from Louisville. Thomas managed to get a 457-yard drive on the recently ended PGA Tour and broke the previous record. To give you an idea, this distance is equal to 34 buses parked side by side. Or, if you are a golf veteran, it is longer than 13 of the holes on the Old Course, St. Andrews. In other words, it’s really long.
wondering, Bubba Watson is the second player to achieve the longest drive
during this year’s PGA Tour. And the difference is very small: Bubba managed to
make a 455-yard drive. However, he may have received some help from the “rules
of nature” as he did this shot at 2,250 meters above sea level. In any case,
Thomas is one of the players who have made the longest drives: He has won this
title for the second time in the last four years.
The 2018 – 2019 PGA Tour Season has wrapped up and many interesting equipment changes have taken place during this event. Some star players went on with their old equipment (and sponsors), but some also made remarkable changes. You can see the latest status below:
Jordan Spieth used Titleist AP2 iron models throughout his professional career. But before the 2019 Open Championship, he made a change to Titleist’s new T100 iron models. This is not surprising since Spieth is known to be involved in the design of these irons.
Just Rose has been sponsored by TaylorMade for years, but for a long time, there have been rumors that this will change. Rose has officially announced a new sponsorship agreement with Honma and stated that he will use the “Rose Proto” model iron from now on.
At the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Francesco Molinari announced that he will now work with Callaway.
Tiger Woods used the TaylorMade TW-Phase 1 prototype irons during 2018, but this seems to have changed. Woods switched to the “P-7TW Milled” iron. This new model was specially developed for Tommy Fleetwood, but Tiger Woods uses a unique model.
By using the Shaft Optimizer 3D technology from Mizuno, it is possible to get a truly customized shaft for any iron model. This technology uses special software called “Swing DNA” and requires visiting a Mizuno Fitter or Performance Center. The golfers take three swings by using the Shaft Optimizer, which is a special attachment on the shaft, communicating with the Swing DNA software via Bluetooth. After taking three swings, the Shaft Optimizer creates a “Swing DNA” for the golfer: This data includes the clubhead speed, tempo, shaft toe down, shaft kick angle, and the release factor.
The Swing DNA software analyzes this data and creates a special profile for the golfer. After that, software ranks every available iron shaft model based on the swing profile. The golfer may decide to promote to a lower-ranked shaft or a higher one: The Swing DNA helps him to choose.
Basically the software lists best to worst theoretical matches to improve the performance of the player. Once the visitor is satisfied, a custom shaft is decided upon. This technology (and custom-fit shafts) can be used on any iron club produced by Mizuno.
The latest G410 Plus series from PING achieves significant advancements in custom fitting and increases both forgiveness and ball speed. There are three custom CG locations, Draw, Neutral, and Fade, in which the ultra-high-density tungsten can be moved. Using the correct weight placement gives players the ability to control the ball flight. The “Trajectory Tuning 2.0” technology in the G410 Plus series also utilizes a new light-weight and aerodynamic hosel sleeve, which provides eight positions to further influence the ball flight.
To accelerate ball speed even more, G410 Plus series uses a precision-machined forged face, which has a patented design. The heat-treatment process used on the face creates a thinner and hotter impact area for maximum flexing and also improves the feel. The crown of the club is aerodynamically shaped and equipped with “Turbulator Technology”, which increases the clubhead speed, ball velocity, and distance.
Lastly, the G410 Plus series use the next-generation of PING’s light-weight shaft, which contains an eight-gram counterweight in the grip. The design of the shaft increases the energy transfer and momentum, which results in more ball speed and greater forgiveness.