Equipment notes on every Presidents Cup player
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
Here’s a quick equipment check on each of the 24 players competing at this week’s Presidents Cup at Liberty National:
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: Alternates between a TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-iron and Honma TW727 U19 hybrid depending on course conditions. ... Has recorded wins this season with Srixon's Z945 and Z965 irons. ... Swapped his "ace" Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS Timeless putter for a TaylorMade TP Collection Mullen at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
JASON DAY: Added a yet-to-be-released TaylorMade P-790 long iron at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. ... One of the first players to put a set of P-750 Tour Proto irons in play. ... Iron lofts are 2 degrees strong across the board. ... Milled Grind wedges have a raw finish that allows them to rust over time. ... Switched from a red Spider Tour mallet to a white version of the mallet that was actually his backup putter from 2011.
ADAM SCOTT: SureFit loft sleeve setting on Scott's Titleist 917D2 driver is set in the A2 position, which is 1.5 degrees upright, for a draw shot shape. ... Removed 680 MB 4-iron and replaced it with a 716 T-MB 5-iron that offered additional forgiveness and helped bridge the gap to T-MB 3-iron. ... Tour-only Scotty Cameron Xperimental Prototype putter is an updated version of the high-MOI mallet he used to win the Masters.
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: PING G driver has 8.4 degrees of actual loft. ... Carries a PING G400 7-wood that offers versatility from the fairway or rough. ... Alternates between a 7-wood and G Crossover depending on layout and conditions. ... iBlade irons are a quarter-inch short of standard length. ... Has "Louis57" printed on his PING iBlade irons and Callaway wedges for the 57 he shot in 2002 at Mossel Bay, his home club in South Africa.
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: Signed with PXG last year but kept two Nike VR Pro Limited fairway woods from his time with the Swoosh. ... PXG 0311X 4-iron is more forgiving than standard 0311 model but offers less offset with a slightly wider sole. ... 0311 irons have the backs shaved off to make to the sole play thinner than the retail version. ... Custom 60-degree 0311T Milled Grind "Charl" wedge has a collection of eight weights in the toe that shifts the center of gravity.
MARC LEISHMAN: Leishman added three Callaway GBB Epic metalwoods to the bag at the beginning of the year. ... One of two PGA TOUR winners this season with a 7-wood in the bag. ... Only non-Callaway club is a 58-degree Titleist Vokey SM6 wedge.
BRANDEN GRACE: The South African has a sticker of the country's flag affixed to his Callaway X-Forged '13 irons. ... Shot 62 at The Open with two Apex UT utility irons (2 and 3) in the bag. Normally carries 3-wood instead of Apex UT 2-iron. ... Odyssey Works Jailbird Mini putter has a slightly smaller head than the original version.
SI WOO KIM: Plays a mixed set of TaylorMade P-Series irons that includes P770 (3-4) and P750 Tour Proto (5-9). ... Uses a 46-degree Titleist Vokey Design SM6 pitching wedge instead of one that matches his iron set. Kim believes the Vokey version has grooves that are better suited for the rough. ... Scotty Cameron 009M Prototype putter is made from a soft carbon steel that improves sound and feel.
JHONATTAN VEGAS: Signed an equipment deal with Mizuno in 2017 after Nike Golf exited the equipment industry last year. ... Was the first player on TOUR to use Mizuno's MP-18 irons. ... Won the RBC Canadian Open for the second year in a row with an old set of MP-4 irons that replaced his MP-18's in Canada. ... Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter is made from a high-end German Stainless Steel that's reserved for Tour-only putters.
ADAM HADWIN: Used the same Callaway equipment setup to shoot 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge and win the Valspar Championship. ... Odyssey Tank Cruiser V Line putter has been in the bag for years and features two adjustable weights in the sole, and another weight plug in the butt end of the grip that gives it a heavy, counterbalance feel for added stability.
EMILIANO GRILLO: Has rotated between Callaway's GBB Epic Sub Zero and Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond drivers this season. ... Worked extensively with Callaway Tour team in Florida during the offseason to get GBB Epic Sub Zero fairway woods (13.5 and 18 degrees) in play. ... Apex Muscleback irons have been a staple going back to before 2015 Safeway Open victory. ... Added Callaway Mack Daddy Forged wedges this season.
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: TaylorMade 2017 M2 fairway wood is the high-lofted version offering an elevated launch. ... Uses two Srixon Z U65 utility with different shafts (UST Mamiya Elements 80X and Fujikura Pro 95i X) that produce varying flights and performance. ... Nippon Tour 120X iron shafts in Srixon Z 945's are new this season. ... Cleveland wedges feature two shaft flexes: True Temper's Dynamic Gold X100 (50 and 53 degress) and S400 (59 degrees).
DUSTIN JOHNSON: Actual loft on TaylorMade M1 driver is 11 degrees. ... Has been playing Tour Preferred MB irons since they were introduced in 2014. ... First Spider Tour Black putter Johnson used in competition belonged to his brother and caddie, Austin.
JORDAN SPIETH: Switched to Aldila's NV 2KXV Blue 70X driver shaft at the Masters. ... Started using 716 AP2 irons the end of last year in Australia. ... Added 718 T-MB 3-iron during The Open victory. ... Uses three different Vokey wedge grinds (F Grind, S Grind and L Grind). ... Plays a slightly softer True Temper Project X 6.0 shaft in three of his four wedges for added feel.
JUSTIN THOMAS: Switched from Titleist's 917D3 driver to 917D2 to pick up extra forgiveness and distance. ... Plays a custom set of 718 MB irons with no offset. ... A traditional blade user for most of his life, Thomas switched to a Scotty Cameron Futura X5 Flow Neck Prototype during last year's FedExCup Playoffs. ... Has "Radar" stamped on his wedges due to his ability to get the ball near the target with regularity.
RICKIE FOWLER: Fowler's Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS Prototype putter was originally made for Tiger Woods. ... Added a Cobra King Forged CB 2-iron at the U.S. Open that was originally designed for the course conditions at The Open. ... King wedges feature a V-Grind (heel and toe relief) that's ideal for medium to firm conditions. ... King F7+ driver is on the shorter side at 43.5 inches. ... To maintain Fowler's ideal swing weight when he cut his King Forged MB irons down by a half inch, tungsten weight plugs were added to each head.
DANIEL BERGER: Was one of the first players to start using an Odyssey O-Works Red putter. ... Custom O-Works 2-Ball Prototype has a single black circle that gives it a similar look to Berger's old TaylorMade Ghost Corza putter. ... Carries three different iron models, including a single Callaway Apex Pro '16 5-iron that offers a better distance and offset transition between the game-improvement Apex CF '16 and better player MB1's.
BROOKS KOEPKA: Won the U.S. Open without an equipment contract. ... Mixed bag setup includes TaylorMade, Nike and Titleist equipment. ... Only Nike club left in the bag is a Vapor Fly Pro 3-iron. ... Added a high-lofted TaylorMade M2 3HL fairway wood to the bag that has 16.5 degrees of loft. ... Still carries a Vokey Design SM4 TVD lob wedge. ... Mizuno JPX-900 Tour irons were originally created with Koepka in mind.
KEVIN KISNER: Callaway Great Big Bertha driver has a custom 20-gram slide weight that replaced the two 10-gram weights that used to be in the back of the head. ... Callaway GBB Epic fairway wood and 58-degree Fourteen Golf wedge are the only new additions to the bag this season.
MATT KUCHAR: Has anywhere from six to seven different equipment brands in the bag. ... Scaled back the amount of forward press in his stroke, which required Bettinardi to make a new KM2 D.A.A.S. putter with new loft and offset specs (5 degrees of loft and 1 shaft worth of offset). ... Currently carries three different wedge brands (Bridgestone, Callaway and Cleveland). ... Started using a new Bridgestone prototype golf ball during the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
PATRICK REED: Has alternated drivers between Callaway's Big Bertha Alpha 816 DDD and GBB Epic Sub Zero this season ... Inserted a Titleist 716 T-MB 2-iron during the Wells Fargo Championship. ... Chose Callaway's Chrome Soft ball because he picked up 10-12 yards with it off the tee. ... Reed's Callaway's MB1 irons are the commercialized version of the company's RAZR X Muscleback that's designed for better players who prefer workability over forgiveness.
KEVIN CHAPPELL: Won the Valero Texas Open this season without an equipment contract. ... Switch to TaylorMade's M1 2017 driver and Aldila X-Torsion Copper at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational helped Chappell pick up 10 yards of carry distance. Also saw a tighter dispersion and better overall numbers with Aldila's X-Torsion Green shaft in 3- and 5-wood. ... Nike MM Proto irons Chappell used to win in San Antonio were a precursor to Vapor Pro that launched on TOUR in 2014. ... Carries 48-degree Nike Engage Square Sole wedge despite the Swoosh no longer having an equipment presence on TOUR.
CHARLEY HOFFMAN: Carries different model Titleist hybrids (915Hd/17.5 degrees and 913Hd/ 20 degrees). ... Has been known to utilize an iron setup consisting of three different models (T-MB, AP2 and MB) depending on the course setup. ... Recently returned to older set of Titleist Vokey Design SM5 wedges that have a strip of lead tape across the head. The lead tape is used for weight purposes. ... Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 Prototype mallet played a role in Hoffman's last two TOUR wins.
PHIL MICKELSON: Added Callaway's GBB Epic Sub Zero driver (9 degrees) and fairway wood (13.5 degrees) to the bag this season. ... Began inserting Epic Pro long irons (3-5) at the Greenbrier Classic. The 4-iron is unique for Mickelson as he usually does not carry one on a regular basis. ... Continues to use X Forged '13 irons (6-PW), in addition to Epic Pro. ... Was the first player to convert to Odyssey's Micohinge insert technology at the 2016 Ryder Cup. ... Mack Daddy PM Grind wedges (56, 60 and 64 degrees) were created with Mickelson's direct input.