It struck me the other day that I haven’t discussed, in any type of detail, what clubs and balls I carry in my bag other than comparing the performance of my irons in my reviews of the PTx and Ft. Worth 15 irons from Ben Hogan.
I always like finding out what the pros carry, which happens after they win tournaments and in “Golf” magazine in each issue. So, here’s the list:
- Driver: Taylormade R9 10.5 degrees – UST Mamiya Axiv Core PROFORCE Tour Green 65 S-Flex Shaft
- 3-Wood: Taylormade R9 15 degrees – UST PROFORCE V2 X-Flex Shaft
- 5-Wood: Taylormade R9 19 degrees – UST Mamiya Axiv Core PROFORCE Tour Green 75 S-Flex Shaft
- 4-Hybrid: Callaway X Hot 23 degrees – Project X 6.5 Shaft
- 5 iron – PW: Callaway Big Bertha Fusion – True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 (x-stiff) shafts
- Gap Wedge: Callaway Big Bertha Fusion 52 degrees – Rifle Precision 6.0 Wedge Flex
- Sand Wedge: Cleveland 588 Tour Action 56 degrees – True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex
- Lob Wedge: Callaway X-Series JAWS 60 degrees – True Temper Wedge Flex
- Putter: Nike Method Model 005 Mallet
- Ball: Titleist Pro v1 or Pro v1x
I’ve had my Callaway Fusion irons in my bag the longest out of my current equipment, which I purchased in 2007 I believe. Before these, I played the original oversized titanium Big Berthas. I got pretty good with them and really enjoyed playing with them for about 10 years, give or take. The reason I switched, besides “shiny object syndrome”, is that the better I got, the less I liked looking at oversized heads. I saw my Fusions as a natural progression from a max game improvement iron to a game improvement iron and I Really trusted Callaway irons. It took a bit of tweaking to get the shafts correct. This set came with longer than normal shafts and they were also a regular flex, which is just not good for my swing. I got fitted with the True Temper x-100’s and have never looked back.
The Driver, 3-wood, and 5-wood were purchased in about 2010 and I’m pretty happy with them. I got the sand wedge in 2009 or so, the lob wedge in about 2012, and the gap wedge about the same time. The putter was also purchased around 2010. It’s a bit of a blur.
I’m always open to newer and better clubs, but it’s hard to justify sometimes when the game isn’t all that stellar from lack of play. That, and I think these clubs remain awesome and can deliver any shot I need during a round.