What Golf Clubs do the Pros Use?
Not only are golf clubs the most important piece of equipment you will buy, a good set of clubs can be the difference between your game being in a sand trap or on the green.
You may wonder, which company produces the best golf clubs? The answer isn’t that simple or straightforward. However, there are a few elite brand manufacturers that the top professionals trust.
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are at the top of the game. Each uses specific golf clubs and balls that bring out the best in their game.
So, what golf clubs do the pros use? Let’s find out.
Tiger Woods is a modern day golf legend. The winner of 14 major championships between 1997 and 2008, Woods has seen it all and done it all in golf.
At one time, Woods’ name was synonymous with Nike Golf as he used the company’s clubs for years. However, the sports shoe giant discontinued its golf club line in late 2016 in an attempt to focus solely on footwear and apparel. Woods had been a Nike athlete since 1996, when he became a professional.
With Nike Golf’s clubs shelved for the 2017 golf season, Woods hooked up with TaylorMade clubs. According to some media outlets, TaylorMade is the second best club manufacturer in the world behind Titleist. Woods’ equipment may be made by TaylorMade, but the golf legend still wears Nike apparel when he hits the links. His relationship with the company remains strong despite the discontinuing of Nike Golf’s branded clubs. While Woods will no longer use Nike balls either, he has agreed to play with Bridgestone balls for the foreseeable future.
Like Woods, Rory McIlroy was a Nike Golf club and ball user for years. His Nike equipment helped him win four major championships until the company exited the golf club manufacturing game last year.
McIlroy has decided to mix and match his golf clubs rather than settle with clubs from one specific company. For 2017, McIlroy settled on using both Callaway and Titleist equipment. According to Golf Monthly, McIlroy is using the “new Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Sub Zero driver along with prototype Callaway Apex MB irons”. Meanwhile, the Northern Irishman has decided to use the Titleist ProV1x balls. When asked this year about his decision to use the Titleist balls, McIlroy confessed that the Callaway driver works well with the Titleist brand.
McIlroy doesn’t only use Callaway clubs, however. The four-time major champion adds in an Odyssey putter to the mix, giving him a golf bag of tricks that accentuate his abilities.
Jordan Spieth is in just his fifth season as a golf professional. The 23-year-old has two major tournament championships under his belt, and a large purse of winnings.
While both Woods and McIlroy were forced into using new clubs and balls in 2017, Spieth hasn’t had the same problem. Instead, Spieth is continuing to compete with Titleist clubs and balls by his side. In fact, when Spieth won the 2015 Masters, his bag was loaded with Titleist clubs that helped him take home his first green jacket. At the end of 2016, Spieth’s bag continues to contain nothing but Titleist clubs.
According to Golf Digest, Spieth finished out 2016 using the following clubs:
- Driver:Titleist 915D2 (Aldila Rogue Limited Edition Black 60TX shaft), 9.5 degrees
- 3-wood:Titleist 915F (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X shaft), 15 degrees
- Hybrid:Titleist 816H2 (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95X shaft), 21 degrees
- Irons:Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron; True Temper Project X 6.5 shaft), Titleist 716 AP2 (5-9; True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts)
- Wedges:Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46-08F and 52-08F degrees; True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts), Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (56-10S and 60-04L degrees; True Temper Project X 6.0 shafts)
- Putter:Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype (SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 grip)
- Ball:Titleist Pro V1X 2017 Prototype
Although it takes more than just clubs to win a major championship, the equipment in your bag helps greatly. No matter which how you approach your golf career, look to a golf pro school to give you an idea of what clubs to buy and use; and which to discard. It takes years to become as good as Woods, McIlroy or Spieth; but having the right clubs can help you get their quicker.
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