04 Apr 2022

Masters frontrunners – What’s in the bag?

By Wynand du Bruyn, Manager and Custom Fit Specialist at Golf Superstore

As one of the most iconic events in golf and beyond, attention within the golfing fraternity is starting to turn towards the Masters Tournament this month – taking place at August National Golf Club from April 7-10.

The opening Grand Slam of the year, the Masters has been held in Georgia since 1934, with the list of winners deemed by many to be the definitive Who’s Who of professional golf. We’re going to look at some of the favourites to slip into the Green Jacket and what clubs they will be using in what promises to be a brilliant week of golf.


Jon Rahm

After a blockbuster 2021, the Spaniard will be looking to recapture his status as the world’s best player. Four top ten finishes in all of the Majors last year signal his appetite for the big occasion. He remains the man to beat.

Whats in the Bag

Driver

Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS (10.5˚ at 11.2˚; Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft)

Fairway Woods

Callaway Rogue ST LS Triple Diamond Proto (15 degrees at 14.2º; Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft) Callaway Epic Speed Sub Zero Triple Diamond T (18.1˚; Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft)

Irons

Callaway Apex TCB (4-PW, Project X 6.5 shaft)

Wedges

Callaway Jaws MD5 (60-08W, Project X 6.5 shaft) Callaway Jaws Forged (52-10, 56-12 at 55.25˚, Project X 6.5 shaft)

Putter

Odyssey White Hot OG Rossie S (2.5˚, steel stepped shaft)

 

Cameron Smith

Smith is making it harder to be overlooked after his superb Players Championship triumph. The idea of a player with a mullet being crowned Masters champion might seem crazy to American fans, but there’s definitely one corner of the golf world that believes it can happen: Australia. Smith opts for Titleist clubs in the bag, playing with a Titleist driver, 3-wood and 7-wood as well as the new Titleist Vokey Design SM9 wedges and T100 irons.

Whats in the Bag

Driver

Titleist TSi3 (10˚ A1 SureFit, Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X)

Fairway Woods

Titleist TSi2 (15˚ at 16˚ D4 SureFit, Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X)

Titleist TS2 (18º at 19 D4 SureFit, UST Elements Red 8F5 X shaft)

Irons

Titleist T100 Black (5-9, KBS Tour 130 X Custom Matte Black shaft)

Wedges

Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-08M, 60-10S, KBS Tour 130 X)

Putter

Scotty Cameron 009M Prototype putter

 


Justin Thomas

Thomas has improved each year at the Masters since debuting in 2016, including a fourth-place finish at Augusta National. With four top-10 finishes in six starts this year, he moved up to seventh in the Official World Golf Ranking.  With Major Championship season right around the corner, he hopes getting back into the winner’s circle will be worth the wait.

Whats in the Bag

Driver

Titleist TSi3 with 10 degrees of loft fitted with a Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX shaft

Fairway Woods

Titleist TS3 (15º, A1 SureFit setting, Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 85 TX shaft)

Titleist 915Fd (18º at 19.5º B3 SureFit3, Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X shaft)

Irons

Titleist T100 (4-iron), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)

Wedges

Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F at 47.5º; 52-12F at 52.5º, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)

Titleist Vokey SM8 (56-14F at 57º, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)

Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60-T at 60.5º, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)

Putter

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 Tour Prototype


Viktor Hovland

Victory at the Dubai Desert Classic means Viktor Hovland now has six worldwide career wins in just two-and-a-half years as a pro. The Norwegian beat veteran Richard Bland in a play-off to win his first Rolex Series event and second DP World Tour title to move up to third in the World Ranking. He will be a force to be reckoned with at Augusta National.

Whats in the Bag

Driver

Ping G425 LST (9˚ at 8.4º; Fujikura Speeder 661 TX shaft, 45.5”, tipped 1/2 an inch)

Fairway Woods

TaylorMade SIM (15˚, Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X)

Hybrid

Ping G425 (21º; Fujikura Ventus Blue 9 X)

Irons

Ping i59 (4-PW, KBS Tour V 120 X shaft)

Wedges

Ping Glide Forged Pro (50˚-SS, 56˚-SS, KBS Tour-V 130 X shafts)

Titleist Vokey SM8 Wedgeworks (60˚, KBS Tour-V 130 X shaft)

Putter

Ping PLD DS 72 (patina finish, 36″, 20º lie, 2.5º loft, stepped shaft)


Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges – The Wedge to use at this year’s Master Tournament

Sometimes the toughest changes are the subtlest ones, like in the SM9, where Titleist engineers added weight to the back toe to raise the club’s overall CG. In moving the CG further in front of the clubface, the SM9 produces shots with lower trajectory and greater spin, giving players more control. Titleist also overhauled its groove cutting process, tightening the spin tolerance to ensure sharper grooves and higher overall spin rates.

Vokey grinds help you manipulate bounce more precisely: the high bounce wedge grinds like the D and K grinds offer more forgiveness on your wedge shots, while the low bounce L grind helps you create shots around the green. Wedge bounce and grind improves your consistency and control over your wedge shots.

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