From the big dog to the short stick we take a look at how the brands stood up when it came to winning events on the DP World Tour in 2023.
Off the tee Callaway’s Paradym Triple Diamond has bagged the most wins on the DP World Tour in 2023. From Jon Rahm’s major moment at Augusta to Nicolai Højgaard’s victory last month at the DP World Tour Championship, the Triple Diamond has helped players with high ball speeds optimise their spin rates and launch. We said in January this would be a tough driver to beat on Tour but it was the narrowest of victories over PING and Titleist.
Fairway metals are an area Tour players tend to mix and match, as they are not always linked to a manufacturer’s sponsorship deal. Many players will tend to stay with their main manufacturer though we have seen players mixing things up by opting for the TaylorMade Stealth 2 fairway metal. Wyndam Clark won the US Open with a full bag of Titleist hardware except his three wood which was a 15 degree TaylorMade Stealth 2.
Tour players select irons based on consistency, feel and distance control, unlike amateurs that seek forgiveness and extra distance. Which is why we were not surprised to see a single manufacturer run away with the class. Staff players will mostly use their sponsor’s premium tour style iron and dial them in accordingly. Which is why Callaway; Titleist and PING all performed well in this class.
Wedges are probably the most important clubs in the bag for a Tour professional, as these are the clubs that put them in the scoring zone and bail them out of trouble when things go wrong. It’s also the club some well known players tend to exclude from manufacturer sponsorship deals. So it was not a shock to see Titleist’s Vokey design wedges lead this category. Though the number of Callaway staff players that put the Jaws wedges in play meant Vokey did not totally dominate.
This year there was a clear winner when it came to the ‘money club’. Odyssey sunk more winning putts than any other brand on the DP World Tour. At the Masters, Rahm won a Rossie S and Clarke secured his first Major with a Jailbird Versa model. Ping were second and their staff player Adrian Meronk not only managed to secure two victories this year thanks to his Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch putter, but also to landed that number one PGA TOUR card spot.