Brooks Koepka : What’s in the Bag
Brooks Koepka has enjoyed a fine 2016 season, with his T4 finish at the PGA Championship being a real highlight, as well as a career-best placing at a major. The 26-year old also put in some fine performances at The Masters and the U.S. Open, and certainly looks like a player to watch in the future. Let’s take a look at what’s in the bag for Brooks through the first few tournaments of 2017.
Like other Nike golfers, including McIlroy and Woods, following Nike’s announcement that they will no longer produce golf equipment, Koepka has begun the process of swapping out his Nike clubs with other brands. With that in mind, Koepka’s bag contains one or two surprises.
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 70TX
This is not the surprise we promised. Koepka joined the long list of golfers currently bagging either the M2 or M1. It’s way too early in the season to do an in-depth comparison of his driving stats with each club, but it looks good: Koepka is currently 8th in driving distance and 16th in accuracy, compared to last season’s rankings of 19th and 31st respectively. Brooks is a great driver, and the M2 was our highest rated driver of 2016, so this is a marriage that will probably work.
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 80TX
Just like the driver, Nike’s Vapor Fly fairway woods offer HyperFlight technology to guarantee impressive ball speeds and plenty of forgiveness. These clubs are well-suited to players with inconsistent swings and can be truly lethal in the hands of a pro like Koepka. Nike also equipped these woods with Flybeam structures to ensure that all of the energy of your swing gathers in the face to provide the strongest possible hits.
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
There it is, one of our favorite WITB updates of 2016. If you are a true Golf Tribune reader, there is a chance you hit these irons as well. We have long said that money keeps the pros from bagging some of the world’s best irons which I believe come out from Mizuno and Srixon. I’m sure Brooks is getting some sort of kick-back here, but I like to believe he just tested a ton of irons and preferred the JPX-900’s. You can find our complete review of these clubs here.
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (48), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52, 56, 60)
We are starting to get the feeling that Koepka just did a Google search for best clubs of 2016, found a list we created, and Frankensteined a bag together. Not only is he hitting our number one driver, number two irons, and number one wedges, but I wrote in our Vokey SM5 review that I prefer the SM4 when you get up to the 60. We compared both generations and everyone in our group was in agreement that the 60 gets a little too spinny.
Koepka has enjoyed using a few different specially-made prototype Nike putters over the years. His latest club of choice has a B2 head shape and a Method Matter insert. Similar putters can be found for around $50. Koepka’s putting was one of his strong suits at various events throughout the 2016 season, so there has naturally been a lot of interest in this particular item.
Sticking with Nike, Koepka chooses the relatively soft Platinum variant of the brand’s RZN Tour Dot range. With a bit of extra spin that is perfect for approach shots, this ball completes Koepka’s 2016 bag.