Luke Donald – What’s in the Bag
With a current FedEx ranking of 67 and only one top 10 finish this season, Luke Donald may not be the player he once was, but he remains one of our favorite WITB subjects on tour? Why? Mizuno.
Anyone that has ever hit Mizuno irons knows the buttery feel, great feedback, perfect turf interaction and has wondered why more pros don’t bag a set of Mizuno irons. Obviously the answer is that Mizuno doesn’t spend a fraction of what the big five equipment brands spend on their tour sponsorships.
Driver: 2016 TaylorMade M2 at 9.5°
Shaft: UST Mamiya Attas 6Star 6X
It is becoming a clear trend that pros with either a mixed bag, or with Srixon/Mizuno irons hits a M1 or M2 driver. These drivers test off the charts, and TaylorMade is clearly willing to drop big bucks to get their best selling clubs in as many bags as possible. The M2 is the most used driver on tour. These UST Mamiya Attas 6Star shafts are focused on providing the best feel possible for your woods. They feature constant tapering, and variable wall thickness which provides greater feel and improved feedback.
3 Wood: TaylorMade M1 at 15°
Shaft: Accra Axiv XC75
Donald bags the 2017 M1 3 wood. The biggest difference between the 2017 and 2016 M1 fairway woods is a move back to a single 25g tungsten weight rather than the 2 we saw in last season’s club. Moving the weight proved to significantly lower spin and increase ball speeds. The M1 is one of the longest, most forgiving sets of fairway woods on the market.
Mizuno JPX-EZ Hybrid at 16°
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.8HB Tour Spec X-Flex
This is one of the sneakiest clubs on the market today. Mizuno generally aren’t known for their woods, but this hybrid is essentially a high launching, short shafted, 3 wood. It’s easy to hit, and produces insane club and ball speed, resulting in more distance from tough lies. How often do you miss the fairway on a long par 4 and have to lay up? A club like this may be worth a shot.
Mizuno MP-H5 (3-iron) and Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
I have owned and tested just about every new set of irons to come out over the past decade, but bag a set of Mizuno MP-53’s I originally bought in late 2010. I love the guy that likes to point out that Donald hits Mizuno’s GI irons. The truth is that he needs that added distance to compete with guys like DJ and Day, we hacks don’t need those extra yards to compete with our playing partners. That being said, the Mizuno 900 tours are a rare GI iron that provide phenomenal feedback and workability (what else would you expect from Mizuno?). They don’t have a cavity and arguably play closer to a blade than a true GI iron.
Wedges: Mizuno T7 – 54-08, 60-08
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (54), True Temper DG Spinner (60)
Released in late 2016, the Mizuno T7 wedges made an immediate splash and the Golf Digest Gold list. Why? They are a forged set of wedges, something all major competitor avoid doing to keep their grooves sharper, longer. However, Mizuno infused their forged 1025 steel head with Boron which allows the grooves to be stronger and longer lasting. This seems like a fairly obvious solution, and one that could catch on. Personally, I would rather have the forged feel and trade in my wedges every other year than go for a cast set of wedges with the hope that I could play a $300 set of wedges for a half decade. No club in my bag has that kind of shelf life, certainly not my wedges.
Putter: Odyssey Works Versa 7H CS