When talking about golf, both amateurs and professionals alike will tell you that a single piece of equipment can be the difference between failure and success. It’s what makes our what’s in the bag series so darn popular… Golfers all around the world are constantly on the hunt for the latest addition to their bags that can improve their game and give them a better chance of tasting victory. New technological innovations like GPS watches are becoming more popular, but the best way to boost your game is by using the right clubs to suit your swing.
A good set of clubs can make all the difference on the green and successful professional players like Zach Johnson and Jordan Spieth will swear by the clubs they use. These top-ranked American golfers have enjoyed plenty of success lately, with Johnson winning the 2015 Open Championship (or British Open) and Spieth tasting victory at the 2015 US Open. Today, let’s take a look at what these two golfers had in their bags during their respective runs to glory. The clubs they use might not necessarily be suited to your own individual game, but it’s always interesting to see what the pros make use of in the top-tier tournaments.
What Clubs Did Zach Johnson Use at The Open Championship?
Let’s begin with Zach Johnson, victor of the 2015 Open Championship after a playoff against the South African Louis Oosthuizen and the Australian Marc Leishman. Naturally, a championship as famous as the British Open comes with a lot of pressure for the players and Johnson chose a set of reliable and effective clubs to lead him to glory.
Some professional players would say that the putter is the most important part of a set of clubs, and Johnson made use of a SeeMore FGP for his Open title. This particular putter has been associated with Johnson for a good number of years. In fact, he’s been using it since 2001 and has clearly got to know every aspect of this putter over the years. Going for a putt that can win you a championship is evidently a stressful moment and Johnson clearly has a lot of faith in his reliable SeeMore FGP.
Interestingly enough, he did actually make a switch to a Scotty Cameron putter, specifically the X5R developed by Titleist, for a single event in March but immediately reverted to his tried and true SeeMore. It’s clearly a putter that Johnson feels comfortable with and for good reason, with the club helping him to several successful puts throughout the championship, especially in the early stages of the playoff. The rest of Johnson’s bag was exclusively filled with gear from Titleist.
He made use of a Pro V1x ball, a 913D2 driver (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73x at 8.5 degrees), a 914Fd 3-wood (15 degrees), and a 913F 4-wood (17 degrees). His choice of irons was the 712U (3), AP1 712 (4) and AP2 714 (5-9). For the wedges, Johnson used a Vokey SM4 (54 degrees) and a Vokey prototype (60 degrees).
What Clubs Did Jordan Spieth Use at the US Open?
Meanwhile, for his 2015 US Open Championship victory, Jordan Spieth made use of his own particular set of clubs. The 21-year old clearly has a bright future ahead of him in the game and his victory was a special moment for fans all around the world. His victory broke records as he became the youngest player to win the US Open in almost a century and the youngest player ever to win that tournament and the Masters in the same year.
His incredible natural talent clearly took him to the championship, but a good set of clubs helped him on the way. For his putter, Spieth chose a Scotty Cameron 009 prototype, an evidently reliable club that helped him to a memorable victory. Several critical putts were made simpler by the use of this excellent Scotty Cameron and Spieth will probably be seen using the same putter for future tournaments. In a similar manner to Johnson, Spieth has used the same putter for several years now. Since his junior playing days, Spieth hasn’t deviated from the Scotty Cameron 009 prototype and his putting was certainly commendable throughout the Open.
The young American also makes use of various clubs from the Titleist brand, clearly a mark that is trued by the professionals. His bag was filled with Titelist 714 AP2 irons and also contained a 915D2 driver with an Aldila Rogue Black 60 TX shaft (9.5 degrees). In addition to this, Spieth made use of a Titeist 915F fairway metal with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X shaft (15.0 degrees), a 712U 3-iron with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 graphite shaft, and an AP2 714 (4-9) set of irons with True Temper PX 6.0 shafts. His choice of wedges was as follows: Vokey Design SM5 pitching (46), gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60), all with True Temper PX 6.0 shafts.
While you aren’t going to win a golf major by swinging these guys clubs, I do find it gives me a piece of mind to know that my game isn’t being hampered by my clubs.