Thomas Pieters What’s In the Bag for the 2017 Season?
In an effort to expand our WITB series, we are going to feature some of the brightest stars on the European Tour this season. That starts with a familiar name in the young Belgian, Thomas Pieters. Pieters was a national champion at the University of Illinois and seems to be in contention in just about every start he makes. You may already know Pieters is a member of the Callaway pro team, but let’s take a closer look at each club in his bag.
Driver: Callaway XR at 9°
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W-Series 60X
A lot has been made of whether or not the aerodynamic club head just looks great or actually serves a purpose. It does produce fractionally better club head speed than most drivers on the market, and at this point, the driver game is one of fractions. The most important factor with the XR is just how consistent it is. The club head is massive, they seemed to thin out the heel of the driver to create one of the biggest faces/sweet spots we have ever seen on a driver. The best part about the XR 16? It’s one of the top 3 or 4 driver you can find, and a new one is $200 cheaper that a GBB Epic.
3 Wood: Callaway XR at 16°
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W-Series 70X
Irons: Callaway Apex UT -- 2 Iron | Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Project X 6.5
The Callaway Apex CF irons were our staff pick for top irons released in 2016, just narrowly edging out offerings from Mizuno, Srixon, and Wilson. The Apex Pro irons Pieters hits are Callaway’s forged better player version of the CF 16’s, but include some absolutely ingenious ideas to improve their forgiveness. If you want to hit a forged club, that feels and plays like a forged club, but offers things like a lower CG on long irons that disappears as you get into your 8,9, and PW this may be just what you are looking for. I would certainly classify these as one of the top GI irons for low handicap players.
One of the things we are seeing this season is that a lot of tour players have made the move to the True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts. These are clearly a little stiff for your average golfer, but a similar shaft that won our staff’s pick this season is the XP 95 S300 from True Temper.
Wedges: PW: Callaway MD3 Milled at 48-08 with S Grind | Callaway Mack Daddy Forged at 54-10 and 58-08
Shaft: Project X 6.5 on the 48° and 54°, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 on 58°
The Callaway Mack Daddy forged wedges are a perfect pair with the Apex Pro irons Pieters hits. They have a very similar feel in that the Callaway engineers removed weight from the sole of these wedges in order to raise the CG. This results in a slightly lower flight that is consistent and easy to control.
Putter: Toulon Odyssey San Diego
The Toulon San Diego putter is one that we are finding more and more on tour. It features a pre-installed Aluminum sole plate (7g) for a total head weight of 352g. With a beautiful look, classic clean lines, and fairly reasonable price tag of $399, it’s easy to see why this putter was a Golf Digest gold medal club this year.
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X