June 18, 2015

What You Can Learn From The Clubs Rickie Fowler Used To Win The Players

In what many have called the most thrilling finish to a Player’s Championship ever, Rickie Fowler played the testing last 6 holes at TPC Sawgrass in -6 and then went on to win a playoff against Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner. It was only appropriate that he won the tournament on the iconic 17th hole, by hitting a phenomenal wedge shot to 5ft.

Here’s a video replay…

Let’s take a closer look at his bag and the various tweaks he’s made to his club setup in order to get the most out of his game.

Driver: Cobra Fly Z+ (10.5 degrees, Orange)
Shaft: Matrix Prototype 70X
Weight Setting: Forward

3 Wood: Cobra Fly Z+ (14 Degrees, Orange)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 70X

5 Wood: Cobra Bio Cell+ (18.5, Orange)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 70X

Irons: Cobra Fly-Z Pro MB (4-9)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Cobra Tour Trusty (47-08, 51-08, 57-08, 62-08)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 125 S+ (47, 51), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (57, 62)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype

Some interesting observations:
He uses a 10.5 degree driver – remember that your driver loft is such a personal metric, you’re trying to hit optimal spin and launch angle numbers so that you get maximum distance. Most people play a driver that features too little loft.

5 Wood over 3 irons – we’ve said this before, as hybrids and fairway woods become easier to adjust, more forgiving and shaft options increase to suit your swing specs, you can find the perfect 3 iron replacement. If you’re an amateur golfer, stop making your life difficult. Ditch the 3 iron.

Iron shafts – Rickie uses the KBS C-Taper shafts. This is a shaft we stock and regularly recommend to players who want a slightly more penetrating ball flight. The great thing about KBS shafts is that they come in a variety of flexes, weights and kick points. Which allows you to find the shaft that gives you optimal performance. We can measure all of this on a flight simulator. He also plays DG S400 shafts in two of his wedges. This could be for a combination of ideal weight, spin and feel on shorter shots where he’s not making full swings.

Wedge gaps – As you can see Rickie uses ‘unconventional’ wedge lofts. This will be based on distance gaps and the variety of shots he wants to hit around the greens. Don’t just grab the first SW or LW you see on the rack. By doing some gap testing with us you’ll be able to measure effectively whether your wedges cater to your needs and the shots you need to play inside 100m. There’s a reason they call them the scoring clubs.

If you have any questions about your clubs or golf clubs in general don’t hesitate to give us a call. You’re also welcome to visit us in the shop at any time. We want to make sure you’re clubs are helping you play your best. We have a wide variety of demo shafts, club heads and even putters for you to try out and compare to your existing set on our launch monitors.

Cheers

Warren Lake
Managing Director, Golf Science