The clubs in your bag can have a big impact on your game. It’s important to choose equipment that fits your needs, your feel and will boost your confidence. But choosing golf equipment can be overwhelming. With so many choices on the market today how do you decide?
To help you understand some things you should consider when choosing your equipment I’m going to walk you through what’s in my golf bag and why I play with these clubs.
Keep in mind that equipment choice is subjective and very personal. The tips for choosing equipment are general but the choice you make is based on personal preference.
Everything in my bag is from Titleist, one of the most recognized brands in the industry.
Why do I play Titleist?
I like how the equipment looks. It appeals to my eye. That may sound shallow and trivial, but if you like the look of your equipment it makes you feel good, which boosts your confidence.
I like the sound my Titleist clubs make when I strike the ball. The sound from the club is very important because it provides you with feedback about your shot.
It is the sound the club makes that connects you to the feel you get when striking the ball. You can’t feel the ball. It is on the club for a split second. It is the sound that the strike of the ball makes that actually gives you the feel.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s in my bag starting with the driver and working down to the putter.
My driver is the new Titleist 913 D3. I like the feel and sound I get from this club.
The loft of my driver is 9.5 degrees because I prefer to hit the ball low. The lower the degree of loft on your club, the lower and farther your ball will go. The higher the degree of loft on your club, the higher and shorter your ball will travel.
The shaft is a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 72 gram stiff flex graphite shaft set on A-1. I chose a stiff shaft to control the trajectory of my tee shots.
My fairway wood is the 910 F with a 15 degree loft and a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue Kai’li 75 gram stiff flex graphite shaft set at A-1.
My hybrid is the 910 F #2 with a 17 degree loft and a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue Kai’li 80 gram stiff flex graphite shaft set at A-1.
All three of these clubs are set at A-1 because it promotes a slight fade on the golf ball and adds a little loft, resulting in my desired ball flight.
I like the look of these three clubs when I set the club head behind the ball. The traditional look of my driver, fairway wood and hybrid appeals to me and makes me feel confident that I will execute a quality shot every time I swing them.
The irons in my bag are the 710 models from Titleist. These irons have a very traditional look with a thin top line and very little offset.
I carry 3-iron to pitching wedge. All of my shafts are True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100. I have been using these shafts in my irons for years because I am happy with the feel and performance of the clubs.
My 3-iron is a cavity back (CB). This club allows for a little forgiveness on a less than accurate hit.
My 4-iron through pitching wedge are muscle back (MB). These clubs don’t provide room for error.
All of my clubs have extra stiff shafts to keep the trajectory of my ball lower. This fits my eye and style of play.
The two wedges currently in my bag are the Vokey SM4 Spin Milled, 56 degrees of loft and 11 degrees of bounce and 58 degrees of loft and 6 degrees of bounce.
Bounce is the angle from the leading edge to the back edge of the wedge when it is flat to the ground. The less the degree of bounce the closer the leading edge sits to the ground. The higher the degree of bounce the further the leading edge sits from the ground.
Bounce is your friend. When you hit a shot the club won’t dig making it easier to get the ball in the air. It also makes it easier to get out of bunkers.
Both of my wedges have a True Temper Wedge shaft. I like the feel and control these clubs provide.
Wedges are one of the most important clubs in your bag. They are your scoring club and are very versatile. Wedges are used to play shots around the green, from greenside bunkers and full shots from close distances.
Since wedges are likely to be the most used club in your bag, your wedge choice is very important. Find a wedge that feels great and performs for your game.
Currently my putter is a Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Mid Sur. It is a 44” long belly putter with a lie angle of 4 degrees flat. I have been using a belly putter for over 15 years. I have switched models from time to time but my specs of the length and lie angle are always the same.
With the Scotty in my bag, my confidence level is high and I make a lot of putts. The putter has a great look and sets up perfectly to make a confident roll on the ball to the hole.
Although I like the Scotty I will need to change putters soon in preparation for the ban on anchored putters.
The USGA ruling banning the use of anchored putters goes into effect in January 2016. If you play competitively in an event or post a score for handicap purposes as an amateur, you will need to abide by the ruling.
That’s what’s in my bag right now. Let me know what clubs you carry in your bag and why.