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Thursday, October 19, 2017

So What's in YOUR Golf Bag?

Golf Digest, as usual, posted an article outlining what equipment the past week's PGA Tour winner was carrying. This week's article concerned CIMB winner Pat Perez, and the list piqued my interest.

Pat Perez in Kuala Lumpur

You'll probably enjoy the short article simply because PXG founder Bob Parsons tells how he and Pat got hooked up. But it was the equipment list itself that really made me stop and think.
  • Ball: Titleist Pro V1
  • Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (Mitsubishi Tensei Pro White 70 TX), 9.5 degrees
  • 3-wood: PXG 0317, 15 degrees
  • Hybrid: PXG 0317X, 19 degrees
  • Irons (3-4): PXG 0311XF; (5-PW): PXG 0311
  • Wedges: PXG 0311T (52, 60 degrees)
  • Putter: PXG Gunboat (a mallet putter, described in detail in the article)
Now, here's what caught my attention. Obviously the ball and driver are the ones he was using originally. And like everything else Pat does, he went "whole hog" and changed every other club to PXG. But let's think about this for a moment...

Pat has only been back from shoulder surgery for around a year. He has changed every club in his bag, except for his driver. Yet, unlike other players who make equipment changes, this complete overhaul doesn't seem to have hurt his game one little bit!

Given that Lydia Ko also changed to PXG but seems to have struggled to adapt, much as Rory did when he changed to Nike back in 2013 and as other players who change clubs seem to do, I have to wonder if Pat simply approaches his equipment with a different attitude from other players.

Perhaps he doesn't experiment as much with his clubs; perhaps he doesn't make drastic changes, in hopes of finding some new weapon; perhaps he simply sticks with what he knows has worked for him in the past. I don't know.

What I do know is that Pat has a pretty traditional setup -- two woods, one hybrid, seven irons, three wedges and a putter -- and he's pretty successful with it. Next time you go shopping for clubs, perhaps you should avoid dramatic changes to your current setup unless you know your game has changed enough to make the change worthwhile.

It's worth thinking about.

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