Which Golf Clubs Are Really Worthy of the Pros?

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If you’re an avid golfer and an equipment junkie, you likely keep an eye on what equipment professional golfers have in their bags. With so many brands and contract details, it's difficult to keep up with who’s playing what on the PGA and LPGA tours. Let’s take a look at the club brands that are the most popular and determine which golf clubs are really worthy of the pros.

Which Golf Clubs are Used by the Pros

We examined the bags of the top 50 men and women tour professionals and found that 29 percent of the most elite golfers in the world use  Titleist golf clubs , more than any other brand. PING is the next most-popular brand, gamed by a combined 18 percent of elite tour professionals. Here's the complete breakdown of which golf clubs the top 50 men and women players in the world use.

Professional Equipment Contracts

The top golfers in the world are highly sought after by equipment manufacturers. Marketing touring pros who have won majors and other events while using  your  clubs drives the equipment business more than anything else. From the player’s perspective, equipment contracts can be highly lucrative, especially if you’re a top 50 player. The absolute best players can use their world ranking as financial leverage when negotiating these contracts.

The best players in the world typically sign multi-year eqiupment agreements, with the financials being determined by a combination of their current status as well as a projection of where they’re headed. Players who are further down the world ranking typically sign shorter endorsement deals and occasionally go with year-to-year contracts.

Golf equipment contracts can be structured in numerous ways. Here are three of the most popular:

  • Full bag agreement: A player agrees to play an entire bag of equipment from a single manufacturer.
  • Full bag agreement with 1-2 exceptions: This type of agreement allows the player to use most of one manufacturer’s equipment, but can play one or two clubs from another. Players often use this exception to emply a putter and/or a driver, fairway wood, or hybrid of another company.
  • Partial bag: A player can agree to play, for example, only irons from a manufacturer while playing woods and a putter from another.

Not all PGA and LPGA Tour professionals have equipment contracts. Depending on the opinion of each professional, equipment contracts might not be lucrative enough to sway the individual player from choosing which clubs make up their bag.

Professional Equipment vs Amateur Equipment

With all of this equipment talk, you might be wondering what the difference is between the clubs that amateurs use and the ones professionals use. Here’s a quick breakdown of what makes them different.  

Amateur Clubs

The average amateur golfer uses some sort of game improvement irons . This usually means larger heads on irons with more offset. Drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and wedges, are more likely to be the same models used by tour professionals, but without the exact dialed-in specs that a tour pro demands.

Another big difference is that amateur players are more likely to have a stock shaft in their clubs. These are shafts that are provided by the manufacturer as the main option at retail.

Professional Clubs

Golf clubs that are in a professional’s bag are typically looked over one-by-one to ensure that each club has a precise loft, lie, and length, and is free of any potential imperfections. All manufacturers have trailers on-site at professional events to ensure its sponsored players have everything they need to succeed.

Professional golfers usually play blade and muscle back irons with little to no offset, because their skill set doesn't require the additional forgiveness that amateurs need. Professionals also play lower spinning drivers and sometimes will have special one-off putters that are not available to the public.

Top Brands on PGA Tour

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To determine which golf club brands are the most popular among the best players in the world, we looked at the equipment of the top 50 golfers on the PGA and LPGA Tours. Let's start with what we found among the best PGA Tour Players.

Top Titleist Players

  • Cameron Smith
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Justin Thomas
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Will Zalatoris

Top PING Players

  • Viktor Hovland
  • Matt Fitzpatrick
  • Joaquin Niemann

Top TaylorMade Players

  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Dustin Johnson

Top Callaway Players

  • Xander Schauffele
  • Abraham Ancer
  • Kevin Kisner

Srixon/Cleveland

Top Srixon/Cleveland Players

  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Shane Lowry

Top PXG Players

  • Jason Kokrak
  • Patrick Reed

Top Cobra Players

  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Despite being a more boutique company, Bettinardi has two staff players in Matt Fitzpatrick and Jason Kokrak
  • Hideki Matsuyama often mixes in clubs from TaylorMade, Wilson, and Cobra to go along with his Srixon contract
  • Shane Lowry plays TaylorMade fairway woods and an Odyssey putter along with his Srixon contract
  • Despite splitting with PXG, Patrick Reed continues to play some of its clubs along with irons from specialty manufacturer, grindworks USA

Top Brands on LPGA Tour

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We looked at the top 50 LPGA Tour players and found out which companies have the most clubs in play.

  • Jin Young Ko
  • Nelly Korda
  • Hyo-Joo Kim
  • Jessica Korda
  • Min Ji Park
  • Atthaya Thitikul
  • Georgia Hall
  • Brooke Henderson
  • Jennifer Kupcho
  • In-Gee Chun
  • Celine Boutier
  • Mina Harigae

Srixon/Cleveland/XXIO

Top Srixon/Cleveland/XXIO Players

  • Nasa Hataoka
  • In Bee Park
  • Hannah Green
  • Charley Hull
  • He Jeong Lim

Top Mizuno Players

  • Sei-Young Kim
  • Jun Young Ko, despite being the top ranked player, does not have an equipment contract. She uses clubs from Titleist, Callaway, Bridgestone, and PING
  • Cobra’s only sponsored player in the top 50 is Lexi Thompson
  • Lydia Ko parted ways with PXG but still uses numerous clubs from the manufacturer
  • In Bee Park uses a mix of Srixon, Cleveland, and XXIO clubs which are all under the same ownership of Dunlop

It should come as no surprise that the top 50 players on both the men’s and women’s side of golf are playing brands that are very familiar. Titleist, PING, Callaway, TaylorMade, and others are well-represented. What might be surprising is that professional players take advantage of having a bag setup that suits their games while also abiding by their equipment contracts. As time goes on, will equipment contracts become less common? As long as manufacturers continue making clubs worthy of the pros, there will be plenty of room for negotiation.

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What Golf Clubs Pro Golfers Use [Ultimate Study]

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Golf enthusiasts are often curious about the “behind the story” of golfers’ success. They try to find out what the experts use, how they lead their life, how they practice, and many more. We are one of those who are looking forward to finding out what golf clubs they use. 

Top-level golfers invest heavily in their equipment, with some spending tens of thousands of dollars annually on the latest gear. There are thousands of club models of several top brands available in the market, and it is hard to choose from them. When we search for the best golf clubs , experts have different opinions. They have their perception of them. But it gets complicated at times to choose based on multiple opinions. So then had questions like, “What clubs do the professionals use?” 

When we searched for the answers, we found people were asking such questions too. And there were hardly any proper answers. So, we designed this article to provide you with such answers. We have analyzed the golf clubs the top 100 PGA Tour golfers used over the past four years. Our research includes data on the brands and models of clubs, the frequency of club changes, and the reasons behind these changes.

We spent hours collecting and analyzing the data and constantly updated the article to keep you updated with the latest trends. By analyzing this data, we aim to provide valuable insights into the preferences of the best golfers in the world and help amateur golfers make informed decisions when selecting their clubs. So, let’s crack the code and explore the world of golf clubs used by the top 100 PGA Tour golfers.

Table of Content

Methodology

Chapter 1: the golf drivers, chapter 2: the golf irons, chapter 3: the fairway woods, chapter 4: the golf wedges , chapter 5: the golf putter, chapter 6: the golf balls, chapter 7: findings summary, recommendations , concluding remarks.

We have collected data from several reliable sources over the internet and accumulated them in a sheet to sort them properly. And then, we analyzed the data and found answers to the earlier queries. Furthermore, we have verified the data and crossmatched it to be very sure about our findings. 

Sample of the study 

Every year, there are several tournaments organized worldwide. And different players win them. But we took the top 100 ranked golfers of 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019, according to the PGA Tour Ranking , and collected data regarding what’s in their bag; you have a better overview of the findings and interpret them to the best. 

Demographics of the sample

Reports from the National Golf Foundation suggest that 77% of the golfers are male, so we primarily conducted our research on male golfers. Unfortunately, we don’t have any lady golfers in our sample of this research. But we are planning to include them in our future projects. 

What is the average age of top-ranked professional golfers? 

The average age of the top 100 pro golfers was 32 in 2022. However, as per our research, 38.7% of golfers were aged between 26 and 30. Meanwhile, 14.5% of the golfers were under 25, 16.1% were between 31 and 35, 17.7% were between 36 and 40, and the remaining 12.9% were above 40.

Golf is accessible to people of all ages, as evidenced. 

The research data indicates that golf is a sport that individuals of varying age groups can enjoy and compete at the top level. It reveals that golfers aged 20 to 50 participate in competitive golf tournaments. However, the age group of 26 to 30 years had the maximum number of golfers; the other age groups were just slightly behind.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that golf is a sport that requires physical and mental skills. The physical aspect of golf involves a lot of walking and swinging, which can help improve cardiovascular health and muscle strength. Meanwhile, the mental aspect of golf requires focus, patience, and strategic thinking. Therefore, golf can provide a holistic approach to improving physical and mental well-being.

Drivers play the most crucial role in a round of golf, especially in a par five-hole or more. It helps you get a good start by covering a healthy distance. Top golfers were found carrying at least one driver in their golf bags. And they are very concerned about choosing their driver. They prefer to use the latest technologically advanced golf clubs. Here are some significant findings of their golf driver. 

What is the most popular brand of golf drivers? 

Our recent study of the top 100 professional golfers found that Titleist has maintained its position as the most popular brand among professional golfers, with 29% of users. This slightly increased from our previous study in 2021, where Titleist had 27% of users.

Titleist, Callaway, and TaylorMade are still the most popular golf driver brands among golfers in 2022. However, the popularity ranking has shifted slightly compared to our previous study. Callaway comes in second with 23%, a slight increase from 21% in the previous year.

On the other hand, TaylorMade has seen a decrease in popularity, with only 18% of users compared to 21% in the previous year. The remaining 30% of professional golfers use a variety of other brands, including Ping, Cobra, and Mizuno.

Now you know the top brands and how they performed in 2022 compared to 2021. But we collected the data for the last four years for a better view. The following graph illustrates the highs and lows of brand popularity over the last four years. 

Titleist has emerged as the most popular brand among professional golfers in 2022, surpassing TaylorMade, Callaway, and others in 2019, 2020, and 2021. In contrast, Callaway’s popularity declined after their Epic series drivers failed to impress golfers. Titleist’s TSi series drivers, specifically TSR3 and TSi3, with their ultra-low spin performance, remarkable ball speed, and distance coverage, have gained popularity in 2021 and 2022, especially among golfers with moderate swings. 

The study shows that the golf equipment market is dynamic, and manufacturers must continuously innovate and adapt to remain competitive. And our next section will discuss the models. 

What is the most popular golf driver? 

Callaway Rogue ST and TaylorMade Stealth Plus

Our latest research on the most popular golf drivers shows that the Callaway Rogue ST, TaylorMade Stealth Plus, and Titleist TSi3 are the top three models, with 16% of professional golfers using the Rogue ST and an equal number of users belonging to Stealth Plus.

In comparison, Titleist users are divided across 3-4 different models. Additionally, the PING G425 has 13% of users, indicating its growing popularity among pro golfers.

The Callaway Rogue ST driver is known for its high MOI and low center of gravity, providing maximum forgiveness and control to the players. It features Jailbreak Technology, like the previous Epic and Mavrik series, which increases the ball speed, making it a top choice for pro golfers looking to maximize their distance and accuracy. The Rogue ST model was trendy for its deep blue color scheme that stands out on the course.

On the other hand, the TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver has a more prominent sweet spot, enabling players to hit longer drives even if they don’t hit the ball with the center of the clubface. The Stealth Plus model features a pear-shaped head that is visually appealing to many players, and its matte black finish gives it a sleek and professional look. The driver also provides the right combination of speed, accuracy, and distance, a critical factor in making it a top choice among pro golfers.

The Titleist TSi3 driver was the most popular golf driver in 2021. It was known for its adjustable features, enabling players to fine-tune the driver according to their unique swing preferences. It allows players to adjust loft and lie angles, giving them ultimate control over their shots.

Interestingly, these top-performing models are not limited to a single brand, with Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist each offering popular models well-received by professional golfers. The increasing popularity of these models may be attributed to their advanced technology and performance benefits, making them a wise investment for golfers looking to improve their game.

Now we know the top brands and models of golf drivers in recent years. But we must determine how often they change their clubs and how that impacts their play. 

How often do professional golfers change golf drivers?

Our study found that most golfers change their driver almost every year or two. Specifically, 58% of golfers changed their golf drivers in 2021 from 2020. And more than 40% of golfers changed it in 2020 from 2019. So, they change their golf drivers annually and switch to the latest clubs. 

So why are professional golfers choosing these particular brands and models? One reason is the advanced technology that these brands incorporate into their drivers. Advanced materials and innovative design allow golfers to achieve longer distances, greater accuracy, and more control over their shots.

Another factor is the adjustability and customization options offered by these brands. Golfers can fine-tune their drivers to match their swing and playing style, enabling them to achieve the desired level of performance on the course.

Golf club manufacturers are introducing beneficial features that professional golfers find helpful. Not just the club heads, they change the shafts too. And in most cases, it helped them improve their performance. Changes in clubs and shafts are not the only criteria for identifying individual performance graphs.  

Most Popular Shaft brand

In our study, we found that Fujikura has overtaken Mitsubishi as the most popular brand for golf driver shafts. This trend was reflected in the usage of pro golfers, with 34% using Fujikura and 25% using Mitsubishi. The remaining percentage was split among other brands like Project X, Graphite design, and others.

There was hardly any competition for Mitsubishi for driver shafts. For the last three years, our data of the top 100 golfers in 2021 showed that more than 36% of top golfers use Mitsubishi shafts for their drivers. 

So, why are pro golfers switching to Fujikura from Mitsubishi in 2022? One reason could be the launch of the Ventus shaft, which has received rave reviews and has been used by some top-ranked players. Another reason could be the focus on ball speed and increased distance, crucial for success in modern-day golf.

One of the primary reasons for their success is their numerous models. We found about 50 different models of shafts used within our sample. And that illustrates the difference in the number of users is insignificant. These models also offer several flex choices. And here is the most favorite model. 

Most Popular Shaft model

Fujikara Ventus and Speeder

Pro golfers are choosing Fujikura’s Ventus and Speeder models for their stability, consistency, increased ball speed, and low spin, which are essential for success in modern-day golf. So, if you want to improve your golf game, consider the Fujikura brand for your golf driver shaft.

Let’s analyze the top two brands and their models of shafts for a golf driver. Mitsubishi has been a top choice for many years and has models like Tensei CK Pro and Kuro Kage that have been popular among pro golfers. Tensei CK Pro is designed to provide stability, consistency, and control, and it is an excellent choice for those who want to optimize their launch and spin.

On the other hand, Kuro Kage offers increased stability and control with a higher launch and lower spin. It’s designed for golfers who want to hit a straight ball flight with a high launch angle.

While Fujikura has gained popularity recently with its Ventus and Speeder models. The Ventus shaft is known for its stability, consistency, and increased ball speed, which makes it a top choice for pro golfers. The Speeder shaft is designed to reduce spin and increase distance, and it has a low torque, which makes it perfect for players with a quick swing.

Unlike drivers, golfers carry more than one iron in their bag. To be specific, they carry a minimum of 5 pieces of irons. Because not all irons deliver the same result, golfers carry them to have the best iron for any situation. And that makes our study more enjoyable. Why? Have a look at what we found in our study. 

What is the most popular brand of golf irons? 

Titleist was the most popular brand of golf irons among top-ranked pro golfers in 2022. In our study, 25.5% of golfers have Titleist irons. Callaway and PING follow closely, with 19.1% and 15.9% users, respectively. 

Regarding the shift in popularity between brands, golfers continuously seek better performance from their clubs. In 2022, Titleist took over Callaway’s position with their irons, indicating that they have successfully introduced new and improved products that have caught the attention of top golfers.

Comparing this data with 2021, we can see that Callaway had the top golfers using their golf irons in 2021, but Titleist has overtaken them. The competition between brands for irons has been intense, with narrow margins between Ping, Titleist, and TaylorMade. However, these brands have very marginal differences when considering consistency over the last four years.

Looking specifically at the Callaway brand, they have had a strong position in the iron market for the last three years. The Callaway Apex series of irons has held a share of more than 20%, making it a popular choice among pro golfers. TaylorMade also had a good year in 2020 with their P760 series irons, which about 24% of top golfers used. 

What are the most popular golf irons? 

Callaway Apex TCB series irons were the most popular golf irons in 2022, with 33.3% of Callaway users. Which was 8.51% of the total sample. Titleist T100 and T200 were the nearest competitors, with 8.5% and 7.4% users. The competition was intense here. 

Callaway launched their Apex series, Irons, back in 2013. After that, they often include new models in this series for several years. The TCB is their latest addition. It is designed for forged performance, shot-making, accuracy, and control. As a result, golfers have recently switched to this club.

The Callaway Apex TCB irons are highly regarded among golfers and industry experts. They are designed for the more skilled player who values precision and workability, offering a classic look and feel with a modern twist. The Apex TCB irons are forged from high-grade materials, giving them a soft feel and incredible responsiveness on the course.  

The Titleist T100 and T200 irons are highly praised for their exceptional feel and precision, as well as their forgiveness and playability. The T100 model is designed for more skilled golfers who value precision and control, while the T200 model offers more forgiveness and distance for players looking to improve their game.

How often do professional golfers change golf irons?

According to our survey over the last four years, on average, professional golfers change their irons every year or two. However, this can vary depending on the golfer and their preferences. Some golfers may change their irons more frequently, while others may stick with the same set longer. 

One of the main reasons why professional golfers change their irons is to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. Golf club manufacturers are constantly introducing new models with improved technology and features to help golfers hit the ball farther and more accurately. Professional golfers are always looking for an edge, and changing to the latest and most fantastic irons can give them that edge.

Another reason professional golfers change their irons is to adjust their ball flight and trajectory. Golfers may change their irons to improve their distance, accuracy, or ball flight. They may also change their irons’ weight, loft, or shaft to suit their swing and playing style better.

Finally, some professional golfers may change their irons simply because they are worn out or damaged. The amount of wear and tear that professional golfers put on their equipment is significant; eventually, even the best golf clubs will need to be replaced.

True Temper is the most popular shaft brand among pro golfers, with 55.81% of golfers using it. Interestingly, golfers use different shaft brands and models for different clubs. This may be because each club requires a specific shaft type to optimize its performance.

True Temper is a well-known brand in the golf industry, and its shafts are known for their consistency, feel, and performance. Dynamic Gold, in particular, is a popular choice among golfers who prefer a heavier shaft with low launch and spin. On the other hand, Project X is known for its stability and consistency, making it a good choice for golfers who want to reduce their shot dispersion.

KBS and Nippon also have a reputation for producing high-quality shafts that cater to the different needs of golfers. KBS shafts are known for their balance, feel, and control, while Nippon shafts are famous for their lightweight design and high launch characteristics.

Dynamic Gold and Project X from True Temper are among the most popular shaft models. Dynamic Gold from True Temper takes the lead, with 38.37% of pro golfers using it, while Project X from the same brand has 17.4% of users. KBS and Nippon have a fair market share with 17.44% and 11.63% users, respectively. 

Fairway woods are one of the most versatile golf clubs with unique features and technologies. It helps golfers hit long and high from the tee and chip the ball from the rough or short grass.

Unfortunately, such versatility makes the fairway woods complicated and tricky to find the best one that serves your purpose. 

What is the most popular brand of golf fairway woods? 

Our research showed 38.29% of the top 100 PGA tour golfers TaylorMade woods in 2022. Titleist and Callaway are other well-known brands that have gained popularity among golfers. With 22.34% of the top golfers using these brands on each, the brand has a significant presence in the golfing world.

In 2021, TaylorMade was the most popular brand of fairway woods . But the other brands were close. For example, both Callaway and Titleist are selected by 22% of the top golfers, whereas 31% of golfers choose TaylorMade. We saw the same trend in 2022 as well.  

Not just in 2021, TaylorMade had the maximum user in 2020 and 2019 too. But if we look into the models of fairway woods used by top golfers, we found the Callaway epic series woods being selected most times over the years.  

For the last four years, our data show that over 33% of top golfers use Mitsubishi shafts for their fairway woods among the top 100 golfers. There are only Mitsubishi shafts for fairway woods used by most professional golfers. Fujikara was the closest in 2022. One of the primary reasons for Mitsubishi’s success is its numerous models of shafts. We found several models of shafts used in our sample. And here is the most favorite model. 

Mitsubishi Diamana series shafts

Most golfers use the Diamana series shafts with their drivers. The Graphite design tour AD series has the most significant number of users among the top 100 ranked golfers. We found about 50 different models of shafts used by our sample. And that illustrates the difference in the number of users is insignificant.

Wedges are a subset of golf irons but feature higher lofts, heavier clubheads, and shorter shafts. Sometimes they are very effective at playing challenging shots, especially when you are in trouble, like bunkers or roughs. There are four types of wedges available in the market. 

However, do you know, Out of 14 clubs, how many wedges do pro golfers carry in their golf bags? Think about it. We will share our findings by the end of this chapter. 

How often do professional golfers change golf wedges?

Wedges are one of a kind that pro golfers hardly change often. Our study shows that top golfers change their wedge models or brands once in 4-5 years. Our research also illustrates that less than 5% of golfers change their wedges regularly. 

So, it can be very beneficial for golf club manufacturers to make their mark on golfers’ minds with their top-quality golf wedges. Let’s find out which brand models are favorites of the top 100 golfers.  v

What is the most popular brand of golf wedges? 

For wedges, most pro golfers prefer Titleist golf clubs over other brands. And the number of people loving this brand was enormous. In 2022, over 40% of top golfers used Titleist Wedges. More specifically, all of them were using Vokey. Callaway was the second in the competition, with just 18% of users, and PING had 17%. That’s less than half of what Titleist achieved. There are no better alternatives to the Titleist Wedges. 

Not just in 2022, In 2021, 35% of top golfers chose Titleist, it is the most popular golf wedge brand among top PGA golfers, whereas the second-best brand Callaway had only 17% of users. 

The Titleist golf wedges look unique and are certainly a feature that golfers consider before buying a golf wedge. But the best thing the Titleist golf wedges provide is the bounce, spin, and consistency of over-controlled swings. These features are very effective for a wedge, especially a sand wedge and lob wedge. Let’s find out the most popular model of golf wedge first before going deep about the reason for Titleist success. 

What are the most popular golf wedges? 

Titleist Vokey Design

Pro golfers’ top 3 picks for golf wedges are Titleist Vokey Design, TaylorMade Milled Grind, and Callaway Mack Daddy. In our study, this model of golf wedge is leading the chart. It looks great and offers impressive performance. 

Most golfers love its accuracy, loft, and distance. It is also versatile, with six different grinds customization options. These grinds give golfers plenty of options for aligning selection with purpose, swing type, and typical turf conditions. This is one of the most compelling reasons why most tour golfers choose this model.  

But there are 4 different golf clubs, and most golfers carry at least three of them in their bags. And among those three, Sand wedge and Lob wedge is typical in almost all golfers’ choices. 

Most Popular Shaft brand,

True Temper,

Over 70% of the top golfers use True Temper wedge shafts. Our study found 5 different brands of wedge shafts selected by the top 100 golfers. Almost three-quarters of them prefer True Temper wedge shafts with their golf wedges. However, regardless of which wedges golfers choose, they love using it with the True Temper shaft. Let’s find out the most popular model of Wedge Shaft, then. 

True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Considering all types of wedges used by pro-golfers, we found the True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shaft is the favorite wedge shaft by most golfers since 2019. Apart from this model, Project X Hzrdus has been consistent in the last few years.

The putter is the most talked-about golf club. You just can’t afford to have a poor golf putter in professional golf. And our study reflects on the statement too. All the pro golfers use only the best quality golf putter. Odyssey and Scotty are the best golf putters brands. There is hardly any competition except for these two brands. 

Odyssey is a sub-brand of Callaway, and Scotty is a sub-brand of Titleist. Both these two brands have been producing top-quality golf putters for many years. We found tour golfers carrying only one putter in their golf bags. So the contest would be fascinating. Let’s look at what we found in our study. 

What is the most popular brand of golf putter? 

In our study, Odyssey is the most popular brand of golf putter , with 38.7% of users among the top 100 golfers. Not just in 2022, this brand has been leading the chart for the last three consecutive years. And Scotty Cameron is their closest competitor, with a 30.1% share. Look at the pie chart that illustrates the percentage of golfers preferring the most popular brands. 

The reason behind such success is the accuracy of these putters. Both brands produce golf putters that provide the best accuracy. And then the look of these putters plays a significant role in their success. But when we narrow it down to a specific model with the most popular, Scotty from Titleist wins. Here is what we found in the study. 

What is the most popular golf putter? 

Scotty New Port

When it comes to the specific model of golf putter, the result is fascinating. Though Odyssey and Scotty are leading the market by far, there is no such model of a golf putter. Instead, these brands have several models scattered among the top hundred golfers. Among these, most golfers select the Scotty New Port. 

And the reason behind such success could be the top golfer’s performance in the last years.

In a game of golf, golfers are allowed to carry their golf balls. According to the USGA rules, a golfer can carry nine balls in a round of golf. This means having the best golf balls is equally vital as golf clubs. So, we gathered similar data on golf balls too. And analyzed them to figure out the best results. 

And there is a clear winner in this segment. Over 66% of Top 100 Tour Golfers use balls from Titleist. 

What is the favorite ball of pro golfers?

Titleist Pro V1 

This is the most popular golf ball among 100 golfers. Our research found that over 66% of the top golfers prefer Titleist golf balls over any other brand. There is only one brand that 20% or more golfers choose. 

And the pro v1 and pro v1x are the top picks among them. Among those Titleist users, 62% use the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, and the rest choose Pro V1x. 

It is a remarkable achievement for Titleist, especially when you consider the price of it. The Titleist golf balls are much more expensive than most other golf balls. Yet most golfers prefer using their golf balls. Not just pro golfers but also beginners love using this ball too. It’s a versatile golf ball. 

Apart from the golf clubs’ brands, models, and golf ball brands, we found other information to help you. Have a look at those here. 

What is the favorite golf club brand among pro golfers?

We have discussed the favorite brands of golf clubs based on each type of golf club. Usually, Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist made their name among the top 3. And Ping is the other Brand that performed well enough to mention. But if we search for one brand overall, it would be Titleist. This is because they have the maximum user among the top 100 golfers in 2022. 

Do they use the same brand for all types of clubs? 

Top golfers tend to use different brands of golf clubs. However, they prefer to pick the best for each shot, no matter which brand it represents. Moreover, some golfers use different golf clubs for the same clubs, such as Irons, wedges, and woods. 

Which type of golf club is carried most by professional golfers?  

Our survey found that most golfers use at least five irons in their bags . The 9-iron and 7- iron is often found in their golf bags. Most golfers replace their 3-iron with a hybrid or 3-wood. We also found that most golfers use three kinds of wedges in their golf bags. They like to carry one of each type of golf wedge. Interestingly, pro golfers carry hybrid golf clubs as a replacement for iron or wood. 

After a rigorous study of the top golfers’ data, we found some amazing facts we already knew. Based on that, here are some feedbacks that can help the brands and stakeholders to improve in the coming days. 

  • Top Golfers hardly hesitate to change their clubs when they struggle to score well. If better features are available, that can benefit their performance. So brands should try to deliver advanced features to gain more top users. 
  • Very few top golfers use the exact golf club offered by brands. Instead, they like to customize it. Therefore, brands that offer more customization options tend to have a better market share. 
  • It is found that the most popular models of clubs tend to have better performance metrics. Therefore, you can select your golf club on that basis as well. 
  • Having the best golf ball is as important as having a golf club. And Titleist Pro V1 is such a versatile golf ball that most people find this ball perfect for them. You should try this golf ball too. 
  • Most tour golfers arrange their 14 golf club sets in the following order: 5 irons, 3 wedges, and driver, putter, fairway wood, and hybrid each. The rest 2 golf clubs vary based on individual preferences. 
  • Combining a golf club and club shaft is essential for better performance. Club manufacturers need to pay attention to producing better golf clubs. 
  • Not only are the clubs, shafts, or golf balls crucial, but you must be skillful and swing appropriately for the best performance. This equipment plays a crucial role in improving your performance. 

We did the hard work for you to find out the brands and models of golf clubs and golf balls that top professional golfers prefer. We collected data from pgatour.com , golfwrx.com , golfmonthly.com , nationalclubgolfer.com , pgaclubtracker.com , golfcentraldaily.com , todays-golfer.com , golfshake.com and analyzed them to find answers to specific queries, as you have read already. 

These findings will surely help you as a golf lover. Besides, several brands can take the lead from here and hopefully work on it to improve their performance. This report is entirely based on actual data, and it’s an unbiased analysis that we figured out to help you get the correct information. 

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What Golf Clubs Do the Pros Use? PGA vs Tour Champions Clubs

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Ever wonder what golf clubs do the pros use? In this article, Matt Callcott-Stevens captured all the critical data on the PGA Tour & PGA Tour Champions golf clubs and how players build their bags in comparison.

With the PGA Tour wrapped up for the season, I have had time on my hands to unleash my inner golf nerd. I have spent the past few weeks analyzing what golf clubs do the pros use on the PGA Tour Champions and the PGA Tour .

My ambition is to highlight the similarities and differences between pro tour golf clubs for seniors and the younger generation. After reading this guide, you will know what the top brands and golf clubs on the PGA Tour are. I will also leave you with a breakdown of the clubs your favorite tour pros swing. 

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What Clubs Do Pros Carry?

Popular Golf Club Brands Used by Professional Golfers showing dominance by Titleist and TaylorMade

Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Ping, and Srixon are the most popular golf club brands utilized by pro tour golfers. I reveal the percentage of top PGA and PGA Tour Champions players using each brand.

Titleist Golf Clubs

Titleist trumps its competitor golf club brands in popularity on the PGA Tour. The brand accounts for 36% of all irons used by the top 50 players and 24% of drivers. That value rises when we look at wedges, with 48% playing Titleist Vokey wedges. Tour players appreciate Titleist golf clubs for their feel, feedback, compact designs, and workable flight.

Patrick Cantlay , Max Homa, Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas are a few pros synonymous with Titleist. Although they employ different models in their bag, I found the T100 irons are the most popular. Ten of the top 50 PGA Tour pros currently play the workable T100 range.

Conversely, the brand does not enjoy the same prominence on the PGA Tour Champions with the longer clubs. Padraig Harrington uses their TSR3 driver, while Brett Quigley and Dicky Pride use Titleist irons.

TaylorMade Golf Clubs

TaylorMade is the next most popular brand, accounting for 30% of fairway woods and irons among the top 50 PGA Tour professional golfers. TaylorMade Fairway Woods are also a popular option for the Tour Champions players, with 30% of the top 30 players using the brand.

I find the presence of the brand dwindles as we reach the lower clubs in the bag, stemming from an abundance of short-game options. Only 8.2% of the players analyzed use TaylorMade wedges on the PGA Tour, while the result was 0% on the PGA Tour Champions.

Famed TaylorMade tour staffers include Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and Scottie Scheffler. PGA Tour Champions players who use TaylorMade clubs include Fred Couples and Vijay Singh .

Callaway Golf Clubs

Callaway follows TaylorMade as the third most golf clubs on Tour, with a healthy selection of metal woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters. The brand dominates the hybrid category on both tours, with 35.31% and 26.7% of the top 50 PGA Tour and senior players using them, respectively.

Their dominance is also seen in the putting department on the youngsters and veterans tour thanks to their acquisition of Odyssey Golf. Just under one-third of the top players use a Callaway putter on the PGA Tour, but the figure almost doubles to 52.21% of pros on the seniors tour.

I was always impressed by Callaway’s result in the driver department on the PGA Tour Champions. Just under half, or 44%, of the top 30 senior golfers use Callaway drivers. Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele , and Si Woo Kim are among the biggest names on the brand’s portfolio.

Despite severing ties with the brand in 2022, Phil Mickelson is the most famed golfer over 50 years old swinging Callaway clubs.

Ping Golf Clubs

Ping does not dominate one category specifically, but it is well represented through the bag. Twenty-four percent of senior golfers swing a Ping driver, while 18% of PGA Tour pros use the brand.

The next popular golf clubs category where the brand appears are the fairway woods and putter sections. Just under 17% of the top 30 seniors swing a Ping fairway wood compared to 16% on the PGA Tour. 

The most popular PGA Tour pros who play Ping golf clubs include Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton, and Sahith Theegala. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Kevin Sutherland are two notable Ping staffers on the PGA Tour Champions.

Srixon Golf Clubs

Srixon produces value for money, soft feeling, high launching, and workable metal woods and irons for amateurs and pros. Srixon is dwarfed in tour representation compared to Titleist, TaylorMade, and Callaway golf clubs. However, they punch above their weight in the irons department.

Over 20% of the top Senior golfers employ Srixon irons in their golf bags for their feel, forgiveness, launch, and workability. It ties with Callaway for the most used irons brand by the top Champions Tour golfers.

Srixon does not manufacture wedges or putters, relying on their sister brand, Cleveland to handle this area. Hideki Matsuyama, Shane Lowry, and Brooks Koepka are the highest-profile players to operate with the brand’s irons. My former boss, Ernie Els , carries the Srixon flag high on the senior’s tour, using their irons.

Cobra Golf Clubs

Cobra is one of the least popular brands on the PGA and PGA Tour Champions with the top-ranked players. It only accounts for 2% of drivers, 4% of fairway woods, and 3.3% of irons swung by PGA Tour professional golfers.

I was surprised to find none of the best Tour Champions players using Cobra golf clubs , despite my experience of forgiving, easy launching, and long clubs superbly suited to senior golfers.

Rickie Fowler is the most popular name on the Cobra Golf books since the brand parted ways with Bryson DeChambeau in 2022.

Cleveland Golf Clubs

Although the highly forgiving Cleveland woods, irons, and hybrids perform for amateurs, they are tough to find in a pro’s bag. However, their wedges are highly popular with PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions players for their feel, acoustics, launch, and exceptional spin.

I recorded 14.3% of the top 50 PGA Tour golfers using Cleveland wedges, with the RTX ZipCore proving the most popular golf club. The quantity of pros using Cleveland wedges increases on the Champions Tour, with 20.8% of players using the brand’s short clubs.

Brooks Koepka, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama, and Shane Lowry are the most famous profile players using Cleveland wedges. On the Champions Tour, Jerry Kelly, Ernie Els, K.J Choi, and David Toms play wedges from the Huntington Beach, California outfit.

Most Popular Golf Clubs on the PGA Tour

Most Popular Drivers on Tour

Most Popular Drivers on Tour

The Titleist TSR3 is the most popular big stick among the Top 50 PGA Tour pros, with 24% carrying one. Callaway came in second with the Paradym Triple Diamond, while the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus is the third most popular driver on tour.

Breakdown of Drivers on the PGA Tour

Titleist tsr3 driver.

The Titleist TSR3 driver is the most popular pick for PGA Tour pros. It accounts for 24% of the drivers used by the Top 50 golfers on the planet. The aerodynamics, feel, acoustics, speed, and low spin deliver the optimal tee box experience.

Callaway Paradym TD Driver (8)

Eight top professional golfers swing the low spinning, high launching, neutral flying Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver. Chief among them is Cameron Young, who finished third on the PGA Tour in 2023 for average driving distance.

Although I appreciate the adjustable weighting design on the Paradym TD, I do not find it as forgiving as the standard Callaway Paradym. Low handicappers will appreciate the workability and acoustics of the Paradym TD. However, its reduced forgiveness is less ideal for mid and high-handicappers.

TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver 2

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus 2 finds itself in the bags of 7 of the top 50 PGA Tour pros, including Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman was the longest hitter on tour in the 2022/23 season, with an average distance of 326.3 yards.

I love the low spin, elevated launch, forgiveness, feel, and acoustics of the Stealth Plus 2. Unfortunately, it’s not ideal for the average golfer. The reduced spin requires a higher swing speed to consistently get the ball airborne. This is why I prefer the easier launching Stealth Plus 2 HD driver for the average player.

5 Longest Hitters & PGA Tour Golf Clubs

Rory McIlroy produced the best driving distance average in the 2023 season, returning figures of 326.3 yards. The Northern Irishman swung a TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus to deliver low spin, forgiveness, and explosive ball speed. The remaining 4 players in the top 5 used a mix of Srixon, Callaway, and Ping drivers.

TaylorMade was the only brand to feature in the top 5 twice, with their Stealth 2 Plus and SIM 2 Max, swung by Matti Schmid.

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Most Accurate Drivers on PGA Tour

Russel Henley delivered the best fairway in regulation returns in the 2023 season, hitting 71.74% of fairways. He employed the services of a Titleist TSi3 to keep him on the short grass, the only Titleist big stick to feature in the top 5.

Henley was trailed by Morikawa and Ryan Moore, who swing a TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus and Cobra Aerojet LS, respectively.

Most Popular Fairway Woods on the PGA Tour

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The Titleist TSR3 is the most popular big stick among the Top 50 PGA Tour pros, with 24% carrying the high launching, adjustable wood. The Callaway Paradym TD is the second most used fairway wood, with 5 players swinging it, while the Stealth 2 is played by 4 tour pros.

Breakdown of Fairway Woods on the PGA Tour

Callaway paradym td .

Callaway Paradym TD fairway woods are the single most used model on tour, with 7 of the top 50 carrying them. Jon Rahm, Tony Finau, and Xander Schauffele are among the golfers swinging the low-spinning, fast-face adjustable driver.

Titleist TSR3

Jordan Spieth and Cameron Young are two of the six tour pros who operated with a Titleist TSR3 this season. I find the adjustable fairway wood delivers workable flight and a mid-to-high launch to suit superior golfers seeking maximum control off the tee and on approach.

TaylorMade Stealth 2  

TaylorMade bags the final spot on the podium in the Fairway Woods category with their Stealth 2 range. I found that 4 professional golfers, including Scottie Scheffler and Tommy Fleetwood, play the clean gliding sole and high-launching Stealth 2.

Most Popular Golf Hybrids on Tour

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Only 17 out of the top 50 golfers on the PGA Tour carry a hybrid in their bag. Although traditionally associated with high handicappers, some tour pros desire the effortless launch and forgiveness of a hybrid on approach.

Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, and Matt Fitzpatrick are the only 3 players inside the top 10 that play a hybrid. Titleist dominate the category with their TSi2 hybrid, followed closely by the Callaway Apex and Apex Utility Wood.

Titleist TSi2

Cam Young, Jordan Spieth , and Russell Henley are all aboard the TSi2 wagon, favoring it for its feel, turf interaction, and towering launch. I also find the TSi2 boasts an explosive clubface, which preserves ball speed and contains spin for maximum distance.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

Keegan Bradley and Emiliano Grillo carry the fast, long, and adjustable Callaway Apex hybrid. In my experience, the hybrid produced neutral ball flight and outstanding distance for consistent long-game results. I also appreciate the adjustable hosel to alter my launch and flight settings.

Callaway Apex UW

Xander Schauffele and Sam Burns turn to the fast, forgiving, stable, and easy-launching Apex UW hybrid on approach and off the tee. In my experience, the Apex hybrid offers the speed and turf interaction of fairway woods with the launch and forgiveness of hybrids.

What Irons Do the Pros Use?

TaylorMade and Titleist is the dominant golf irons brand on the PGA Tour, covering 60% of the top tour players. Despite the popularity of TaylorMade as a brand, none of their irons are among the 3 most played sets on tour.

The Titleist T100 range is the clear winner, with 10 tour players carrying the irons in their bags. T100 irons are followed by the Callaway Apex TCB and Srixon ZX7 MKII.

Graph of the most used irons on pga tour  2023 - showing Callaway and Titleist dominating the list.

Breakdown Most Used Irons on Pga Tour

Titleist t100.

The dual-cavity constructed T100 range features in the bags of 20% of the top 50 players iron setups. Jordan Spieth, Will Zalatoris, and Cam Smith play the T100 set for their feel, workability, progressive center of gravity, and clean turf interaction.

Callaway Apex TCB

The Callaway Apex TCB iron models are favored by Jon Rahm and Sam Burns for their feel, flight, control, and compact design. I find these irons highly workable and appreciate the crisp acoustics of shots out of the sweet spot.

Srixon ZX7 MKII

Five-time major winner Brooks Koepka is one of four top 50 players swinging the Srixon ZX7 MKii irons. These modern clubs generate the feel, launch, spin, and workability tour players demand on approach.

5 Most Accurate Approach Players

The Callaway Apex TCB irons featured in 2 of the top 5 accurate golfers bags in 2023. Kevin Yu and Jon Rahm played the TCB iron model and were second and fifth most accurate for the season.

Scottie Scheffler recorded the highest greens in regulation percentage, hitting 74.43% of greens with the TaylorMade P7TW irons . Collin Morikawa, another TaylorMade staffer, had the third-highest GIR return, with 70.85%. The double major winner finished the season with a 70.85% success rate on approach.

Most Popular Golf Wedges on Tour

Most Popular Golf Wedges on Tour

Titleist Vokey reigns supreme in the wedges section, accounting for 51% of the high-spinning pro tour golf clubs. The Vokey SM9 is a favorite, appearing in 18 of the top 50 players’ bags for its spin, flight, control, and abundance of sole grinds.

Cleveland and Ping brands account for the second most wedges, with 14.3% of the top golfers using their short clubs. I found the RTX ZipCore was the most popular Cleveland wedge, while the Glide 4.0 topped the standings for Ping.

Breakdown of PGA Tour Wedges

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The Titleist Vokey SM9 is the single most popular wedge series on tour, appearing in the bags of 18 pros. Max Homa, Brian Harman , and Jordan Spieth are three of the top 50 pros currently relying on the high-spinning, versatile SM9 wedges.

Ping Glide 4.0

Ping Glide 4.0 wedges made it into the bags of 7 top 50 golfers this season, including the FedEx Cup Champion, Viktor Hovland . Pros appreciate the Glide 4.0 due to its clean turf interaction, enhanced friction, and consistent greenside spin.

Cleveland RTX ZipCore

Wedges are the only club where Cleveland-branded golf clubs are in a pro’s bag. The RTX ZipCore is the third single most popular wedge among the best golfers in the world. Brooks Koepka and Keegan Bradley carry it for its outstanding spin, feel, and durable grooves.

5 Best Scrambling Leaders in the World

The 2023 Open Championship winner Brian Harman thrived from the greenside this season, recording the best scrambling record . The Savannah local posted a 67.74% scrambling success rate using the Titleist Vokey SM9. Harman was followed by Jonathan Byrd on 66.35%, who also used a Titleist Vokey SM9.

The Titleist brand rounded out the top 5 with Tommy Fleetwood, who plays Vokey Wedgeworks Proto wedges. Matt Kuchar and J.J. Spaun placed third and fourth, respectively, using the Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges.

PGA Tour: What Putters Do the Pros Use?

Titleist continued to dominate its fellow golf club brands in the short stick department, with their Scotty Cameron models accounting for 34% of the top 50 putters. Callaway Odyssey putters are played by 28% of the top 50 players and came in second.

The Callaway Odyssey Versa Jailbird was the single most popular putter found in 4 players bags. It was followed by the TaylorMade Spider X Hydroblast, used by Kurt Kitayama and Tom Hoge. Rory McIlroy and Cameron Young stroked the Titleist Scotty Cameron T-5 Proto, the third most used flatstick.

Most Popular Putters on Tour showing graph as it relates to what golf clubs do the pros use.

Breakdown of Most Popular Putters on the PGA Tour

Callaway odyssey versa jailbird.

Wydnham Clarke, Rickie Fowler, and Keegan Bradley are three stars who stroked Versa Jailbird. The top players appreciate the Versa for its elevated moment of inertia (MOI), stability, and forgiveness without impacting feel and control. 

TaylorMade Spider X HydroBlast

TaylorMade tied Titleist Scotty Cameron for the second most-stroked putter on the PGA Tour. Kurt Kitayama and Tom Hoge carried the flat stick for its clean roll, premium finish, and forgiveness across the putter face.

Scotty Cameron X T5 Prototype

The X T5 Prototype is developed for tour players seeking increased forgiveness, a premium finish, and a clean roll off the clubface. Patrick Cantlay and Cameron Young both carry the X T5 Prototype.

Lowest Putting Averages PGA Tour – Putting Statistics

Taylor Montgomery recorded the lowest putting average in 2023 using a decade-old putter. The Las Vegan averaged 1.665 putts per hole and converted his birdie attempts 38.31% of the time. His chosen flatstick is a TaylorMade Ghost Spider S .

Montgomery is the only member of the five best putters to stroke a TaylorMade flat stick. Sam Ryder and Eric Cole finished second and third respectively, with Callaway Odyssey putters. 

Most Popular Golf Clubs on the PGA Tour Champions Tour

Most Popular Drivers on the PGA Champions Tour

Most Popular Drivers on the PGA Champions Tour

Contrary to the PGA Tour, Titleist does not enjoy the prevalence on the Champions Tour. Only 8% of the top 30 senior golfers carry a Titleist driver, compared to 44% who operate with a Callaway big stick. Ping ranks second for driver selection, followed by Tour Edge, which did not feature at all on the PGA Tour.

The Ping G430 LST is the single most popular driver among Champions Tour pros, with 10% of the players analyzed using the model. Callaway takes the second and third places on the podium with the Paradym Triple Diamond and Epic Speed Triple Diamond.

Breakdown of Drivers on the Champions Tour

Ping g430 lst driver.

The low-spinning Ping G430 LST is a popular option for faster-swinging, longer-hitting seniors like Phil Mickelson. Miguel Jimenez and Kevin Sutherland also use the fast, forgiving, medium launching driver despite lagging Phil on the distance front.

Callaway Paradym TD Driver

The ever-consistent Stephen Ames heads the lineup of Champions Tour players swinging the Paradym TD off the tee. David Toms and K.J. Choi follow Ames example by carrying the fast, adjustable, and neutral flying Paradym TD.

Callaway Epic Speed TD Driver

Although it is 2 years older than the Paradym, Steve Stricker and Steve Alker still find use for the Epic Speed TD in their bag. The adjustable hosel, neutral flight, explosive face, and high launch help faster swing speed golfers maximize distance off the tee box.

5 Longest Hitters on the PGA Tour Champions

Robert Karlsson enjoys the best average driving distance figures in 2023, with 308.9 yards off the tee. The Swede relies on the Titleist TS3 to maximize his yardage, while the runner-up, Tim O’neal, shoots with a Titleist TSi2.

The gap between O’Neal in second and Scott McCarron in third is almost 9 yards. McCarron operated with a Tour Edge Exotics C722 driver, averaging 297.1 yards.

5 Most Accurate Drivers on the PGA Tour Champions

Jerry Kelly boasts a superior tee shot accuracy to his peers, reaching 81.49% of fairways in 2023 with his Ping G425 LST. Bernhard Langer snuck in behind Kelly for second, hitting 79.94% of fairways using an older Ping G400 driver.

The only non-Ping player I found in the top 5 for FIR was Olin Browne, who swings the Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond. Unfortunately, I struggled to find an updated version of Fred Funk and Paul Goydos’ drivers, and I decided to leave them out. If any reader has spotted the bags of these players recently, please let me know so I can update the table.

Most Popular Fairway Woods on Senior Tour

Most Popular Fairway Woods on PGA Tour Champions

Callaway and TaylorMade fairway woods are found in half of the top 30 senior players’ bags. Each brand contributes 25% to the cause. The TaylorMade SIM is the most played fairway wood, followed by the Tour Edge Exotics C722 and the Ping G430 Max.

Despite being a prominent fairway wood brand for seniors, the Epic Flash is the only Callaway fairway wood used by more than one player.

Breakdown of Fairway Woods on the Champions Tour

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The TaylorMade SIM is played by 3 Champions Tour pros for its accelerated clubhead speed, low CG, and clean sole interaction. Vijay Singh , Steven Alker, and Dicky Pride all carry the TaylorMade SIM despite being older model golf clubs.

Tour Edge Exotics C722

Two Germans, Two majors in 2023, and both individuals swing Tour Edge Exotics C722 fairway woods. Bernhard Langer and Alex Cejka play the C722 range for its explosive clubface, clean turf interaction, elevated launch, and consistency.

Ping G430 Max

The Ping G430 Max features in 2 top 30 players bags. Stewart Cink and Y.E. Yang use the adjustable, fast-paced, and spin-controlled face to maximize launch and distance on approach or off the tee. 

Most Popular Hybrids on PGA Tour Champions

Most Popular Hybrids on PGA Tour Champions

Over 50% of the top 30 PGA Tour Champions players swing hybrids for their clean turf interaction, elevated MOI, and towering launch. Tour Edge and Callaway lead the way in the field, each accounting for 26.7% of hybrids.

Titleist, TaylorMade, and Ping take up the remaining spots, each contributing 13.3% to the total hybrids played on the senior’s tour.

Breakdown of Hybrids on the Champions Tour

The Tour Edge Exotics C722 is the single most popular hybrid on tour, played by 3 of the top 30 players. Bernhard Langer , Tim Petrovic, and Ken Duke employ the forgiving and adjustable hybrid to reduce turf interaction, lower spin, and send the ball consistently high off the deck.

Callaway Apex Utility Woods generate blistering speed across the surface and contain spin to encourage a powerful launch. Phil Mickelson and KJ Choi are the seniors inside the top 30 to swing the utility wood. Outside of the top 30 golfers in the world, David Duval and Jim Furyk carry the Callaway Apex UW.

The extremely high MOI, thin fast face, and spin-controlling Ping G400 is the third most popular hybrid on the Tour Champions. Steve Flesch and Kevin Sutherland are the two notable players who swing the older model Ping hybrid to boost distance on approach.

What Golf Irons Do Pros Use on the PGA Tour Champions?

Most Popular Irons on PGA Tour Champions

Srixon and Callaway are the most popular tour pro golf clubs brands for irons on the senior tour. Together, the pair contributes 41.6% of irons to the top 30 seniors. Ping follows by supplying 16.7% of irons to the top players while Tour Edge is the fourth most popular, with 12.5% of top seniors swinging their irons.

The Srixon ZX7 range is the most popular choice among Tour Champions, followed by the Tour Edge EXS Pro blade irons. Callaway X-Forged are the third most popular, along with the newer Srixon ZX7 MKii irons.

Breakdown of Most Popular Irons on Senior Tour

The tour cavity back construction on the ZX7 irons enhances the stability and forgiveness of the golf club while preserving a compact profile. I find the long irons generate rapid pace and a powerful launch, and the short irons and wedges generate maximum spin on approach.

Jerry Kelly, K.J. Choi, and Steve Flesch play the older ZX7 range. Conversely, David Toms and Ernie Els play the newer ZX7 MKii irons .

Tour Edge EXS Pro

Tour Edge EXS Pro blade irons ensure a soft feel, crisp acoustics, and workable flight on approach. Ken Duke and Tim Petrovic play the slick-looking blades, which offer limited forgiveness but enhance the control of superior golfers on approach strikes.

It is interesting to note that the most accurate tour player on approach, Bernhard Langer, plays a different model Tour Edge blade iron. The German turns to the Tour Edge Exotics CBX Forged to handle his shots from the fairway and the rough.

Callaway X-Forged

My compatriots, Retief Goosen and Alex Cejka carry the Callaway X-Forged irons in their golf bags. I find these irons generate a buttery soft feel, controlled spin, and amplified acoustics thanks to their forged body construction. They are also a pleasure to gaze upon at address, and they encourage smooth turf interaction from any lie.

5 Most Accurate Approach Players on PGA Tour Champions

 what irons do pros use section showing Ernie Els hitting his approach shot his his golf iron.

The ever-consistent Bernhard Langer has the highest GIR percentage on the Tour Champions in 2023. He has hit over 78% of all greens on approach, which is why he ranks among the top 3 earners on tour. Langer is followed by Steve Stricker, who reached 77% of GIR this season.

Most Popular Wedges on PGA Tour Champions

Most Popular Wedges on PGA Tour Champions

It is no surprise to see Titleist holding the largest share of wedges on the Tour Champions, with their Vokey range. Unlike the PGA Tour, it is the older version Vokey SM8, which is preferred by players like Steve Stricker and Steve Flesch. I discovered that 33.3% of the top 30 seniors are swinging a Titleist Vokey wedge.

Cleveland is responsible for the second most popular brand of wedges, with the RTX ZipCore a favorite among the veterans. Callaway contributes the third highest count of wedges to senior tour professional golfers.

Breakdown of Wedges on the PGA Champions Tour

Titleist vokey sm8 .

Titleist Vokey SM8 wedges are played by 13% of top Tour Champions players. The wedges are preferred for their master craftsmanship, controlled flight, soft feel, and exceptional spin to maximize control. The 3 Steves fly the Vokey SM8 flag high on the Champions Tour, with Alker , Stricker, and Flesch all carrying them.

Miguel Angel Jimenez , Stewart Cink, and Kevin Sutherland employ the Glide 4.0 wedges for their turf interaction, spin, and feel. Despite the elevated spin rate, the wedge launches low, feels soft, and is crafted in 4 grind options to excel from every lie.

David Toms, Darren Clarke , and Ernie Els ply their greenside trade with the soft-feeling, low-launching, and high-spinning Cleveland RTX ZipCore range. In my experience, these wedges boast durable, sharp grooves that encourage maximum shot-stopping power on pitches, flops, and short approach shots.

5 Best Scrambling PGA Tour Champions Leaders

Bernhard Langer at Chubb Classic in 2023

The best senior golfer in the world also has the highest scrambling success rate on the Tour Champions this year. Steve Stricker has successfully gotten up and down from the greenside 71.74% of the time, 2% more than second-placed Jerry Kelly has produced.

Stricker is a Titleist loyalist in the wedge department, operating with an SM8 pitching wedge, SM7 sand wedge, and SM4 lob wedge. Third place Steven Alker also players Vokey SM8 wedges, while Jerry Kelly generates spin with the Cleveland RTX 3 and 4 golf clubs.

PGA Tour Champions : What Putters Do the Pros Use ?

Most Popular Putters on PGA Tour Champions showing a graph of the most popular putter on senior tour

Callaway Odyssey is the largest single proprietor of putters to the top 30 ranked seniors. This golf equipment brand accounts for over 52% of the top players’ putters, with the White Hot 2 Ball and White Hot OG 7 the most played flat sticks.

Titleist supplies the second most putters to top veteran golfers, with their Scotty Cameron range, while Ping places third. Several senior golfers play putters from boutique manufacturers like AR Golf, Sacks Parrente, and Bloodline Golf.

Breakdown of Most Popular Putters on the Senior Tour

Callaway odyssey white hot og 2 ball.

The famed Odyssey White Hot OG 2 Ball putter design is a hit with the senior golfers for its alignment aid, stability, and clean roll. Eight golfers stroke the 2 Ball construction, including Padraig Harrington, Bernhard Langer, and Steve Flesch .

While assessing putting stats, I noticed that two low putting averages were achieved with an Odyssey putter. However, none of the players were using an Odyssey 2 Ball. Steve Stricker, the best putter on tour this season, achieved the feat using a bladed White Hot No.2 flatstick. Fifth place, Steven Alker employed an Odyssey White Hot OG Rossie.

Callaway White Hot OG Odyssey Seven

Another premium, soft-feeling putter is the Callaway Odyssey Seven. The winged back mallet putter optimizes stability and friction, encouraging enhanced topspin on all putts. Alex Cejka and K.J. Choi rely on the Odyssey Seven to get them around the green.

Titleist Scotty Cameron Go Lo S1

The Titleist Scotty Cameron Go Lo S1 Proto combines forgiveness, premium looks, and a soft feel. I found the milled putter face increases friction and topspin to optimize roll and distance control. David Toms is the highest-profile player in the top 30, stroking the Go Lo S1.

5 Lowest Putting Averages on PGA Tour Champions

I thought it was interesting that no two players in the top 5 used the same putter to achieve their low putting averages . Top-ranked Steve Stricker added an Odyssey White Hot No.2 to the bag, while Miguel Angel Jimenez putts with a Ping D572C.

Brett Quigley and Y.E. Yang putted with Scotty Cameron flat sticks, but different models. Quigley struck the 009 Masterful Tourtype SSS, while Yang handled the GSS Tour.

How Does the Set Up Change from PGA Tour to PGA Tour Champions?

Collage of photos of golf clubs that the pros use

I noticed three predominant differences between the setup of PGA and Champions Tour pro golf clubs. Driver lofts, hybrids, and driving irons were the key differences in the bag structure. I also discovered that seniors often add older model clubs to their golf bags.

PGA Tour Driver Lofts

While comparing the drivers of Tour Champions to PGA Tour players, I noticed that the lofts differed. On average, senior golfers prefer higher lofted drivers set at 10.5°, compared to the PGA Tour, where the lower lofted 9° profile is popular.

There are exceptions to the rule, like Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson, who swing a 7.5° driver. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Steven Alker also unleash strong lofted 9° drivers for a lower launching golf ball.

Driving Iron vs Hybrid : Common Club Set Up

Only 34% of the top 50 PGA Tour pros carry a hybrid in their bag, with driving irons still being preferred by many of the game’s best. However, 53% of Tour Champions golfers play a hybrid for the elevated launch, clean turf interaction, and forgiveness.

I discovered that PGA Tour pros typically prefer the workability and controlled flight of a utility iron over a hybrid. Professional golfers may change their bags at any time to suit the conditions of a specific course. 

For example, a lower launching driver iron is ideal for windy days and dry courses. Conversely, the high-launching soft landing hybrid suits target golf courses that demand precise distance control on approach.

Best Golfers in the World Using Older Clubs on Tour

My research revealed that Champions Tour pros enjoy carrying older model clubs that they are comfortable swinging. Until recently, Bernhard Langer used Adams Idea Pro hybrids released 16 years ago. Steve Stricker also utilizes a 9-year-old Titleist 915F fairway wood.

Like anything, there are exceptions to the rules. The best putter on the PGA Tour this season, Taylor Montgomery, uses a 10-year-old Taylormade Ghost Spider S. So, having the latest golf equipment may not always be the answer for gaining more accuracy, even for the best players.

Do Most PGA Tour Players Use Lead Tape?

what golf clubs do the pros use?  Showing Sutherland golfer on the Champions Tour and the lead tape he uses on his Ping golf clubs.

Yes, PGA Tour players do use lead tape on different clubs to achieve optimal MOI and CG placement. PGA Tour professional golfer, Akshay Bhatia explains that lead tape boosts the MOI of his driver and fairway woods for greater long-game forgiveness.

He also applies lead tape to his wedges to raise the CG level. This promotes a lower launch, consistent contact, friction, and spin. Finally, he uses lead tape on his putter to help it sit square at address and resist twisting at impact.

⛳️ Read More: Should I Add Lead Tape to My Golf Clubs?

Final Thoughts: What Golf Clubs Do the Pros Use?

After reviewing what clubs do pros use, it is clear that Titleist is the dominant brand on the PGA Tour. More top 50 PGA Tour players use their drivers, irons, wedges, and putters than any other brand. I found that 24% of the top 50 players swing the Titleist TSR3 driver .

The TSR3 fairway wood was another favorite with the pros, along with the Titleist T100 irons. Titleist Scotty Cameron putters ruled the roost on the PGA Tour, and the Callaway Odyssey brand leads the way with the seniors.

Callaway and Ping are the preferred metal wood brands on the Tour Champions, while the Srixon ZX7 set are the most popular irons. Finally, the Titleist Vokey wedges are king on both tours. Although PGA Tour pros prefer the SM9 while older pros prefer the SM8.

Frequently Asked Questions

What iron is used most on the pga tour.

The Titleist T100 iron range is the most used on the PGA Tour, appearing in 20% of the top 50 players’ bags. Callaway Apex TCB irons are the next most popular, performing for 8% of the top 50 PGA golfers.

What driver is most used on the PGA Tour?

What is the difference between pga tour and pga tour champions.

The primary difference between the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions is the competitiveness and age of the players. The PGA Tour Champions is for golfers age 50 and older. Profesional golfers become eligible for Tour Champions once they hit the age minimum. Secondary differences is that the PGA Tour offers substantially larger purse sizes. The Senior Tour also can use a golf cart.

What is the most common putter used on the PGA Tour?

Titleist Scotty Cameron models are the most common and dominate at 34% of the top 50 putters on the PGA Tour. Callaway Odyssey putters are played by 28% of the top 50 players and came in second. The Callaway Odyssey Versa Jailbird was the single most popular model of putter found in 4 players bags in 2023.

What golf ball do the pros use?

Titleist golf balls have dominated the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions for many years, whether for more distance or spin control. The Pro V1 and Pro V1x tend to be the preferred choice among top golfers in the world.

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7 equipment takeaways from the PGA Tour Champions (including Bernhard Langer’s INCREDIBLE iron setup)

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During most weeks, GolfWRX.com reports live from the practice rounds of PGA Tour events, but occasionally we check out the Korn Ferry Tour, LPGA Tour, and PGA Tour Champions as well. To be honest, I personally think most amateurs can learn way more from the equipment setups on the LPGA and Champions Tour, but that’s another story for another day. I’ll save the gear lessons and get right to the seriously cool, custom, and throwback equipment that I spotted recently at Phoenix Country Club for the 2022 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Below are my 7 equipment takeaways from going inside the ropes at the Champions Tour season finale.

More photos from the Charles Schwab Cup Championship 

1) Miguel Angel’s fairway wood faces are DIMED out

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Miguel Angel Jimenez uses three different Ping G425 Max fairway woods (14.5, 17.5 and 20.5 degrees), and each of them have similar wear marks directly in the center of the face – aside from the 7 wood, which has a slight skymark near the crown.

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We also got a close look at the type of cigar that Jimenez smokes, if you’re into that kind of thing. It’s a Chateau de la Fuente Opus X Rare Estate Reserve from 1992, for those curious.

Miguel Angel Jimenez 2022 WITB (Charles Schwab Cup)

2) Stickers are a viable way to customize your clubs

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Rocco Mediate customizes his Ping G400 driver using stickers, while his Artisan wedges are stamped the old-fashioned way.

See more of Rocco’s bag setup here

3) 50 Cent’s new favorite Champions Tour golfer?

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Y.E. Yang’s custom “Yangsta” Vokey wedge deserves a remix of rapper 50 Cent’s popular “What Up, Gangsta?” song.

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And, as always, his bag is so packed with hybrids that his longest iron the bag is a 7-iron!

More photos of Y.E. Yang’s bag, and more

4) K.J. Choi bag update

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It’s always fun to see what clubs K.J. Choi is using, because he seems to switch it up so often. Most recently, he was using Srixon’s brand new ZX7 MKII irons , with a small strip of lead tape on the back cavity.

More photos of K.J. Choi’s bag

5) A TaylorMade xFT ZTP wedge spotted in the wild

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When I was heading toward Padraig Harrington’s bag to see what irons and wedges he was playing these days, I was NOT expecting to see an old TaylorMade XFT ZTP 58-degree wedge from 2010. I can’t help but get nostalgic seeing old clubs like this still being used by professionals.

Check out more photos of Padraig’s setup here

6) Goosen’s putter

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Retief Goosen’s gamer putter used to be an Odyssey O-Works 2-ball. I’m not sure you can consider it a 2-ball putter anymore, since the crown is completely blacked out with a single white alignment line. Now it’s just the Odyssey O-Works “Goose Proto,” as I like to call it.

7) Bernhard’s tools

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Bernhard Langer doesn’t use iron “sets,” per se, because he mostly crafts his bag setup by selecting individual clubs that are tasked with specific jobs and yardages to hit. As such, most of his irons are custom built exactly to his preferences. He uses Adams Idea Pro hybrids, Tour Edge Exotics CBX Forged long irons, Artisan Golf 8-9 irons, and a custom Tour Edge Exotics BL Proto pitching wedge. It’s seriously fascinating to analyze his clubs.

If you want to know more about his process and his work with master craftsman Mike Taylor at Artisan Golf, check out this story I wrote a few years back for pgatour.com .

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He also uses an Odyssey White Hot 2-ball, with a heaping of lead tape on the sole and a permanent markered thick black line on the crown. As for his grip on the longer putter, he uses two split Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips.

Incredible.

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Donna Young

Dec 2, 2022 at 11:22 am

How about showing us what’s in the bags of LPGA players???? I had hoped you would at least share the LPGA players winners of the Majors bag set up. As you perviously stated the majority of readers could learn a great deal more from the set of LPGA Player’s and Champion tour players bag set ups.

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Nov 22, 2022 at 4:42 pm

so cool and well done. Thank you. Keep them coming please!!

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What Irons Do PGA Tour Players Use? (September 2023 New Data)

Golf club brands improve their clubs yearly with new models and improved materials. Some golf clubs are affordable, and some are very expensive. Professional PGA golfers use the best of these models. You may be wondering what irons do PGA tour players use.

I researched 2018 to 2023 August and found 14 brands and 90 models of irons used by PGA pros. Professionals use the latest and greatest technology in these irons to improve their game. 

You may look for the best irons available today to improve your game. Knowing about the irons professionals use can help you find the best among them.

So if you want to know what irons the pros use, this guide is for you. Let’s find out.

Most Common Iron Brands And Models On The PGA Tour

It doesn’t take much research to figure out which irons are best today. Players on the PGA Tour use the best brands and a specific model that is the best on the market.

The most used brand by players on the PGA Tour is Titleist, used by 76 out of 100 players. Other brands are Callaway (43 player), PING (36 player), TaylorMade (27 player), Srixon (22 player), Mizuno (8 player), Cobra (4 player), PXG (4 player), Wilson(4 player), Nike (3 player), Miura(3 player), Grindworks(2 player), Honma( 1 player), and New level (1 player).

The most common iron models used on the PGA Tour are the Titleist T100 iron (18 players), and the Titleist 620 MB (11 players) use as their core set.

Other popular models of irons used on tour are the PING i210 (10), and Callaway Apex TCB (10) players use as their core set.

Third is Srixon ZX7 (7 people).

And the last five models are used by six players as their core set. The models are TaylorMade P7TW, PING Blueprint, Titleist 620 CB, Titleist U-500, and PING iBlade.

What Irons Do PGA Tour Players Use

Taylormade:, grindworks:, does pga tour players use blades or cavity-backs.

PGA pros use both blades and cavity-backs to improve their game. A survey showed that 26% of PGA Tour players use complete sets of blades, 44% use cavity back irons, and 30% use a mix of cavity back irons and blade irons.

Many amateur golfers think the best players only use blade irons. It is not true.

We see these two irons still being used with success by golfers. Cavity-backs Irons are designed to be more forgiving. Blade irons allow the ball to contact the middle of the clubface for a better shot.

How Many Brands Of Irons Have The Most Variety Of Models?

Based on the current market, Titleist and TaylorMade are the two brands that offer the most variety of iron models. Titleist has a range of iron models, including the AP1, AP2, AP3, T100, T200, T300, and T400. TaylorMade also has an extensive range of iron models, including the P7, P7MC, P7MB, P770, SIM, SIM2, and SIM Max.

Other popular brands that offer a variety of iron models include Callaway, which has the Apex, Apex Pro, X Forged, Big Bertha, and MAVRIK lines, among others. Ping has the G425, i210, i500, and iBlade models, among others. Mizuno is also known for its wide range of iron models, including the MP-20, JPX921, and Hot Metal Pro.

Overall, many brands offer a variety of iron models, and the choice ultimately depends on personal preference, skill level, and playing style. It’s always best to try out different models and brands before purchasing to determine which irons suit your game the best.

Do PGA Tour Players Use Mixed Sets Of Irons?

Yes. PGA Professionals frequently use mixed sets of irons to optimize their performance on the course. It is uncommon for a professional to use the same model of irons throughout their entire set. This is because they spend a lot of time practicing and testing different models to find the ones that best fit their game in terms of performance and comfort.

However, you will not typically see PGA Professionals using different models and brands within their sets. This is because professional golfers are often sponsored by equipment manufacturers supplying them with the models they want to use. As a result, they will typically stick to one brand for their entire set of irons.

Conclusions

When answering the question, “What irons do PGA tour players use?” It is important to know that professionals are not limited to using specific models and brands of iron.

Each golfer has a different playing style and preferences, so they can choose whatever iron suits them best. Most players seem to have settled on the more expensive and advanced sets of irons technology has provided in recent decades. However, some still prefer the classic look and feel of a blade set. 

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Top Brands On The PGA Tour (Irons, Putters, Balls & More!)

The PGA Tour is professional golf’s premier tour event, with over 40 tournaments per season, mainly in North America, with some tournaments in the United Kingdom, Japan, and South Korea. Some of the world’s top players participate in the PGA Tour, giving it a huge following worldwide. With so many golf equipment brands, you may wonder what the most popular brands on the PGA Tour are.   

There are many well-known golf equipment brands on the PGA Tour, but Titleist is the most popular brand used by professional golfers. Other brands, like Callaway, TaylorMade, and PING, are also very popular, with Odyssey being the most popular putter brand on the PGA Tour.

Many of the top golfers in the world have equipment contracts, which means that all or most of their equipment will be from the same brand. These contracts would influence the perceived popularity of these brands, but some contracts allow players to use equipment from other brands as well. In contrast, players who don’t have these contracts would opt for whatever club, shaft, or balls they prefer.

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Most Popular Brands On The PGA Tour

In this post, I’ll tell you the most popular brands on the PGA Tour. We’ll cover:

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So if you want to know the top brands used by the pros on Tour then you’ll love this new guide. Let’s get started.

Popular Irons On The PGA Tour

Regarding golf irons, Titleist is the most popular brand on the PGA Tour, with close to 30% of the players including Titleist irons in their golf bags. Five of the top 20 players on the PGA Tour use Titleist irons, with the Titleist T100 range being the most popular. The Titleist 620 CB and 620 MB range are also very popular among the Top 20 players. Titleist is known for targeting many players for equipment contracts.

Callaway is the second most popular brand of irons on the PGA Tour, with close 17% of the players using them. Four Top 20 players use Callaway irons, with the Callaway X Forged and Callaway Apex ranges being the most popular.

PING is another very popular brand, falling just short of Callaway, as just under 16% of players on the PGA Tour use it. The PING Blueprint is a popular iron among the Top 20 players.

At 12%, TaylorMade is the fourth most popular iron on the PGA Tour, with three of the Top 20 ranked players including TaylorMade irons in their bags. The TaylorMade P750 is a popular iron, with two of the three Top 20 players using the brand opting for that iron.

Although not used by any Top 20 rated players, Srixon is the fifth most popular brand of iron, followed by Mizuno, used by one Top 20 player.

Read more: 7 Most Popular Irons on The PGA Tour

Popular Putters On The PGA Tour

Regarding putters, the most popular brand on the PGA Tour is Odyssey, with nearly 38% of the players on the PGA Tour opting for this brand. Odyssey belongs to Callaway and is the brand under which Callaway markets their putters. Five of the Top 20 ranked players on the PGA Tour use Odyssey putters. The most popular are the Odyssey Toulon and the Odyssey White Hot OG.

I use the Odyssey O-Works (left-handed), and my youngest son plays with the White Hot. My O-Works is a few years old now, but the most significant thing with any purchase of a putter is the feel. It is no coincidence that both are among the most popular used on Tour.

Odyssey Putters

At 29%, the second most popular putter brand on the PGA Tour is Titleist. Strangely enough, though, none of the Top 20 ranked players on the PGA Tour currently use Titleist putters.

PING putters are the third most popular among the players on the PGA Tour, with three of the Top 20 ranked players using them. None of the PING putter models is a clear favorite in terms of popularity, though.

TaylorMade is fourth in the putter popularity rankings, with just under 10% of the PGA Tour players opting for this brand. Three of the Top 20 players use TaylorMade putters, with two opting for the TaylorMade Spider Tour and one for the Spider X.

The fifth most popular putter brand on the Tour is Bettinardi, with only 2% of all PGA Tour players and two of the Top 20 ranked players using it.

Read more: 5 Most Popular Putters on The PGA Tour

Popular Drivers On The PGA Tour

Regarding the most popular drivers on the PGA Tour, the landscape is similar to that of irons, with Titleist being the most popular. Over 26% of the PGA Tour players use Titleist drivers, including five of the Top 20 ranked players. The most popular Titleist driver is the TSi3, with the TS3 and TSR3 also being used by the Top 20 ranked players.

On just over 22%, Callaway is the second most popular driver on the PGA Tour, closely followed by TaylorMade, with just under 22% of players preferring it. Five of the Top 20 ranked use Callaway drivers, but only three use TaylorMade. The most popular Callaway drivers among the Top 20 players are the Epic Speed and the Rogue, while there is no apparent favorite model for the TaylorMade brand.

The fourth most popular driver brand on the PGA Tour is PING, with 20% of the players and five of the Top 20 ranked players preferring this brand.

In a distant fifth place, at only 4%, is Srixon. It is interesting to note that none of the Top 20 ranked players use Srixon drivers, though, but Cobra and Bridgestone do appear on the list of drivers used by the Top 20 players.

Read more: 5 Most Popular Drivers on The PGA Tour

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Popular Wedges On The PGA Tour

Although Titleist might be one of the most popular brands for golf equipment on the PGA Tour, its wedges are far more popular than any other brand.

Titleist manufactures more than half of all the wedges used on the PGA Tour. It is by far the most popular wedge brand on the Tour, with no less than eleven of the Top 20 ranked players having at least one Titleist wedge in their bags.

The second most popular wedge on the PGA Tour is Callaway, although less than 14% of players use them. Only four of the players ranked in the Top 20 on the PGA Tour use Callaway wedges, but it must be said that those players seem to have loyalty towards the Callaway brand, as all four of them use only Callaway wedges, while most other Top 20 players use more than one brand of wedge.

PING and TaylorMade are third and fourth, with 11% of the players using PING wedges and 10% using TaylorMade. Only two players in the Top 20 use each of these brands, but one also uses a Titleist wedge.

Cleveland is the fifth most popular among wedges, with only 6% of the players including it in their bags. Only one of the Top 20 players who use a Cleveland wedge. 

I play with a PING approach wedge as shown below which I added separately to my set of irons. I’ve tried other models, but I find this wedge the most versatile, and I use it frequently in “six clubs in the bag” competitions.

PING Wedge

Read more: 5 Most Popular Wedges on The PGA Tour

Popular Hybrids On The PGA Tour

Hybrids are a type of golf club that incorporates the qualities of woods and irons into one. Some golfers prefer to use hybrids instead of one to four irons. As the hybrid is a relatively new golf club type, not many players use them. There are almost four times as many wedges used on the PGA Tour than hybrids.

The most popular hybrid brand on the PGA Tour is Callaway, with almost one-third of all hybrids used on the Tour.

Callaway is followed by Titleist hybrids, which make up about 28% of all hybrids used on the PGA Tour. Only eleven of the Top 20 players use hybrids, five of which use Callaway hybrids, while two use Titleist.

15% of hybrids used on the PGA Tour are manufactured by TaylorMade, while PING and PXG hybrids are tied for the fourth most popular hybrid brand, with 9% each. Of the Top 20 ranked players on the PGA Tour, none use TaylorMade hybrids, two use PING, and only one uses PXG.

Nike is the only other brand of hybrid used by a Top 20 player, but it is not one of the top five most popular brands.

I play with a TaylorMade hybrid. Although the photo below shows an older model not currently used by the pros on Tour, I like this club as it’s fantastic for getting out of the rough and allows you to make great distances onto the green.

TaylorMade Hybrid

Popular Fairway Woods On The PGA Tour

The most popular fairway wood brand on the PGA Tour is TaylorMade, with approximately 39% of all fairway woods used on the Tour carrying their name.

TaylorMade is also the most popular fairway wood brand among the Top 20 ranked players, with six players using TaylorMade woods. The TaylorMade SIM Max is the most popular fairway wood model among the Top 20 players.

Titleist is another popular fairway wood brand on the PGA Tour, coming in second in the popularity stakes with 24%. Titleist is also the second most popular brand of wood among the Top 20 players, with five players including Titleist fairway woods in their bags. The TS2 is the most popular fairway wood from Titleist among the Top 20 players.

Callaway, on 21%, and PING, on 12%, are the third and fourth most popular fairway wood brands on the PGA Tour. These two brands are equally popular among the Top 20 ranked players on the Tour, with four players each, with one player using a Cobra fairway wood, which is the fifth most popular on the Tour, with only 3% of players using it.

Read more: 5 Most Popular Fairway Woods on The PGA Tour

Popular Shafts On The PGA Tour

When it comes to shafts used on the PGA Tour, the picture looks a lot different. Most players use a variety of shafts for the different types of clubs and feature two or more shaft brands in their bags. For instance, a player like Matt Kuchar would use Fujikura shafts for his drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, Aerotech for his irons, KBS for his wedges, and LA Golf for his putter.

The most popular shaft brand on the PGA Tour is True Temper, with 24% of the players on the Tour having these shafts in their bags. Among the Top 20 ranked players, 14 have at least one True Temper shaft in their bags. True Temper shafts are mainly used for irons and wedges, with the True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue being the most popular by a large margin.

Mitsubishi, with 20%, and Fujikura, with 16%, are the second and third most popular shaft brands on the PGA Tour. Players typically use Mitsubishi and Fujikura shafts on their drivers, fairway woods, and occasionally on their hybrids. Ten of the Top 20 ranked players on the PGA Tour use Mitsubishi shafts, and eight use Fujikura shafts. Three Top 20 players have both these brands in their bags.

Graphite Design is the fourth most popular shaft on the PGA Tour, with 9% of players using it. Four of the Top 20 players use Graphite Design shafts, mainly for their fairway woods and hybrids.

The Tour’s fifth most popular shaft brand is KBS, with 8% of players using it, mainly for their irons and wedges. There are also four of the Top 20 ranked players who have KBS shafts in their bags.

Although not yet up to PGA pro standard, I do have some clubs with KBS shafts as shown in the below photo! Maybe one day!

KBS Shaft

Read more: 7 Most Popular Shafts on The PGA Tour

Popular Grips On The PGA Tour

Golf Pride grips are, by a large margin, the most popular on the PGA Tour. 64% of all the players on the Tour use Golf Pride grips. The brand is so popular that there are only two of the Top 20 ranked players on the PGA Tour that do not use Golf Pride grips. However, seven of these players use other brands of grips as well, with five of the Top 20 players using Golf Pride and Super Stroke grips.

At 22%, Super Stroke is the second most popular grip brand on the PGA Tour. It must be noted, though, that all five of the Top 20 players who use Super Stroke grips also use Golf Pride grips.

Lamkin grips are the third most popular grip brand on the PGA Tour, with 7% of the players using it. Only one player in the Top 20 rankings, Byong Hun An, features Lamkin grips in his bag.

PING, on 3%, and Jumbo Max, on 2%, are the fourth and fifth most popular grip brands on the PGA Tour. Again, only one Top 20 player, Sahith Theegala, uses PING grips, while none use Jumbo Max grips. This means that only 2% of the players on the PGA Tour play with other grip brands, like Titleist, TaylorMade, Switch Grips, and Odyssey.

Read more:  Do you want to know the top golf grips used by the pros? Check out this article to find out,  3 Most Popular Grips on The PGA Tour .

Popular Balls On The PGA Tour

The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls are, by a large margin, the most popular golf balls used on the PGA Tour. In terms of golf balls, Titleist completely dominates the PGA Tour, with a whopping 68% of all players using Titleist balls. This trend is echoed among the Top 20 players on the Tour, with no less than 13 using Titleist balls.

Callaway, on 10%, and TaylorMade, on 9%, are the second and third most popular golf ball brands on the PGA Tour. The Callaway Chrome Soft X and the TaylorMade TP5x are the two most popular balls from each of these brands and are also equally popular among the Top 20 ranked players on the Tour. Three players in the Top 20 use each of these balls.

Srixon golf balls are the fourth most popular, with only 7% of players on the PGA Tour using Srixon balls. I have to admit, I do like to use Srixon balls as they are very economically priced balls for what they achieve.

I use the soft feel in summer as it allows for greater touch around the greens and the AD333 shown below is extremely versatile for use in all weather conditions, especially when playing golf in the rain . If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I live in the UK where we get plenty of the wet stuff, and I find this ball ideal.

Srixon Golf Balls

The other 6% of golf balls used on the PGA Tour are manufactured by Bridgestone. Interestingly, none of the Top 20 players use Srixon balls, while only one uses Bridgestone balls. However, none of the balls could compete with the Titleist brand.

Read more: 5 Most Popular Golf Balls on The PGA Tour

Let’s Wrap This Up!

PGA Tour players use many different brands of clubs, shafts, grips, and golf balls. Many players use more than one brand of club and vary the brand of the shaft according to the club that they use it with. The most popular brand on the PGA Tour is Titleist, with Callaway, TaylorMade, and Odyssey also prominent. True Temper shafts and Golf Pride grips are popular brands in their categories.

But remember all Tour players test their clubs on the range with advice from an expert club technician no matter what brand of manufacture they use or are contracted with and only use what they consider to be the best for their game.

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Do Any Pros Use PXG Clubs? An Insider Look

Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) has been making waves in the golfing world since its inception in 2015.

While the brand has quickly earned a reputation for its innovative designs and use of high-quality materials, many still wonder whether PXG clubs have caught on among the professional ranks.

In this article, we delve into the world of professional golfers who have chosen to wield these cutting-edge clubs and explore the reasons behind their choices.

Do Any Pros Use PXG Clubs?

Do Any Pros Use PXG Clubs?

Yes. A few pros have wielded the pricey clubs from PXG in competitive games or elsewhere.

You and I can’t always know what’s in their bag. But we can marvel at some of these players and their clubs when they are playing.

Pro Golfers Who Have Embraced PXG Clubs

Several notable professional golfers have transitioned to PXG clubs in recent years, a testament to the brand’s efficacy and allure.

Among these high-profile players are:

  • Zach Johnson: A two-time major winner, Johnson is perhaps the most famous golfer to use PXG clubs. His wins at the Masters and the Open Championship have secured his place in golf history.
  • Pat Perez: Known for his unique style and strong personality, Perez has been a consistent performer on the PGA Tour and is a prominent user of PXG clubs.
  • Ryan Moore: Moore was the first PGA Tour player to put PXG clubs in his bag. He’s known for his innovative approach to equipment, being one of the first to use a hybrid on tour, and his adoption of PXG clubs continues this trend.
  • Lydia Ko: On the LPGA Tour, former world number one Lydia Ko is a notable user of PXG clubs. Her success has helped bring visibility to the brand in the women’s game.

Other esteemed professionals who have added PXG clubs to their arsenal include Cristie Kerr and Ryan Moore.

These golfers have experienced success on the international stage.

And their adoption of PXG clubs signals growing confidence in the brand’s ability to deliver performance-enhancing equipment.

As more pros continue to experiment with PXG clubs, the company’s footprint in the professional sphere is expected to expand.

Why Do People Hate PXG?

PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf) clubs have garnered much attention in the golf world for their high-end technology and premium pricing.

However, there are a few potential drawbacks to consider:

  • Cost: The most commonly cited disadvantage of PXG clubs is their price . They are one of the most expensive brands in the golf market, and this could put them out of reach for some players, particularly beginners who play only occasionally.
  • Value for Money: While PXG clubs offer advanced technology and customization, some golfers might not see a significant enough improvement in their performance to justify the high cost. The benefits of these clubs tend to be more noticeable for skilled golfers, and beginners or high-handicappers might not get the maximum value from them.
  • Availability: PXG clubs are not as widely available as some other brands. This could make it harder for some golfers to try the clubs before buying or accessing services like fittings and adjustments.
  • Maintenance: Given their high price and advanced technology, PXG clubs might require more maintenance and care than other clubs to keep them in top condition.
  • Perception: While some golfers appreciate the exclusivity of PXG, others might be put off by the perception that they are paying more for the brand name than for a significant performance improvement.

Benefits of Using PXG Clubs

Customization options.

One of the primary reasons professional golfers have been drawn to PXG clubs is the brand’s commitment to customization.

PXG employs an exhaustive fitting process to ensure that each golfer receives clubs tailored to their unique swing characteristics and physical attributes.

This level of customization enables golfers to achieve optimal performance, making PXG an attractive option for players seeking an edge over their competition.

Furthermore, PXG offers an array of clubhead and shaft combinations, allowing golfers to fine-tune their clubs for a precise fit.

This extensive customization has garnered attention from pros who demand the highest level of equipment optimization.

Cutting-Edge Technology

PXG clubs are renowned for using advanced technology and materials which further cements the brand’s growing popularity among professionals.

For instance, the company’s irons incorporate a unique hollow-body construction with a thermoplastic elastomer, resulting in a more consistent and forgiving strike.

Additionally, PXG drivers boast a patented honeycomb TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) insert, which dampens vibrations while enhancing the club’s sound and feel.

This innovative approach to club design has piqued the interest of pros searching for equipment that offers a distinct advantage on the course.

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While PXG clubs have certainly gained traction among professional golfers, you should note that they come with a hefty price tag.

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As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” In the case of PXG, the high price seems justified by the brand’s commitment to delivering unparalleled quality and customization.

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As we’ve seen, several professional golfers have embraced PXG clubs, attracted by the brand’s innovative designs, advanced technology, and commitment to customization.

While the price of PXG clubs may be prohibitive for some, many pros view them as a worthwhile investment in their pursuit of excellence.

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2024 PGA Championship odds, field: Surprising PGA picks from golf model that has nailed 11 majors

Sportsline's proven model simulated the pga championship 2024 10,000 times and revealed its pga golf picks for valhalla golf club.

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The 2024 PGA Championship will be a homecoming for Justin Thomas since the tournament takes place in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. Valhalla Golf Club will host the event, with the first round beginning on Thursday, May 16. Thomas is a two-time PGA champion, but this will be his first pro event at his hometown course. Even with the feel-good story of Thomas' homecoming, he still sits outside the top 20 golfers with the shortest 2024 PGA Championship odds. He's a 33-1 longshot, while two-time Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is the 4-1 favorite. Jon Rahm follows at 9-1, with McIlroy at 10-1 and Koepka at 16-1 among the 2024 PGA Championship golfers.

Before locking in any 2024 PGA Championship picks of your own, entering picks on sites like DraftKings or FanDuel, or finalizing PGA Championship props and PGA Championship Pick Six entries, be sure to see the 2024 PGA Championship golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine .

Our proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed in June of 2020. In fact, the model is up almost $10,000 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.

McClure's model correctly predicted Scottie Scheffler would finish on top of the leaderboard at the 2024 Masters, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and The Players Championship this season. McClure also included Hideki Matsuyama in his best bets to win the 2024 Genesis Invitational. That bet hit at +9000, and for the entire tournament, McClure's best bets returned nearly $1,000.

The model also predicted Jon Rahm would be victorious at the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions and The American Express. At the 2023 Masters, the model was all over Rahm's second career major victory heading into the weekend. Rahm was two strokes off the lead heading into the third round, but the model still projected him as the winner. It was the second straight Masters win for the model, which also nailed Scheffler winning in 2022.

In addition, McClure's best bets included Nick Taylor (70-1) winning the 2023 RBC Canadian Open, Jason Day (17-1) winning outright at the 2023 AT&T Byron Nelson, and Rickie Fowler (14-1) finishing on top of the leaderboard at the 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

This same model has also nailed a whopping 11 majors entering the weekend and hit the Masters three straight years. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns.

Now with the PGA Championship 2024 field taking shape, SportsLine simulated the tournament 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard.

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One major surprise the model is calling for at the 2024 PGA Championship: Brooks Koepka, a three-time PGA champion and one of the favorites, stumbles and doesn't even crack the top 10. Koepka has five major tournament wins on his resume and a reputation for elevating his level of play in big events. However, his last two major starts haven't gone well as he was 45th at the Masters, which followed a 64th-place finish at last year's Open Championship. He's failed to shoot par in each of his last seven rounds at major tournaments.

After notching three tournament wins in 2023, including last year's PGA Championship, it has been tough sledding for Koepka in 2024. He has no victories, or even top-fives, and across his six starts, he has three times as many finishes outside the top 25 (three) as he has inside the top 10 (one). He played Valhalla at the 2014 PGA Championship and finished in a tie for 15th place, but that placement ranks just eighth out of his 11 career PGA Championship starts.

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Choosing your fairway woods is an important task for any golfer and when it comes to thinking about which ones you should be adding to your bag it is always interesting to look at what fairway woods the pros use.

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TaylorMade are the most used fairway woods by the top 100 PGA Tour pros with the Stealth Plus model the most popular. 33% of the woods chosen by these pros are TaylorMade with Titleist and PING models making up 28% and 21% respectively. A 3-wood and 5-wood is the most common wood set up chosen by 35 pros in this group.

That summary does not however tell the full story when it comes to the fairway woods being used on the PGA Tour.

Our in-depth analysis of the top pros’ fairway wood choices also revealed insights into the amount of times they altered the lofts of their woods to different degrees as well as the shafts they favour.

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What is the Most Used 3-Wood on Tour?

When it comes to the breakdown of the fairway woods used by the top pros on the PGA Tour it is clear that the 3-wood is the mainstay of the group.

96% of the top 100 PGA Tour pros carry a 3-wood. TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus is the most popular 3-wood used by 12 pros. PING’s G430 Max is the next most used with 8 pros choosing it. Titleist’s TSI2 and TS3 3-wood models are played by 7 and 6 pros while Callaway’s most popular model used by 5 pros is the Paradym Triple Diamond.

When it comes to overall numbers of 3-woods used across their full range of models TaylorMade and Titleist continue to dominate with 60 of the pros using one of these brands.

This number is 5 more than we found when we last did this analysis two years ago.

When it comes to analyzing the lofts of the 3-woods used by the top 100 players on Tour what is again noticeable is the variance in choices.

The ‘standard’ loft of a 3-wood is 15 degrees but less than 50% (43 out of 96) stick with this standard.

12 of the players opt for a strong 3-wood with a loft of between 13 and 13.5 degrees while 12 choose a much higher launch 3-wood version with a loft of 16.5 degrees.

Indeed some would argue that having a 16.5º loft on a 3-wood almost makes it a 4-wood and it is interesting to note that Maverick McNealy does class his Callaway Mavrik 16.5º fairway wood as a 4-wood.

Golfing Focus infographic showing the brand and type breakdown of the the number of fairway woods used by the top 100 PGA Tour pros

With Bryson DeChambeau now playing on the LIV Tour though this time we didn’t find any outliers carrying a 10.5º “3-wood” with 13º being the strongest lofted 3-wood choice we came across used by players including Rory McIlroy.

In 2023 our analysis also highlighted the best 100 pros on Tour use 12 different lofts of 3-wood varying from 13º up to 16.5º, with some even choosing lofts with a precision of up to .1 of a degree.

Jon Rahm’s Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond T high launch 3-wood model for example is bent from its original 16º setting to an incredibly precise 15.1º loft.

Further we also discovered some pros such as Andrew Putnam carrying two 3-wood options around on Tour with them – a standard 15º Srixon ZX Mk II  together with a much stronger 13º Cleveland Launcher DST option – clearly for use in different conditions.

Such attention to detail clearly shows how much time the pros spend choosing a 3-wood that is absolutely tailor-made to their specific requirements

As such it is important to bear in mind that the 3-wood we see in the shops may be a fair distance from what the pro you are watching on TV may actually be playing with.

[Note – To find out what shafts the top pros on Tour are using in their fairway woods check out our detailed analysis of what they are choosing here .]

The Most Used 5-Wood and 7-Wood on the PGA Tour?

When it comes to fairway woods used on the PGA Tour we have already seen that the 3-wood is a mainstay of the professional’s bag.

But are there many of them using a 5-wood or even 7-wood in addition or in preference?

TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus model is the most popular 5-wood among the top 100 PGA Tour pros with 5 of the 36 pros using a 5-wood choosing it, including Rory McIlroy. Only 18% use a 7-wood with PING’s G425 Max being the most used model and again chosen by 5 pros.

Tommy Fleetwood was also seen using a 24º TaylorMade Stealth 9-wood at the Players Championship at the especially firm playing Sawgrass this year.

He has since packed it back away however returning to his 3-iron or 7-wood to fill the gap between his 4-iron and 5-wood distances.

“[The 9-wood] is like hitting a wedge onto the green; it goes up and drops straight down. It’s not a club you’re going to drill and get more out of it, it’s just going to go up in the air and come straight down. It won’t be coming out in Scotland!” Tommy Fleetwood

Maverick McNealy was also the only pro we found to be using a 4-wood albeit at a 16.5º loft which many of the other pros classed as a 3-wood.

And the point about lofts is a key one when it comes the fairways woods used by the top pros on Tour.

What one player lists as a 7-wood may have the same loft of the 5-wood carried by another player.

For example Patrick Cantlay and Max Homa both list their 21º TS2 and TSR2 fairway woods as a 5-wood.

Sepp Straka meanwhile has a 7-wood marking on his wood of the same 21º of loft.  

But what happens on many occasions with the pros is that they alter the lofts of higher numbered fairway woods.

In 2023 British Open champion Brian Harman’s case for example the number on his Titleist TS2 fairway wood does say 5 but he has had his club makers reduce the loft to 16.5º which is much stronger than a more ‘traditional’ 18 to 19 degree 5-wood.

The ‘traditional’ loft of a 7-wood is around 21 degrees but less than half of the seventeen 7-woods used amongst the top 100 players on Tour are set up with that loft.

The majority have stronger lofts varying from as low as 18º – the ‘traditional’ loft of a 5-wood – all the way up to 21º.

It is very noticeable therefore how many of the top pros use fairway woods with lofts and numbers which don’t correspond to what we would expect to see based on ‘standard’ lofts.

So although many of the pros do indeed use fairway woods as high as a 7-wood it is always worth bearing in mind the lofts on these clubs may not correspond with what you may expect and can be quite far from the ‘off the shelf’ loft of a standard 4, 5 or 7-wood.

When it comes to makes and models of the 5 and 7-woods used by the top 100 PGA Tour pros Titleist, TaylorMade and PING once again dominate.

Of the fifty-four 5-woods and 7-woods being used this elite group of players 87% are made by one of those manufacturers.

TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus is the most popular 5-wood in play while PING’s G425 Max is the most played 7-wood.

But across all these 54 different fairway woods, 27 different models produced by 6 different manufacturers, are being used showing no one model dominates across all the pros.

A complete list of the models of 5 and 7-woods used by the top 100 on Tour is listed below:

What’s the Preferred Fairway Wood Combination on Tour?

Different golfers clearly have different preferences when it comes to fairway woods.

And when it comes to looking at the woods used by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour the unique requirements of individual players are again in evidence.

While the choice of a 3-wood is clearly predominant amongst almost all of the top 100 over half of this elite group – 54 in total – carry an additional wood whether that be a 5-wood or 7-wood.

Golfing Focus infographic of the number of fairway woods each of the top 100 PGA Tour pros carried in 2021 compared to 2023

When we last did this analysis a couple of years back Wyndham Clark’s decision not to use any fairway woods and opt for PXG’s 0317 GEN1 hybrid instead was clearly an exception amongst his fellow pros.

However by this year the 2023 US Open champion opted to put a 15º TaylorMade Stealth 2 3-wood in his bag meaning we found all of the top 100 to be using at least one fairway wood.

Overall our in-depth analysis highlighted it very much to be worth checking the loft on the club rather than just the number as this will frequently give you a better indication of the types of fairway woods they are using on tour.

Players changing the loft of their fairway woods to a specific number for them is a common thing and something to be paid attention to.

So too is the frequency with which the pros will use a different combination of fairway woods,  hybrids  and driving irons depending on the set up of the course they are playing that week.

Whilst they do not change the make-up of the longest clubs in their bag all the time the pros will frequently carry a full bag of 15-17 clubs and swap out their fairway woods for other clubs as and when the course set up warrants it.

As we have already noted TaylorMade, Titlist and PING dominate the fairway woods being used by the top pros on the PGA Tour with over 80% of the 151 fairway woods we found being from one of those 3 manufacturers.

Callaways share was a surprisingly small 13% with Cobra, Srixon/Cleveland and Wilson accounting for the remaining 5% of woods being used by this elite group.

Before you go ….

It is always interesting to know what the best pros are using when it comes to the fairway woods.

But what is equally noteworthy is how far they hit them and the distance gaps they have between the longest clubs they choose to put into the bag

Read our next article to find out how far on average the pros hit their 3-woods, 5-woods and 7-woods and how that compares to the other club types many of them often choose in preference – hybrids .

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