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5 issues I realized from trying inside the baggage of golf’s elite amateurs

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Pierceson Coody (left) and Cole Hammer teed it up on the AT&T Byron Nelson after serving to the U.S. win the Walker Cup.

Jonathan Wall

Mere hours after they helped the U.S. clinch a third-straight Walker Cup title, College of Texas standouts Cole Hammer and Pierceson Coody made the journey again house to the Lone Star State to prep for the AT&T Byron Nelson. Whereas GOLF.com’s gear staff is used to highlighting the tools utilized by the very best professionals on the planet, we figured it was a great week to modify gears and have a look at the instruments utilized by two of the sport’s elite amateurs.

Listed here are 5 issues we realized from peeking inside their luggage.

1. Easy instruments

You don’t want high-tech coaching aids to see noticeable enhancements on the course. Each Coody (pictured) and Hammer sported easy alignment sticks that may be had for lower than $20. Simply bear in mind to choose up two sticks so that you don’t wind up utilizing them incorrectly.

The placing arc coaching help (pictured on the best facet of Coody’s bag) helps groove your stroke over time and is comparatively cheap at lower than $40. Mixed, that’s about what you’d spend on 15 premium golf balls for 2 dependable coaching aids. We’ll allow you to resolve which buy is extra useful in your recreation in the long term.

2. Tour goodies

One of many perks of teeing it up in a Tour occasion is attending to check out the most recent gear — without charge. Resting subsequent to Coody’s bag was a brand new Sik putter that includes LAGP’s common composite shaft and a JumboMax grip. Hammer was toting round contemporary wedges and a brand new Ping G425 Max 5-wood with a Mitsubishi Diamana BF shaft. Solely this wasn’t simply any BF shaft. The inexperienced model occurs to be from Tony Finau’s private inventory (discover the TF emblem beneath the grip).

That is as soon as once more a pleasant reminder that it’s good to be an elite newbie teeing it up in a Tour occasion.

3. Mixing it up

Blended iron units stay a preferred choices within the skilled ranks for participant who wish to reap the advantages of forgiveness and ball velocity on the high of the set however don’t essentially wish to sacrifice workability and management within the mid and quick irons. Each Hammer and Coody had comparable cut up units with a minimum of three totally different fashions. Coody opted for a TaylorMade P790 3-iron and P7MC 4-iron earlier than transitioning into a conventional set of P7MB blades.

Hammer was one of many solely gamers within the discipline this week carrying a graphite-shafted Ping i210 2-iron. With excessive lofted fairway wooden utilization on the rise, Hammer nonetheless sees the advantages of utilizing a game-improvement lengthy iron — albeit a really forgiving, excessive launching possibility. The remainder of his setup consists of i210 (3-4) and iBlade (5-PW) with burnt orange (Texas’ college colours) paint fill across the iron numbers.

4. Loads of choices

Many golfers are informed to play the identical shafts of their irons to maintain the texture and weight constant. It’s a tried-and-true gear recipe that continues to work for a big majority of golfers. Whereas that isn’t a nasty concept, there’s nothing flawed with attempting out totally different flexes and weights if you happen to’re a greater participant.

As highlighted within the earlier notice, Hammer employs a Graphite Design AD DI 95X Hybrid shaft (99 grams uncooked) in his 2-iron, however instantly transitions into True Mood Dynamic Gold 120 X100 metal (120 grams) within the 3- and 4-iron and Dynamic Gold Tour Concern X100 (130 grams) within the 5-iron by pitching wedge.

It’s clear from Hammer’s setup that he’s been busy testing to search out the perfect launch and spin traits for each membership within the bag. In his case, he’s higher off utilizing three totally different shaft fashions all through the iron setup. Is it unconventional? Little question. However it works.

In the event you’re going to check out totally different shafts in your iron set, ensure you get a licensed membership fitter concerned to make sure the swing weights keep constant.

5. Traditionalists

As mallet utilization continues to rise, Hammer and Coody proceed to maintain it conventional. Each have been wielding Anser-style blades on the apply inexperienced, together with a comparatively new Scotty Cameron Particular Choose Newport 2 for Hammer. Like a great pair of blue denims, traditional blades won’t ever exit of fashion.

Need to overhaul your individual bag for 2021? Go to the knowledgeable fitters at our affiliate firm, True Spec Golf. For extra on the most recent gear information and knowledge, make sure that to take a look at our latest Totally Geared up podcast within the Spotify hyperlink beneath.

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Jonathan Wall

Golf.com

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Journal and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Gear. Previous to becoming a member of the employees on the finish of 2018, he spent 6 years masking tools for the PGA Tour.

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