PGA Tour Golfers with 1 Clear-Cut Favorite Club
Golfers are very protective of their equipment, most times wanting only themselves and their caddies touching their clubs.
But while the guys who play for pay are very protective of their sticks, most of them have one they consider the most important club in the bag.
Tiger Woods says all of his clubs are important. Others may waffle a bit, but the following is a list of some of game's best players who had no problem choosing the most important one.
Not surprisingly, most of those were putters.
Check it out.
You might expect a guy who hits the ball as far as Gary Woodland does would list his driver as his most important club.
Not so fast, my friend.
Woodland is very fond of his 18-degree Callaway Apex UT, a club that not only gives him the length he wants but also gives him the option to play a variety of shots.
"If I need to get it in play, I'll typically use this club because I can hit a variety of shots with it—from a low stinger to something that goes a little bit higher and lands soft," Woodland said in an interview on PGATour.com.
The club looks like a muscled-up iron, one that he can do a variety of things with. One of those things is reaching par-fives and the eagle chances that he's afforded.
You might guess a long time before figuring out what the best player in the world's most important club is.
Considering the wide variety of miraculous shots Rory McIlroy has hit and continues to hit, the choice of his Nike VR Pro Blade 6-iron is an interesting one.
"I've actually become pretty accurate on approach shots from 175-200 yards because I spend so much time practicing with my 6-iron,' McIlroy told PGATour.com. "I'm typically inside the top five or close to it every year in the PGA Tour proximity to the hole stat from 175-200 yards."
McIlroy had an absolutely spectacular 2014 season, but he finished just 15th in the 175-200 category.
Keegan Bradley is one of those players who will be looking for a new favorite club once Jan. 1, 2016 arrives.
That's when the anchored putting stroke becomes illegal and those who have used it will have to find another way of getting the ball into the hole.
Bradley has used the Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth belly putter that features a double-bend ski-pole shaft.
"It's been in the bag since about 2010 and I used it for all of my wins on the tour, including the PGA Championship," Bradley said in an interview on PGATour.com. "I've tried other putters over the last few years but always come back to this one because of the success I've had with it in the past."
There's a lot to Justin Rose's game. The man did win a U.S Open, after all.
He can drive the ball long and well, proved at Merion what a good ball-striker he was and, obviously, he putted well. That's why his TaylorMade White Smoke DA-62 Prototype is his most important club.
Rose's putter is one of those he'll not be able to use in an anchored manner starting Jan. 1, 2016 because of the ban on the anchored stroke.
"I really believe you and live die by your putter. You need to be creative with your wedges, but you also need to have that same feel, touch and creativity with your putter," Rose said in an interview on PGATour.com. "I was looking for something new that suited my eye."
Matt Kuchar has proven to be one of the great moneymaking machines on the PGA Tour despite not winning all that many tournaments. He is 16th on the career money list with over $30 million and seven wins.
"Without question it's my (Bridgestone J40 430) driver," Kuchar, who was 20th last year in driving accuracy in 2014, said in an interview with PGATour.com. I like to call it the fairway splitter because when I have an important tee shot, I know I can pull this club from the bag and find the fairway."
Kuchar is one of those players in that "best players without a major title" group.
Jason Day has proven to be able to do a lot of things well on the PGA Tour. He was in a position to win the Masters with three holes to play. A couple of bogeys derailed that hope, but a healthy Day is definitely someone to contend with.
His most important club? His TaylorMade Ghost Spider Itsy Bitsy Prototype putter.
In 2014, he was first, second and third from inside three, four and five feet.
"The main reason I went back to Itsy Bitsy was because the mallet putter I was using had a line on top and, for whatever reason, I couldn't quite see the line anymore," Day said in a story on PGATour.com. "The clean look on the top has been working for me."