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Shoot Like a Pro! The Clubs the PGA’s Best Drivers and Putters Use

When we choose our club and step up to that tee, we all want to believe that we play like a pro. When the driver connects with the ball and sends it flying toward the pin… our hopes go with it. Hole in one? Will we land in the rough? Have to chip out of the sand? Land on the green but 20 feet away from the hole with an impossible slope? These pros face these same challenges… and with16 hours a day of practice… you can, indeed, play just like them. Otherwise, check out the clubs they use to get the job done, and watch a few videos while you’re here.

Longest Average Drives: Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy Driver Swing

Rory McIlroy Driver Swing

Longest recorded PGA Tour drive
In Sept. 25, 1974, Mike Austin rocketed a drive 515 yards while competing in the U.S. National Senior Open Championship at Desert Rose, Las Vegas. What’s even more amazing was that Austin, now deceased, was 64 at the time he set the record.
Longest average driver in the PGA today:
Not quite 515 yards, but definitely a respectable distance. Rory McIlroy has a 306.6 yards average drive during his career.

What’s in Rory’s bag?
Driver used: Nike Vapor Pro
Also in his bag:
3-Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (15 degrees, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X shaft)
5-Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (19 degrees, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X shaft)
4-9 Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (Royal Precision Project X 7.0 shafts)
46-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Forged (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
52-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Forged (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
56-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Forged (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
59-Degree Wedge: Nike Engage Dual Sole (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
Putter: Nike Method 006

Rory McIlroy’s Driving Method:

Rory McIlroy Driver - Extreme Slow Down

Rory McIlroy Driver - Extreme Slow Down

Phil Mickelson: Trick shot

Phil Mickelson Trick Shot

Phil Mickelson Trick Shot

It’s no secret. Despite his failed attempt at the Barclay’s this weekend, Phil Mickelson is the king of the trick shot… and following along with the modern saying of “pics or it didn’t happen”, he’s released a few videos demonstrating his trick shot mastery.

Phil Mickelson trick shot over Roger Cleveland

Phil Mickelson trick shot over Roger Cleveland

Phil Mickelson backwards shot

Phil Mickelson Backwards Shot

Phil Mickelson Backwards Shot How-To Video

Phil Mickelson Backwards Shot How-To Video

What’s in Phil’s bag?

Equipment is accurate as of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (8/9/15).

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125X

Other clubs in his bag:
Driver: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki J 60X

3 Wood: Callaway X Hot Pro 3Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 70X

Utility: Callaway Apex UT (18 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125X

Utility: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125X

Irons: Callaway X-Forged ’13 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125X

Putter: Odyssey PM Prototype
Loft: 5 degrees
Grip: SuperStroke JP 40

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft Prototype

Jason Day: Putting

Jason Day Putting

Jason Day Putting

Ranked #2 for putting as of the 2015 Barclay’s, Jason Day’s short putt technique is second to… well… Jimmy Walker.

What’s in Jason’s Day’s bag?

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider IB Black Prototype

Driver: TaylorMade R15 460 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage S TiNi 70X (tipped 1 inch)
Swing Weight: D3

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade AeroBurner 3HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage S TiNi 80X
Specs: Actual loft is 14.5 degrees

Irons: TaylorMade RSi 2 (2 iron)
TaylorMade RSi TP (4-PW)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7
RSi TP Specs: Irons are bent between 2.5 and 3 degrees strong

Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind (47, 52 and 58)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

How to putt like Jason Day:
Walk the line and get a feel for the pitch of the green.

“You’re not walking around the putt,” Day said recently at a media outing presented by Adidas at Reynolds Plantation. “In this case, you’re walking the line so you may be feeling something with your feet that you can’t see, even if you’re staring down from the hole to the ball. You’re able to feel the actual putting line.”

Why? Your eyes can sometimes deceive you. Course designers are notorious for optical illusions, using the lay of the land to trick your eyes into either seeing breaks that aren’t there, or hiding subtle breaks that are.

The only way to tell for sure is to use your sense of touch, through your feet.

PGA article on making fewer putts: http://www.pga.com/golf-instruction/lesson-learned/putting/four-tips-help-make-more-putts

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