All the Gear: Patrick Reed summons the spirit of the Ryder CupJune 18, 2017 Golf Equipment
Will Patrick Reed go for the full Captain America outfit on Sunday? Equipment editor James Savage rounds up the latest gear news from the US Open...
If you look at the career of Patrick Reed to date – he’s definitely produced his most memorable performances in the Ryder Cup.
From shushing the crowd at Gleneagles to out-pumping Rory McIlroy at Hazeltine, the American just loves the red, white and blue.
So not only has Reed been wearing those colours in each of his three opening rounds at Erin Hills – he’s even wearing the same trousers from his last Ryder Cup outing.
“They felt good,” Reed said about the Ralph Lauren slacks.
“I’ve worn them a lot around the house and stuff like that and practice. But it was the first time popping them back out in play.”
Reed has the red and white FootJoy Icon shoes, white belt, USA-themed golf bag and headcovers. It certainly seemed to work as he fired a superb 65 on Saturday to finally set up a proper major challenge.
Here’s his outfit for Sunday’s final round:
What gear helped Justin Thomas play the best-ever US Open round?
When you hit the ball like Justin Thomas you can wear pink trousers without any problem at all.
The best shot of his stunning 63 was his approach to 18 where he had 310 yards to the hole.
He hit a high cut with a 15˚ Titleist 917F3 fairway wood which pitched on the apron and ran 12ft past the pin. The F3 is a more compact model to the F2.
It’s also interesting to see Thomas play three different Titleist irons this week. He has the 716 TMB 2-iron, 716 CB 4-iron and the the 716 MB from 9-PW.
— Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) June 14, 2017
He plays Titleist equipment right through the bag including the 917 driver, SM6 Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron Futura putter and Titleist Pro V1x ball.
Jury still out on Nike collar-less polos
I have to say I am a fan. Maybe more of the concept rather than the execution. But some people are just refusing to accept them at all.
I hate those new collar-less #Nike golf shirts. Golf is meant to be played in a collared shirt. Period.
— Jason L. Wilson (@JasonWilson0719) June 17, 2017
Apparently, all golf shirts must have a collar otherwise it’s ‘just not golf’. Has anyone thought that point of view is the problem with golf?
Not a fan of the Nike golf collar. Can't wait for it to be relegated to the fashion dustbin of history.
— UFO Jockey (@_CharlieSierra_) June 17, 2017
People are actually being put off because they are told to wear certain things. What sort of sport turns people away for not wearing a collar on their shirt?
I'm going to have a word with the board at my country club about these new Nike golf shirts at the U.S. Open. Not a collar in my book.
— Donny Zongo, Esquire (@DonnyZongoEsq) June 16, 2017
Anyway, that’s a debate for another day. I think they look good and fair play for Nike for trying to shake things up a bit.
Impressive debut for Ping G400 drivers
It doesn’t look like they’ll get a winner but Ping must be delighted with how their latest driver has gone down among their tour players.
— John K Solheim (@JohnKSolheim) June 16, 2017
A total of 13 put the G400 into play this week which is a massive seal of approval for any new product.
It may yet win the top amateur prize thanks to a great week so far from Cameron Champ.
Zach Johnson finally gets a new driver
The 2015 Open champion has been very attached to his Titleist 913 driver. So much so he even had to colour the sole in with black felt tip after he signed a big money move to PXG.
But the American is now using the superb new PXG 0811 driver. I’ve hit it and think it’s the real deal – regardless of the price tag.
Sned’s caddy is Made of Stone
Maybe Brandt Snedeker’s caddie Scott Veil wishes he was at one of the Stone Roses gigs this weekend?
Looking forward to Beef on Sunday
It’s not been the easiest year on the course for Beef. Yes he’s been a huge success off the course but many people will forget he’s been struggling for invites on the PGA Tour and had to qualify for this year’s US Open.
And he’s performed admirably so far. Titleist are obviously pleased to have him playing their equipment.