The clubs Reed used to win The MastersApril 8, 2018 Golf Equipment
Former Callaway staffer Patrick Reed has one of the most mixed bags on tour but it has just helped him to a Green Jacket...
Patrick Reed WITB. It is unlikely we have ever seen a Masters champion with a mixed bag on this level.
You never quite know what gear Reed is going to pull out next.
And most of his gear is around five years old… No comment.
But first things first, why wasn’t he wearing his red and black outfit like he would normally on the Sunday of a tournament?
Well, Nike actually instructed players such as Reed, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey to wear particular ‘colour stories’ on each of the four days.
“Nike [is] doing a new thing where all all the players stay in the same kind of story line,” Reed said on the Friday.
“So all the players will either be in this colour or that gray, grayish black today and yesterday and then all of us will be in the same colour tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday.”
But a certain Tiger Woods was not included so was able to wear his traditional Sunday red and black.
Anyway, Reed won’t care. He’ll probably wear pink on Sundays from now on. Pink is the new red.
Reed actually blamed poorly fitted equipment for a baron spell at the beginning of 2017.
“Lies and lofts were off on the irons two to two and a half degrees, which is a lot,” Reed said back in April last year.
“Because of that, it was making me have to alter my golf swing to get the golf ball to go straight. When I was swinging well, all of a sudden I would look up and the ball is long and left. ‘What is it, is it me, what’s going on?’
“When you’re on the road as much as you are you always think it’s you, it’s not the equipment, you know.
“I hate using that as an excuse, no, it wasn’t me, the irons weren’t set up where they needed to be … but this was probably the one time that I could actually say my equipment wasn’t set up how it’s supposed to be for me.”
The former Callaway staffer has been mixing it up to say the least in recent months with a bag of equipment you’d be far more likely to see on the first tee at your home club than at Augusta National.
But Patrick Reed is not your average tour pro. He gets a bad rap and is hardly the most popular guy on tour.
But I’ve spoke to him once and he seemed warm and friendly.
As a free agent, (he does have a Nike clothes and shoe deal) Reed can use what ever he wants so it’s always interesting to see what those who don’t have contracts use.
Reed opts for the Ping G400 LST driver which is one of four models within the G400 range.
Then he goes old skool for his 3-wood with the Nike VR Pro which was made long before Reed proclaimed to be one of the top five players in the world.
It was a club he used back in 2013 – before he signed a deal with Callaway and had a bag full of Nike clubs
The American has three different iron models on the go with a Titleist T-MB driving iron, a Callaway X Forged 4-iron and then some Callaway MB blades which are as old as his 3-wood.
Not many people have heard of Artisan wedges but they are made by former Nike clubmakers who have started out a new business.
He also has a four-year-old Titleist Vokey SM5 lob wedge thrown in for good measure.
The putter is a little more familiar in the shape of an Odyssey White Hot Pro 3 – an Anser-style blade.
Reed favours the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.
And it’s worth pointing out that’s the ball Reed chooses to use and has no contract with Titleist.
He switched to the ball ahead of the WGC Mexico and has now finished in the top 10 in four consecutive events – and risen to 11 in the world rankings.
Patrick Reed WITB
Driver:Ping G400 LST, 10* (Aldila Rogue Silver 70X)
3-wood:Nike VR Pro, 15* (Aldila Rogue Silver 80X)
Driving iron:Titleist 716 T-MB, 18* (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
Irons: Callaway 2013 X Forged 4-iron, Callaway MB-1 5-PW (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
Wedges:Artisan 51*, 56*, Titleist Vokey SM5 60*(True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter:Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
Ball:Titleist Pro V1