Equipment editor Hannah Holden takes a look at the Ping clubs Viktor Hovland has in his bag for 2021

Viktor Hovland has had a whirlwind start to his professional career. Not only has he become the first Norwegian to win on the PGA Tour before achieving the same feat on the European circuit, he was also the first player since Brooks Koepka at the 2019 PGA Championship to successfully defend a PGA Tour title with his victory at the Mayakoba Classic.

And he actually won with a slightly different driver to the one he is used to. In fact, it was James Hahn’s.

So how did Hovland end up with Hahn’s driver?

The Norwegian was on the range at El Camaleon alongside Danny Lee, who was in the middle of a speed training session.

Hovland was curious to see if Lee could get any more speed with his Ping driver – which is an inch longer than standard.

Lee hit one shot, and Hovland’s driver shaft shattered in front of them.

“I don’t know where it snapped or how he snapped it, but I just look up after he hit the shot and it was in pieces,” Hovland said.

“James Hahn was in front, and he was nice enough to lend me one of his backups. It’s a little bit shorter and it’s a different shaft but, honestly, it almost helped me this week because it’s a little shorter.

“It probably goes 10 yards shorter, but I just felt like I could really hit it a little lower and a little straighter.”

Ping rep Kenton Oates told the PGA Tour that the driver was the same model, the same loft, and the same swing weight as Hovland’s usual driver. But, he said, “you give something pretty close to a guy like Viktor and he’ll figure it out”.

Viktor Hovland WITB 2021

Driver: Ping G425 LST (9°, Project X Hzrdus Smoke RDX Black 6.5 shaft)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM (14.5°, Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV 85 TX shaft)

Hybrid: Ping G425 (3, 19°, DI Hybrid 85 X shaft)

Irons: Ping i210 (4-PW, KBS Tour-V 120 X shafts)

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro (50° & 56°) Vokey WedgeWorks (60°,  KBS Tour-V 130 X shafts)

Putter: Ping PLD Prototype “Hovi” (patina finish, 36″, 20-degree lie, 2.5-degree loft, stepped shaft)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Scroll down to see Hovland’s equipment set-up from previous years…

Viktor Hovland WITB 2020

Viktor Hovland WITB 2020

Driver: Ping G425 LST (9°, Project X Hzrdus Smoke RDX Black 6.5 shaft)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (14.5°, Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV 85 TX shaft)

Driving iron: Callaway X Forged UT (21°, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI Hybrid 85X shaft)

Irons: Ping i210, (4-PW, KBS Tour-V 120 X shafts)

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (50°, 55°) Vokey WedgeWorks (60°,  KBS Tour-V 130 X shafts)

Putter: Ping PLD Prototype “Hovi” (patina finish, 36″, 20-degree lie, 2.5-degree loft, stepped shaft)