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Equipment: What’s in Henrik Stenson’s Open-winning bag?

We take a look at the tools which helped Henrik Stenson to one of the greatest Open victories of all time…
 

Callaway staffer Henrik Stenson finally landed that elusive major title after one of the greatest ever final rounds.

He held of the challenge of fellow Callaway man Phil Mickelson in a one-two for the brand.

There have been a few changes in Stenson’s bag in recent years but he puts a lot faith in what has served him well rather than chopping and changing as new gear comes out.

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It’s very much a case of the old and the new at both ends of the bag.

Stenson put the new Callaway XR 16 driver into play this year and it proved to be a very reliable weapon for him when it was required.

The 40-year-old often opts to use his trusty Diablo Octane 3-wood off the tee – like on 18 where he pummeled it 311 yards to set up a closing birdie.

It’s easy to see why it’s such a reliable club for him and no surprise to hear it was his favourite when we spoke to him in the build-up to the tournament.

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It was also no surprise to see Stenson lead the field for greens in regulation at 78 per cent (56/72) thanks to some solid iron play throughout the week.

He opted to take out his 4-wood in favour of a 2-iron so was carrying 2-PW in the Callaway Legacy Black Forged model. These have been in the Swede’s bag for a number of years now and it seems there is no reason to change.

The 2-wood came in handy on the par-5 16th where he was able to split the fairway, avoid the ditch but still be in range of the green with his second shot.

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Stenson’s wedge play was impressive all week – particularly the up and down at 16 for birdie to hold his two-shot lead.

He carries just the two Callaway MD3 wedges in a 52˚ and a 58˚ and is able to manipulate each one to play all the shots required from 120 yards and in.

It was also a good week on the greens with his Odyssey White Hot XG in the #7 headshape. Stenson lead the field for birdies with 25, and averaged 27 putts per round.

In round 3 he only needed 24 putts.

What Stenson said: “I felt like this was going to be my turn.

“I feel very privileged to be the one to hold this trophy. There’s been many great players from my country tried in past years and decades and there’s been a couple of really close calls.

“Jesper in particular twice. So he sent me a message, “Go out and finish what I didn’t manage to finish,” and I’m really proud to have done that, and it’s going to be massive for golf in Sweden with this win.”

What’s in the bag?

Driver: Callaway XR 16 9˚ (Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited 60X 05 Flex)

3 Wood: Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13˚ (Grafalloy Blue X-Flex)

Irons: Callaway Legacy Black (2-PW) (Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120X)

Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (52-10 S-Grind, 58-8 C-Grind) (Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120X)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #7H

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

James Savage

Former equipment editor of NCG. Inconsistent ball-striker and tea-maker.

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