What's In The Bag: U.S. Open Winners Edition
This 2022 U.S. Open is sure to be a memorable one. The event returns to the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts for the first time in over 20 years and 109 years after Francis Ouimet’s legendary championship victory.
The U.S. Open has a rich golf history filled with some of the most notorious moments in the memory of the sport. The following will take a look at some of the five most recent winners and highlight some of the clubs they had in their bags for their win, in an attempt to create the ultimate U.S. Open club set.
- Cobra King Speedzone Driver – Bryson DeChambeau, 2020
- TaylorMade M2 2017 Fairway Wood – Brooks Koepka, 2018
- Mizuno JPX 900 Forged Irons – Brooks Koepka, 2017
- Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedges – Gary Woodland, 2019
- Odyssey White Hot OG Rossie Putter – Jon Rahm, 2021
Cobra King Speedzone Driver – Bryson DeChambeau, 2020
The Cobra King Speedzone driver came onto the golf scene with a bang as a lot of talk at the time was focused on Cobra-sponsored golfer Bryson DeChambeau and his quest to hit the ball further than ever.
The Speedzone was designed to help enhance not only DeChambeau’s distance off the tee, but do the same for every golfer who picks this club. Though most golfers won’t reach distances like DeChambeau, there’s no doubt that the King Speedzone will help go further than ever on the course.
Perks of the Cobra King Speedzone Driver:
- Gains in distance, regardless of skill level
- Decent level of forgiveness even though it’s not meant to be a forgiving club
- Infinity CNC Milled clubface to maximize control over the golf ball at impact
TaylorMade M2 2017 Fairway Wood – Brooks Koepka, 2018
The TaylorMade M2 2017 fairway wood was featured in Brooks Koepka’s bag for both of his U.S. Open victories. Opting for the Tour model to help reduce spin on impact, Koepka’s M2 wood also happened to be an HL, or high-launch, model to help get the ball off the ground, despite the low spin rate.
Highly forgiving, the M2 2017 fairway wood was a staple in Koepka’s bag for a few years following his back-to-back U.S. Open victories. This should be no surprise as the M2 2017 fairway was designed to be a forgiving, yet powerful tool to add to your golf bag.
Perks of the TaylorMade M2 2017 Fairway Wood:
- Highly forgiving, both off the tee and down in the fairway
- Mishits tend to result in less penalizing ball flights
- Wide clubhead for more confidence at address
Mizuno JPX 900 Forged Irons – Brooks Koepka, 2017
The Mizuno JPX 900 Forged irons, much like his trusty M2 2017 fairway wood, were a staple of Koepka’s bag during the span of his major championships run. A long-time free agent, Koepka had a sweet spot for Mizuno irons after Nike stopped producing golf clubs and before signing with Srixon.
The Mizuno JPX 900 Forged irons are designed to help highly skilled players enhance their control over the trajectory of the ball flight to be as accurate as possible. While control is maximized on this set, forgiveness on mishits will be close to non-existent.
Perks of the Mizuno JPX 900 Forged Irons:
- Maximized control over the flight of the golf ball
- Great feel at impact when the ball finds the middle of the sweet spot
- Blade profile with a thicker body for a touch of forgiveness
Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedges – Gary Woodland, 2019
The Titleist Vokey SM7 wedges are part of the longest line of high-quality wedges on the market. Gary Woodland put his trust in the SM7 models for the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The SM7 got to shine on the iconic par-3 7th, which played close to 100 yards. A perfect hole for wedges.
Woodland’s short game had to be sharp around Pebble and he did just that with his SM7 wedges in 2019. Making the most of the multiple bounces released by Titleist with the SM7 wedges, Woodland showed once again why these wedges deserved to be the most popular.
Perks of the Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedges:
- Wide variety of sole options to match your playing style
- Sharp grooves for maximum spin rates at impact
- Very minimalistic, almost vintage-like, look
Odyssey White Hot OG Rossie Putter – Jon Rahm, 2021
The Odyssey White Hot OG Rossie putter was only a recent addition to Jon Rahm’s bag when he won the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. The half-mallet Rossie is a throwback to the original White Hote Rossie that was one of Odyssey’s most iconic putters of all time.
Bridging the gap between the feel of a blade putter and the forgiveness of the mallet putter, the White Hot OG Rossie putter blends the perks of each putter style to make a putter that delivers plenty of feel while offering all the forgiveness you could ever use on the greens.
Perks of the Odyssey White Hot OG Rossie Putter:
- Smaller clubhead than a mallet for a lighter feel
- Nice feel for the ball at impact
- Decent level of forgiveness on every stroke
Building a U.S. Open winning bag is an art to which there is no mastering. While once constant is the absence of hybrid with players instead opting for driving irons, like Koepka’s Nike Vapor Fly Pro driving iron that was in the bag for both of his U.S. Open victories.
Hopefully, these winning bags will help inspire the creation or any updates you might end up doing to your golf bag. If you need more expert advice on how to build a golf bag or pick your next club, be sure to book a call with one of Golf Avenue’s experts.
Until next time,
The Golf Avenue Team
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