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Which clubs do equipment free agents use on tour? We found out – GolfWRX

Which clubs do equipment free agents use on tour? We found out – GolfWRX
Which clubs do equipment free agents use on tour? We found out – GolfWRX

As of June 9, 2024, the Tuesday before the 2024 Genesis Scottish Open, there are 15 equipment free agents in the OWGR top 100.

Equipment free agents are defined here as players who do not have a sponsorship or a branded contract to play a specific company’s golf clubs. If the player has a branded contract to use a company’s staff bag, driver, irons or putter, or if he wears an OEM hat, he will be excluded from the Equipment Free Agents list.

To be completely honest, I excluded borderline players like Maverick McNealy, Justin Rose, and Matt Fitzpatrick from the list because of their putter relationships. I probably could have left them in since they use different brands in their complete setups, but we need to develop some basic definitions here to keep this clear.

However, given the variety of golf ball branding contracts that exist on Tour, equipment free agents are considered equipment free agents even if they have golf ball contracts.

Since I make the rules here, this is something everyone has to live with for the sake of this article/research study. However, I think most “techies” would agree with me that an equipment free agent is someone who can play with any 14 clubs, i.e. an “equipment free agent”. Golf balls just don’t count in this case in my opinion, and I hope you agree.

Barring some sort of secret deal that no one knows about, the 15 “equipment free players” listed below are, to my knowledge, not affected by any current club contracts. These are players who are free to test and use any golf club of any brand without being contractually bound to it.

Maybe I’m wrong and some of the players actually have contracts to play at certain clubs, but I guarantee I don’t know anything about it. I do my best to keep these results unbiased.

Also, we must remember that we are dealing with equipment free agents here. These are players who enjoy the freedom to test out equipment from different brands, and they tend to switch clubs on a regular basis, so the list below may change weekly or even daily. However, I have tried my best to do detective work by using our weekly WITB photos from GolfWRX.com, using information from equipment companies, and analyzing the most current photos on Getty Images or otherwise. Despite my best efforts, however, I am sure I am doing something wrong, as these free agents switch clubs at their whim and their bag loadout often varies from day to day.

I apologize if I have received incorrect information, but I guarantee that the information below is correct as of some point in 2024. For each of the 15 players, the club information is correct as of the most recent date, which is the day before the Genesis Scottish Open. However, by the time you read this article, things may have changed slightly. Or a player listed below may have already signed a new brand deal. That’s just the nature of the “equipment free agent” business and it’s something we all have to accept here.

Finally, before we get to the results, a few brief notes on the categories.

The categories here are drivers, fairway woods, 7-irons, lob wedges, and putters. From the fairway woods category, I excluded the TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver. This just makes things a little too confusing because most players who have a mini driver in their bag also have a 3-wood that they use depending on the course or conditions. In this case, I used the lowest lofted fairway wood in the bag for each player. It kind of evens the playing field that way because the mini driver is a specialty club and can’t necessarily be called a fairway wood – it literally has “driver” in the name! But you should know that in any given week, there are about 1-4 free agent mini drivers in play.

Also, I only examined the “7 iron” to avoid confusion with mixed sets and not try to determine what is considered a “driving iron” and what is not. It’s a more concise list that only includes the 7 iron and I think it gets us all to what we’re looking for. Maybe I’ll examine “mixed sets” further, but for now, let’s just start with the 7. Also, we’re only analyzing the lob wedge and not all the wedges used in the entire set. Not only do I think the lob wedge is the specific club most people want to know about, but it’s super messy to list all the wedges in a player’s bag since many players use some sort of wedge set of mixed models or brands.

However!

Below I have compiled a list of the most popular drivers, fairway woods, 7-irons, lob wedges and putters of the 15 equipment free agents, all of whom rank in the OWGR top 100.

The information compiled below is listed numerically, from most common to least common use, and alphabetically.

driver

Ping G430 LST (4 players)
Titleist GT2 (4)
Titleist GT3 (2)

Sick Formula Fire
Ping G430 Max10K
Ping G430 Max
TaylorMade M6
Titleist TSR3

Fairway wood

Ping G430 Max (5)
TaylorMade Qi10 (4)
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (2)

Sick Formula Fire
TaylorMade Qi10 Tour
TaylorMade Stealth Plus
Titleist 915F

7 iron

Titleist T100 (2)
Titleist 620MB (2)

Avoda Golf prototype
Callaway Apex TCB
Callaway X Forged CB
KM-700
Mizuno MP-18 SC
Ping Blueprint S Forged
Ping S55
TaylorMade P770
TaylorMade P7TW
Titleist 620CB
Titleist AP2 718

Lob Wedge

Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks (7)
Titleist Vokey SM9 (4)
Titleist Vokey SM10 (3)
Ping Glide 4.0

putter

Odyssey (6)

Odyssey Ai One 2-Ball
Odyssey O-Works Jailbird Mini
Odyssey Toulon San Diego
Odyssey Toulon San Diego prototype
Odyssey White Hot OG #7
Odyssey White Hot Pro Rossie

Scott Cameron (4)

Scotty Cameron 009M
Scotty Cameron GoLo N7
Scotty Cameron P5 prototype
Scotty Cameron T5 Proto

TaylorMade (3)

TaylorMade Spider Tour Limited Red
TaylorMade TP HydroBlast DuPage SB
TaylorMade Spider Tour X

LAB Golf Mezz.1 Proto
SIK Pro C-Series Armlock

Individual breakdown of free agents in the top 100 (according to the latest WITB information and photos)

Patrick Cantlay

Driver: Titleist GT2
3-Wood: Titleist 915F
7 iron: Titleist AP2 718
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM9
Putter: Scotty Cameron T5 Proto

Patrick Cantlay WITB 2024

Bryson DeChambeau

Driver: Sick Formula Fire Pro
3-Wood: Sick Formula Fire
7 iron: Avoda prototype
Lob Wedge: Ping Glide 4.0
Putter: SIK Pro C-Series Armlock

Bryson DeChambeau WITB 2024

Jason Day

Driver: Ping G430 LST
3-Wood: TaylorMade Qi10
7 iron: TaylorMade P770
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Limited Red

Jason Day WITB2024

Denny McCarthy

Driver: Titleist GT2
3-Wood: TaylorMade Qi10
7 iron: Callaway Apex TCB
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks
Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo N7

Denny McCarthy WITB 2024

Davis Thompson

Driver: Titleist TSR3
3-Wood: Ping G430 Max
7 iron: Titleist 620MB
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #7

Davis Thompson WITB 2024

Stephan Jaeger

Driver: Ping G430 LST
3-Wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond
7 iron: Ping S55
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey-SM10
Putter: Odyssey Ai One 2-Ball

Stephan Jaeger WITB 2024

Aaron Rai

Driver: TaylorMade M6
3-Wood: TaylorMade Qi10
7 iron: TaylorMade P7TW
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM9
Putter: TaylorMade TP HydroBlast DuPage SB

Aaron Rai 2023 WITB

Adam Schenk

Driver: Ping G430 Max10K
3-Wood: Ping G430 Max
7 iron: Mizuno MP-18 SC
Lob wedge: Titleist Vokey-SM10
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro Rossie

Adam Schenk WITB 2024

Adam Scott

Driver: Titleist GT2
Fairway wood: TaylorMade Qi10
7 iron: KM-700
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks
Putter: LAB Golf Mezz.1 Proto

Adam Scott WITB2024

Brendon Todd

Driver: Ping G430 Max
3-Wood: Ping G430 Max
7 iron: Ping Blueprint S Forged
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks Proto
Putter: Odyssey Toulon San Diego

Brendon Todd WITB2024

Daniela Schmidt

Driver: Titleist GT3
3-Wood: Ping G430 Max
7 iron: Titleist T100
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM9
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M

Cam Smith WITB2024

Patrick Rodgers

Driver: Titleist GT3
3-Wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond
7 iron: Titleist T100
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM9
Putter: Odyssey Toulon San Diego prototype

Patrick Rodgers WITB2024

Mark Hubbard

Driver: Ping G430 LST
3-Wood: Ping G430 Max
7 iron: Titleist 620MB
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

Mark Hubbard WITB2024

Ben Kohles

Driver: Titleist GT2
3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus
7 iron: Titleist 620 CB
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey-SM10
Putter: Scotty Cameron P5 prototype

Ben Kohles WITB 2024

Matt Wallace

Driver: Ping G430 LST
3-Wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour
7 iron: Callaway X Forged CB
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks
Putter: Odyssey O-Works Jailbird Mini

Matt Wallace WITB2024

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