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Steven Bowditch goes back to… golf clubs from last decade?



For struggling golfers, a trip to your basement can often be as beneficial as a trip to your local pro shop. Case in point: Two-time PGA Tour winner Steven Bowditch.

Dating back to the Open in October of 2015, Bowditch has played in 30 PGA Tour sanctioned events. He’s missed the cut 19 times over that span, and is currently on a streak of nine-straight MCs. His best finish was T10 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, a tournament he qualified for by winning the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson.

By all accounts, Bowditch is in a slump. And based on his Tweets over the past year or so, he fully recognizes that fact. While some professional golfers won’t let the media or the public in on their lack of confidence, Bowditch is outspoken on the state of his game, often making jokes at his own expense. He keeps it light, and doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously.

Check out some of our favorite tweets from the past few months.


With that in mind, look at the clubs we photographed in Bowditch’s bag at this week’s CareerBuilder Challenge.

dfc78ce02fb0721217998beef2eb418b 92d70a207bd6389f4f818c83f6de865eAmong them are clubs that were released in the mid-2000s, including a TaylorMade R7 Quad Draw fairway wood and set Callaway Big Bertha Fusion irons. Surely Bowditch didn’t buy these off eBay, so he must have gamed these around the time of their release. He also has a Cobra AMP Cell hybrid in the bag, which was released a few years ago but looks like it has spent the last 10 years in his garage without a headcover on it.


The point here is that for a struggling golfer, sometimes it may be best to bring back clubs from your past that give you good feelings, rather than trying the latest technology. Best of luck to Bowditch this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and to any golfer looking to climb out of a slump.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.



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  3. jgpl001

    Jan 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    My God, he must have found that bag in a ditch after a night out wit Robert Allenby ????

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  5. Jun

    Jan 20, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Are those fusion irons have legal grooves ?

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  8. Jason

    Jan 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Are those fusions even legal?

  9. Kromulous

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Dont get down on yourself ! It will come back, loosen up, and swing free !

  10. Jam

    Jan 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

    He’s got to be the worst multiple winner on tour right now, except for Tiger.

  11. John

    Jan 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Bowditch has become one of my favorite golfers to root for. The guy has an incredible sense of humor and realizes although it is his job, it’s just a game.

  12. mitch

    Jan 19, 2017 at 8:48 am

    The pro’s are just like us! You gotta go with w/e works! Props to Steven!

    • Jay

      Jan 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

      No, no they’re not. He’s trying to keep his tour card, you’re just looking for a bargain so you can beat Jim on Saturday and avoid having to pay for the Coors Light.

  13. Mikee

    Jan 19, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I always have two full sets of clubs… full set of Titleist AP2/915 woods/Vokey wedges and my old “gamer” Ping Eye 2 BeCu to pull out to “clear my brain” when I’m striking it poorly.

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