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My favorite “classic” clubs from PGA Tour players’ WITBs

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PGA Tour players are just like us…except of course for the fact they are way better at golf.

Just like regular golfers, some pros have favorite clubs that stick around for a long time after they were initially released because they just work! There are several great examples on the PGA Tour, and these are some of our top picks.

Jason Dufner’s 21-degree Titleist 915F fairway wood

Dufner has always been a bit of a tinkerer, but the 21-degree 915F has been a staple in Jason’s bag since its initial release in 2015. Up until that point, the top end of Jason’s bag went driver, Titleist 913FD 13.5-degree fairway, 913FD 18-degree fairway, and then a 913H 19-degree hybrid.

Whatever it is about this club it’s still working because even now as a Cobra Staff player, this is the one club that hasn’t been replaced.

Keegan Bradley’s Srixon Z 745 irons

The Srixon Z 745s are one of the most popular Srixon irons off all time. Some might even consider them a modern cult classic. Keegan Bradley has been using these irons since they were released in 2013, and by the looks of it, has been getting hooked up with some new sets from team Srixon, even though newer models have replaced them in the line. How long they last will be interesting to see, but based on how fresh his most recent set looked at The Players, they’re not going anywhere soon.

Kevin Kisner’s 2015 Callaway Big Bertha driver

Kisner has not been afraid to tinker with gear, but his 2015 Callaway Big Bertha driver has been in his bag for as long as he has been a Callaway staff player. The other thing to note is his Apex irons are also the 2014/15 model, and just like Keegan Bradley, who is also on this list, appears to have access to a fresh stock of heads still when needed.

Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons

Adams Scott’s Titleist 680 irons have been well documented (Top 10 Clubs released in 2003). Although he has gone back and forth with different Titleist models in the past, the 680 have cemented themselves firmly in his bag over the last 4-5 years. Considering he used them to win earlier in 2020, I don’t expect them to go anywhere either.

Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron putter

There have been novels written about this putter, so I’ll keep it short. This Scotty Cameron Newport 2 has been used by Tiger for the vast majority of his wins on tour, including all but one major championship. It has seen lead tape on and off depending on green speeds over the years and Tiger’s feel preference, but the wand has not changed. This could be one of the highest value golf clubs on the planet.

Bubba Watson’s Ping S55 irons

Bubba Watson is a creature of habit when it comes to his equipment. He hasn’t changed driver shaft in over a decade (just the paint job), and it is very rare to see him change his irons. Bubba has been using Ping S55’s since they were introduced in 2013 and the irons he hung onto before that were S59’s ( Greatest Ping irons of all Time ), which were released a decade before that in 2003. I’m not sure when Bubba is due for his next change, but based in his once-a-decade schedule, he has a few more years left in these.

Daniel Berger’s 2011 TaylorMade MC irons

Daniel Berger has used a number of iron sets over the last five years, but he recently went back to his 2011 TaylorMade MC irons from high school and has played some solid golf. We documented how these ended up back in his bag here (Berger Notches Top 10 Finish with 9-Year-old irons) and considering they also made my list of TaylorMade’s Greatest Irons of all Time, they probably aren’t going anywhere.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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15 Comments

  1. Jason C.

    May 12, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Did anyone else notice that the weight on the Duf 7-wood is backwards?

  2. Jack Nash

    May 1, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Not a Srixon guy but they do have nice looking irons.

  3. Broton

    May 1, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Correction. Tigers putter is the most valuable golf club ever.

    • Travis

      May 14, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      Would be interesting to speculate what it would go for at auction… my guess is definitely 7 figures.

  4. joro

    May 1, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Newer is not always better. You see a lot of paid staff players with the new stuff and how great it is, then a month or so later they are back to what they really like.

  5. Brandon

    Apr 30, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Shouldn’t all companies be able to reproduce old irons if a staff player needs some? Is there logic to just throwing away the tooling used to make them in the first place?

  6. Jordan

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:55 am

    I’m gonna add a couple to this because I went out and built them myself:

    -Justin Thomas’ 915fd 5 wood
    -Webb Simpson’s 915hd 4 Hybrid with Steel Iron Shaft & Length

    • Jordan

      Apr 30, 2020 at 10:57 am

      Oh and Paul Casey’s MP-5’s. Built those thinking it would kick out my MP18’s, but they were not successful in doing so.

    • Realist

      Apr 30, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Wow…just wow. U wasted your money

      • Jordan

        Apr 30, 2020 at 6:49 pm

        Nah. People want these things but don’t want to put in the time to make them. I’ve broke even or made money selling things that don’t work out playing wise.

  7. Gary

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:30 am

    How does Freddie Couples 3 wood not make this list?

    • Mike

      Apr 30, 2020 at 10:13 am

      Or his irons?

      • Rascal

        Apr 30, 2020 at 2:19 pm

        Or Stensons…oh wait PGA tour.

        • Matt

          Apr 30, 2020 at 2:57 pm

          Stenson finally ditched that club a few months ago.

          • Benny

            Apr 30, 2020 at 6:20 pm

            Actually Stenson brought it back again and his iros are from 2013-2015 era.

            I have an identical Kisner GBB TC edition resdy for anyone who is interested.

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