PGA Championship: Justin Thomas’s golf equipment at Southern Hills

Check out the golf gear Justin Thomas is using in his quest for a second PGA Championship.

Here is a complete list of the golf equipment Justin Thomas is using this week during the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills:

DRIVER: Titleist TSi3 (9.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 85 TX shaft; 915Fd (18 degrees), with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X shaft

IRONS: Titleist T100 (4), 621.JT prototype (5-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46 degrees bent to 47.5), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts, (52 degrees bent to 52.5, 56 degrees bent to 57, 60 degrees bent to 60.5), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Futura X 5.5 prototype with SuperStroke Traxion PistolGT Tour grip

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

GRIPS: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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PGA Championship: Irons being used by the leading contenders at Southern Hills

Many of the players on this list have won majors in the past, but a few are looking to win their first this week.

The second major championship of the men’s golf season is here, the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Weather conditions are expected to be hot for the first two rounds, with temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, with a breeze blowing over the course. That combination should get the fairways running fast and make the greens hard and quick, so solid ball-striking and good iron play are going to be a must for anyone who wants to contend and win the Wanamaker trophy.

According to Tipico Sportsbook the players listed below are the favorites to win the PGA Championship. Many of them have won majors in the past, but a few are looking to break through for the first time. What they all have in common, however, is they are elite iron players. See which irons they are using this week at Southern Hills.

Sand in bunkers at Southern Hills ‘feels like you are holding a bunch of seashells’

When players open the face to hit bunker shots, they usually create a spray of whispy sand and leave a semicircular divot.

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When a pro mis-hits an approach shot, it’s not uncommon for the microphones to pick up a plea that almost no recreational golfer hopes for, “Get in the bunker, please!” The last place a weekend golfer wants to see his or her ball go is into a greenside bunker, but pros practice bunker shots a lot and know the sand is usually much more consistent than the rough. Getting up and down to save par from a bunker can often be much easier than doing it from the rough.

This week during the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, that might not be the case.

On Tuesday evening, Ian Poulter took to Instagram and commented, “You will see some shots out of bunkers this week which won’t have any spin due to the course fine gravel type of sand. You get tiny stones between the ball and the club face making it super inconsistent. Bunkers to be avoided at all costs. Even more so if you short side yourself.”

A close-up photo of a scratched wedge face followed, along with one last comment. “This is what the tiny stones do to the club when they get between the ball and face. The ball comes out a bit skirly with no spin. Very testing and hard to predict.”

Southern Hills Sand
Along with sand, tiny pebbles in the bunkers make controlling the ball a challenge. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

To be clear, there is sand in the bunkers, along with the tiny pebbles that Poulter referred to, but what is clear is that you are not going to hear players begging a wayward shot to find the bunkers this week.

“It is the one thing that caught my attention,” said Aaron Dill, the PGA Tour rep for Titleist Vokey Design wedges. “This sand is not like any sand that I’ve seen before. It’s really thick and really course, and it feels like you are holding a bunch of seashells or a bunch of little rocks.”

When players open the face of a wedge to hit bunker shots, they usually create a spray of whispy sand and leave a semicircular divot. There is also typically a powdery residue left on the face. Here, Dill said, it’s something else entirely.

Bunkers at Southern Hills
The mixture of sand and pebbles will make bunker shots unpredictable at Southern Hills. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

“Here it’s aggressive, life Wolverine took his claws and made a shred across the face,” he joked.

In the weeks leading up to this week’s PGA Championship, Dill made fresh sets of wedges for several players, including Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, so they would have sharp, fresh grooves at the tournament. This week, however, he has been busy making wedges for other players, and in some cases, players are requesting backup wedges in case the pebbles damage the hitting area of either their sand wedge or lob wedge.

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“In a weird way, it’s a little damaging for wedge faces,” Dill said.

Wednesday afternoon in Tulsa, temperatures hovered around 90 degrees and the high on Thursday and Friday is expected to reach 90 as well. Southern Hills is drying and getting faster, both in the fairways and on the greens. If the putting surfaces get firmer and quicker, it will be hard to control the ball on the undulating greens. Combine that with grabby Bermuda rough, runoff areas and pebbly bunkers and you get a stern short-game test.

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Tiger Woods makes equipment change since Masters for 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills

The 15-time major champ made a subtle change to his bag.

Equipment lovers are fascinated by Tiger Woods’ gear.

A traditionalist, Tiger has embraced technological advancements in drivers and fairway woods, but he has been very slow to change irons, shafts or grips. In fact, after growing up with a Ping putter, he has used a Ping grip on his Scotty Cameron putter for decades.

At the 2022 Masters, Tiger Woods used a TaylorMade Stealth Plus+ driver, a 15-degree TaylorMade SIM 3-wood and a 19-degree TaylorMade M3 5-wood. That has been Tiger’s standard setup, along with his TaylorMade P·7TW irons (3-PW) since he joined TaylorMade in 2017.

Having played a few practice rounds at Southern Hills in preparation for the PGA Championship, Woods has opted to change that setup, removing two clubs and adding two others.

Tiger Woods' TaylorMade P-770 2-iron
Tiger Woods’ TaylorMade P-770 2-iron at the 2022 PGA Championship. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

The first club that Woods removed from his bag this week is the M3 5-wood, and one of the clubs that he added is a TaylorMade P-770 2-iron. In years past, Woods removed his 5-wood and added a 2-iron on fast, firm courses where the wind is a factor, like links venues that host the British Open.

The other change that Woods made is taking out his P-7TW 3-iron and adding a P-770 3-iron in its place. That move, unlike swapping a 2-iron for a 5-wood, is unusual for Tiger.

Tiger Woods' TaylorMade irons
Tiger Woods’ TaylorMade irons at the 2022 PGA Championship. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

The P-770 is a compact, hollow-bodied club that is designed to be a better-player’s distance iron. It has a forged 4140 stainless steel face attached to a forged 8620 carbon steel body. The inner chamber is filled with a foam material that TaylorMade refers to as Speed Foam. It absorbs excessive vibrations, to improve sound and feel, but does not inhibit the face from flexing or reduce ball speed. There is also an internal tungsten weight inside the head that lowers the center of gravity location to encourage a higher ball flight. Finally, there is a Speed Pocket slot in the sole that allows the lower portion of the hitting area to bend more efficiently on thin shots.

Time will tell whether the addition of the two P-770 irons is going to be permanent or whether they are course-specific clubs that woods is planning to use only at Southern Hills, but given Tiger’s injuries and reduced ability to practice, it makes sense that he might be looking for more ball speed and distance from his long irons.

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What the Pros Play: Jon Rahm

The 2021 U.S. Open winner uses a combination of trusted golf shafts with new woods, irons and wedges.

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It feels like Jon Rahm has been a force on the PGA Tour for decades, but the 27-year-old Spaniard is only starting his sixth full-time season. However, he has already reached No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking in that short time, won a major championship, defeated Tiger Woods in singles at a Ryder Cup, and been a part of a winning European team.

Early in his career, Rahm’s ultra-aggressive style earned him a reputation as a player who could shoot low scores (he led the PGA Tour in scoring average last season at 69.3) but sometimes allowed his passion to get the better of his judgment. Unfortunately for his opponents, those days appear to be over. Rahm still makes a lot of birdies, but he showed poise down the stretch at Torrey Pines last June in winning the U.S. Open and again winning the Mexico Open at Vidanta two weeks ago.

Heading into the second major of the season, the 2022 PGA Championship, Rahm is clearly one of the favorites. He is the best driver of the ball on tour this season, a fantastic iron player, has touch around the greens and putts well. In short, his game can win at any time, on any course, including at Southern Hills Country Club.

To get the most from his game, Rahm works closely with Callaway Golf to make sure his equipment is ideally suited to maximize his strengths, blending some new technologies with gear that he has been using since before he turned pro in 2016.

2022 PGA Championship: Equipment spotted at Southern Hills

See what golf clubs and gear the top players at Southern Hills are using to win the 2022 PGA Championship.

TULSA, Okla. — The PGA Championship has returned to Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the first time since 2007 when Tiger Woods won in blistering conditions to take home his 13th major title.

At 7,365 yards and playing to a par of 70 over rolling terrain, with several elevated tee shots and green complexes lined with sharp slopes and collection areas, it is going to test every club in each player’s bag.

This week in Oklahoma, most golfers will not be making significant changes to their equipment. A major championship is not the place to search for lightning in a bottle, but many players will have the lofts and lie angles of their irons checked, and some may have their clubs regripped.

Below are photos that show the equipment that many notable golfers in the field at the 2022 PGA Championship are currently using.

Winner’s Bag: K.H. Lee, AT&T Byron Nelson

A complete list of the golf equipment K.H. Lee used to earn his second PGA Tour win.

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A complete list of the golf equipment K.H. Lee used to win the PGA Tour’s 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson:

DRIVER: Callaway Epic Max LS (10.5 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X shaft

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FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Rogue ST LS (15 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD GP 7 X shaft

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HYBRID: Titleist TS3 (19 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD HY 95 X  Shaft

IRONS: Callaway Apex (4), Callaway X Forged CB (5-PW), with Project X LZ 6.5 shafts

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WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52, 56, 60), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey O-Works 2-Ball Fang Black

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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GRIPS: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Marco … Polos: Find your new favorite golf shirt for 2022

Explore the latest and greatest in men’s golf shirts.

At most golf clubs, you can’t be on the grounds without a collared shirt. Even if that’s not the case, a polo shirt looks great and we believe in the “look good, feel good, play good” model of golf.

With so many brands and what seems like an endless number of colors and prints, Golfweek is making it easier for you. We’re working our way through your closet to help you revamp your fashion sense on the course in 2022. There are too many golf shirts to include in just one list, so we’ll be back with more golf shirts in the coming weeks. Below are some of our favorite polos across some of golf’s best brands.

Best of 2022: Pants | Shorts | Hats | Bags

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Graphite putter shafts are trending on tour. Can they help you improve your putting?

Breaking down the new trend that’s hitting pro golf and testing if it can help amateurs, too.

Dustin Johnson was stalking a 14-foot putt at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship like a leopard might circle around an unsuspecting antelope. As he address the ball, an NBC Sports analyst made golfers who follow equipment closely cringe.

“You know, Dustin’s coach, Claude Harmon III, told me he used three different putters in four rounds last week at the Valspar Championship and settled on old faithful this week (a TaylorMade Spider Tour Black), but he put a graphite shaft in it for a little different feel,” said Gary Koch.

The comment about three different putters in four rounds didn’t grab my attention, but the tidbit about adding a graphite shaft sure did.

With all due respect to Koch, Johnson has been using a graphite shaft in his putter, all of his putters, since the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. That week, he signed an endorsement deal with L.A. Golf (LAGP), the same company that makes the shafts in Bryson DeChambeau’s woods, irons, wedge and yes, his putter too.

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson had composite shafts installed in his putters at the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

While steel putter shafts still reign supreme at the professional level and among recreational golfers too, there is a small but growing number of players who are tinkering with composite shafts that are made primarily using graphite. Kevin Na has been using a graphite putter shaft since 2019 and had one in his Odyssey Toulon Design putter when he won the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii. Anna Nordqvist had one in her putter when she won the 2021 Women’s British Open and competed in last season’s Solheim Cup. Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Sandra Gal, Jeongeun Lee6, Marc Leishman, Shane Lowry, Francesco Molinari and Michelle Wie West have also each used a graphite putter shaft recently.

According to brands that make graphite putter shafts, the advantage they can have over their steel counterparts is versatility.

A typical steel putter weighs about 125 grams and to create one that is more flexible, manufacturers typically need to make the walls thinner, which also makes the shaft lighter. Conversely, to make a steel shaft stiffer, they need to make the walls of the shaft thicker, which adds more weight.

Graphite is much lighter and shaft companies can layer sheets of material at different angles and use different blends to increase or decrease stiffness while keeping the weight the same. They can also make specific areas of the shaft stiffer or more flexible, to give the shaft different playing qualities without changing the weight or diameter.

Anna Nordqvist
Anna Nordqvist at the 2022 Women’s British Open. (Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP)

This leads to the other edge graphite can have over steel when it comes to putter shafts. By making the tip section very stiff without adding weight, graphite putter shafts can help the face resist twisting when you strike a putt toward the heel or toe. That will effectively increase any putter’s moment of inertia (MOI), so if you hit a putt outside the ideal hitting area, many graphite shafts can help the face stay pointed at your target line more effectively. The result, theoretically, is the ball rolls where you aimed more often and it doesn’t lose as much speed on mis-hits, so your distance control is better too.

Dressed for Success: Max Homa at Wells Fargo Championship

A closer look at Max Homa’s apparel worn during his latest PGA Tour win.

Max Homa beat both the field and the weather at the Wells Fargo Championship at TPC Potomac this weekend to claim his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Off the course, Homa is a social media legend, but on the course Max is known for his steady demeanor and eye-catching shirts.

FootJoy does a great job of promoting their athletes, and Homa is no exception. Check out more info on Homa’s favorite FootJoy items.

We’ve already taken a look into Homa’s winning equipment, so now let’s dive into the champion’s closet and see how Max dressed for success at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship.

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