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Is there anything to be learned from Brooks Koepka’s club setup? – Shelby H., Colorado
To begin with, the driver of Koepka defies the trend of coal technology. Despite the prevailing popularity of Koepka’s composite materials Srixon ZX5 MK II LS controller proves that titanium still offers significant benefits and performance. The ZX5 MKII LS is meticulously designed with rigid and flex zones, allowing players like Koepka to launch penetrating drives in flatter trajectories.
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Sometimes the old is just as effective.
Fairway woods can be fickle for some players, leading many to keep the same wood on the fairway for years, often changing the driver model. For Koepka, he still uses the TaylorMade M2 Tour, which debuted half a decade ago. We can only speculate why he hasn’t improved yet, but we’re guessing he prefers predictability and controlled distances over looking for extra yardage with his trusty 3-wood.
His irons present a mixed selection.
Koepka clings to another relic from the past by fiddling with the Nike Vapor Pro 3 iron. However, the rest of his iron (4-9) includes ZX7 MK II by Srixon, forged gaming irons that incorporate impressive technology such as PureFrame vibration damping for a soft feel and reduced vibration. Additionally, his throwing wedge is a Cleveland RTX ZipCore 6 wedge, offering increased versatility and control. The key takeaway is that there is no wrong approach to mixing a kit.
He wears three extra wedges.
The koepka carries four Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Wedges, but given that it hits them as far as we do our mid-irons, it’s important to note that the average player may not need as many specialized clubs on the shorter end of the spectrum. For mortals like us, it may be more beneficial to include a hybrid or extra fairway wood at the opposite end of the bag. Nevertheless, don’t let that discourage you. If you want, go ahead and follow Koepka’s example and wear four wedges.
His ball selection does not prioritize either extreme length or excessive spin.
Koepka chooses Srixon’s Z-STAR Diamond which compared to other balls in the range Z-STAR line, does not rank among the longest or highest spinning options off the tee. Instead, it was designed to generate extra spin with medium to long irons, helping players like Koepka to hold onto the green and maintain better control from deep in the fairway or on long par-3s.
Regardless of what clubs you choose, whether they resemble Koepka’s set or not, it is important to base your choice on your own unique skills and abilities, and not just imitate another player or succumb to outside influences.
If you have the opportunity, scheduling a club fitting session before the start of the summer golf season (which we believe coincides with Memorial Day) is a must.
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