What’s In Kim’s Bag?
With a field that included the top 46 of the top 50 players in the FedExCup standings THE PLAYERS continued its past history for the strongest field of the year. All these top players were beaten by a 21-year-old South Korean, Si Woo Kim. Kim started the week as 75th in the world and on Sunday finished as the youngest-ever winner of the championship and moved up to 28th.
This was his second Tour win, the first being the 2016 Wyndham Championship. For equipment, Kim has been with the TaylorMade professional staff since turning pro four years ago though his wedges are Titleist Vokey and his putter is a Titleist Scotty Cameron model.
Driver: TaylorMade ’17 M1 460 8.5 degree, MCA Tensei Blue TX shaft
Irons: 3- and 4-iron TaylorMade P770, KBS Tour-V 125 shafts and 5- through 9-iron P750 Tour Proto, KBS Tour-V 125 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 47 degree F-Grind, 53 and 59 degree M-Grind, KBS Tour-V 125 shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
- TMaG Sale: The big story of the week in the world of golf equipment was the sale by adidas of TaylorMade Golf, Adams Golf and Ashworth to a private equity group, an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners. The price was $425 million half in cash and half “a combination of secured note and contingent considerations,” according to the press release issued by adidas. The most cogent meaning of that phrase is adidas is financing $200+ million and part of the future payout depends on profits. The adidas golf units had been acknowledged as for sale since May of 2016. Last week they signed to an endorsement contract Rory McIlroy the world’s second ranked player joining on their staff world number one Dustin Johnson, Jason Day (#3), Sergio Garcia (#6), Justin Rose (#8) and Jon Rahm (#12) plus of course, Tiger Woods.
- Rory: Speaking of McIlroy’s club deal, it is reported to be for $100 million over 10 years.
- Pro V1/V1x: The weekly report for balls being played at THE PLAYERS revealed 98 Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x versus the nearest competitor with 16.
- M Dominance: TMaG, as usual had the driver count wrapped up with 62 in play out of 144 starting on Thursday’s first round. Kim’s victory is the 17th in 20 weeks on global tours for TaylorMade’s new M1 and M2 2017 drivers, far outpacing the next closest manufacturer.
In case you wanted to know: The island green par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass claimed 93 balls this year during THE PLAYERS, the greatest number since 2007.
- TMaG Spider: TaylorMade’s Spider Tour Putter, though not played by Kim who stayed with the Scotty Cameron he has used all year, was once again the No.1 putter model for the week. And according to PGATour.com, “Due to the incredible demand Spider Tour has generated on TOUR, only the red version, that was popularized by Jason Day, is available at the moment. The black version that’s currently used by Dustin Johnson is unavailable, even for players with a TOUR resume.” They are also sold out on line and an inquiry to the company said each of the three models-Red, Black, Platinum-are on backorder with the factory.
- PXG Wedges: The 0311T have been the bags of Tour players but now are available to the rest of use with prices starting at $650 and are to be sold only with a custom fitting. The 100% milled design by former tour pro Mike Nicolette can run to $750 if the Xtreme Dark finish is chosen.
- Arccos Caddie: Making use of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform Arccos is rolling out a new service, the Arccos Caddie, making use of the millions – more than 61 million according to the company – of shots hit by their users. It also provides elevation data change and weather conditions plus 386 geotagged data points on 40,000 course around the world. Cost will be $20 per month.