Since Curtis Strange did it at Oak Hill in 1989 no one had won two U.S. Opens in succeeding years until Bruce Koepka at Shinnecock Hills. For our readers here are the clubs he used for this year’s win and below the ones from 2017.
Most obviously Koepka updated to the new model TaylorMade M3 driver but kept the rest of the bag about the same.
2018 Brooks Koepka’s bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M3 (9.5 degrees), Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 70TX
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16 degrees), Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 80TX
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X-Flex; Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW), True Temper Dynamic Golf Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52, 56 & 60 degrees), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Only T10 Select Newport 2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
2017 Brooks Koepka’s bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2016 (9.5 degrees), Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 70 TX
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees), Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 80 TX
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec; Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-9) True Temper Dynamic Gold X100; PW (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 Raw (52 & 56 degrees), SM4 Raw TVD (60 degrees) True Temper Dynamic Gold S400
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Club & Ball Counts at Shinnecock: No surprise, Titleist was the most played brand of golf ball at the U.S. Open for the 70th year in a row. This past week 106 of the 156-man field teed up their Pro V1 or Pro V1x versus 19 playing Callaway Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X. Titleist also had the most played hybrids (24), sets of irons (43) and sand-lob-approach wedges (180 Vokey Design).
TaylorMade had 50 drivers in play compared with 35 for Callaway, 35 for Titleist and 20 for PING as well as their Spider Tour putter was the single most popular model.
A First for OnCore: Web.com Tour player Michael Hebert became the first player to play the OnCore Elixir ball in a major championship. The three-piece Elixir has a urethane cover, a metal infused mantle and polybutadiene core. Hebert shot 87-73-160 or 20 over par and missed the cut.
TS2 & TS3 at Open: Usually Titleist waits until the end of June to “seed” new clubs on the professional tours but the 2019 model replacements for the 917 D2 and D3 were not only on the practice tee at Shinnecock Hills but used by 17 out of 35 Titleist staffers in the Championship including Justin Thomas and Jimmy Walker. Seven played the TS2 and 10 the TS3. The Titleist TS2 no longer has the reversible weight cartridge of the 917 D2 and in the smaller headed TS3 the cartridge’s location has been changed. Neither the TS2 or TS3 appears to have the sole channel behind the club face of the 917s.
Arccos Smart Grips: Arccos has announced the Smart Grip with a swing data sensor as part of the grip rather than using the small button that screws into the butt end of the grip. Like other Arccos sensors the ones of the Smart Grip allow use with the artificial intelligence app Arccos Caddie 2.0. A set of 13 grips and one Putter Sensor currently have limited presale pricing of $129.
Images Courtesy of Manufacturers and USGA