What’s in the Bag 2020: Grad School TJK

More than once a year, I’m definitely the type of golfer to want to purchase new equipment, upgrade my technology, and just enjoy the fruits of TaylorMade Golf. With that being said, if something works for me, there’s no way in heck I’m taking it out of my bag. That’s the purpose of this post—to give other an insight into what I will be playing with at the beautiful Kinglsey Club Golf Club in Northern Michigan this year, as well as a few tournaments. This post will cover more than what is simply, “in my bag”—it will cover pretty much everything I use on the course at any given time. Please be aware, though, I’m a through-and-through TaylorMade guy. So take this opinion with a grain of salt.

Driver: 2019 TaylorMade M6. My biggest issue in 2019 was driving accuracy (no surprise). After taking a dreaded loss to Grad School JPF in the Kaplan Cup, I decided to switch things up. I knew that if I was able to significantly increase my driving accuracy, I’d be able to get green in regulation on 80% of my approach shots. At the beginning of 2019, I was running a Project X HZRDUS Black 75g extra stiff shaft in my driver. It worked out pretty well. I was hitting about seven or eight of fourteen fairways—not too horrible. I was shooting in the mid to low 80’s, but knew I was missing a piece to my game. So boom. I went to my local golf equipment specialist and we discussed putting in a 3-wood shaft. Yes, no joke. We flirted with the idea of cutting down my extra stiff shaft, or putting in a softer shaft with a higher flex point. But in the end, I swapped my driver shaft for a 3-wood. And what happened? The first round out I hit eleven of fourteen fairways. I immediately fell in love. Was I losing much on my drive? Not really. I lost about 10ish yards per drive, but a sacrifice I will always take and just club up on my approach. So the shaft for 2020 is the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 65g stiff 3-wood shaft.

3-Wood: Oddly enough, my 3-wood is actually my #1 club in the bag at the moment, and has been the last two years. It’s a TaylorMade 2017 M1 15° 3-wood head with the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 65g stiff 3-wood shaft. Straight up. No draw or fade favor.

3-Hybrid: Yup. I go 3-wood, then 3-hybrid. Why? Well I have about a 15 or so yard difference, and I am uncomfortable shooting a 3-wood in the rough, and an iron is too short, so this is my answer. I don’t use it often, but when I do, it’s in the rough or on angulated fairways where my 3-wood will fade or draw hard. 2017 TaylorMade M1 19° 3-hybrid head with the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 60g stiff 3-hybrid shaft. Straight draw favor.  

2-Iron (Driving Iron): This is a new addition to my bag as of 2019. I’ve used it for about half of the season, and I’m in love. It’s a 2018 TaylorMade UDI (Ultimate Driving Iron) with a Project X HZRDUS Black 75g extra shift shaft. Bent 2° up. Standard loft. Love it.

4-PW Irons: So I play irons 4-PW. They are my pride and joy. TaylorMade P770’s with KBS Tour FLT 120g stiff shafts. Looking at the P760’s, and they hit about the same—with the addition of SpeedFoam technology. But hey, the P770’s work for me so I’ll keep them another season of two until the milling or grooves wear out. High launch, high spin. Bent 2° up. Standard loft.

Wedges: Brand new edition to my bag—put in the last few rounds of the season. And, woah. Seriously. I highly recommend these wedges. They are the TaylorMade Hi-Toe (copper finish) wedges, in 52°, 56°, and 60°. Great workability and offer high spin. All with KBS wedge shafts.

Putter: Here we go. I knew you were all waiting for this, and here it is. The best putter I’ve ever had: the 2019 TaylorMade Spider-X in copper finish. 33 inches. Standard lie and loft. The 2.0 Pistol grip from GolfPride make it slightly thin feeling at times, but this is an absolute money maker. I get more control, feel, and top spin on this putter than I ever had before. With this putter, I was pretty much feeling good from six feet in. It’s a great feeling when you stick it within ten feet knowing you easily have an 80% chance of making the putt. This will never be replaced.

Balls: I exclusively use TaylorMade Project (a) golf balls. Just give them a try—you won’t regret it. Less expensive than the TP5 or TP5X and the same quality and specifications.

The Extras:

  • Glove: TaylorMade TP Flex
  • Shoes: Nike Tour Premiere White Out
  • Bag: TaylorMade Flex Carry Fairway Bag

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