- Fairway Wood
Louis Oosthuizen is a South African professional player who works hard and plays even harder; leading him to win the 2010 Open Championship. He also holds the distinction of finishing runner-up in all four major championships: the 2012 Masters Tournament, the 2015 U.S. Open, the 2015 Open Championship, and the 2017 PGA Championship. He is the seventh golfer to accomplish this feat and his highest placement on the Official World Golf Ranking is fourth, which he achieved in January 2013.
As always, in our “What’s in the bag?” series (or “WITB”) we bring light to only the best clubs and gear that professional players are currently using in their bags. So, if you are currently looking to take your golf game to the next level, then take a look at what’s in Louis Oostguizen’s bag.
Driver: Ping G (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X Even Flow and Project X HZRDUS T1100 65 6.5
Ping set out to create a driver that delivered more distance and forgiveness, creating the new Ping G driver. Ping was able to move the CG (center of gravity) lower and deeper than in any other Ping driver, resulting in higher launch angles with less spin and greater forgiveness. Additionally, the construction of the crown was modified with lighter materials in certain places and the head was slightly reshaped. This combination reduced drag by 37% to enhance swing speeds and generate more distance. The Ping G gives players the opportunity to increase clubhead speed with extra forgiveness, promoting confidence off the tee.
- Ultra-thin sections were created by removing eight grams from the crown to better position the CG for high launch/low spin with a high MOI.
- Vortec Technology reduces turbulent wake during the downswing for faster clubhead speed with improved stability and forgiveness to help generate distance.
- By reducing the thickness of the club up front, the weight was strategically placed in the back; thereby resulting in a low and deep center of gravity for greater ball speed and more forgiveness.
- Crown turbulators and Vortec Technology reduce drag through impact for increased clubhead speed, ball velocity, and distance from all swing speeds.
Fairway Wood: 5 Wood: Ping G (17.5 degrees), 7 Wood: Ping G400 (20.5 degrees)
Shaft: 5 Wood: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 7.2 Tour Spec X, 7 Wood: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X
The Ping G Fairway Wood is one of Ping’s best fairway woods. Its advanced aerodynamic Turbulators increase club head speed and assist with alignment. This fairway wood’s upgraded, lowered leading edge sits closer to the ground and moves the impact surface higher on the face of the club. This gives a more ideal launch with improved forgiveness on any mishits. The Carpenter 455 face and multi-tiered internal sole construction are additional features that increase face deflection. These changes allow for a higher launch, maximizing distance, and increasing confidence.
The Ping G400 is one of Ping’s thinnest and most flexible fairway woods produced in their lineup. The G400 flexible steel face generates faster ball speeds to launch shots father, higher, and straighter. It has an upgraded, ultra-thin crown to save on weight, optimize the CG location, and increase MOI. Meanwhile, the crown’s turbulators increase ball speed and provide a captured look. The machined back weight gives players the ability to customize their swing weight; allowing the loft to be fine tuned up to +/-1º. Lastly, the cascading sole and flexing textured face reduces spin for a higher launch. These key elements of the Ping G400 make it a forgiving yet powerful wood for any player looking to improve his or her game.
- Weight saved by thinning the crown was used to lower the CG, increase MOI, and make it easy to get the ball in the air.
- Cascading structure relieves stress at impact by pooling it so that the entire face is engaged in flexing. Maximum energy transfer means faster ball speeds and bigger distance.
- More than twice as strong as cast 17-4 stainless, Carpenter 455 provides a thin, precision-machined face to increase flexing and create faster ball speeds, higher launch, and greater distance.
- Getting the ball airborne is easy with a lower lead edge that slides the face under the ball so impact occurs higher on the face.
Irons: Ping iBlade (3-9)
Ping has always been on the frontier of integrating technology with practical functionality, and the iBlade series is one of the most aggressive blade irons to date. Unlike most irons that are forged, Ping opted to produce the IBlade irons with a multi-material, cast chassis that boost forgiveness and increases distance. These irons have narrow soles, a minimal offset, thin top lines and impressive feedback that most players seek. The Ping iBlade irons are some of the lightest blade clubs available due to casting them from a lightweight 431 stainless steel. This not only provides a softer feel at impact but also saves over four grams of weight throughout the design. Players will note the smooth feel at impact that stems from tungsten weights that placed in the low-toe area of the iBlades, which helps improve the moment of inertia. Several players would agree that the Ping iBlade irons give them a leading edge, even when a mishit happens.
- Its forged body and face create greater distance and ball speed.
- Very forgiving irons, thanks to a larger Custom Tuning Port deep in the head, especially on off-center hits.
- An increase in MOI thanks to high-density tungsten construction.
- Tour-preferred feel, sound, and look for players to find the perfect combination delivering the best fit available.
Wedge: Ping Glide 2.0 (46-12SS, 50-12SS, 60-WS)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (46, 50, 60), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46)
Ping has always been a top choice for players looking for a precise wedge around the green. Ping stepped up their game on the Glide 2.0 with new, sharper-edged grooves that are spaced closer together. These sharper-edged grooves increase friction, initiating more spin for precise distance and trajectory control from full swings to the most finesse shots. With enhanced sole grinds and leading edges, these heads have been carefully crafted for exceptional surface interaction and versatility; allowing the wedge to glide through the turf and sand, giving players room for creativity in shot making. With such a smooth feel, this club will always be certain to perform in any situation.
- Milled faces and grooves are sharper and closer together, giving players the ability to add up to 400 rpm spin.
- Dry or wet conditions, the hydropearl finish allows this wedge to perform no matter the situation.
- Low-lofted clubs have one extra groove while the higher-lofted clubs have two extra grooves; these additions provide more spin and shot control.
- SS Grid with the heel and trail end relief assist golfers who may have moderate attack angles/divots.
The Ping Vault putter models allow any player to experience a true and consistent putting stroke. Each Vault series putter features an individually milled face pattern that varies in depth and pitch across the face to maximize ball speed on off-center impacts. This patented True Roll (TR) technology featured in all Vault putters is one of the most significant and measurable innovations in putting performance, delivering consistent ball speed and accuracy.
The Ping Scottsdale TR Anser 2 putter features a variable-depth-groove insert for a smooth roll and improved distance control. The grooves are deepest in the sweet spot and get gradually shallower toward the perimeter of the insert. This technology allows for maximum energy transfer and counteracts the loss of energy on off-center hits.
Last year, Ping unveiled its new PLD1 putter program (PLD stands for Ping Lab Design) and online workshop that allows any player to get a putter like Louis’ custom-stamped and fitted to match his or her specs.
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
The Titleist Pro V1x is by far the number one ball used on tour. It’s no wonder. The Titleist Pro V1x provides extraordinary distance, with high launch, and persistent flight. The Titleist Pro V1x is ideal for players who spin the ball too much and are looking for a higher launch/lower spin off the tee. When it comes to greenside control, this ball offers the very best in short game spin and accuracy. The drop & stop control around the greens makes this ball incredibly consistent and easy to control. Its multi-component construction employs a ZG process Dual Core with a soft Urethane Elastomer cover system, and spherically-tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design. Its superb distance control and ability to handle the greens, make the Titleist Pro V1x a number one pick on the Tour.
- By far the #1 Ball used on the Tour.
- Provides more consistent flight, extraordinary distance, and the very best in short game spin and control.
- The Urethane Elastomer cover with its 328 dimple design is the most durable cover yet.
Louis Oosthuizen is one of the hardest working golfers in the world and uses some of the best clubs and equipment in the game. From hours spent on the practice ranges and putting greens, to testing new clubs and equipment, no stone gets left unturned. Louis takes the time to find clubs and equipment that help him maximize distance, accuracy, and control. So, if you are looking to improve your golf game, take a look at what’s in Louis’ bag, you may find something that will help you take your game to the next level.