When you look at the swing speeds of the average golfer compared to the pros it is surprising that regular players do not pay much closer attention to the clubs LPGA players use.
The average LPGA player has a driver swing speed of 94mph and this is only 0.6mph faster than the average male golfer who swings his driver at 93.4mph.
When you then consider the top male pros have driver swing speeds of over 110mph on average it seems a mistake for regular golfers not to focus on what they can learn from the golf clubs that the best women pros chose when playing on the LPGA Tour.
So we decided to do a comprehensive analysis of the kind of clubs the top 50 players on the LPGA Tour use to address this.
PING clubs are most used by the top 50 LPGA Tour players with Titleist and PXG clubs the next most popular brands. Across all the golf club types played by the top 50 only TaylorMade drivers, PXG hybrid clubs and Callaway’s Odyssey putters break PING’s and Titleist’s dominance as the most used clubs.
The best players on the LPGA Tour however clearly do not all have the same 14 clubs set up in their golf bag and while PING and Titleist clubs are the most popular we wanted to take a detailed look at all the clubs used by the top 50 LPGA Tour players to find out exactly what clubs the majority of them prefer for every possible club choice.
Most Popular Clubs on the LPGA Tour – Top 50 Player Analysis
When it comes to looking at the most popular set of golf clubs used by the top 50 players on the LPGA Tour there are clearly a lot of options for them to choose from.
The best players on the LPGA Tour have access to pretty much any club they want as the main club manufacturers’ tour trucks follow them across the US to every tournament with the latest models of clubs and shafts packed away in the back ready and available for them to use as and when required.
There are therefore plenty of makes and models of clubs being used by the top 50 LPGA Tour players – 29 different models of drivers and 38 models of irons for example – but our detailed analysis of this elite group found the following individual clubs to be the most popular in their category (Amazon links included):
- Driver – PING G425 LST, 9 degrees, Graphite Design’s Tour AD IZ 6 S shaft
- 3-wood – Titleist TSi2, 15 degrees, Graphite Design Tour AD DI shaft
- 5-wood – PING G425 & Titleist TSi2, 18 degrees, Graphite Design Tour AD shaft
- 7-wood – Titleist TSi2, 21 degrees, Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 75 S shaft
- 3 Hybrid – PING G410, 19 degrees, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 85 S shaft
- 4 Hybrid – PING G410, 22 degrees, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 85 S shaft
- 5 Hybrid – PING G410, 25 degrees, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue shaft
- Utility iron – Callaway Apex UT, No loft data, No shaft data
- Irons – PING i210 (5-iron to PW), Nippon’s N.S. Pro 950GH shafts
- Gap wedge – Titleist Vokey Design SM8, 50° loft, Nippon’s N.S. Pro 950GH shafts
- Sand wedge – Titleist Vokey Design SM8, 54° loft, Nippon’s N.S. Pro 950GH shafts
- Lob wedge – Titleist Vokey Design SM8, 58° loft, Nippon’s N.S. Pro 950GH shafts
- Putters – Scotty Cameron Select Squareback 2, Odyssey O-Works #7, Bettinardi Studio Stock 3
- Golf ball – Titleist ProV1x
2 things stand out from this list however which we need to look at in more detail in order to complete the picture of what clubs LPGA players use.
Firstly the top 50 players on the LPGA Tour clearly do not have 18 clubs in their golf bag given the maximum allowed is 14.
To complete the list above however we looked in detail at every club type being carried by one or more of the pros but different players obviously choose to vary their club set ups according to their own personal preferences.
While some opt to play with more than one fairway wood, others prefer more hybrids to replace their long irons. Others meanwhile opt for utility/driving irons.
Similarly some players choose to carry more specialist wedges than others so the selection of individual clubs clearly varies across the top 50 LPGA Tour players.
But this is what our analysis found in terms of the most common club choices.
The most common golf club set up used by the top 50 LPGA players is made up first of a driver, 3-wood and a 3 and 4-hybrid. The most popular iron set then starts with a 5-iron to pitching wedge. 3 specialist wedges, a 50° gap wedge, 54° sand wedge and 58° lob wedge are then added to a putter to complete the set.
While this set up was found to be the most popular it was also clear that other set ups, particularly when it came to the longest clubs in the bag, found favour with a number of the top women pros.
Some for example preferred a 3-wood and 5-wood combined with a 4 hybrid approach while others preferred to use only one wood and a 3-hybrid prior to starting their iron set with a 4-iron rather than a 5-iron.
Ariya Jutanugarn meanwhile opts to leave a driver out of her bag completely and chooses a 3-wood and 3 different utility/driving irons instead.
So as we can see while there is a preferred club set up among the top 50 LPGA Tour players there are other club choices that are preferred by a number of golfers indicating how many options there are for players these days to experiment with the clubs they have in their bag.
The second point which stands out from our list above is that there are clear trend preferences that make the ‘most popular’ club in a particular category less compelling a statement of preference to others.
For example we found only 7 out of the top 50 LPGA Tour players use utility/driving irons so while Callaways Apex UT was the most popular it is only within a small data set of players who choose to use them.
Similarly while Graphite Design was the most popular hybrid shaft brand choice among the top 50 we discovered at least one player using a shaft made by all the other brands too – PING, Fujikura, Aldila, Aerotech, KBS and Mitsubishi.
When it came to putters there are 44 different models being used among the top 50 so the ‘most popular’ model we found was only the most used by a factor of 1 player from almost all the rest of the other putters being played with.
Many players also choose to alter the lofts of their clubs – Jennifer Kucho for example has a 4 hybrid in her bag but strengthens the loft to be comparable with other pros’ 3 hybrid clubs – so it is clear we should not always draw immediate conclusions from the basic numbers on a pros club as they may not be exactly what they seem at first glance.
What all this tells us simply is all the top LPGA Tou players are constantly looking for an extra edge in their club set up and are always exploring the full range of makes and models the golf manufacturers are producing to find the precise best one for their own swing and specific requirements.
[Note – If you are interested in comparing the clubs the LPGA Tour players use with the ones chosen by their male colleagues check out our analysis of the clubs used by the top 100 PGA Tour players here.]
What Brand of Golf Clubs Do LPGA Players Use?
There are a lot of golf club brands on the market today.
Golf club technology has advanced more in the last couple of decades than it potentially has in the whole of the previous 100 years and with this an ever increasing number of golf brands have entered the golf market.
This includes a number of specialist brands that limit their focus to only or two golf club types. Bettinardi and Piretti for example focus solely on producing wedges and putters.
The big traditional golf brands however have continued their dominance when it comes to the preferred choices of LPGA Tour players and while some famous older brands have disappeared from the pro club scene the household names we all know continue to dominate.
As a whole PING is the dominant club brand among the golf clubs used by the top 50 players on the LPGA Tour. PING clubs are either first or second across all the main club type categories. Titleist is the next most popular brand with PXG golf club being the next most used among the top 50.
However while PING and Titleist’s profile at the top of the club choices of the best players on the LPGA Tour is not so surprising the popularity of PXG clubs on the LPGA Tour is perhaps a bit more unusual.
Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) was only founded in September of 2014 by businessman, philanthropist and golf enthusiast Bob Parsons and it is interesting to note their increasing presence among the clubs of LPGA Tour players.
This popularity is not matched on the men’s side of the game at the moment but it is fascinating to note a new name on the golf club manufacturer scene find success so quickly among the elite players in the women’s game.
The increase of specialist golf brands was also reflected in our analysis of the golf clubs chosen by the top 50 LPGA Tour players and it is notable that certain brands find more favour in some categories than in others.
Mizuno for example is clearly not a preferred choice when it comes to the long club choices of the best LPGA Tour players but the reputation of the quality of their irons is evident with many more pros choosing to use them than any other of the club types they make.
Similarly TaylorMade drivers are much more popular than any of their other clubs and are the 2nd most used among the top 50.
So while PING and Titleist clubs dominate there are specific club types where many of the other manufacturers have particular specialisms and this is also reflected in the club choices of LPGA Tour players.
The table below gives a complete list of the most popular brands among the top 50 LPGA Tour players across all golf club types:
|DRIVERS||FAIRWAY WOODS||UTILITY IRONS||HYBRIDS||IRONS||WEDGES||PUTTERS|
(Scotty Cameron brand)
[Note – For our analysis of the golf clubs used by the top 50 LPGA Tour players no data was available for the following 3 players – Pajaree Anannarukarn, Yealimi Noh, Xiyu Lin]
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