What Clubs Do Pro Golfers Use? Top 100 PGA Tour Player Guide


In spite of the fact that pro golfers seem to play a very different game to regular amateurs it is almost impossible for us not to pay close attention to the clubs the best pros in the world are using.

There is a small part of every amateur golfer I suspect that believes that if we simply play the same club that the pros are using then some of their magic will transfer to us and we’ll be able to hit some of the same shots as they do.

But what clubs are the pros actually using? If you analysed all the golf bags of the best players on the PGA Tour and choose the most popular clubs throughout the bag what golf set would you end up with?

We decided to do a comprehensive analysis of the top 100 players on the PGA Tour to find out.

The most common golf club set up used by the top 100 PGA Tour players is made up firstly of a driver, 3-wood and 5-wood. The most popular iron set then starts with a 4-iron to pitching wedge which matches the iron set. 3 specialist wedges – a gap, sand and lob wedge are then added to the putter to complete the set.

The best players in the world however clearly don’t all use this setup and many use a number of different variations of higher numbers fairway woods (e.g. 7-wood), utility irons and hybrids and indeed some of the players will change the make up of their set on a regular basis depending on the particular course they are playing that week.

It is interesting however that the most common set-up of the best players on Tour will feel familiar to millions of amateurs across the world despite all of the options that are available to players today.

But while the most common golf club set up for the top pros is one thing we wanted also to find out what the individual club selections would be based on the most popular choices of the best pros on the PGA Tour, including lofts, shafts and grips.

The Most Popular Clubs on the PGA Tour – Top 100 Player Breakdown

When it comes to the most common set of golf clubs used by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour there is clearly a lot of similarity to the golf club type choices with regular amateurs.

Having a set of clubs with 3 woods, 7 irons, 3 wedges and a putter will be a familiar thing for the vast majority of amateur players.

But what about the individual club choices that the best pros on the PGA Tour then make? Our detailed analysis of the top 100 PGA Tour players found the following individual clubs to be the most popular:

  • Driver – Titleist TSi3, 9° loft, Fujikura Ventus Blue 6X shaft
  • 3-wood – PING G425 Max or Titleist TS3, 15° loft, Fujikura Ventus Blue 7X shaft
  • 5-wood – TaylorMade SIM2, 18° loft, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X shaft
  • Irons – Titleist T100 (4-iron to PW), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
  • Gap wedge – Titleist Vokey Design SM8, 52° loft, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
  • Sand wedge – Titleist Vokey Design SM8, 56° loft, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
  • Lob wedge – Titleist Vokey Design SM8, 60° loft, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
  • Putter – TaylorMade Spider X
  • Golf ball – Titleist Pro V1
  • Golf grips – Golf Pride Tour Velvet
  • Putter grip – Superstroke GT 1.0

If you went to your local golf shop and picked up this set up of clubs you are clearly not automatically going to play like a top PGA Tour pro however for all the options available to the best players in the world when it comes to club choices it is interesting to see how close this set is most likely to the vast majority of regular players across the world.

Saying that however our research found the top pros are all constantly searching for little changes and tweaks in their golf set which will save them a stroke or three across the course of a round or a tournament.

Many pros will therefore change their clubs from week to week depending on the type of course they find themselves playing that week whether that be adding in an extra wedge at the expense of a fairway wood or utility iron, or adding in a hybrid in place of their longest iron.

In addition many pros of course do not follow this set up and the most likely place of variation will be among the longer clubs in the bag.

For every pro that uses a 5-wood you will find close to a similar number who choose a higher numbered wood such as a 7-wood, utility iron or hybrid in its place. Further a number of the pros opt to carry more than one utility iron or hybrid and then start their standard iron-set with a 5-iron or sometimes even a 6-iron.

The decision to play 4 specialist wedges instead of the standard 3 by replacing the pitching wedge which comes with the rest of the iron set is also increasing in popularity and particularly among the younger generation of pros on the PGA Tour.

[Editor’s note – to put together this analysis we researched all the drivers, fairway woods, utility or driving irons, irons, irons, wedges and putters used by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour. If you are interested in finding out more about the individual club types you can check out our other articles here:

What Brand of Golf Clubs Do Most Pros Use?

When it comes to golf club brands they are an ever-increasing number of options on the market.

As golf technology has developed at a rapid rate, and particularly since the turn of the 21st century, an increasing number of specialist brands have entered the market and sometimes specialising in areas of the game, such as putter grips, previously considered not thought of as worthy of dedicated attention.

The big golf brands however have maintained an almost vice-like grip over the golf market and when it comes to the professional ranks that grip is once again in evidence.

Titleist is the dominant brand among the golf clubs used by the top 100 PGA Tour players. Titleist clubs are the most played across all categories of clubs, with the sole exception of fairway woods. Callaway is the next most popular brand among this elite group with PING golf clubs being the next most common.

For many years everyone has been aware of Titleist’s stranglehold over the golf ball market but I must confess to being surprised as to the popularity of Titleist clubs among all club types used by the best pros on the PGA Tour.

Titleist produces the most used golf clubs across all the main categories of golf club with the sole exception of fairway woods where TaylorMade’s SIM and M models are used by more of the top 100.

But even in this category Titleist is the second most popular brand with only 2 fewer players playing its TS and TSi models compared to TaylorMade.

Titleist’s dominance is evident however in every other club category and especially when it comes to wedges where their Vokey Design clubs are chosen 3 times as frequently compared to the next most popular wedge brands of Callaway and PING.

The table below highlights the most popular brands among the top 100 PGA Tour players and as you can see Titleist’s dominance is very clear.

TITLEISTCALLAWAYPINGTAYLORMADE SRIXONPXG
DRIVERS1st
most used brand
4th2nd3rd5th=5th=
FAIRWAY WOODS2nd4th3rd1st5th=5th=
UTILITY IRONS1st2nd5th4th3rd
HYBRIDS1st= 1st=4th5th=5th=3rd
IRONS1st3rd2nd4th5th6th
WEDGES1st2nd3rd5th4th
(Cleveland brand)
6th
PUTTERS1st=
(Scotty Cameron brand)
1st=
(Odyssey brand)
3rd4th7th

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Graeme Hay

Graeme Hay is the owner of GolfingFocus.com. Graeme started playing golf when he was only 4 years old and has loved the game ever since. A single figure golfer all of his adult life he lives in London and still enjoys playing whenever he can with friends and family.

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