A rundown of the golf balls that'll be in action at this year's Ryder Cup
Whether it’s a new driver or a returning flatstick, the equipment used by the world’s best always captures the attention of fans. So, with that in mind, we answer the question: what golf balls are the players using at the Ryder Cup?
There are no contractual obligations to play a specific ball at the Ryder Cup, but issues can arise in foursomes when players are usually forced to hit at least some shots with a ball they are unfamiliar with.
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Here is a rundown of what the 24 competitors will be smashing all over the Whistling Straits layout this week.
Titleist Pro V1x
Unsurprisingly, Titleist golf balls will be the most popular at the 43rd Ryder Cup, and in particular, the Pro V1x.
- Matt Fitzpatrick
- Tyrrell Hatton
- Ian Poulter
- Lee Westwood
- Patrick Cantlay
- Brooks Koepka
- Jordan Spieth
- Justin Thomas
Titleist 2021 Pro V1
Just behind the Pro V1x in terms of numbers, with seven players using it, is the Titleist Pro V1.
- Paul Casey
- Viktor Hovland
- Bernd Wiesberger
- Daniel Berger
- Harris English
- Tony Finau
- Scottie Scheffler
TaylorMade 2021 TP5x
Slotting in behind Titleist in the golf-ball stakes is TaylorMade, with five players putting their faith in the TP5 or TP5x.
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Rory McIlroy
- Dustin Johnson
TaylorMade 2021 TP5
Two-time major winner Collin Morikawa uses TaylorMade's higher-spinning premium offering, as does the Ryder Cup's record points scorer.
- Collin Morikawa
- Sergio Garcia
Callaway Chrome Soft X
The World No. 1 recently switched from TaylorMade to Callaway and put the Chrome Soft X into play.
- Jon Rahm
Callaway Chrome Soft X LS
The Olympic gold medal winner uses the low-spin edition of the Chrome Soft X.
- Xander Schauffele
Bridgestone Tour B X
With the absence of Tiger Woods, only one player will be teeing up a Bridgestone ball this week.
- Bryson DeChambeau
Srixon 2021 Z-Star XV
Last but by no means least, the 2019 Champion Golfer of the Year will take to Whistling Straits with a Srixon Z-Star XV.
- Shane Lowry
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A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
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