Brooks’ Nike 3 Iron And Hovland’s FedEx Cup Winning Putter - My Ultimate Ryder Cup Bag

Gear expert Joe Ferguson compiles his perfect golf bag from the players competing in Rome

Brooks’ Nike 3 Iron And Hovland’s FedEx Cup Winning Putter - My Ultimate Ryder Cup Bag
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There are some very interesting equipment selections in play at this year’s Ryder Cup. From one-off tour-only prototypes, to clubs dating back nearly a decade, there are a number of clubs I would love to get my hands on! Here are the clubs I have selected to make up my ultimate Ryder Cup bag 2023.

Driver

  • Player: Justin Rose
  • Model: Taylormade M3 440
  • Year: 2018

Close up of the M3 driver

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Since becoming an equipment contract free agent, Justin Rose has become partial to a little tinkering, especially when it comes to driver. I have lost count of the number of models I have seen Rose testing over the past twelve months including the 2016 Taylormade M2 and the Callaway Paradym which he used in his PGA Tour win at Pebble Beach.

The tinkering doesn’t seem to have stopped even during Ryder Cup week with Rose being spotted testing out a Titleist driver, but currently I believe he will still be gaming the Taylormade M3.

Fairway Wood

  • Player: Brooks Koepka
  • Model: Taylormade M2 Tour HL
  • Year: 2017

Brooks Koepka fairway wood

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Like so many tour professionals, Koepka has an old faithful in this notoriously tricky area of the bag. Any tour fitter will tell you that fairway woods and hybrids are the most difficult clubs in the bag to get right, so you see a lot of players staying in the same club for extended periods once they have something they are comfortable with. Koepka epitomises this and plays a TaylorMade M2 Tour HL 3 wood from 2017.

Hybrid/Driving Iron

  • Player: Brooks Koepka
  • Model: Nike Vapor Fly Pro
  • Year: 2016

Koepka waves to the crowd with Nike iron in a bubble

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Yet another nod to the old school here, gear nerds all over the world will rejoice at Koepka’s choice of driving iron, the Nike Vapor Fly Pro. Considered by many to be a cult classic and still featuring in the bag of other tour players including Tony Finau, it is tough to see this club leaving his bag anytime soon. 

Irons

  • Player: Nicolai Hojgaard
  • Model: Callaway Apex MB Raw (Prototype)
  • Year: 2023

An honourable mention here must go to England’s Matt Fitzpatrick who is still rocking Ping S55’s that are approaching their tenth birthday! However, I can’t see past Nicolai Hojgaard here. The Dane has one of the coolest prototype irons on tour in my opinion. I am a sucker for a raw finish and love the shallow blade and boxy angular shaping of these tour only offering. The shape is very similar to the new Callaway Apex MB irons, so I can’t help but feel Hojgaards irons may have influenced the design somewhat here.

Wedges

  • Player: John Rahm 
  • Model: Callaway Jaws Raw (custom stamped)
  • Year: 2022

Callaway wedge guru Anthony Taranto is notorious for his artwork on tour players wedges and he has really gone to town here! “Rahmbo” has all sorts of custom stamping on these beauties including the names of his wife and kids, and his “Rhambo” nickname. Nods to the Ryder Cup come in the form of the “Rome 2023” stamping and the yellow and blue European color scheme. 

Putter

  • Player: Viktor Hovland
  • Model: Ping PLD DS72 prototype (Raw)
  • Year: Unknown

Another honourable mention here must go to both Rickie Fowler and Wyndham Clark who have played a huge part in the remarkable resurgence of the Odyssey Versa Jailbird Mini on the PGA Tour this season. However, I am going to complete my bag with Viktor Hovland’s prototype flatstick from Ping. As I mentioned, I love a raw finish and it doesn’t get much more raw than this! I am also a big fan of the two lines visible at address, one on the top edge and the other in the flange. Lining these two up ensure your eyes are in the correct position at address, which, judging by his latest bank statement, hasn’t done Viktor much harm of late!

Joe Ferguson
Staff Writer

 

Joe has worked in the golf industry for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. After a successful amateur career being involved in England squads at every age group, Joe completed his PGA degree qualification in 2014 as one of the top ten graduates in his training year and subsequently went on to become Head PGA Professional at Ryder Cup venue The Celtic Manor Resort. Equipment has always been a huge passion of Joe’s, and during his time at Celtic Manor, he headed up the National Fitting Centres for both Titleist and Taylormade.  He’s excited to bring his knowledge of hardware to Golf Monthly in the form of equipment reviews and buying advice. 

Joe lives in North Devon and still plays sporadically on the PGA West region circuit. His best round in recent years came earlier in 2023 where he managed a 9 under par 63 at Trevose GC in a Devon & Cornwall PGA Tournament.

Joe's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Ping G430 Max 10K 9 degree - Fujikura Ventus Red 6X 45.75"

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour 2017, 13.5° - Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White shaft 70TX

Irons: Callaway Apex CB 24'  3-11 - Project X LS 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 54 and 60 degree - Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Putter: Odyssey Toe Up #9

Ball: TaylorMade 2024 TP5x