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Bubba Watson What's In The Bag?
A two-time winner at The Masters, Bubba Watson has achieved a lot in the game of golf but what clubs does he play? Well the American is signed with Ping in what has been described as a 'lifetime contract', and has been with the brand for a number of years now, in fact he has been playing Ping clubs since he received a junior set at the age of 8. As such right now he uses a full bag of Ping clubs aside from a Titleist golf ball. Let's get into specifics below.
Bubba Watson What's In The Bag?
Ping G425 LST
His driver is the Ping G425 LST driver in the classic Bubba pink and the American has it with a low 7.6° of loft, perfect for hitting those power fades.
The pink design and pink shaft always draws a lot of attention but how did the whole thing start? Well in a recent appearance on the Off Course with Claude Harmon podcast, Watson shared the story.
“The pink shaft started when I was on the, back then it was the Nationwide Tour, Korn Ferry Tour,” Watson began. “I said I want a hot pink shaft. And they said, No. Who are you?
“So, Shinnecock, the U.S. Open was there in ’04. I qualified in ’04,” Watson continued. “The first hole was downwind, and you know how that hole is — kind of a dogleg to the right. And True Temper — Matt Rollins was at Ping at the time, and he said hey, just come watch him hit before you say no to the driver shaft. And I drove it over the green on 1. And they were like, what color of pink do you want? So we told them and they made it."
Eventually Watson wanted the pink to mean more than just standing out, so he implemented a charity element to it.
“I wanted to do more. I talked to John Solheim, and I talked to Ping. Their company is all black and white: their cars are white, their golf bags are black and white, all these things. So Bubba Watson doesn’t fit the mold for Ping,” Watson said with a laugh. “I talked him into it. I said I want to do this, and I want to raise money for charity. So we started, half the money went to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital right there where Ping is in Phoenix, Arizona, and then the other half went to Studer Family Children’s Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where I was born and raised, the children’s hospital we just finished a couple years ago.”
- Read our full Ping G425 Drivers review (opens in new tab)
Ping G425 Max
Moving on it appears that Bubba has put the Ping G425 Max fairway wood (opens in new tab) in the bag too which has 14.5 degrees of loft but is set down at 14. It is a model that made our Editor's Choice list in 2021 because it is so easy to hit and is the most forgiving fairway wood in the G425 family. Made with a one-piece face, rather than a steel face insert, the G425 model produces more ball speed across the face compared to the G410. Ping has also done away with the Turbulators that dominated the crown on the G410 fairway wood and have replaced them with a simple, clean three dot system. This is great for lining up the ball consistently in the centre of the face.
Bubba has also occasionally carried a seven-wood, and even a nine-wood on occasion as well.
- Read our full Ping G425 Max Fairway Wood Review
The American has recently switched his irons from the new Blueprints to a combo set of iBlades (opens in new tab) (2-iron) and S55's (3-PW). The 2-iron comes in and out of the setup. The S55's came out back in 2015 and they were designed to be used by accomplished players who wanted a compact look but also provided a degree of forgiveness.
Ping Glide 4.0, Ping Glide 2.0
He then carries three Ping wedges, two of which are Ping Glide 4.0 and the other is a Glide 2.0 wedge. They are bent to 51, 55 and 63 degrees respectively and also have the distinctive stamping of 'Bubba's Sweet Spot' on them signifying his ownership of a sweet shop.
- Read our full Ping Glide 4.0 Wedge Review
- Read our full Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge review (opens in new tab)
Ping PLD Anser D Prototype
He has been putting with a Ping PLD Anser D prototype putter which has been in the bag for a while now. The Anser blade shape is a classic in the golf industry and Bubba has been using Ping designs sine he first started playing golf. In fact his very first putter was a Ping B60.
Titleist Pro V1x
In terms of ball, he uses a Titleist Pro V1x. Bubba was one of the very few Tour professionals to put a yellow version into play for a while, and he also drew a lot of attention when he briefly signed with Volvik, but at the moment he puts a regular Pro V1x golf ball into play.
- Read our full Titleist Pro V1x ball review (opens in new tab)
Bubba then wears Jordan shoes and regularly changes color and model from tournament to tournament.
Driver: Ping G425 LST, (9 degrees at 6.8) with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix X AKA Project X Bubba Watson Prototype shaft
3-wood: Ping G425 Max (14.5 degrees at 14) with a Fujikura Tour Spec Speeder 8.2 X shaft
Irons: Ping iBlade (2) - this comes in and out of the setup, Ping S55 (3-PW) all with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (52SS at 51, 56SS at 55), Ping Glide 2.0 (60TS at 63) all with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Putter: Ping PLD Anser D Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x