Francesco Molinari What’s In The Bag?

We take a look at the gear Francesco Molinari uses on Tour.

Francesco Molinari What’s In The Bag?
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Francesco Molinari What's In The Bag?

Historically the Italian has played Nike clubs and despite not having an equipment contract, he pretty much had TaylorMade sticks throughout his bag in 2018. It would have been easy to assume that he would continue that set up however he shocked many at the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions arriving with Callaway clubs in the bag. Since then Molinari has signed a multi-year deal that will see the Italian put Callaway woods, irons, wedges and ball in play along with an Odyssey putter. Let's get into his setup now. 

Francesco Molinari What's In The Bag?

Driver

Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond

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One of the strongest parts of his game is his straight driving and at the moment his driver is a Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond. It has 8.5 degrees of loft and a Mitsubishi Tensei White shaft. The Triple Diamond model is the model most suited to top players because it is the least forgiving of the new range. Therefore it is only really meant for the most consistent of ball-strikers. 

Fairway

Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond

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The younger Molinari brother also put a Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood in the bag as well, and again, it is fitted with a Mitsubishi Tensei White shaft. Its design includes a deeper face, which is perfectly suited for the golfer who is looking to reduce spin and hit a lower and more penetrating ball flight.

The Triple Diamond is still crammed with technology like the Jailbreak Batwing Technology, but the head of the wood is noticeably more compact and features no alignment aids on the crown which presents a clean, stripped-back look, one I really enjoyed.

Hybrid

Callaway Apex Pro

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Regarding utilities and hybrids, Molinari has put the Callaway X Forged utility iron in occasionally but he has also shown a liking to the Callaway Apex Pro hybrid (opens in new tab). Right now he has the hybrid in his setup and it has 18 degrees of loft and a  Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue Hybrid 90 TX shaft. It's much more compact that the standard Apex 21 hybrid, which will suit the eye of the better player, and is designed for golfers how are quite steep into the ball and hit their hybrids like they hit their irons.

Irons

Callaway Apex TCB

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Previously a TaylorMade P750 player, the Italian now has a set of Callaway Apex TCB (opens in new tab)'s. They go from four-iron down to pitching wedge and the specific model has proven very popular amongst Tour professionals, including Jon Rahm (opens in new tab), because of the combination of feel, workability, and compact looks. The feel is crisp and solid off the face, a gentle thud sound contributing to a soft feel - not quite as soft as the Apex MB, but only just behind. In fact, because the Apex TCB is a hollow iron, balls spring off the face a little more lively than a one-piece forging. All of his irons are fitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Wedges

Callaway Jaws Raw

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Francesco has also gone with two wedges at 54° and 60° for this season, both of which are Callaway Jaws Raw models. We tested this club out at Royal Troon and it's safe to say we weren't disappointed with it. Looks-wise, it features the same shape and visuals as we've come to expect from the Jaws range. It is well designed and features a subtle weight system that helps players bounce the club off the turf.

We were really impressed with the spin on offer from the club's micro-grooves and Raw face. Spin on shorter chips was impressive and the control this wedge offered over a variety of different shots is what stood out most about this club.

Putter

Odyssey Toulon Design Madison Proto

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He has also made changes in the putting department. Previously a user of Bettinardi putters, and an Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K One model, it appears the Italian has gone back to his usual Madison design. We believe it is an Odyssey Toulon Design Prototype of the Madison shape which is a blade putter. 

Ball

Callaway Chrome Soft X

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He also has used a Titleist Pro V1x ball (opens in new tab) throughout his career but uses a Callaway Chrome Soft X now. The X model’s design differs from the Chrome Soft. Rather than having a dual core, it features two mantle layers between the core and cover. The softer inner mantle layer combines with a firmer outer mantle to increase ball speed off the face for those with faster swing speeds, and therefore total distance.

Francesco Molinari WITB: Full Specs

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (8.5 degrees) with Mitsubishi AV White shaft

3-wood: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (15 degrees) with Mitsubishi AV White shaft

Utility: Callaway Apex Pro, 18 degrees, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue Hybrid 90 TX

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (3-PW) all with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw, 54° and 60°

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Design Madison Prototype

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Shoes: Nike

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last five years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He also loves to test golf apparel especially if it a piece that can be used just about anywhere!

As a result he has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice and tips.

He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since December 2017. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.