Kurt Kitayama What's In The Bag?
Kurt Kitayama has had two victories on the DP World Tour, once in Mauritius and the other came in Oman back in 2019. He then worked his way to getting his PGA Tour and managed to win the 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational by seeing off a stacked field. But what does the American use as a professional? We take a look here.
Kurt Kitayama What's In The Bag?
Kurt Kitayama WITB: Full Specs
Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus, 10.5 degrees with Graphite Design Tour AD UB 7 TX shaft
Fairway wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 HL, 16.5 degrees with Graphite Design Tour AD UB 8 TX shaft
Fairway wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2, 21 degrees with Graphite Design Tour AD UB 9 TX shaft
Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (4-6), TaylorMade P7MB (7-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 (52, 56), Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks Prototype (60) all are fitted with Dynamic Golf S400 shafts.
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus
Kitayama has been using TaylorMade drivers for a while now. He has slowly progressed through each new model from the M5, to the SIM, to the SIM2 and finally to the Stealth option. He now uses the latest TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver.
Of the three new models, the Stealth 2 Plus driver has the most compact footprint at address (the Stealth 2 and Stealth 2 HD are slightly bigger to look down on) and features a 15g sliding weight to help golfers dial in their ball flights.
His model is fitted with a Graphite Design Tour AD UB 7 TX shaft.
- Read our full TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus Driver Review
TaylorMade Stealth 2 HL, TaylorMade Stealth 2
He then carries two fairway woods from TaylorMade, the first of which is a Stealth 2 which we believe is a high launch model with around 16.5 degrees of loft. He then uses a TaylorMade Stealth 2 seven-wood with around 21 degrees of loft as well.
Both of them are fitted with Graphite Design shafts. The three-wood has a Graphite Design Tour AD UB 8 TX shaft and the seven-wood is the same but the 9 TX model.
TaylorMade P7MC, TaylorMade P7MB
Shifting to the irons, Kitayama uses a combo set of TaylorMade's. He carries the P7MC irons as his four to six-irons, whilst the rest of his irons from seven-iron down to pitching wedge are P7MB's. The latter model is the blade design whilst the former has a slight cavity back design for a touch more forgiveness. All of his irons are fitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts.
- Read our full TaylorMade P7MC Irons Review
TaylorMade MG3, Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks Proto
He carries three wedges, two of which are TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 models with 52 and 56 degrees of loft respectively. His 60 degree model is a Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks Prototype which is a wedge we have seen in a lot of Tour players bags. They are all fitted with Dynamic Golf S400 shafts.
- Read our full TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 Wedge Review
TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast
Finally his putter situation is interesting. In the past he has used models from TaylorMade, Odyssey and Scotty Cameron, and he has shown a willingness to switch between blade, mid-mallet, and mallet designs. Right now he uses a TaylorMade Spider X in a Hydro Blast finish that Rory McIlroy also uses.
- Read our full TaylorMade Spider X Putter Review
His ball is a TP5x model. It is a ball that recently received a five-star review from us because it does a good job of blending tour performance and feel in a low spinning golf ball.
- Read our full TaylorMade TP5x ball review
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Sam's What's In The Bag:
Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees)
Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5
Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond
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