Lee Westwood What's In the Bag?
The Englishman has been a Ping staffer for his entire career and currently has a full bag of the company's products. Let's take a look at his specific setup.
Lee Westwood What's In the Bag?
Lee Westwood WITB: Full Specs
*Note - this comes in and out of the bag
Driver: Ping G430 LST, (10.5 degrees at 8.75 flat) with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 60 TX shaft
3 wood: Ping G430 Max, (14.5 degrees) with Aldila NV 2KXV Green shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425, (19 degrees at 19.7) with Aldila Tour Green Hybrid 85 X (40.5 inches) shaft
*Utility iron: Ping G Crossover with Ping JZ Stiff shaft
Irons: Ping i230 (4-UW), with Ping JZ Stiff shafts
Lob Wedge: Ping Glide Forged, (60 degrees), with Ping JZ Stiff shaft
Putter: Ping Sigma 2 Tyne
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Ping G430 LST
Westwood currently plays the Ping G430 LST driver which is a hugely impressive driver that does a great job of balancing distance with consistency. This is a low spin model with a truly broad appeal that has the high tech looks and powerful feel to match the all round performance. Westwood used to use the G425 LST model so this switch makes sense and his model has been lofted down from 10.5 degrees to around 8.75. It is also fitted with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 60 TX shaft
- Read our full Ping G430 LST Driver review
Ping G430 Max
He also carries a Ping G430 Max 3-wood which has 14.5 degrees of loft and has an Aldila NV 2KXV Green shaft. We thoroughly enjoyed testing this wood and think it will be many golfers favorite in the 2023 season thanks to its versatility and high launch characteristics. A new carbon crown gives this fairway the looks to match the playing experience.
Overall, Ping has continued to impress us with its ability to create a fairway wood that continues to deliver exceptional forgiveness and ball speeds that creep up to match some of the longer fairway woods in the game.
- Read our full Ping G430 Max Fairway Wood Review
Westwood also decides to carry a G425 hybrid as well which has 19 degrees of loft. We found it to be extremely forgiving, surprisingly long and pulled off successful shots from many different lies. Admittedly it does create quite a loud sound at impact but overall we didn't think this was a massive issue.
- Read our full Ping G425 hybrid review
He occasionally carries around a driving iron which is a Ping G Crossover but this comes in and out of the setup regularly. His irons are the Ping i230 model which he has from 4-iron through to the U-wedge, and they have Ping JZ Stiff shafts. What separates Westwood in the iron department is he actually writes his stock yardages onto each iron.
In our testing we thought the i230 is a reliable, versatile iron that can hit all the shots with a surprisingly high margin for error given its compact size. It also produces a lively, stable feel with good distance and stopping power for competent players
- Read our full Ping i230 Iron review
Ping Glide Forged
Westwood carries a 60 degree Ping Glide Forged lob wedge as his only pure wedge. When we caught up with Westwood he said of his wedges: “I have a U-wedge that goes 121 yards and sand wedge that goes 106, and I carry the new Glide lob wedge 60 degrees. I have used this particular lob wedge for a long time with this particular sole, gives me a lot of variation around the greens and its great out of bunkers as well. Very rarely do I hit my lob wedge full out, occasionally I do and it goes around 91-92 yards."
Ping Sigma 2 Tyne
His putter situation has recently changed. He had been using a Ping Sigma 2 Fetch putter which has the added feature of getting the ball out of the hole for you. However he now has a Ping Sigma 2 Tyne putter which has a mallet, fang shape to it.
When discussing moving into newer models or keeping older ones, Lee went on; "It depends what it is, with having been with Ping for so many years, generally they bring along a club and it fits me immediately I don't need to do much tinkering around. I do change but I try not to change too often, I like the clubs to stay the same, and then I know if I'm hitting them bad, its me."
Titleist Pro V1x
Moving to the golf ball, Westwood uses a Titleist Pro V1x. A ball that received five stars in our review, the Pro V1x is an excellent all-rounder, as you would expect. We were particularly impressed by the improved ball flight in the long game which didn’t come at the cost of any short game control or feel.
- Read our full Titleist Pro V1x ball review
Westwood uses FootJoy golf shoes and since they have been released, the Englishman often switches between the Premiere Series Flint's or the Packard's. The Packard is inspired by Frederick Packard, FootJoy’s founder and a shoe pioneer who drove the adoption of many modern manufacturing and design innovations that are still used today. The Flint's are the spikeless option which are super stylish, elegant and surprisingly lightweight.
- Read our full FootJoy Premiere Series Packard Shoe Review
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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 six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes.
He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.
Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel.
He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask.
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.
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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