Mackenzie Hughes What's In The Bag?

We take a look inside the bag of Canadian golfer Mackenzie Hughes.

Mackenzie Hughes What's In The Bag?
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Mackenzie Hughes What's In The Bag?

Canadian professional golfer Mackenzie Hughes has had two victories on the PGA Tour, the first of which came back at the 2016 RSM Classic, and he finally got back into the winner's circle in 2022 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. But what does he put into his bag each week whilst out on Tour? Let's take a look below.

Mackenzie Hughes What's In The Bag?

Mackenzie Hughes WITB: Full Specs

Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees, flat setting, D4) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X shaft

5-wood: Ping G425 Max (14.5 degrees at 17) with Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5 TX shaft

7-wood: Ping G425 Max (20.5 degrees at 19.5) with Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green RDX 85 TX shaft

Irons: Ping i210 (4-6) Ping S55 (7-PW) all with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-SS, 56-WS, 60-SS) all with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C

Ball: Titleist Pro V1


Ping G425 LST

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Hughes has a full bag of Ping equipment at the moment. He starts with the Ping G425 LST driver which has nine degrees of loft. Hughes has shown he is more than willing to move into new equipment as he quickly transitioned from the G400, into the G410, and then into the G425 range. 

The G425 LST model has a more pear-shaped head that the standard Ping G425 Max driver and measures 445cc to deliver spin reductions of approximately 200 rpm compared to the G410 LST and 500-700 rpm versus the G425 Max. We found it offered around 300 rpm less than the Max model, which did contribute to extra carry distance while maintaining a good level of forgiveness despite its smaller size.


Ping G425 Max

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He also uses a G425 model for his three wood but it is the Max design and has 17 degrees of loft. He also carries a Ping G425 Max seven-wood with 20.5 degrees of loft as well. All of his woods are fitted with Project X HZRDUS shafts with both fairway woods having the Smoke Green model. Because of our testing, we think the Max is an excellent fairway wood that helps give greater confidence to golfers lacking consistency on long approaches and tight tee shots. It provides accuracy without sacrificing distance and performed especially well from the deck on shots struck low on the face.


Ping i210, Ping S55

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He then uses a combo set of Ping irons. From four-iron to six-iron he uses Ping i210's and from seven-iron down to pitching wedge he has a set of Ping S55's. They are all fitted with Project X 6.5 shafts. The S55 is not an iron we see that often out on Tour anymore with most Ping players using the i210, iBlade or Blueprint options. However, clearly Hughes gets on with the S55's the best. 


Ping Glide 2.0

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From there, he has three Ping Glide 2.0 wedges with 52, 56 and 60 degrees of loft. Interestingly Hughes may have been willing to move into new models at the top end of the bag, but in the scoring clubs less so. The Glide 2.0 wedges came out in 2017 and have been replaced by the 3.0, 4.0, Glide Forged and Glide Forged Pro models. We can assume then that Hughes is very particular about his wedge setup in terms of feel, looks and overall consistent performance. 


Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C

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His final club in the bag is a Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C putter which is a centre-shafted model. We don't see many players use centre-shafted putters these days but Hughes is one of the few, and has been for some time. 


Titleist Pro V1

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Finally he uses a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. A top performer out on Tour and in the amateur game, the ball offers superb, but distinct, all round performance. We were also seriously impressed with the strength and consistency of the flight, particularly in the wind.

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 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

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer/adidas Tour 360 22