Stewart Cink What's In The Bag?

Here we take a look at what clubs 2009 Open Champion Stewart Cink puts into the bag.

Stewart Cink What's In The Bag?
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Stewart Cink What's In The Bag?

Stewart Cink is an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, two of which came in 2020 and 2021 after a gap of 11 years since his 2009 Open Championship victory. What clubs does the American put in his bag each week? Let's take a look. Previously a Nike staff player, Cink became an equipment free agent after the brand stopped making clubs in 2016. Over the next couple of years he would continue to play without an equipment contract but that changed at the beginning of 2019 as he signed a multi-year contract with Ping. He had been playing their clubs for a while but in January it became an official relationship.

Stewart Cink What's In The Bag?


Ping G425 Max

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The deal sees Cink play at least 11 Ping clubs but right now it appears, excluding his wedges, all of his clubs are made by the brand. He starts out with the G425 Max driver and it has 10.5 degrees of loft and a Graphite Design shaft. It is with this driver, and some minor swing adjustments, that he has seen a big increase in distance as last season he went from 113th to 27th in driving distance. One of these changes was to move his ball position so that he could use a lower-lofted driver than usual. 


Ping G425 Max, Ping G410

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Cink then uses a Ping G425 Max three-wood along with a Ping G410 seven-wood. They have 15.5 and 19.75 degrees of loft and interestingly have completely different shafts. The three-wood has a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green shaft whilst the higher lofted model has a Accra FX 2.0 360 M5 shaft. We usually see professionals have differently weighted shafts in their fairway woods but seeing a completely different model is not as common as you would think. 


Ping i200, Ping Prototype

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He has an interesting iron setup at the moment. He carries a Ping i200 three-iron before transitioning into a set of Ping prototype irons. He had been using a set of Ping i210's for a long time. His current set runs from four-iron down to the U-Wedge which allows him to just carry one specialist wedge.


Titleist Vokey Design SM9

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Now we come to the only clubs that are not made by Ping. Cink only has one specialist wedge in the bag, a Titleist Vokey SM9, because he uses the U-Wedge from his set of Ping irons. His SM9 has 56 degrees of loft. 


Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch Stealth

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Finally he has a Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch Stealth putter which has been in the bag for a long time now. Cink has had his putting troubles in the past and this model seems to help right now, but he also uses little technical things and mental fortitude to help him hole more putts, especially up close to the hole. “If I told you the truth,” he said, in a piece by Michael Bamberger. “It doesn’t get any easier. I work so hard on the mental side of the game. As you get closer to the hole your expectation level changes. It’s not a linear change. Short putting I try to be rock-solid on my routine and trust the process. I know some of those putts are going to lip out, and that sometimes you’re going to look silly, you’re going to feel bad. And you have to expect and plan for that, and move on.

“If you spend your whole career or your whole tournament bracing for something like that, hoping it doesn’t happen and trying to hide it, then you’re going to be devastated when something like that happens at the wrong time. I’ve missed my share.”


Titleist Pro V1x

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Cink is one of many top professionals to use the Titleist Pro V1x ball. 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.


FootJoy Fuel

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Finally Cink also wears a pair of the FootJoy Fuel golf shoes, a model we really liked in testing. The synthetic upper might not have the refined look of the premium leather alternatives like the Premiere Series but the benefit is how hard wearing it is. We tested the white, blue and grey colorway and thought it was an incredibly versatile option that could be worn with trousers and shorts, in all seasons and all conditions. 

Full Specs

Driver: Ping G425 Max (10.5 degrees) with Graphite Design Tour AD XC 6 TX shaft

3-wood: Ping G425 Max (17.5 degrees at 15.5) with Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5 shaft

7-wood: Ping G410 (20.5 degrees at 19.75), with an Accra FX 2.0 360 M5 shaft

Irons: Ping i200 (3), Ping Prototype (4-UW all fitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (56-08M) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Putter: Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch Stealth

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Shoes: FootJoy Fuel

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