We take a look at some of the biggest gear stories and releases from the Major Championship.
Tour Gear Round Up – Open Championship 2021
The Open Championship, as one of the biggest tournaments of the year, is always an opportunity for brands to showcase new gear to the world and 2021’s edition is no exception as there are lots of gear stories to talk about whether that be new clubs going into players’ bags, or gear that celebrates Royal St George’s.
Below we have taken a look at some of the equipment notes we have noticed in the practice rounds and weeks preceding the final men’s Major of 2021.
The world number one has put in what looks to be a new P790 UDI iron.
Jon Rahm has put a new Callaway Jaws Full Toe wedge in the bag which as you can see has full face grooves and some very cool stamping.
At the Scottish Open, Justin Thomas swapped his Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 putter for a new Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 Tour prototype featuring what the company calls a “knuckle neck.”
The new design has a Phantom X 5.5 head, which is a similar head shape to his previous Futura X5 model, with a neck similar to one you might see on a Scotty Cameron Newport 2.
Another putter change worth nothing is Xander Schauffele has moved away from the arm-lock putter design he used for a number of weeks on the PGA Tour. He has now gone back to the Odyssey O-Works Red #7 CH model.
We believe Justin Rose has put a new set of Mizuno irons into play this week. They are called the Mizuno Pro 221’s and they go from four-iron down to nine-iron. We believe they come out in February.
The Scot has recently put a new TaylorMade TP Bandon 3 into play. He had been using a Spider X for a while but it looks like the switch has been made permanent.
For a couple of weeks now Titleist has been seeding some new irons like the T100’s which have recently gone into the bag of Jordan Spieth. We believe the last time Spieth changed irons was back at the 2019 Open Championship, when he switched to the older 100’s.
Additionally for the week in England, we may expect to see new utility irons as well such as the T200 and T505 models.
TaylorMade unveiled this cool bag with lots of little details to celebrate the Kent links course.
The venue’s historic starters hut, a wooden structure with a straw roof, is the core inspiration for TaylorMade’s commemorative Staff Bag.
Debossed planks on the side paneling represent the wood, while a brown textured upper denotes straw. The weathervane and clock signify the starter hut’s marquee fixtures, and clock hands are set to 8 p.m. to represent the centuries-old curfew bell that rings daily from St. Peter’s Church.
Callaway also showed us a very funky 2021 staff bag as well.
This striking retro design is inspired by the legendary 1960s Carnaby Street music scene in London. This bag captures the era’s artistic freedom, fashion, and rebellious energy, with a focus on fun and vivid colours.
The American showed up to Royal St George’s with a special West Ham golf bag that caused several heads to turn in practice rounds.
In the past Horschel has explained how he become a fan of the club’
“This is how an American becomes a fan of West Ham United. When I was in college in my sophomore year, I just got a new TV and my cable wasn’t getting turned on for a couple of days,” said Horschel.
“I bought some DVD’s and one of them was a movie called Green Street Hooligans. It had Charlie Hunnam and Elijah Wood and it was about the firm for West Ham and Millwall, and that whole aspect of beyond the football side of it.
It appears Horschel has also put a new Titleist T200 utility iron into play as well.
Matt Fitzpatrick has also put a football related golf bag into play, showing off his support for Sheffield United. From a club perspective he has also put a couple of the new T100 irons we mentioned earlier into his setup too.
Mizuno shared teaser images and videos of the new ST-G 220 driver which is coming out to retail in October.
Earlier in July FootJoy announced a collaboration with iconic brand Harris Tweed and launched the limited edition Premiere Series Black Watch Packard shoes.
The Black Watch cloth, from the Harris Tweed Hebrides Heritage Collection, has been chosen to feature on this limited edition Premiere Series Packard shoe.
Governed by The Harris Tweed Act, the fabric must be hand woven in the homes of the residents the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, to be able to use the Harris Tweed name and logo.
Ahead of the tournament, Nike released its third major-inspired footwear pack of the year, including the Air Max 90 G, Air Zoom Victory Tour and Air Zoom Infinity Tour golf shoes.
The shoes have cork details throughout the design which are inspired by dart boards found in pubs throughout the U.K.
For more gear news check out the Golf Monthly website.