Viktor Hovland What's In The Bag?

We take a look inside the bag of the Norwegian professional

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Viktor Hovland What's In The Bag?

Norwegian youngster Viktor Hovland has won five times on the PGA Tour, once in Puerto Rico, twice at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, and his biggest wins came in 2023 at the Memorial Tournament and BMW Championship. He also earned his first DP World Tour victory in 2021 at the BMW International Open and has won two consecutive Hero World Challenge events as well. Let's get to his current club setup.

Viktor Hovland What's In The Bag?

Viktor Hovland WITB: Full Specs

*Note - The utility comes in and out of his setup regularly

Driver: Ping G425 LST, 9 degrees at 8.4, Fujikura Speeder TR 661 TX shaft

Three-wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus, 15 degrees with Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X shaft

*Seven-wood: Ping G430 Max with Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X shaft

*Hybrid: Ping G425 with Fujikura Ventus Blue 9 X shaft

*Utility: Titleist U505, 21 degrees with Graphite Design Tour AD-DI Hybrid 85X shaft

Irons: Ping i210 (4-PW) all with KBS Tour 120 X shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (50-12SS, 56-06SS), Ping Glide 2.0 (60-TS) with KBS Tour-V 130 shafts

Putter: Ping PLD DS 72

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Apparel: J.Lindeberg


Ping G425 LST

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At the top of the bag he uses a Ping G425 LST driver which he uses to great effect and at the moment he uses a Fujikura Speeder TR 661 TX shaft with it.

The driver slot in Hovland's bag has been the most tumultuous really given a couple of unfortunate events. In November 2021, Hovland let Danny Lee hit a couple of shots with it on the driving range at Mayakoba, and it subsequently snapped. Hovland borrowed a replacement from James Hahn and then won the tournament. In 2022 Hovland's driver was snapped again, this time by Delta Airlines on the way to Hawaii for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. 


TaylorMade Stealth Plus, Ping G430 Max

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He then carries a TaylorMade Stealth Plus fairway wood fitted with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X shaft, as you can see above. Then occasionally he carries a Ping G430 Max seven-wood as well. We know the Stealth has 15 degrees of loft and then the G430 Max has around 18 degrees of loft as well. It comes in and out of the setup depending on the course and conditions, and it is fitted with a Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X shaft.


Ping G425


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A new addition to the bag back in 2022 was a hybrid. He had been using the Callaway Apex UW for a while but he now occasionally uses a Ping G425 model with around 19 degrees of loft. The Ping G425 hybrid has the same thin maraging steel face as its predecessor, the Ping G410. Generating high ball speeds, it also features Ping’s Facewrap design technology that works across the crown and sole of the club promoting an easy launch and longer shots. Usually it is fitted with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 9 X shaft. As we briefly touched on, this club comes in and out of the setup. 


Ping i210

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Shifting to the irons his setup has recently changed. He often carries a Titleist U505 Utility iron and had been testing a prototype set of the Ping i59's. However these appear to have come out for a set of Ping i210's. They go from four-iron down to pitching wedge and have KBS Tour 120 X shafts. When playing in the wind Hovland actually does something quite neat with his i210's to get them to fly a little lower. He shortens all his clubs (aside from putter) by a quarter-of-an-inch, and the lofts strengthened by 0.5 degrees. The shortening of the clubs reduces spin, whilst the movement of the lofts increases ball speed - both combine to flight the ball lower. 


Ping Glide 4.0, Ping Glide 2.0

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He then has two Ping Glide 4.0 wedges with 50 and 56 (bent to 55). His final wedge in the bag is a 60 degree Ping Glide 2.0. In our testing the Ping Glide 4.0 wedge looks exceptional - especially in the more traditional teardrop shape that is available in three of the four sole options. Most impressive, however, was how easy it was to spin the golf ball. Even when hitting shots that came off a little hotter and lower than expected, the ball sat to attention quicker than most new wedges.


Ping PLD DS 72

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Finally he had been using a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Mullen 2 DB SS putter, and a Ping Sigma 2 Wolverine H model before switching to his current flat-stick, the Ping PLD DS 72 as pictured above. Speaking to Hovland said of the putter; “I’ve gone through some counterbalance putters in the past that I played in school, so I really like that shape. When I decided to sign with Ping, I stayed in that same head style but made one adjustment. There’s a line on the putter, but we also put one on the [topline] as well so the two lines match up together at address. Other than that, it’s the same head shape because that’s what I’m comfortable with. The milled insert in that putter is something that I much prefer as well. Instead of the ball melting on the face, you can feel the ball a little bit and it improved my speed.”


Titleist Pro V1

Titleist Pro V1 2023 Golf Balls

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Hovland uses the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. Hovland told Titleist; “I’ve really liked it at tournaments just when I’ve been chipping around greens. I feel like I’m still able to launch the ball up in the air a little bit while getting that spin. And so then I was entering the testing process with the mindset of, ‘OK, I like it around the greens. Let’s see how it performs with irons and the driver.’ And for me, it didn’t do that much differently (than prior generation), which is a good thing because I liked where the spins were at, the launch angles, and the overall feel of it. So if it’s very, very similar with all those shots, but I feel like it performs better around the greens, I felt like it was a good decision just to start playing it."

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