Tommy Fleetwood Using 9-Wood At The Masters

The Englishman has a 24 degree 9-wood in the bag for Augusta to fill the gap between 5-wood and 4-iron

Tommy Fleetwood with his caddie and an inset of his TaylorMade 9-wood
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Higher lofted woods on tour have made a comeback over the past few years and Tommy Fleetwood is one of a number of players to carry one.

The Englishman, one of the game's best ball strikers, is employing a 9-wood to help him win his maiden Major title at The Masters this week, with his TaylorMade Qi10 fairway coming in at 24 degrees of loft.

Fleetwood, who also has a veteran Augusta caddie on the bag this week due to his regular looper Ian Finnis recovering from a chest infection, says he has the 9-wood in play to fit the gap between his 5-wood and 4-iron.

The 3-iron replacement will allow him to hit higher shots that are able to stop quicker on the slick, sloping Augusta National greens.

"You get a lot of courses where there's thick rough, firm greens and firm fairways and there's always a balance between having something that you can drive down the fairway but also something that you can hit into greens or out of the rough," he said via his equipment sponsor TaylorMade, who he signed a multi-year extension with at the start of 2024.

A 24 degree TaylorMade Qi10 fairway woods

Fleetwood's 24 degree 9-wood

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"I went higher up in loft in woods to find something that could do that. I don't like hitting hybrids and 7-wood numbers are too close to what my 5-wood produces so we found the 9-wood to fill that gap between my 5-wood at 250-yards and my 4-iron at 225-yards."

The World No.13 also had the 9-wood in play in January's Dubai Desert Classic, where he finished T14th after winning the Dubai Invitational the previous week.

He also has the Qi10 driver, BRNR Mini driver, a Qi10 5-wood, P7TW irons among his set up as well as a TP5x pix Season Opener - which features peaches to celebrate Georgia, the 'Peach State'.

Dustin Johnson, the 2020 Masters champion, also has TaylorMade Stealth 7-and-9-woods in the bag this week, too.

Tommy Fleetwood's TaylorMade ball with a peach design

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He has played eight times so far this year, making seven of eight cuts and recording two other top-10s along with his victory. He's making his eighth Masters start this week, with his best finish of T14 coming in 2022.

"Glad I played last week. I think I struggled with a couple of things in Florida in the during the Florida swing," he said.

"Had two weeks off, practiced well, and I think playing last week was a good idea for me, really. I grew a lot of confidence from that. I played pretty well in practice, doesn't always follow, but it's just time to go out and play now."

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV