K.J. Choi has been making some interesting choices with his golf clubs lately. First, he raised some eyebrows by putting the Ping G15 irons into play. Weren’t the G15′s designed for amateurs? Didn’t they have large cavities, thick soles, and (dare we even say it?) offset? Then, at the Masters, he took things a step further. Looking for higher launching and softer landing approach shots into the quick and unforgiving Augusta greens, Choi chose to bag three or even four hybrids instead of traditional long irons. Some were left to wonder why an elite golfer was heading to the tee with clubs normally associated with weekend hackers. A lot of mid and low handicappers pondered the players irons they so coveted and, perhaps, had second thoughts.
And now K.J. Choi has won the Players Championship. In a playoff on the famous 17th hole island green, no less. And he hasn’t won with the G15s, or with a whole mess of hybrids in the bag, or even a readily recognizable set of golf clubs. He’s won with Muira irons, an extremely high-end Japanese manufacturer that many casual golf fans probably haven’t even heard of. Go figure. Of course, a quick look at the price tag on these esteemed sticks may have many golf fans wishing they had stayed in the dark and avoided the temptation altogether.
An exciting win with some surprising clubs on one of the most electrifying holes in all of golf. We can’t say that we understand all of the changes K.J. has been making to his bag this year, but considering the results (and his ranking of 15th in the world), we certainly can’t question them.
Driver: TaylorMade R11 (9.0°) with a Matrix OZIK XCON F6M2 shaft
Fairway Wood: Ping i15 (15.5°) with an ACCRA S3 Dymatch 85 shaft
Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°) with a Graphite Design Tour Ad UT 85 shaft
Irons: Miura CB 501 (3-PW) with KBS Tour shafts
Wedges: Miura Wedge Series (54°), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (59°) with KBS Tour shafts
Putter: Odyssey White Hot #2
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1