WITB Winner’s Bag: Viktor Hovland, 2023 Tour Championship

With Viktor’s club set-up at the Tour Championship, there’s nothing new here to write about. His bag looked the same for both of his runaway victories the last two weeks. Still interested? Here’s what we wrote last week.  

For your reading pleasure this week, we are diving into BALLS. The beautifully round, perfectly white pearlies played by the top 100 PGA Tour players (early 2023 summary).

Here is a usage breakdown of the Top 100 PGA pros, including highlighted players: 

38 – Titleist Pro V1 // Viktor, Scheff, Homa

29 – Titleist Pro V1x // Cantlay, Speith, JT

9 – Callaway Chrome Soft X // Rahm, Burns

6 – Srixon Z-Star XV // Hideki, Shane Lowry

4 – TaylorMade TP5x // Rory, Fleetwood

4 – Titleist Pro V1 left dot (good luck finding these) // Big T

4 – Srixon Z-Star Diamond // Brooksie

3 – TaylorMade TP5 // Collin Morikawa

1 – Callaway Chrome Soft X LS // Xander

1 – Bridgestone Tour B X // Matt Kuchar

1 – Bridgestone Tour B XS // Brendan Steele 

Now, the question of the hour? What ball would the pros use if they weren’t getting paid to play it (Hi Titleist and Callaway!)?

Our guess, roughly the same % of Titleist, fewer Callaways and more Bridgestone balls would be used on tour. Will we ever find out the truth? No f’ing way. Each of these guys will take their non-paid choices to the grave. And we don’t blame them. Money talks. Except when you’re actually getting paid.     

Hovland’s bag:

DRIVER: Ping G425 LST- ON SALE (9 degrees), with Fujikura Speeder 661 TX shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (15 degrees), with Fujikura Ventus Blue 7X shaft

IRONS: Titleist U505 (3), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 85 X shaft, Ping i210 (4-PW), with KBS Tour V 120X shafts

WEDGES: Ping Glide 4.0 – ON SALE (50 degrees adjusted to 49, 56 degrees adjusted to 54.5), Ping Glide 2.0 (60 degrees), with KBS Tour V 130 X shafts

PUTTER: Ping PLD DS 72 custom

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

GRIPS: Golf Pride MCC

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