What's in the bag of Charlie Beljan Golfer

Learn from the best! A look into the pockets of the best

Another year has passed. 52 weeks in which we amateurs were constantly shown from Thursday to Sunday how far we are from really mastering golf. You probably know the shortest golf joke in the world: "I can do it."

Of course we will never be as good as a Jason Day, Dustin Johnson or Martin Kaymer who earn their money with the low rounds on the most beautiful and demanding courses in the world. For this we would have to train several hours a day on the putting and pitching greens and the driving range. Not to mention the disciplined pursuit of top physical form.

And yet we can learn something from them. Not so much with swing thoughts, swing planes, hand positions and the like. But much more when you deliberately look into the pockets of the best players.

Many amateurs do not want to admit what they have long since understood: Modern technology is the golfer's friend. She wants to help us get better results and have more fun on the pitch.

Another year "In the Bag" has shown once again that we don't have to struggle with forged blades and small club heads on the pitch to feel a little closer to Kaymer, McIlroy and Co..

  1. More loft on the driver

TaylorMade sparked a movement in 2014 with the Loft-Up campaign that players from other manufacturers are now also picking up on. So it is no longer just long hitters like Dustin Johnson or Jason Day who stand at the tee with a face slope of ten degrees and more. Brooks Koepka (10.5 degrees), Lee Westwood (10.5 degrees) and Co. are also increasingly choosing a driver with more loft.

Of course we will continue to see players with nine degrees and less in the driver. But that has to do with the fact that the professionals hit the ball in the upward movement; with a positive attack angle, as the professional would say.

Don't be afraid of high loft numbers. "My friends just keep laughing until I hit my ball 30 yards past them," said Stewart Cink of his decision to move to twelve degrees.

  1. More hybrids = more fun

Bernhard Langer and Bernd Wiesberger do it, and Ryder Cup players Lee Westwood, Ryan Moore and Matt Kuchar have understood. And you should learn too: hybrids were invented to help us golfers. They replace the hard-to-play long irons and effortlessly lead to a higher ball flight and better contact from all positions - whether fairway, rough or bunker.

Especially women and seniors, but also less sporty golfers who simply don't have the power to get the ball into the air with the long irons, benefit from the slightly larger club head with the low center of gravity. So you can see two to three of the little heads sticking out of the bag, especially with the top pros like Lydia Ko or Inbee Park.

However, hybrids are not just about swing speed. Even one of the longest running PGA Tour, J.B. Holmes, uses a classic hybrid to tackle the long par 4s and short par 5s.

  1. Courage for a colorful mix

Gone are the days when manufacturers only issued iron sets from iron 4 to PW. Of course these offers still exist; for the sake of simplicity. But the sale of individual irons is no longer an exception. However, many amateurs still use this opportunity too seldom.

The phenomenon has long since established itself on the tour. Mixed sets with at least one foreign iron can be found in the bags of Masters Champion Danny Willett, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Â and Chris Wood, for example.

The reason for this inconsistent line is very simple: With the long irons, even the professionals are not primarily concerned with length control that is accurate to the meter, but with the lowest possible spread and high repeatability. Rose and Co. have understood that the latter depends above all on the quality of the shots and accept any game support.

Mixed sets of forgiving, long irons with a low center of gravity and longer club heads as well as short irons for the precise play of the greens have enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. According to a study by GolfDigest, there were only twelve participants in the 2009 Honda Classic with mixed sets. Four years later, on the other hand, there were already 68. The trend is rising.

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