April 08, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Patrick Reed used a mixed bag to capture the Green Jacket. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
For the second time in the last two years, a major championship was won by a player without an equipment contract. Patrick Reed parted ways with Callaway at the beginning of 2018 and then won the Masters on Sunday without a club deal, joining Brooks Koepka who captured the 2017 U.S. Open after Nike exited the equipment industry.
As you'd expect from a player with the freedom to choose his own setup, numerous brands were represented in the bag. Reed's setup begins with a PING G400 LST driver that was added earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The low-spin driver option in PING's lineup has similar characteristics to the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond driver Reed used for most of his time under contract with the company. The club is 44.5 inches with an Aldila Rogue Silver 125MSI shaft tipped one inch and D-2 swingweight. The head has 10 degrees of loft but is finished at 9.2 degrees.
Reed went back to his days with Nike Golf — he was under contract with the Swoosh before signing with Callaway midway through the 2013 season — to find his 3-wood. The older model VR Pro Limited Edition was released back at the end of 2011.
Reed recently switched to Titleist's Pro V1 ball at the WGC-Mexico Championship and had clubs from Titleist and Callaway in the bag, but it's a pair of Artisan wedges that may be the most intriguing storyline.
The 51- and 56-degree wedges came from a new company started by former Nike mastercraftsman Mike Taylor at Nike's old "The Oven" facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
Taylor spent years making Nike clubs exclusively for Tiger Woods and was hired recently as a consultant by TaylorMade to create Woods' irons and wedges that are still in the design and testing process.
As for Reed's Artisan wedges, Taylor made more than 10 custom grind pieces as they worked to find the correct setup. The five-degree gapping is something Reed has preferred for years. Reed also had a 61-degree Vokey Design SM5 T-Grind with some Texas flair on it.
Rounding out the setup is an Odyssey White Hot Pro 3 putter that's spent time in Reed's hands at various points over the last five-plus years. The putter came up big on Sunday when Reed needed it most, converting birdies on 12 and 14 and a must-make par putt on 18 to close out a hard-charging Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.
Here's a look at Reed's entire equipment setup.
Driver: PING G400 LST (Aldila Rogue Silver 125MSI 70X shaft), 10 degrees
3-wood: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition (Aldila Rogue Silver 80X shaft), 15 degrees
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (3-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100 shaft), Callaway X Forged 13 (4-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), Callaway MB1 (5-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: Artisan (51 and 56 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts), Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (61-04T degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
Ball: Titleist Pro V1