Martin Kaymer Plays with TaylorMade Golf Equipment

At present, Martin Kaymer is best known as being one of TaylorMade’s staff players. A glimpse inside his bag at present reveals the level of commitment Kaymer has to his new sponsor, with only one club, his putter, not manufactured by them.

Martin-Kaymer-TaylorMade equipment

Kaymer’s current club set up reads:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri 8.5°
FAIRWAY: TaylorMade R9 3-wood 13° and TaylorMade Burner 5-wood 17.5°
IRONS: TaylorMade rac MB 3-PW
WEDGES: TaylorMade rac 54° and TaylorMade xFT 58°
PUTTER: PING Karsten Anser 2
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that Kaymer is not one of the players who has opted to switch to the new TaylorMade R11 driver. The German has admitted that he is not a player who is happy to make quick changes to his clubs and that despite testing the R11 and having seen many players use it successfully, he is happy to remain using the older R9 driver that took him to the top of the world rankings in 2011.

Prior to that, when Kaymer burst into the PGA ranks in 2008, for his debut season he predominantly used a Ping Rapture Driver, but used Titleist fairway woods, the 585.H and 909 F2, along with ZM forged Irons and Vokey Tour Satin Chrome wedges also from Titleist.





By 2010, the German however was beginning to make his mark in the game, and switched to TaylorMade, using the R9 Super Tri Driver, R9 Fairway 3-wood and the Burner TP 5-wood in his bag, alongside, TaylorMade RAC MB TP Irons, XFT Wedges and a Ping Anser putter.

Such was his success in 2010, that Kaymer has found it difficult to abandon these clubs, even in the face of the development and subsequent popularity of their successors, in particular the R11 driver. This has led to some unusual scenarios, such as at the recent World Matchplay event, when TaylorMade officials watched on as their staff player Kaymer succumbed to world number 1 rival Luke Donald in the semi finals 5 & 3.

Their disappointment perhaps tempered by the fact that while Kaymer was heading out of the competition, Donald had beat him and would go on to win the PGA Championship at Wentworth, with the brand new R11 as Donald’s of driver.

Martin-Kaymer-TaylorMade

So far this season, the German has resisted the opportunity to upgrade his clubs in the bag, with only his putter being significantly updated. Kaymer has, however, opted to make a sweeping change outside it, replacing his caddy Craig Connolly after the Players Championship with Luke Donald’s older brother Christian on the bag at the US Open!

Of course, part of a caddy’s skill is in helping the player decide upon yardage and which is the correct club for the distance and type of shot he has to play. While nobody doubts Christian Donald’s experience in this field, it will be interesting to see if he can have the same measured impact that Connolly had with Kaymer, when he caddied for him to the USPGA title and world number one spot.

For Martin Kaymer, it is very much a case of ‘as you were’ in his golf bag, but for a typically stoic German who has achieved incredible success with the clubs during 2010, that is hardly surprising.

If it isn’t broke, then there is no need to fix it.

Martin-Kaymer-US Open 2011

Images by Keith Allison

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