Few golfers have made as much of an impression over their first three rounds as a professional as young British player Tom Lewis. After leading this year’s British Open alongside Thomas Bjorn after the first round, his talent was duly noted on the world stage. Two months later, Lewis was one of the stars of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team and it was expected that the player, who was ranked as the 7th best Amateur in the world at the start of the tournament, would turn professional after the event.
That proved to be the case and Lewis made his debut as a professional at the Austrian Open later that month, recovering well from an opening round 74, to finish tied for tenth in his first European Tour tournament.
Lewis second tournament was the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championships and he started brightly with rounds of 68 and 69 to play himself into contention, but faded over the last two days, posting a final round 78 to finish 70th.
However a fortnight later at the Portugal Masters, Lewis turned on the style posting rounds of 70, 64 and 68, plus a final round 65, to finish a staggering 21-under-par to lift his first ever European Tour title in only his third event as a professional.
The victory not only meant a hefty payday for Lewis, but also meant he avoided the dreaded tour qualifying school at the end of the season, securing his card for the next two-years, but that he also rocketed up the world rankings and into serious contention for a place at next year’s Ryder Cup.
So let’s find out what clubs Tom Lewis has been using in his bag to emerge as one of the next bright young things on the European Pro golf scene.
The Driver: Ping G20 9.5 driver
In his six tournaments so far (four as a professional, two as an amateur), Lewis has driven the ball on average over 307 yards. This length of the tee is facilitated by the impressive Ping G20, the latest incarnation of the G-range of Ping drivers and woods. Lewis driving accuracy at 54.29% is average though and seems to indicate that despite his meteoric start to his career, the youngster still has plenty of ways to improve from the tee.
Fairway Woods/Hybrids: Ping G5 3-wood
Ping G5 5-wood
It is interesting to note that Lewis has opted to keep the older G5 fairway woods in his bag. Indeed, retaining older equipment is something that many Ping staff players have opted to do. Lee Westwood, for example, still uses a G10 driver and i10 irons. There is a simple reason for this however and that is the G5 range of woods from Ping were outstanding clubs and given Lewis play on the links courses, where excellent wood play is essential, it seems to be a very wise choice.
Irons 4 to 9: Ping S56 irons (3-PW) x100 Step Strong
If there is one facet of Tom Lewis’ game that has stood out during his formative weeks as a tour professional it has been his approach play with his irons. Hitting 82.22 per cent of greens in regulation is an outstanding achievement for a player who is basically new to the tour and it is clear to see why Lewis is having so many opportunities for birdies and better. The Ping S56 irons are his weapon of choice and given their clean feel and optimal weighting, they are obviously a club well suited to his game.
Wedges: Ping Anser Wedges (52 and 58 degree)
Ping Anser wedges have been popular with professionals for some time and it is no surprise to see Lewis opt for the 52 and 58 degree versions. His sand play however could do with a little work with just 50% of his 4 sand saves attempted being a success. However, the flip side of that is, if Lewis only finds sand four times in over 20 rounds of golf, he will not be unduly concerned at this stat.
Putter: Ping Scottsdale Wolverine Putter
On the greens Lewis has been steady rather than spectacular, but it has certainly been enough to allow him a superb start to his career. The 78 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship may skew these stats slightly, but with 30 putts on average each round, there is still clearly room for Lewis to improve further on the greens. A worrying thought for professionals who are seeking a chink in the youngsters golfing armour.
Golf ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Like many other professionals, Tom uses the Pro V1x as his ball of choice.
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