Keegan Bradley and his Cleveland Golf Equipment

It is fair to say that prior to the 2011 season, few people in professional golf had heard of Keegan Bradley.

But as the winner of two events in his first season as a PGA pro, including the recent major win at the USPGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, that has most certainly changed.

The native of Woodstock, Vermont was born on June 7 1986 and turned professional in 2008 after graduating from St John’s University. He began his competitive career on the NGA Hooters Tour, winning in his fifth and final event of the year before winning a second event in 2009 at the Texas Honing Open. He attempted to earn his PGA Tour card for 2010 but failed to do so by two shots, however a year later a consistent season on the Nationwide tour saw him finish 14th in the money list and earn his PGA card for 2011.

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Since then, it has been a meteoric rise for the 25-year-old. He made the cut in his first event as a PGA pro tour member at the Sony Open in Hawaii and he finished a highly creditable tied seventh a week later at the Bob Hope Classic.  A second top 10 finish came in April at the Texas Open and by now, the golfing world was beginning to notice the talents of the new boy.

His first win came at the prestigious HP Byron Nelson Championship, when he defeated Ryan Palmer in a playoff. The USPGA would be his first major Championship, having not qualified for any of the three earlier ones in the season and it would be a championship that would bring Bradley to worldwide fame, after his sensational three-hole playoff victory over Jason Dufner.

Listed below are the clubs that have propelled Bradley into the realms of superstardom, with the information kindly provided by Sandbox8.com.

 

The Driver: Cleveland Launcher UltraLite TL 310 (10.5 degree)

Bradley’s USPGA victory was not only the first major for the player, but also a first major for his club sponsor Cleveland Golf. A key part of his victory was the combination of accuracy and length that Bradley achieved off the tee, courtesy of his Cleveland 310TL driver. As of 29th August 2011, Bradley was 18th in driving distance on the PGA tour.

Fairway Woods/Hybrids:

3-Wood – Cleveland Launcher FL (14 degree)

Hybrid 1 –  Cleveland Launcher DST (18 degree)

Hybrid 2 –  Cleveland Mashie TM3 (20.5 degree)

Bradley is another in the growing number of players who are switching to hybrid clubs on tour. While many players still prefer long irons and fairway woods, increasing numbers, including another major winner in Y.E.Yang are switching to these rescue clubs.

 

Irons 4 to PW: Cleveland CG7 Tour                            

Given Bradley’s preference for hybrids, his choice of Cleveland CG7 irons, including pitching wedge  come fitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts and given the accuracy of Bradley’s iron play during his USPGA win, it would seem these irons are particularly well suited to the 25-year-olds game.

 

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Wedges: Mid Wedge – Cleveland CG14 (52 degree)

Lob Wedge –  Cleveland CG14 (58 degree)

No change of wedges for Bradley here as Keegan opts for two Cleveland CG14 wedges, with the same shafts as his irons. Interesting is that Bradley opts for 52 and 58 degree lofts on his club, when many other pro’s may opt for two clubs of slightly more loft.

 

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth

Arguably the club that brought Bradley the most attention was his belly putter. The Odyssey White Hot has certainly lived up to its name on the greens this season for Bradley, putting him to two tour victories, two other top ten finishes and lifting him to ninth on the PGA Tour money list for 2011, above Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson. His form has also seen him rise up the rankings to 29th in the World Golf Rankings (as of 29th August 2011).

 

Golf ball: Srixon Z-Star

Key to Bradley’s success in the USPGA was his putting and a lot of that confidence can be prescribed to the player’s confidence in the Srixon Z-Star ball. There was no greater evidence of this when Bradley holed a monster 40-foot putt on the 71st hole to close the gap on Dufner, a putt that would eventually force him into a successful playoff for the title.

 

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Other players who use the Srixon Z-Star series include Robert Allenby, Miguel-Angel Jiminez, Ryo Ishikawa, Shingo Katayama, Vijay Singh, Boo Weekley, Karrie Webb and Laura Davies.

 

Images by Keegan Bradley Facebook Page

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