Lee Westwood and his Ping Golf Bag Equipment

If you are a believer that to become the best player in the world, you need to have swung a golf club since the day you started to  walk, then Lee Westwood is evidence that this is not the case.

But Lee Westwood never owned his own set of clubs until he reached the age of 13 when his grandparents bought him his own half set. Not that Lee was slow to develop his skills with his new gift, becoming junior champion of his home county Nottinghamshire less than two years later.

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By 1990, Lee had won his first amateur event and his success as an amateur convinced him to turn professional in 1993 after his success at the British Youth Championship. Since then his performances have always shown a trademark consistency that has seen him propelled up the rankings, finally becoming number one in the world on 31st October 2010.

For most of that time, Westwood has always been a contender, however his consistency reached new heights from 2009 onwards, when the Englishman has delivered a level of consistency, especially in the majors, that has had golf commentators purring over his talents.

Perhaps the most enigmatic aspect of Lee Westwood however, is his stats; driving yards, fairways hit, greens in regulation, putts per ground and per round, sand saves and average number of putts. He seldom comes in near the top 10 in any category, but always seems to be in the top 50 or so.

It is this consistency that makes him so tough a golf competitor. In essence, Westwood is the archetypal professional golfer. Calm, assured without being over-confident, he does the simple things well time and time again. He hits fairways, hits greens, sinks putts and does that time and time again.

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Since taking up the game seriously as a junior, as an amateur and throughout his time as a professional, Westwood has always used Ping clubs. Given the success he has enjoyed throughout his career: (35 wins as a professional, two European Tour Order of Merit wins, European Tour Golfer of the Year on three occasions, the eighth most successful European team member in Ryder Cup history on points won (with the second highest scoring rate) and currently ranked number 2 in the world), it is not difficult to see why Lee Westwood opts to stick with the clubs he knows.

The Driver: Ping G10 9 degree

One of the most marked aspects of Westwood’s consistency is his driving ability. Most commentators would expect Westwood to be near the top of the driving accuracy statistics on the European tour, but he is actually 53rd (as of 14Sept 2011). The real difference for Westwood is his accuracy when under pressure, particularly in major tournaments where his ability to hit fairways at key times marks him above his peers and contributes to him being one of the most consistent challengers on tour.

Fairway Woods/Hybrids: 3-Wood: Ping Rapture V2

5-Wood: Ping i15

Rescue: Ping Rapture Hybrid 19 degree

Westwood is one of the growing breed of players who takes the traditional 3 and 5-wood in their bag, along with a hybrid ‘rescue’ club. Despite trying out a variety of different prototypes for Ping Westwood has pretty much remained faithful to the same set of woods and hybrids for the past couple of years and given the accuracy of his fairway wood and hybrid play, it is a decision that is difficult to argue with.

Irons 4 to 9: Ping i10 Irons 3 to PW                 

One of the selling points of any Ping set of clubs is that they are built to each individual golfers specific needs and Westwood has certainly used that to his advantage over the years. His Ping i10 irons have helped him become a confident striker of the ball, consistently letting him hit over 70 per cent of greens in regulation in every round.

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Wedges: Ping Tour W Wedges 54 and 58 degrees

Few people will forget the rare error Westwood made at the BMW PGA Championship, when he spun a wedge shot into the water at the final playoff hole, handing Luke Donald both the title and his World Number 1 spot. That was, however, an aberration for a player who is particularly strong in and around the greens, although interestingly his sand saves for 2011 are markedly down in previous years at 35.48 per cent (compared to 41.18 per cent in 2010 and 55.7 per cent in 2009).

Putter: Ping Redwood Answer

It has often been said that if Westwood had putted as well as he played tee to green, he would have won several Majors by now. That is a little unfair, as Lee has always averaged around 1.7 putts per green throughout his career. Considering the tour leaders at present, Thaworn Wiratchant and Retief Goosen, both average 1.694 putts per green, it is hardly a shocking indictment of his play.

Golf ball: Titleist ProV1X

Lee is another golfer who uses the popular Titleist ProV1X ball that is arguably the most commonly used ball in professional golf. Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero and Bubba Watson all use the ball too.

 

Images from Ping via Equipio, Eugene Goh

Sources: Lee Westwood, EuropeanTour

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Peter Wieger October 1, 2011

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