Lee Westwood's Ping Golf Equipment 2012 and Golf Facts

After his victory at the rain-soaked Indonesian Open, world ranked number 3 Lee Westwood has set himself the challenge of further victories this year. The win was Westwood’s first of the 2012 season and saw him retain the trophy he won last year by two shots from Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant, finishing on 16-under-par, after starting the third round eight shots ahead.  These are the tools of the trade that Westwood is using this season.

 

Driver:  Ping G15 (11 degree loft) with 45 and a quarter inch Aldila VooDoo BV6 X-flex shaft

Fairway Wood: Ping i15 3 wood (15.5 degree loft) with UST Proforce V2 72 gram/X-Flex shaft

Hybrid/Rescue Club: Ping Rapture V2 with a Aldila NV75-gram X-Flex shaft

Irons: Ping i10 irons (3 to PW) with 2.25 degrees upright, fitted to stiff JZ Cushin shafts

Wedges:  Ping Tour-W Wedges (54 degree model bent to 52.5 and a 58-degree model)

Putter: Ping Redwood Answer (35-inches long)

Ball: Titleist Pro v1x

 

Lee Westwood

 

You can see how Westwood has changed his set up from 2011 to 2012 by comparing this article with this older article here.

 

Lee Westwood – Golf Facts

1. Lee Westwood was a relative latecomer to the world of golf. Before his 13th birthday, the young Westwood had not even picked up a golf club in anger. That changed when he was given a half set of clubs as a 13th birthday present, a decision which would ultimately lead to him one day becoming the World Number 1.

Living proof that you don’t need to be a child golfing prodigy like Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy to reach the top in the game, Westwood never picked up a club until his 13th birthday. A gift of a half set of clubs from his grandparents saw him and his father take up the sport. Until that time, Westwood was a keen sportsman in school (and a fan of Nottingham Forest football club).

 

Once the clubs were in his hands however, Westwood progressed at an astonishing rate, within two years he was the junior champion of Nottinghamshire and in 1990, he won his first amateur tournament. By 1993, he was British Youth Champion and was about to realise the ultimate schoolboy dream of turning professional.

 

Golf-ball-in-a-grass

 

 

2. From tee-to-green, Westwood is arguably the finest and most consistent player in the world today.

If there is one word to describe Westwood’s performances over the last few years and this is especially true of his performances in majors, it is consistent. The secret to him continually finding himself in the last few pairings at tournaments across the globe is his astonishing accuracy from the tee. He may not spank the ball the distance of someone like Bubba Watson, but Westwood combines distance with almost unerring accuracy.  Add into this strong approach play and it means that Westwood averages more putts for birdie than almost any other golfer in the world today.

 

Lee-Westwood-golf-bag

 

3. So what’s the deal with his putting and chipping then?

If Westwood’s putting and short game was anywhere near the standard of his wood and iron play, then he would already be a multiple-Major winner. There is no doubt that better putting on the greens at Augusta a few weeks ago would have secured the Englishman his first Major title. Once again though, his putting demons resurfaced and saw him ‘only’ finish third.

 

Critics have been quick to point out a wide variety of problems with Westwood’s shorter game when this happens, but the truth of the matter is, nobody, not even Westwood himself, can explain why so many of his putts, many of them excellent shots, fail to land in the hole.

When they do though, the results can be spectacular. At the Thailand Golf Championship in December 2011, he shot a 60 and then a 64, for the lowest two-round score ever posted on the Asian tour, winning the event by seven shots. Earlier that month he’d also secured a course record 62 during the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City. Clearly, the putting skills are there and when the putts drop, Westwood’s scoring is phenomenal.

 

Omega-European Masters 2011 Switzerland Westwood

 

So is it the Major pressure telling on Westwood? The truth is nobody knows. It certainly seems a mental issue rather than a physical one and as results have shown, when Westwood gets it right, the rest of the golfing world stand little chance.

 

4. Lee’s looking svelt these days…

There was a time when Westwood’s portly figure was drawing some unfair and unfavorable criticism from some golfing elite. Never a gym-bunny like Tiger Woods, the more barrel-chested Englishman would routinely be knocked for his less than athletic figure. Over the years however, he has worked hard on his golfing fitness and is now as fit, physically strong and powerful as any of the other golfers who regularly combine their practise on the range with a workout at the gym. Whether Westwood’s improvement over the past few years is directly down to his new-found fitness, it is hard to say, but what is clear is that it hasn’t hurt Westwood’s performance one jot.

 

5. What next for Lee Westwood?

2012 is a big year for the Worksop born Westwood. He has indicated that he wants to play more on the PGA Tour this year with an eye to competing in the end of season Fed Ex Cup. Of course, Westwood has already said that his main aim is to win a Major and with three more available this year, his eyes will be set on timing his game to be in peak form for the US and British Open’s as well as the USPGA. 2012 is also a Ryder Cup year and Westwood will no doubt be one of the stalward members of the European team, seeking to retain the trophy they won at Celtic Manor in 2010 on American soil.

 

 

Golf-ball in a golf cup

 

While golf rankings may not seem to play a big part in Westwood’s planning for 2012, there will be a part of the Englishman that wants that number 1 spot back. With Luke Donald and new number 1 Rory McIlroy ahead of him, Westwood will need a few more tournament wins and consistent tournament finishes to earn his place back at the top of the charts. But with his levels of drive and determination, Westwood being World Number 1 by the time the 2012 golf season draws to a close, is not a great stretch of the imagination at all.

 

Images gy Gorilla Golf blog, Eugene Goh

 

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