Just a few weeks ago, Lexi Thompson, 16, pocketed a winning cheque of £124,000 after a final round 70 saw her clinch the LPGA Navistar Classic in Prattville, Alabama, setting a new benchmark as the youngest ever winner on the LPGA tour.
Thompson’s star has been in the ascendency for some time. Last year, as a 15-year-old, she finished an astonishing fourth in the U.S.Women’s Open at Oakmont and a few years back played in the tournament as a 12-year-old.
While current LPGA rules state that only golfers over the age of 18 are allowed to play on the tour full time, Commissioner Mike Whan is expected to announce shortly that Thompson, who petitioned the LPGA for acceptance onto the tour next season following her win, will waive the age restriction in her case.
Thompson has already won the first round of qualifying school, by ten shots, in her attempt to secure a card next year.
If she does, given her current form, then few would bet against this youngster from Coral Springs making a big name for herself on the LPGA tour next season.
So let us now take a look at the clubs in her bag that Thompson will hope can propel her to even greater success over the coming years.
The Driver: Cobra S2 Driver : 8.5 loft, Fujikura ZCom Six-S-flex shaft
Lexi was snapped up as a 15-year old by Cobra and most of her clubs come from her sponsor. It is interesting to note that Thompson uses the Fujikura ZCom Six-S flex shaft as this is traditionally used by men and is considered to be a strong, stiff shaft suited to power hitting. Perhaps a tribute to the incredible power that the youngster generates off the tee, being that as a 16 year old, she is now one of the longest hitters in women’s golf.
Fairway Woods/Hybrids: 3 Wood: Cobra S2 15 degree, Aldila VS Proto 60 stiff shaft
Hybrid: Baffler 2H 17 degree, Aldila NV 85 stiff staft
Lexi also opts for the S2 3 wood in her bag, with another stiff shaft. It certainly seems that the youngster does not require the added distance afforded by more pliant shafts. Instead of opting for a traditional 5 wood, Lexi instead takes a hybrid, using the 17 degree baffler to great effect.
Irons 3 to PW: Cobra S2 Forged irons 3-PW, Rifle Project X 5.0 shafts
To survive on the LPGA tour and win tournaments, then strong, accurate iron play is vital and young Lexi certainly does not lack in this department. She uses a full set of Cobra S2 irons. Indeed, her play with the long irons in particularly impressed Yahoo! Golf blogger Shane Bacon who stated that as a 15-year-old Lexi was “hitting long irons high and soft, something you don’t normally see on the hybrid obsessed LPGA Tour. It was mesmerising, Long iron after long iron, sent on down the fairway, soaring like it was struck by Fred Couples.”
Wedges: Callaway X-Forged C-Grind (52 and 60 degree)
It’s interesting to note that Lexi opts for the Callaway X-Forged wedges. There’s no obvious reason given why this the case but considering that for most golfers, when it gets down to around the green feel and comfort with a club is such an important factor, Lexi must have an innate preference for these wedges. Perhaps this preference stems from her days as a child when she would hold chipping competitions at her home in Coral Springs to avoid doing household chores.
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG330 Mallet putter
From tee to green in her victory Lexi is long and accurate, but she also allies that with a fierce will-to-win and great concentration on the greens. The Odyssey is a make preferred by many professionals and it is obviously suiting Lexi’s graceful putting stroke.
Golf ball: Callaway Tour i(z)
The Callaway ball has drawn a lot of excited clamour in recent times due to its hexagonal aerodynamics and dual core construction, with many players claiming it gives them extra yards on most shots. Certainly given Lexi’s length with all her clubs, this seems to be clearly evident. Other players of the Callaway Tour i(z) include Stuart Appleby, Cameron Beckman, Thomas Bjorn, Alexander Noren, Albaro Quiros and female players Vicky Hurst and Momoko Ueda.
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