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What Clubs Do LPGA Pros Carry in Their Bags?

by M.L. Rose
    Sun Young Yoo carried two fairway woods and two hybrids among the 14 clubs in her bag when she won the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

    Sun Young Yoo carried two fairway woods and two hybrids among the 14 clubs in her bag when she won the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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    Like all professional golfers, the women of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour are limited to 14 clubs in their bags, under Rule 4-4 of the Rules of Golf. With extremely rare exceptions, LPGA golfers always carry one driver and one putter. But the dozen clubs in between depend on the individual player’s game.

    Driver

    While all pro golfers carry a driver, some use one with more loft, which typically provides greater accuracy. Among the early LPGA winners in 2012, Stacy Lewis used the least-lofted driver, at 9 degrees, to win the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Yani Tseng, Ai Miyazato and Sun Young Yoo all won with 9.5-degree drivers, while Angela Stanford and Jessica Korda carried 10.5-degree drivers during their victories.

    Fairway Woods

    LPGA players typically carry at least one fairway wood in their bags. Each of the early 2012 winners carried a 3-wood with 14 or 15 degrees of loft. Yoo and Korda also played 5-woods, although Korda's had an unusually high 21 degrees of loft. Miyazato and Stanford each played a 7-wood with 21 or 21.5 degrees of loft.

    Hybrids

    While hybrids are the rule on the LPGA Tour, Korda was the exception; she didn’t have a hybrid in her bag when she won the 2012 Handa Women's Australian Open. In the same tournament, Lewis carried a 17-degree hybrid, while Stanford’s hybrid was lofted 23 degrees. Miyazato, Tseng and Yoo each played two hybrids, with Yoo employing an unusually low 11-degree club alongside a more standard 21-degree hybrid.

    Irons

    Many PGA Tour players carry 3-irons, and some may occasionally use a 2-iron. On the LPGA Tour, however, the longest iron you are likely to see is a 4-iron, as hybrids have typically replaced the longer irons. Each of the early 2012 winners carried 5 through 9 irons. Korda, Yoo, Tseng and Lewis all used 4-irons as well.

    Wedges

    Three or four wedges are standard in LPGA Tour bags, including one pitching wedge, which is typically lofted approximately 46 degrees. Players who use three wedges in addition to the pitching wedge typically carry ones with a consistent difference in lofts. In 2012, for example, Lewis and Stanford used wedges with 52, 56 and 60 degrees of loft, respectively, while Korda’s measured 50, 54 and 58 degrees. Miyazato, Tseng and Yoo carried non-pitching wedges with 52 and 58 degrees of loft.

    Putters

    As with any pro tour, a variety of putters are used by LPGA players. Four of the early 2012 winners used blade putters. One employed a small mallet and Miyazato won the 2012 LOTTE Championship using a perimeter-weighted mallet with a double bend shaft.

    About the Author

    M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of national and local publications, specializing in sports writing. Rose holds a B.A. in communications.

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