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Golf Drivers Most Used by Golf Pros

by J.D. Chi
    TaylorMade, Titleist, Nike, Ping and Callaway are among the most popular drivers for professional golfers.

    TaylorMade, Titleist, Nike, Ping and Callaway are among the most popular drivers for professional golfers.

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    Overview

    As of August 2010, more professional golfers played TaylorMade golf clubs than those of any other maker--50 golfers on the PGA, European and LPGA tours carry TaylorMade clubs. Pings are used by 46 players and Callaway clubs by 40 pros on the three tours. Professional golfers often help design the clubs they use. These clubs, and similar models, are available for purchase by the general public. On average, male professional golfers use drivers with a loft between 9.5 and 10.5 degrees.

    Callaway

    According to Callaway Golf, 18 PGA Tour players, 17 European Tour players and five LPGA players use the company's clubs. Phil Mickelson, Stuart Appleby and Ernie Els are among the PGA pros who carry the FT Tour driver. Mickelson won the 2010 Masters, Appleby shot a 59 in the closing round to win the Greenbrier Classic in August 2010, and Els won the 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational using the FT Tour driver. On the European Tour, Thomas Bjorn and Niclas Fasth are among the players who carry the FT Tour driver. Morgan Pressel, winner of the LPGA's 2008 Kapalua Classic and 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship uses the Callaway Diablo Edge Tour driver. Five LPGA players carry Callaways.

    Cleveland

    Boo Weekley and Vijay Singh head a list of 14 PGA players who carry Cleveland clubs, according to the Cleveland Golf website. Weekley, a two-time winner of the Verizon Heritage, and Singh, winner of three majors since turning pro in 1993, both carry a 10.5-degree Cleveland Launcher DST. Three European Tour players also carry Cleveland drivers and use either a Launcher series or a Hi-Bore XLS model.

    Nike

    Tiger Woods, the most well-known golfer in the world, headlined 10 PGA players who carry Nike clubs, according to the company's website. The VR Tour is the driver of choice for Nike golfers. Woods has won 14 majors and uses the VR Tour. Stewart Cink, who won the 2009 British Open also uses the VR Tour while Trevor Immelman, winner of the 2008 Masters, carries the VR-STR8 FIT Tour driver. There are 10 European players, including Charl Schwartzel, who won twice in 2010 as of August 2010, who use Nike drivers. Schwartzel carries the VR Tour driver. Three LPGA players use Nike drivers, including Michelle Wie, who hits the VR Tour driver.

    Ping

    PGA and European tour players ranging from Angel Cabrera to Lee Westwood carry Ping clubs. Westwood, who finished second in the 2010 British Open and was in the top three in four of golf’s majors between June 2008-August 2010, carries the Ping G15 model, with a higher-than-usual 11-degree loft. Cabrera, winner of the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters, uses a 7.5-degree Ping Rapture series driver. Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the 2010 British Open, is also a Ping player--he carries a 9-degree Rapture series driver.

    TaylorMade

    Though Paul Goydos is not the biggest name carrying a TaylorMade driver, he made golf history in July 2010, when he shot a 59 in the first round of the John Deere Classic, tying a PGA Tour record. Goydos carries the R9 driver, which allows golfers to shift the weighting of the club to fit their swing. Lefty Mike Weir, winner of the 2003 Masters, also carries the R9 while Sergio Garcia (seven-time winner on the PGA Tour) carries the Burner Superfast and Tom Lehman, winner of the 1996 British Open, carries the R7 Superquad, two of TaylorMade's other well-known models. Paula Creamer, winner of the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, carries an R7 series driver.

    Titleist

    Nine PGA and European Tour players carry Titleist clubs, including Zach Johnson, who has won three tournaments, including the 2010 Crown Plaza Invitational at the Colonial, according to the Titleist website. Johnson hits a 9.5-degree 909D2 driver while Adam Scott, who won the 2010 Valero Texas Open uses the 909D3 model with 9.5-degree loft. There are no LPGA players among Titleists athletes.

    About the Author

    J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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