What’s in the bag ?! Discover 2 wild gear setups on tour

Eduardo de la Riva continues to use a Callaway FT-i 5 wood that was originally released in 2008.

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With a plethora of interesting gear setups on tour, GOLF gear editor Jonathan Wall highlights a few each week that deserve extra recognition. We start with two selections worthy of the European Tour.

A serious step back

Eduardo de la Riva’s Callaway FT-i fairway wood is a certified classic.

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New clubs are the norm in professional golf – at least that’s what we tell ourselves. When you own a business card, playing with the latest gear can give you an edge. Not to mention that the clubs are free, so why not load up as much material as possible! Or maybe it’s just my state of mind.

Of course, not everyone plays with new equipment. Tiger Woods’ iconic Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS has been around since 1999. Jordan Spieth and Brandt Snedeker have been playing the same putters for over a decade. Henrik Stenson also played the same Callaway Diablo Octane Tour fairway wood for over a decade. And the list goes on and on.

“Old” clubs exist on the Tour to remind us that we, the golfing public, don’t need the newer and better to go down. It’s all about comfort and trust, my friends. Which brings us to the Callaway FT-i 5-wood square by Eduardo de la Riva. This puppy was originally released in 2008 and features massive notches on the crown that almost look like homemade alignment aids. (They aren’t, to be clear.)

The club are completely beaten and have seen better days, but Eduardo still can’t put him to the curb. It is without a doubt one of my favorite clubs in professional golf. He has character for days.

Five of a kind

James Hart’s five-corner setup is a rare sight on tour.

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We spent a lot of space on GOLF.com singing the praises of the four corner setup. Of course, Tiger Woods played a three corner setup with decent success during his career – but you are not Tiger.

The addition of a fourth wedge is designed to facilitate the full swing on those critical approach shots within 130 yards. Even though it takes some tweaking to the current setup, finding a place for that extra wedge will be worth it in the long run.

But what about the five wedges? Now, that takes a little creativity. The average stick doesn’t take a page from pro James Hart, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be left speechless at its five-corner setup. According to a few Instagram commenters, Hart drops his 3-wood to make room for the fifth corner. It’s a daring piece.

What’s even more impressive is the fact that Hart has reasonable loft spreads (4 degrees). It starts with a Ping Blueprint pitching wedge, switches to the Callaway MD5 jaws at 50 and 54 degrees, adds a craftsman at 58 degrees (Mike Taylor shout) and finishes it with a Ping Glide Forged at 62 degrees.

If you keep track at home, those are three offset marks. Quite impressive!

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Jonathan wall

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Jonathan Wall is the editor of GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com for equipment. Before joining the team at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering PGA Tour gear.



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