Brooks Koepka might look an uncomplicated figure out on the course, but the same can't be said of the US Open champion's golf bag in the last 18 months.
Koepka moved to play Nike Golf clubs from a long-term deal with Titleist at the start of the 2016 season, but Nike Golf then went out of the equipment business leaving the American with the tricky decision to either continue playing with his Nike clubs or to look elsewhere.
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The big-hitting American decided on the latter, of which a mix of TaylorMade and Mizuno clubs quickly entered the fray to accompany his Titleist Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron putter and Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.
At the top order, Koepka switched to TaylorMade’s M2 driver last fall and added the company’s 2017 version of its M2 3-wood.
The Mizuno association, however, is a little more interesting.
Although not under contract with Mizuno, Koepka plays the company’s JPX 900 Tour irons.
The background on the clubs is that Mizuno, knowing that Koepka’s Titleist contract was up (and pre-Nike deal), made the JPX 900 Tour with Koepka in mind. A different club from the company’s MP line, Mizuno felt he fit the mold of the JPX player.
Then, after Nike left the club business, they reached out to Koepka again to gauge his interest in playing the irons and the clubs went in the bag earlier this year after an offseason of testing.
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According to Jeff Cook, PGA Tour manager for Mizuno, it was not the hardest of sells.
“As soon as Nike thing was over I contacted his manager and told him we designed the iron around him and was he open to trying them,” said Cook.
“He was and we got his specs [standard length, half-degree upright] and built him a set. Not much more than that.”
Koepka performed admirably en route to landing his maiden major title at Erin Hills by ranking tied fourth in fairways hit on 88% and first in greens in regulation on 86%. He also ranked seventh in driving distance with a huge average of 322.10 yards.
He averaged 1.71 putts per hole taking 123 putts for the week, ranking him tied 51st on the greens. But he rolled home the putts when they mattered on the back nine with three clutch birdies in a row from the 14th.
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (9,5 degrees; Mitsubishi Diamana+ White 70TX)
3-wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (16.5 degrees)
Irons (3): Nike Vapor Fly Pro; (4-PW): Mizuno JPX 900 Tour
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (52, 56 degrees); Titleist Vokey SM4 TVD (60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 SLT T10
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Shoes: Nike Golf
Apparel: Nike Golf