Owner of the most gnarly haircut in golf, Cameron Smith has quickly become one of the most watchable golfers in the game. The larrikin Aussie with the filthy mullet has been on a red-hot tear the last couple of years.
His name has become an almost permanent fixture near the top of the leaderboard - he was runner-up at the 2020 Masters before claiming the Zurich Classic with good mate Marc Leishman and finishing second at the Northern Trust Open in 2021.
At the start of 2022 in Hawaii, Smith became a record breaker when he knocked off world No.1 Jon Rahm at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. His winning total of 34-under was the lowest score ever in PGA Tour history and it propelled him into the World Top 10 for the first time in his career.
And now just a few months later, Cam has claimed the biggest title of his career winning the 2022 THE PLAYERS Championship (Mar 10–14, 2022), pocketing the US$3.6 million winner’s cheque - the biggest in golf.
What clubs does Cameron Smith use?
WITB UPDATE 14/03/2022: Smith switches to Vokey SM9 wedges, adds a Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi 3 iron and switches back to Titleist TS2 three wood. Changes his driver and three wood shaft to a Fujikura Ventus Blue (Sentry Tournament of Champions)
Let's take a look what's inside Cameron Smith’s bag:
CAMERON SMITH DRIVER
TITLEIST TSi3 (10°)
Cameron Smith put Titleist’s TSi3 driver in the bag immediately when it was released late in 2020.
While he readily admits that his performance off the tee isn’t the strongest part of his game, the TSi3 driver has played a part in Smith topping the average birdies per round ranking in 2021.
The TSi3 is one of the fastest drivers in the game, with an aerodynamically-efficient head increasing swing speed and an Aerospace-grade titanium face boosting ball speed.
The driver also features a SureFit CG track, an adjustable weighting system that fine tunes launch or shape bias via five different settings.
Importantly for Smith the TSi3 helps him shape his shots, with his customary low cut off the tee a good fairway finder. But if a high draw is called for, the TSi3 driver is just as reliable.
Smith’s TSi3 is fitted with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X shaft.
Update last line of fairway woods to: Smith has a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X in his three wood and a UST Mamiya Elements shaft in the seven wood.
CAMERON SMITH FAIRWAY WOODS
WITB UPDATE 14/03/2022: TITLEIST TS2 (7W - 21˚)
Cam switched back to the older TS2 model seven wood from the TSi model and it’s a dependable club.
The TS2’s larger head and deeper face is a perfect fit for Cam’s game and he uses it regularly out of the rough, especially when the ball is sitting low.
TITLEIST TSi2 FAIRWAY WOOD (3W - 15° | 7W - 21°)
When the mullet is flowing and Cam’s in the hunt, his pair of Titleist TSi2 fairway woods are almost certainly going to get in on the action.
His 3 wood is used both off the tee, and from the fairway when he’s trying to reach long par 5s in two.
But his 7 wood is a gem of a club. Its high launch and steep descent are perfect to tame the firm greens at Augusta’s par fives, when he needs to land long approach shots softly.
Titleist’s TSi2 fairways have an Active Recoil Channel, which allows the face to flex at impact. It produces fast ball speeds and a high-launch, mid-spin ball flight, especially from low strikes on the face.
The TSi2 launches higher and is more forgiving than its close relative, the TSi3 fairway wood and its SureFit adjustable hosel can customise ball flights.
Smith has a UST Mamiya Elements shaft in both fairway woods.
CAMERON SMITH UTILITY IRONS
TITLEIST U510 (3- 20°), TITLEIST U500 (4, 23°)
A Titleist guy through-and-through, Cam carries a couple of utility irons as replacements for the longer irons in his bag.
His U510 3-iron is a hybrid-like utility with a compact profile and wide sole. It is high-launching and super long but its place in the bag depends on the course and conditions.
Cam jumps between carrying the 3-iron and the aforementioned 7 wood, with the lower flight of the U510 3-iron often preferable in windy or soft conditions.
The U500 4-iron is more iron than hybrid and it’s a permanent fixture in Cam’s bag. It’s an ideal long iron replacement - easy to launch high with a steep descent angle for soft landings.
WITB UPDATE 14/03/2022: Cameron also switches a Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi three iron into the top end of his bag.
The Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi is a long iron replacement and features a MAS1C maraging steel face – the same one used in Mizuno’s fairway woods – and a 21g tungsten weight that shifts the CG low.
That combination creates fast ball speeds and a high launch angle off the face, but unlike hybrids and rescues, the Fli-Hi 3 iron has a more traditional compact head shape and size that helps Cam shape long approaches into greens or find fairways.
CAMERON SMITH IRONS
Cam was among the first players to adopt the new 2021 Titleist T100 irons, which make up the remainder of the irons in his bag.
Titleist T100 irons are authentic forged player’s irons, with a short blade length and compact profile.
The 5-7 irons feature tungsten weighting in the heel and toe and a dual cavity to increase MOI, while the 8 and 9 irons are one-piece forged irons designed to maximise control and spin.
A variable bounce sole across the set improves turf interaction and feel at impact and Cam has his T100 irons finished in black.
CAMERON SMITH WEDGES
TITLEIST VOKEY SM9 (46°, 52°, 56°, 60°)
WITB UPDATE 14/03/2022: Vokey SM9 wedges are the follow up to the previous SM8 wedges that Cam mastered and he made an immediate impression with them at his record-breaking romp in Hawaii.
The wedges feature 16 spin milled grooves (with micro grooves cut in between each one) that extend all the way to the edge, as well as a progressive CG. It’s a combination that provides maximum spin and playability and lets Cam get creative with his short game, playing the entire spectrum of shots with his SM9 quiver.
There are six different Vokey SM9 grinds (F,M,S,D,K,L) and Cam uses the all-purpose F grind in the lower lofted wedges, the versatile M in his 56˚ and the narrow S grind in his 60˚.
TITLEIST VOKEY SM8 (46°, 52°, 56°, 60°)
Not many players can match Cam’s wedge mastery and short game finesse, which is a major reason the mullet has been getting so much airtime of late.
Cam’s eclectic collection of Vokey wedges enables him to play every shot in the book, from full pitches, open-faced flops, bunker blasts and chip-and-runs.
He uses his 46° Vokey wedge as his pitching wedge while the 52°, 56° and 60° (in three different grinds) offer the feel and performance for delicate greenside shots.
Vokey SM8 wedges have a progressive CG that improves distance and trajectory control while the grooves are cut right to the edge to maximise spin and control.
Cam’s wedge line-up has a variety of grind and bounce combinations to choose from, so he decides early in the week of a tournament which ones he’ll use, after assessing the grass, bunker sand and firmness of the course.
CAMERON SMITH PUTTER
SCOTTY CAMERON 009M PROTOTYPE
Cam’s Scotty Cameron Newport 009 prototype putter matches the rest of his set, finished in his preferred black.
The Newport 009M is Cam’s very own tour-only model, which is a close relation to the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.
The Newport 2 is a classic flat-stick with an L-shaped hosel and features screw weighting on the back cavity and a tungsten-balanced sole.
CAMERON SMITH BALL
TITLEIST PRO V1X
The new Titleist Pro V1x gives Cam Smith a marginally higher ball flight and extra spin compared to the Pro V1.
He immediately put the new ball into play when it was released last year and hasn’t looked back - the sticky cover gives him extra control and spin around the greens without changing his distances he hits his irons.