Collin Morikawa well and truly proved his maiden 2020 US PGA Championship victory was no fluke after he produced a stunning performance to win the 2021 British Open Championship, his second major win from just eight attempts.
The 24-year-old American is regarded as one of the best iron players in the game and after making a series of critical putts in the final round at Royal St George’s, he underlined the strengths of his game: precision and feel.
What clubs does Collin Morikawa use?
Let's take a look what's inside Collin Morikawa bag:
COLLIN MORIKAWA DRIVER
TAYLORMADE SIM (8˚)
Collin isn’t the longest driver of the ball by any means, averaging 294 yards in 2021, but the accuracy of his TaylorMade SIM driver gives him a big advantage off the tee - he is ranked just outside the top 10 in driving accuracy on the PGA Tour.
The TaylorMade SIM driver was released in 2020 and its aerodynamic head shape and inertia generator powers its performance.
The SIM’s head shape glides through the air efficiently, creating an uptick in club head speed that transfers directly into ball speed and distance gains, while the inertia generator - a structure built into the rear of the sole - is a big factor in the SIM’s outstanding forgiveness.
TaylorMade’s Twist Face also makes an appearance on the SIM, helping to straighten up heel and toe strikes, and a sliding sole weight gives Morikawa the opportunity to alter his ball flight – he has it set towards a draw bias.
Coupled to Collin’s SIM driver is a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX shaft.
COLLIN MORIKAWA FAIRWAY WOODS
Collin also sticks with last year’s SIM Titanium three wood but has opted for the newer SIM2 Titanium fairway wood for his high-launching five wood.
The SIM Titanium has the smallest head size of the SIM fairway wood line-up and features a lightweight ZATECH titanium face, which is stronger and more flexible than standard titanium. A steel sole and carbon fibre crown complete the picture to create an ultra-low CG that leads to high-launching distance.
Collin’s SIM2 Titanium five wood features the same compact profile and ZATECH face as the original SIM fairway woods. But the SIM2 has an optimised CG for easy launch and penetrating trajectory, achieved through a revised head shape that draws together the benefits of a titanium body, carbon fibre crown, steel sole plate and Thru Slot Speed Pocket.
Both fairway woods are fitted with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX shaft.
COLLIN MORIKAWA IRONS
TAYLORMADE P730 (PW)
Collin’s class with his iron game has shone through in both his major wins; in fact, few in the game can match the pure ball striking and consistency he conjures with his assortment of TaylorMade irons.
His set is mostly made up of TaylorMade’s P7MC model (5-9 irons), which are bookended by a TaylorMade P770 four iron and a TaylorMade P730 pitching wedge.
TaylorMade’s P7MC irons have the compact profile of a classic player’s iron and with their perimeter-weighted cavity, they offer a surprising level of forgiveness and stability to complement their supreme workability.
The P770 four iron is a hollow-bodied distance iron featuring a Thru-Slot Speed Pocket on the sole, which provides extra forgiveness for strikes low on the face. Inside the P770’s head, tungsten weights boost MOI and stability while TaylorMade’s patented SpeedFoam fills the space inside, supporting the face and creating speed and distance.
Collin’s P730 pitching wedge is a muscle back blade – those revered, minimalist irons that are designed chiefly for players who can hit the sweet spot with ruthless regularity. They offer comprehensive workability and an unmatched purity of feel. True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts feature in all his irons.
While TaylorMade no longer make P730 irons, they are a close relation to the new P7MB irons.
COLLIN MORIKAWA FAIRWAY WEDGES
Collin’s collection of three wedges gives a good insight into the versatility of his game inside 100 yards.
TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedges feature CNC-milled soles to replicate Collin’s bounce and grind specs to perfection while deep, sharp grooves are supported by laser-etched micro grooves on the wedges’ raw face, which rusts over time and provides an additional serving of grip and spin.
A urethane insert on the back of Milled Grind 2 wedges reduces vibration and enhances feel, while the Hi-Toe MG2 60˚ wedge that Collin has in his bag has the same groove pattern extended over the entire area of the face.
The Hi Toe’s wider sole, increased bounce and rounded leading edge keep the wedge from digging intoe turf, helping Collin play a variety of open-faced shots around the green.
His Titleist Vokey wedge is a classic tour-inspired wedge, designed for complete versatility. Collin uses the wedge to control flight and spin on full-power approach shots or more delicate shots around the putting surface.
Collin has True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 fitted to all his wedges.
COLLIN MORIKAWA PUTTER
TAYLORMADE TP JUNO
The TaylorMade TP Juno putter in Collin’s bag has holed the putts he’s needed to make to win his two majors – a task admittedly made easier through his superb approach shots into the greens.
The TP Juno is an Anser-style blade putter with sharp lines and edges and its L-shaped hosel provides 36˚ of toe hang.
COLLIN MORIKAWA GOLF BALL
As the only five-layer ball in golf, TaylorMade’s TP5 has suited Collin’s game with its capacity to provide distance off the tee, control in windy conditions and extra spin around the greens.
The TP5 is the softer and lower-launching model and is the perfect partner for Collin’s sweet swing, with the firmer TP5x tuned to perform better for players with higher swing speeds.