Gear & EquipmentOctober 1, 2012

Ryder Cup: What the winners played

By E Michael Johnson

The Ryder Cup is golf's greatest pressure cooker and as such, the players will take every bit of familiarity they can get. One of those areas is their equipment. For while they may have new, snazzy Ryder Cup staff bags and headcovers, the clubs housed in them have been, for the most part, battle tested over the season. 

There are, however, exceptions. Lee Westwood put a pair of Ping Anser fairway woods in play for the first time at Medinah and Martin Kaymer, perhaps seeking some good karma, put the same Ping Karsten Anser 2 putter that he won the 2010 PGA Championship with in the bag. Kaymer was credited with holing the putt that clinched the cup for the European team, but fact is, nearly every shot counted. Here are the 168 clubs and dozen balls used by the 12 members of the victorious European side.

Nicolas Colsaerts Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Callaway RAZR Hawk Tour, 9.5 degrees 3-wood: Titleist 910Fd, 15 degrees Irons (2-PW): Callaway MB prototype Wedges: Titleist Vokey Spin Milled C-C (54 degrees); Titleist Vokey Spin Milled C-C TVD (60 degrees) Putter: Odyssey Black Series 1

Luke Donald Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: TaylorMade RocketBallz, 9.5 degrees 3-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz, 15 degrees Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-Hi CLK, 17 degrees Irons (3-PW): Mizuno MP-64 Wedges: Mizuno MP T-4 (54 degrees); Mizuno MP T-11 (60 degrees) Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG 7

Sergio Garcia Ball: TaylorMade Penta TP Driver: TaylorMade R11S, 9 degrees 3-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz, 15 degrees 5-wood: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0, 18 degrees Irons (3-PW):TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Wedges: TaylorMade ATV (50, 58 degrees) Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Tour MA-81

Peter HansonBall: TaylorMade Penta TP5 Driver: TaylorMade R11S, 8 degrees 3-wood: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0, 13.5 degrees Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue 11 TP, 18 degrees Irons (4-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4 (52, 56, 60 degrees) Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider S 

Martin KaymerBall: TaylorMade Penta TP5 Driver: TaylorMade R11, 8 degrees 3-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour, 14.5 degrees Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue 11 TP, 16 degrees Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade rac TP Wedges: TaylorMade TP xFT (54, 58 degrees) Putter: Ping Karsten Anser 2

Paul Lawrie Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: TaylorMade R11, 10.5 degrees 3-wood: Callaway FT Tour, 15 degrees Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue, 19 degrees Irons (3-PW): Wilson Staff FG Tour Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4 (52, 60 degrees) Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade

Graeme McDowellBall: Srixon Z-Star XVi Driver: Cleveland Classic 290, 9 degrees 3-wood: Cleveland Launcher FL, 14 degrees Hybrids: Adams Idea Pro a12, 17 degrees; Adams Idea prototype, 22 degrees Irons (4-9): Srixon Z-TX; (PW): Cleveland 588 PF Wedges: Cleveland 588 PF (52, 56 degrees) Putter: Odyssey White Hot 7

Rory McIlroy Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Titleist 913D3, 8.5 degrees 3-wood: Titleist 913 Fd, 13.5 degrees 5-wood: Titleist 913Fd, 18 degrees Irons (3-PW): Titleist MB Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4 (54, 60 degrees) Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist GSS

Francesco MolinariBall: Nike 20XI-X Driver: Nike VR_S, 9.5 degrees 3-wood: Nike VR Pro Limited, 15 degrees Hybrid: Nike VR Pro, 18 degrees Irons (3-PW): Nike VR Pro Wedges: Nike VR Pro (52, 58 degrees) Putter: Nike Method Core prototype

Ian Poulter Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Cobra ZL Encore, 8.5 degrees 3-wood: Cobra AMP, 15 degrees Hybrids: Titleist 909h, 21 degrees; Titleist 913hd, 25 degrees Irons (4-6): Cobra S3 Pro CM; (7-PW): Cobra S3 Pro MB Wedges: Titleist Vokey Spin Milled C-C (54, 62 degrees) Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG 7

Justin RoseBall: TaylorMade Project 5 prototype Driver: TaylorMade RocketBallz, 9.5 degrees 3-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz, 15 degrees 5-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour, 18 degrees Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Wedges: TaylorMade ATV (52, 56, 60 degrees) Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Tour DA-12 prototype

Lee WestwoodBall: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: Ping G10, 9 degrees 3-wood: Ping Anser, 15 degrees 5-wood: Ping Anser, 18 degrees Irons (3-PW): Ping i20 Wedges: Ping Tour W (54, 58 degrees) Putter: Ping Anser Milled 1