Webb Simpson won the Players Championship in dominating fashion and did so with a set makeup that everyday players should take note of. Simpson, who hit 76.4 percent of his greens in regulation, plays with five metalwoods in his bag and starts the iron set at the 5-iron—something of an anomaly for a PGA Tour player as utility irons have found favor in recent years.
According to Titleist tour rep J.J. VanWezenbeeck, "The biggest thing for Webb is that he doesn’t mind how many headcovers are in his bag. He knows his ball flight and hitting his number matters most. … One of the most important things was finding a shaft and head combination that maximized distance and control. The Titleist 917D2 driver and Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 5X shaft allowed him to get a little longer and still have the control he was seeking."
Indeed, Simpson has been searching for a driver shaft since the start of the season when he had a Mitsubishi Kurokage Dual Tini 60 TX in a Titleist 917D3 driver. He then switched to the 917D2 head with a Graphite Design Tour AD 125 TX at the Honda Classic. The following week, at the WGC-Mexico Championship, he stayed with the 917D2 head but with the Tour AD IZ 5 X shaft, which he has played ever since.
The driver combination along with a pair of fairway woods and two hybrids worked well at TPC Sawgrass as Simpson used a variety of metalwoods off the tee to hit 82.14 percent of his fairways (ranked first in the field), setting him up for aggressive approach shots that led to a host of birdies (and a pair of eagles), including six in a row at one point in the second round—the most consecutive birdies Simpson has made in his PGA Tour career. For the week Simpson ranked T-5 in greens in regulation.
What Webb Simpson had in the bag at the Players Championship:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 5X), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M2 2017, 15 degrees
5-wood: Titleist 913Fd, 18 degrees
Hybrids: Titleist 913Hd (20 degrees); Titleist 915Hd (23.5 degrees)
Irons (5-PW): Titleist 718 MB
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (54 degrees); Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line Long