Winning the Open Championship is something to celebrate. Winning by seven strokes on the Old Course in St. Andrews is more than impressive. Well, that’s exactly what Louis Oosthuizen did in 2010, and you might be surprised at some of the clubs he had in his bag.
Ping Rapture V2 (9°) with Project X X6B7 shaft
The Ping Rapture V2 followed in the footsteps of the original Ping Rapture rider – who remains to this day the only rider Ping has ever built with a carbon composite crown. The V2 reverted to titanium construction and was a radical change in geometry with a flowing crown and flat sole that placed tungsten weights at the far back of the club to increase MOI while reducing spin.
The Rapture line marked the first time that Ping offered a full line of competing “premium” products under a different name in the market than the traditional “G” and “i” lines at a higher price. The Rapture line was followed by a full line of Anser clubs in 2012, and one of those hybrids was used by Phil Mickelson when he won his Open Championship in 2013.
Nike SQ Sumo 3 wood (13°) and 5 wood (19°) with Project X shafts X6B7
If there were ever any clubs that would stick out like a sore thumb, it would be the Nike fairway woods in a Ping golf bag. No offense to Nike, but beyond staff members including Scottie Scheffler – who recently replaced his old Nike VR 3 wood, there weren’t many golfers at that time who used Nike clubs without contract.
The other standout element of the Louis fairway woods is the fact that he used the same weight shafts in his 3 and 5 woods as in his driver – the original Project X Series X6B7. This is not a common way to build fairway woods since most players will use a shaft that weighs 10-20 grams more than the driver.
Ping S56, (3-9 iron) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
The Ping S Series irons marked a sea change in design philosophy for a company that has never really pushed the envelope in the blade iron category. The original model was the S59 released in 2007, followed by the S58, S57 and finally the S56 used by Louis.
Even with their smaller shape, they still offered a relatively high MOI thanks to a tungsten weight positioned in the low club toe – just like Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs, Ping’s engineers “find a way”.
Ping Tour S Rustic: 47°, 54° & 60° with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
For Ping, this era marked many firsts for the company, with another making its way into the bag of the eventual Open Championship winner – the rusty wedges. After sufficient consumer and tour player demand, when the Tour S cleats were released, they were offered in both a chrome and oil can type finish that would intentionally wear and rust over time.
Ping has since ditched raw cleats altogether in favor of their hydro-pearl chrome which helps increase friction and maintain spin in wet conditions.
Ping Redwood Anser – Long Neck Prototype
To provide some background for those who don’t have the sometimes paralyzing amount of knowledge about nerdy equipment that roams in my brain, the Redwood Series was the first time Ping offered a one-piece milled stainless steel putter. to the general public. Think of Redwod putters as the ancestor of the modern PLD series.
Louis’ putter was a prototype long-neck plumber’s version of the Redwood Anser, which helped make the head more balanced, and it was never released to the public.
Prior to the Redwood, Ping in 2002 offered a line of machined titanium and tungsten putters called the JAS, but the hefty price tag of nearly $500 created by the manufacturing processes and materials never became a mainstream hit.