But most pros play a driver with a shaft length … “No, it’s all good. This is the reverse of Frame 3, with the trail shoulder replacing where the lead shoulder was at the top of the backswing. His lead forearm is on the same plane as his shoulders and while you see a lot of ripples on his shirt, there’s no sign of stress. and Scottie Scheffler's rapid rise includes everything but a W, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Brooks Koepka uses a TaylorMade M5 driver. Following the 2016 season, Nike Golf shuttered their hard-goods arm — clubs, balls and golf bags — to focus solely on apparel, leaving Koepka, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and other high-profile staffers to figure out their equipment situation. Best of: DeChambeau's body transformation, Best of: The Match: Champions for Charity, Best of: TaylorMade Driving Relief Charity Match. What Length Of Driver Shaft Do The Pros Use? As he squats down into the ground his hips start to clear, which shallows out the club. Golf Channel, All Rights Reserved. But he won't mention it by name. 2020 1 / 10 A two-time Midwest PGA Section Teacher of the Year, John has been teaching full-time for more than 20 years. Instant access to the latest news, videos and photos from around the world of golf. His lead shoulder is working under his spine and his shaft and shoulders are on the same plane. A look at some of the best photos from the TaylorMade Driving Relief, won by the team of Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. #AskAlan mailbag: Can Brooks Koepka reclaim his alpha-dog status? Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour. I know what it does.”. Brooks Koepka used power and accuracy to successfully defend his title at the PGA Championship. 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Then again, Koepka reportedly turned down somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000 to $100,000 for an equipment manufacturer to just use his name and likeness in advertisements for one week following a major win. It’s all rotation to this point. Some might call it petty. For a detailed breakdown of Koepka’s driver swing, check out the following frame-by-frame analysis from the final round of the PGA Championship by Golf Academy lead coach John Richman. Brooks Koepka had just put the finishing touches on a tidy opening-round 66, but all anyone wanted to ask him about during his post-round press conference was the driver he was carrying at TPC Harding Park. Why does Koepka thrive in the most difficult playing conditions? Terms of Service Image of Bryson DeChambeau and how his body has transformed, through the years, from an NCAA champion to becoming a multiple PGA Tour winner. News PGA Championship 2019: Brooks Koepka doesn’t have an equipment deal. Brooks Koepka continues to be a major force, winning four of his last eight major starts. Please check your email for a confirmation. Privacy Policy. I currently play the new Ping G400, which is 45.75″ off the rack. Here’s a list of the equipment Brooks Koepka used to win the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black: DRIVER: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft IRONS: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), with Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec shaft; Mizuno JPX 919 Tour (4-PW), with True … Koepka, used the M3 460 model earlier in … “I went with the one I used to play,” he said. Koepka averaged 313.2 yards in driving distance with his 10.5-degree TaylorMade M5 driver with a Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 70 TX shaft. So what’s with Koepka’s refusal to mention the driver by name? Copyright © 1996 - Brooks’ hands hang straight down from his shoulders - he’s not reaching for the ball or hunched over - and the club is hovering above the ground, which helps him keep the club in front of his body longer on the takeaway for more width and power. Koepka’s answer was practically identical but longer in length — save for a quip at the end that elicited some laughter. Anatomically, he’s not putting any undo strain on any part of his body. Koepka isn’t the only megastar who won’t mention a non-paying brand by name, but he’s one of the few who is willing to openly admit during a presser conference at a major championship that he’s not giving out freebies. Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Equipment. He winds up his body like a rubber band and then unwinds it. Some (McIlroy, Woods, Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau) left for greener pastures while others (Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood) chose to pass on endorsement dollars and play brand-agnostic setups. Boom! John Richman is the Golf Academy lead coach and co-owner at the Martin City Golf Center, a cutting-edge indoor/outdoor golf training facility in Kansas City, Missouri. Based on what some believe he might be worth if he were to sign a gear deal, Koepka has millions of reasons to say (or not say) whatever he wants. BEST MOVE: This is where Brooks begins to pour on the power! Brooks does a good job of turning within his feet, meaning he’s staying relatively centered and not swaying or moving off the ball. For more information about John and to book a lesson, visit www.GolfChannelAcademy.com. There’s a bit of a debate about this. Brooks’ legs straighten but his lead side remains anchored to the ground like a tetherball pole, allowing Brooks to catch all that speed and the clubhead to release to the inside around the lead foot and hip like a train coming around a corner. Koepka’s answer was practically identical but longer in length — save for a quip at the end that elicited some laughter. Here's an in-depth look with analysis of his driver swing. It’s the same every time - the shaft is through his ears, his trail shoulder is lower and closer to the target, and his lead foot is flat on the ground. The Masters: What was the hardest hole in 2019? There is no wasted motion to this point. Koepka is without question the poster-child for golf’s equipment free agent movement. “Same one, same shaft, same driver head but new.”, The answer didn’t satisfy the inquisitive journalist, who prodded for a deeper answer to a potentially more serious question: Was there any concern switching drivers on the eve of a major? In other words, he doesn’t get paid by a club manufacturer to play their product. For one, he’s a tremendous driver of the ball. GOLF.com and GOLF Magazine are published by EB GOLF MEDIA LLC, a division of 8AM GOLF, Why Brooks Koepka refuses to mention his driver by name, PGA Championship 2019: Brooks Koepka doesn’t have an equipment deal. “When you’re swinging it well, it just goes back to the same thing I’ve done the last two years with that company,” he said. Koepka confirmed it wasn’t the Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero he’d been using since February. Again, the spine angle is unchanged and the trail forearm is on the same plane as the shoulders and the club shaft. Most stock driver shafts these days are between 45″ and 46″. What did we learn from Brooks Koepka's revealing injury explanation? For those who don’t follow the professional golf equipment scene, it may come as a surprise that Koepka is an equipment free agent. Another driver question followed. 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In the delivery position, note how his trail hand and elbow are underneath his lead forearm and not on top, and his belt buckle is practically pointing to the target. Brooks Koepka used power and accuracy to successfully defend his title at the PGA Championship. He’s also starting to brace his lead side to catch all of the speed and power that’s about to go through the ball in the next two frames. By signing up, you agree to the By rotating his lower body out of the way he creates all kinds of space to do whatever he wants with the ball - turn it over, hit it low, fade it, etc. This produces a powerful baby cut that finds the fairway more often than not. “They don’t pay me, so I’m not mentioning their name.”. Some players are willing to mention a product by name, even if they don’t have a deal in place. Koepka, on the other hand, doesn’t see the financial sense in giving TaylorMade free advertising. 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