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Fresh off a LIV Golf win last week in Orlando, Brooks Koepka marched into Augusta National and knocked it round in 65 blows on day one.
It surprised everyone, not least LIV Golf’s biggest critics, and those who watched him almost admit defeat during Netflix’s Full Swing.
But there’s another surprise when it comes to Koepka.
He plays a ten-year-old 3-iron.
The 32-year-old is notoriously brash when it comes to his equipment. He’s on record saying that changing gear means nothing to him. After a few hundred balls, he says, he doesn’t even notice it.
But he clearly doesn’t want to remove his Nike Vapor Fly Pro 3-iron from the bag, which is now full of Srixon gear following a switch to the Japanese brand in November 2021.
Nike has not manufactured golf clubs since the brand exited the hardware business in 2016. The four-time major champ has tried to replace the iron a number of times, particularly early in the season, without success. It’s been in the bag through all of his major wins – and will play its part in major No.5 if he continues his form over the weekend at Augusta National.
Even though this model is no longer available, you may be able to pick one up on eBay, at a cost. One seller’s bidding starts at £551, with a full set of the irons starting at £3800.
In the first round at Augusta, he hit 12 out of 14 fairways, averaging 300 yards, and made birdie or better 58% of the time from the shortgrass. He hit 15 out of 18 greens in regulation, with nine pars, eight birdies and one bogey for an opening round of 65.
Here’s a peak inside his bag…
Brooks Koepka WITB
Driver: Srixon ZX5 LS Mk II
3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3-iron), Srixon ZX7 (4-PW)
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore Tour Rack wedges (52°, 56° & 60°lofts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Teryllium Tour Newport 2 (NP2)
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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