How a club emergency helped Eddie Pepperell win again

Eddie Pepp Witb

Earlier this month, Eddie Pepperell claimed his second European Tour title of the season at the British Masters, going wire-to-wire at Walton Heath after putting new shafts in his irons at the start of the week.

When a tour player is on a good run of form, it can take a lot to convince them to make an equipment change. With Eddie Pepperell having the best season of his career, and having recently switched to a new set of JPX919 Tour irons, Mizuno’s tour technician, Matt McIsaac, knew it wasn’t the right time to talk shafts.

“Eddie is very much a feel player, so if he likes what he’s playing and is in good form, it’s poor timing to discuss a change of shaft," he explained. "Any small change can take getting used to, even if the Trackman says it’s an improvement. Eddie put the 919 Tour heads straight into play because he preferred the thinner topline and we decided that should be the last change until the off-season.” 

• New Mizuno ST190 drivers SPOTTED on tour

Eddie Pepp

That was the plan, at least.

“Eddie needed a 6-iron shaft in Scotland [during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship] after the Mizuno workshop had left and had to raid a local shop, ‘Auchterlonies’, for an emergency replacement. All that was available at short notice was the KBS C Taper, which he used in his 6-iron – and hit all his best shots with.”

• Mizuno introduces ultra-light Nexlite Boa 005 shoe

On the Monday of the British Masters, Mizuno had a filming session booked with Pepperell to demonstrate its Shaft Optimizer fitting tool. McIsaac took Pepperell through Mizuno’s DNA swing diagnostic process and, by coincidence, it recommended the KBS C Taper - the same shaft Pepperell had picked up in St Andrews!

Eddie Pepp Shaft

• Mizuno introduces ultra-light Nexlite Boa 005 shoe

One new set of JPX919 Tour irons, with KBS C Taper shafts later and Pepperell was the winner of the British Masters.

The hero of the story, according to Mizuno’s McIsaac, is not the KBS C Taper itself (Pepperell had previously been using the KBS S Taper). He said: “There’s a ‘best fit’ shaft for everyone. For Eddie, it was the KBS C Taper. For someone else, it will be the S Taper. Wait for the moment when you’re open to improvement, throw away your preconceptions and try the Optimizer. It doesn’t know if you’re male, female a tour winner or a 24 handicapper. It just measures your move and finds the best shaft for it.”

• Eddie Pepperell plays Mizuno JPX919 Tour irons (3-9) with KBS C-Taper 130 X shafts, Mizuno T7 wedges: 46°, 50°, 56° & 60°, and a Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi #2.

• Mizuno GT180 driver vs Mizuno ST180 driver - how do they compare?

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SCOTTY CAMERON PUTTERS (2020)
Scotty Cameron
play button
OLD DRIVER VS NEW DRIVER - TaylorMade SIM vs TaylorMade Original One
TaylorMade
play button
PUTTER BATTLE! Odyssey Stroke Lab Triple Track Ten - VS - TaylorMade Spider X
Odyssey Triple Track
play button
THE BEST LOOKING NEW CLUB I'VE SEEN IN 2020 - BUT WHAT IS IT?
Ping
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Cocky amateur ROASTED by LPGA stars for ridiculous tweet
Gemma Dryburgh makes history with Rose Ladies Series win
Fourball golf allowed to resume in Scotland
Tiger Woods announces comeback date
Trio to tee it up this week - despite testing POSITIVE for COVID

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
REVIEW - Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Use your hands less during the golf swing
Watch
play button
Start the golf ball on your intended target line
Watch
play button
Increase your speed through the ball
Callaway
play button
Mix up your practice routine
Watch
See all videos right arrow