Sign up for our daily newsletter

Latest news, reviews, analysis and opinion, plus unmissable deals for bunkered subscriptions, events, and our commercial partners.

Golf’s longest day, Open Final Qualifying, is over for another year, and it was Sergio Garcia making the headlines after an eventful day at West Lancs.

The Spaniard missed out on a berth at Royal Troon by two shots, after he was warned about his apparent slow play on the Merseyside links.

In fact, after his round, Garcia went as far to suggest that the dropped shots that left him on the wrong side of the number needed to head to Royal Troon might have been caused by the stress of waiting on spectators, and the frustration of the subsequent slow play warning.

• Watch: Sergio Garcia lashes out at Open officials after rules row

• Review: TaylorMade Qi10 driver

While that was the story that made headlines, something that also caught our eye was the driver that Garcia was using to try and book his spot in his 100th major.

The former Masters champ has chopped and changed his bag this year, and one club in there that really stands out to us is the driver.

Garcia is using a TaylorMade Qi10 Max driver, the same model that LPGA Tour superstar Nelly Korda is using.

Sergio Garcia what's in the bag
Sergio Garcia has a TaylorMade Qi10 Max driver in the bag. (Credit: Getty Images)

Of the three models released by TaylorMade this year, the Max is the most user friendly. It offers 10K MOI, making it the most forgiving driver that TaylorMade has ever produced.

You might think that a driver like this is reserved purely for high handicappers, but Garcia and Korda are showing that even the best ball strikers on the planet can benefit from using something that can help get the ball in the air on mishits.

Korda has previously said that the shape of the driver suits her eye and allows her to hit the draw that she likes to see off the tee.

For Garcia, someone who has famously hit a fade with the driver, this is going to help him shape the ball, even on windy days like Tuesday.

It’s clearly a versatile option too, as the Spaniard used it off the deck in strong winds at West Lancs.

While the driver might not quite have helped him get to the Open, it goes to show that even some of the best are looking for clubs that make the game as easy as possible.

While you’re here, why not head over to our YouTube channel? It’s the best place to find out how the latest new golf gear performs, along with some other fun stuff.

author headshot

Lewis Fraser As bunkered’s Performance Editor, Lewis oversees the content that’s designed to make you a better player. From the latest gear to tuition, nutrition, strategy and more, he’s the man. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Lewis joined bunkered in 2021. Formerly a caddie at Castle Stuart Golf Links, he is a member of Bathgate Golf Club where he plays off four.

Performance Editor

More Reads

Image Turnberry green

The bunkered Golf Course Guide - Scotland

Now, with bunkered, you can discover the golf courses Scotland has to offer. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.

Find Courses