Hey there! My name is Whitney Hickman, and I am currently a professional golfer on the mini-tour circuit. I’m going to give you guys a little WITB (What’s in the Bag), and also let you in on a few of my favorite must-have accessories when I’m practicing or on the course.
Let’s start with the clubs I play. I recently switched from playing Taylormade for 5 years to playing all PING, driver to putter (with the exception of one club). So far I have been so happy with my PING clubs!
Driver: PING G400 Max (The Max has a slightly bigger club head and has a little more forgiveness than the standard G400)
3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ Stage 2 (This is the only club I am still using from my old set because as a 3 wood I really liked it, and I wasn’t super excited about any the PING 3 woods that I tried out. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it!
7 Wood: PING G400
I know it might sound funny, but I highly recommend a 7 wood! It’s a wood that is so easy to hit off the fairway. It’s my 200-205 yard club, and it helps get my shots high in the air while still getting the distance you need out of a wood.
4 & 5 Hybrid: PING G400
6-9, PW, UW Irons: PING i210 Steel Shaft (Seriously love these irons!)
54 & 60 degree wedges: Glide 2.0
Putter: PING Vault 2.0 Piper
Golf balls: Titleist ProV1x
If you are golfing at least once a week, I recommend getting custom fitted clubs. They can make a huge difference for your game. If you can’t afford that, I recommend at least getting a putter that is the right height for you.
On top of a great set of clubs built for your specific game, it’s always important to have the best accessories. Here are a few that I can’t golf without:
- Monument Golf Magnetic Range Finder Strap
If you enjoy riding in a golf cart, you will love the magnetic strap from Monument Golf. It’s a sleeve that wraps around your range finder and has magnets in it, so you can stick it to the metal supports of the golf cart. Keeps it secure and always handy whenever you need to grab your range finder. It’s also easy to pick up off the ground with a swipe of your club head on the magnets to snag it before you head to your next shot.
- Palm Golf Co. gloves
I have never tried a more comfortable, soft, leather glove in my 12 years of playing golf. Not to mention their designs are fun, eye catching, and modern. No more boring black and white glove. Highly recommend you try them for yourself.
- A good club cleaning tool: simple but needed.
If you don’t have a club cleaning brush attached to your bag, go get yourself one. They are not expensive at all, but they keep those grooves clean so they can do their job. The grooves on the face of your club aren’t there for looks. Grooves act like the tread on your tires. Golf is a hard enough game as it is, let’s not make it harder on ourselves!
By: Whitney Hickman