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Breaking down Rickie Fowler’s one-of-a-kind set make-up

Breaking down Rickie Fowler’s one-of-a-kind set make-up


Rickie Fowler performs the Cobra Aerojet LS

Ryan Barath

Welcome to Wall-to-Wall Gear, the Monday morning gear wrap-up during which GOLF tools editor Jonathan Wall takes you thru the newest traits, rumors, and breaking information. This week’s Wall-to-Wall is dropped at you by Jonathan’s associate in gear nerdiness, GOLF senior tools editor Ryan Barath, who was on the grounds at Detroit Golf Membership for the Rocket Mortgage Traditional.

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As a change of tempo from our conventional weekly gear wrap-up, we’re going to do a deep dive into Rickie Fowler’s gear setup — not solely to cowl what he had within the bag final week for his win on the Rocket Mortgage Traditional, but additionally to create some better context round how he bought right here with a few of his distinctive membership specs.


Fowler’s Cobra Aerojet LS driver (shot on the Genesis Invitational).

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Relating to his driver, Fowler has discovered one thing that works along with his Cobra Aerojet LS. Though Cobra, like many different OEMs, gives a brand new driver launch yearly, Fowler hasn’t at all times been fast to change to the most recent mannequin and had gone again a lot of instances to a Cobra F9 from 2019 — which simply so occurs to be the final yr that he received.

Fowler moved into his new Aerojet LS mannequin with a 70-gram Diamana prototype at the beginning of the yr and hasn’t appeared again since, racking up nice end after nice end on Tour. Judging by the influence sample we snapped earlier this yr, I believe this new membership is working in addition to something he has ever used.

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Similar to his driver, Fowler moved into the Cobra Aerojet LS mannequin after going by means of a lot of choices from Cobra and different OEMs earlier this yr however the one factor that hasn’t modified is the shaft he makes use of: the Aldila Synergy 75X.

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What makes this combo distinctive is that when going from his driver to his fairway wooden, the shaft weights are nearer than most gamers historically use. Though Fowler isn’t the one participant on Tour to arrange the highest finish of his bag like this, it’s far more widespread to see a 10-20 gram step up in (uncut shaft) weight as a substitute of 5 grams when going from the motive force to the fairway-wood shaft.


Rickie’s Cobra LTDx LS 5-wood.

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Fowler’s 5-wood isn’t simply distinctive to him, however it’s a membership that we may level to as beginning a development on Tour.

What makes it so attention-grabbing has a lot much less to do with the mannequin itself and extra to do with the way in which it’s arrange — a stronger lofted 5-wood constructed solely 40.25″ inches lengthy, or the identical size as a regular 3-4 hybrid.

This mix of a smaller rail-soled fairway-wood head with a shorter shaft gives improved shotmaking, particularly from the tough, and the flexibility to flight the ball decrease when wanted. Fowler has been utilizing these basic specs going all the way in which again to the Cobra F6 launched in 2016 which fits to point out that it’s doable to improve fashions with out having to overtake how these golf equipment match into his set.

We noticed an analogous membership within the bag of Gary Woodland as he was getting ready for the U.S. Open this yr.

Gary Woodland’s Cobra 5-wood.

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It was just a few quick years in the past (2020-21) when Fowler had certainly one of his worst ball-striking and method play years on Tour, dipping all the way in which to 157th in stroked gained method pictures. Throughout that interval he went by means of a lot of modifications along with his irons, together with switching to a set of RF proto blades — which, if we’re being sincere, have been truly fairly candy golf equipment. He additionally switched iron shafts on a number of events.

Fowler’s prototype RF blades.

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Quick-forward to right now and Fowler is again to a extra acquainted forged-cavity iron along with his Cobra King Tour irons and all the way in which as much as seventh on Tour in stroked gained approaches, which is an unimaginable bounce.

Fowler’s King Tour irons.

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Quite than utilizing a combo set like Fowler has up to now, his set consists of the identical mannequin from the longest iron (4-iron) all the way in which to his pitching wedge. Talking of getting again to a well-recognized feeling, Fowler additionally has gone again to KBS C-Taper S+ shafts.


Fowler performs a set of customized Cobra wedges (image at 2023 Genesis Invitational).

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Though most golf equipment in Fowler’s bag will be present in golf shops or on-line, the one factor that you simply received’t discover anyplace are his Cobra wedges. These wedges are made customized for Fowler and different members of the Corba tour employees and supply a very uncooked end and heavy head weights permitting the Cobra’s tour tools techs the chance to match the grinds and soles wanted for every participant, Fowler included.


Simply in case you haven’t been listening to gear information, Fowler, together with a lot of different gamers — together with current U.S. Open winner Wyndham Clark — use a mid-length Odyssey Jailbird putter.

Fowler switched to the Odyssey putter round January of this yr after going by means of a revolving door of putters over the past couple of seasons, together with some fairly cool one-off designs from each Scotty Cameron and Cobra. However come Sunday, it was the Jailbird that delivered the products on the 72nd gap after which within the playoff.


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After rising up and turning professional utilizing a Titleist ball, Fowler switched to the TaylorMade TP ball in 2019 and noticed instantaneous outcomes along with his win on the Waste Administration Phoenix Open. Since then, he has continued to depend on the TaylorMade TP5 for its mixture of distance off the tee and spin across the greens.

Though he had beforehand used the TP5X, he has relied on the usual TP5 for the 2023 season, which fits to point out that identical to his 5-wood, as soon as you discover one thing which you can depend on, there isn’t a lot motive to change.

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Ryan Barath

Golf.com Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Journal and GOLF.com’s senior editor for tools. He has an intensive club-fitting and -building background with greater than 20 years of expertise working with golfers of all talent ranges, together with PGA Tour gamers. Earlier than becoming a member of the employees, he was the lead content material strategist for Tour Expertise Golf, in Toronto, Canada.



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