Rickie Fowler has a bigger fan club than most PGA Tour golfers out there. It’s really hard not to like the guy who fought so hard to win this year.
As the 25th player in the World Ranking and the winner of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Rickie has a strong 2023. He’s been known as a Cobra golfer for years, and that didn’t waiver as he returned to the top of the leaderboard after four years away.
In this article, we will delve into the details of Rickie Fowler’s “What’s in the Bag” (WITB) as of December, revealing the equipment behind his remarkable gameplay.
We will cover:
- Rickie Fowler WITB: Quick Facts
- Rickie Fowler WITB: Driver
- Rickie Fowler WITB: Irons
- Rickie Fowler WITB: Wedges
- Rickie Fowler WITB: Putter
Let’s take a look inside Rickie’s golf bag!
Rickie Fowler: What’s In The Bag December
|Driver||Cobra Aerojet LS (9°)||Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70X|
|3-Wood||Cobra Aerojest LS (14.5° set to 13.5°)||Aldila Tour Green 75 TX|
|5 Wood||Cobra LTDx LS (17.5 Degrees)||UST Mamiya LINQ 8F5|
|Irons (4 to Pitching wedge)||Cobra King Tour||KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+|
|Wedges (54°, 56°, 58°)||Cobra King||KBS Tour 610|
|Putter||Odyssey Versa Jailbird with SuperStroke Tour 3.0 17-inch||–|
|Gloves||TaylorMade Tour Preferred||–|
|Grips||Golf Pride Tour Velvet Tack||–|
Rickie Fowler WITB December: Driver
Rickie Fowler is a Cobra guy, so seeing the Cobra Aerojet LS in his bag was not a surprise. The Aerojet LS is the low spin model designed for golfers with high swing speeds looking to get some extra roll out of their drives.
Cobra drivers are always highly adjustable, making them more accommodating for a wide range of golfers.
Rickie plays with a 9-degree driver to keep the ball flight down, and his shots able to cut through the air a bit easier.
Fowler has a unique shaft in his driver, one that you won’t be able to access because it is a prototype. The shaft is a Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70 X. The 70 X tells us that Fowler has quite a bit of speed and needs something to handle him as he walks through the golf ball. If you want something similar here, Mitsubishi Diamana has a wide range of shaft options to choose from.
Rickie carries two fairway woods in his set before he moves into the irons. His 3 wood is the Cobra Aerojet LS set at 13.5 degrees. This 3 wood features an Aldila Tour Green 75 TX. The Aldila shafts have always been popular in Cobra golf clubs. They combine feel and performance, especially from the tee.
The 5 wood is the Cobra LTDx LS set at 17.5 degrees. This is not the latest release from Cobra, but it was a very popular option for both distance and forgiveness last year. Rickie’s 5 wood features the UST Mamiya LINQ 8FS shaft.
Rickie Fowler WITB December: Irons
Rickie Fowler plays with the Cobra King Tour (4-PW). When Cobra first released these irons, I have to admit they were one of my favorites to look at. Cobra has always been known for their game improvement golf clubs, but they usually have a set of blades to choose from in the lineup as well.
The Cobra King Tour is buttery at impact, has a very clean top down look, and plenty of workability. Of course, they won’t win any awards for forgiveness, but Rickie hits the ball pretty consistently without the need for much forgiveness.
For the iron shafts, Rickie Fowler has a KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+ shaft. Again, this is a popular option that we see in many of the Cobra irons and with many professional golfers on the PGA Tour. The S+ flex is a little stiffer than a standard stiff shaft and allows better control for a player like Rickie, who has lots of extra speed.
In summary, Rickie goes with a pretty classic better player set of irons and a shaft built for high swing speed players.
Rickie Fowler WITB December: Wedges
Sometimes, golf professionals with a golf club contract with a sponsor switch out their wedges and putters. However, Fowler chose to stick with the Cobra wedges, and I can’t say I blame him.
He plays with the Cobra King wedges in the 54, 56 and 58 degree lofts. Cobra keeps things pretty simple in their wedges; they are clean blade style clubs that blend in really well with the Cobra King Tour irons.
Having recently tested the Cobra wedges, I found them to have very high spin rates around the green and plenty of versatility. When hitting shots to approach the green, out of the sand, or pitching or chipping, the Cobra King performed quite well.
Even if you are not a professional, the Cobra wedges have a lot to offer.
The shaft in these wedges is the KBS Tour 610. The KBS Tour 610 is for golfers who like the feel of the KBS shafts but want a slightly softer and more accurate or workable performance with a wedge in their hands. Even though Fowler doesn’t keep the same shaft from the irons to the wedges, the wedges are all consistent.
Rickie Fowler WITB December: Putters
Fowler plays with the Odyssey Versa Jailbird putter. This is a large mallet-style putter with a black and white stripe that deserves that Jailbird name.
The Jailbird is actually a popular model on the PGA Tour. Keegan Bradley and Wyndham Clark have both used the putter in 2023.
What makes the Jailbird so popular is likely the consistency and stability of the putter head. You should get very little vibration and rotation of this head as you swing it through the golf ball. For both long and short putts, expect that to be quite helpful.
The Odyssey Versa Jailbird that Rickie Fowler features the SuperStroke Tour 3.0 17-inch grip. It’s not uncommon to see these putter grips on the putters of professionals. SuperStroke does a great job combining feel and technology to make it easier to make putts consistently.
Rickie Fowler WITB: Golf Ball
Cobra doesn’t make golf balls, leaving Rickie looking for which golf ball best suited his game. He ended up going with the TaylorMade TP5 and, at the same time, started playing the TaylorMade Tour Preferred golf glove.
The TP5 is a player-style golf ball featuring five layers and a soft urethane cover. The TaylorMade TP5 creates tremendous spin around the green.
What Can We Learn From Rickie Fowler’s Golf Bag
Now that you have a better idea as to which golf clubs are working for Rickie let’s take a look at what we can learn from his set. Every PGA tour golfer plays with clubs that suit the individual needs of their game. However, as amateur players, we can learn from their strategies.
- Rickie’s wedge lofts are far from conventional. He has a 54, 56, and 58 degree wedge in the bag. Most golfers need at least 4 degrees of loft between the wedges to really see a difference in performance. This speaks to Rickie’s precision on the course.
- Notice that even though a new fairway wood model was released, he kept the 5 wood the same as last year. Upgrade your clubs one piece at a time, and don’t feel pressured to do it all at once; the pros don’t even do that!
- Playing around with shaft options can do a lot for the performance of the clubs. Notice that Rickie has a different shaft in each of his fairway woods and in the driver. This decision likely came with a lot of testing and analysis.
- Keeping the feel, looks, and overall design relatively similar from the irons to the wedges can certainly help with the transition between the clubs in your bag.
- With Rickie’s unique wedge setup, he likely has custom lofts in the irons to ensure that there is no large gap between the pitching wedge and 54 degree gap wedge.