Chris Kirk Witb 2021 – What’s In Chris’s Bag

It hasn’t been an easy going for Chris Kirk who has had his share of ups and downs as a PGA Tour pro and in his personal life. But as he took a hiatus from golf in 2021 to deal with alcoholism and depression, it seemed that everyone was pulling for him to come through it and make a return.

And make a return he has. 2020 was a quiet year for Kirk as he recovered, but he is back in 2021 and has been competing solidly this year as the signs are looking good.

The question on everyone’s mind though: what’s in his bag?

 

Quick Facts

Born:

Knoxville, Tennessee

Height:

6’3”

Birthday:

May 8th, 1985

PGA Tour Wins:

4

Drive Distance:

300.2 yards (average)

Wife:

Tahnee Kirk

 

What’s In His Bag? 

Driver

Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver – 9 Degrees

Woods

Srixon ZX 3 Wood – 15 degrees,

Titleist TSi2 7 Wood – 21 Degrees

Irons

Titleist 718 T-MB – 4 Iron,

Titleist 718CB – 5 Iron,

Titleist 718MB – 6 – 9 Irons

Wedges

Titleist SM8 Tour Chrome Wedge – 48, 52, 56, 60 Degrees,

Putter

Odyssey Proto Tour Putter

 

Driver – Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver – 9 Degrees

Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 60 TX

Key Features:

  • Jailbreak technology
  • Epic Triaxial Carbon crown
  • OptiFit hosel

Selling Points:

For the amateur player, this is a driver that was designed to add distance to your drive. The jailbreak technology connects the sole and the crown with 2 bars positioned behind the face to increase stability and allow the face to flex more. The result is a ridiculously fast face.

Pros:

  • Adds an average of 8 yards to your drive
  • 17 gram sliding sole weight
  • Low spin off the tee

Cons:

  • Kind of a dull sound
  • Smaller profile than the standard Big Bertha

Overall Score: 95/100

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3 Wood – Srixon ZX 3 Wood – 15 degrees

Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX

Key Features:

  • Cannon Sole
  • Shallow face
  • Tour Grade

Selling Points:

The ZX fairway woods were meant to launch low with piercing speed.

The shallow face doesn’t mess around and rebounds incredibly quick to push ball speeds to their limit. The cannon sole also allows more weight to be positioned behind the sweet spot.

Pros:

  • Great ball speed
  • Good club head speed too
  • Very workable

Cons:

  • Not for players who like high launch angles
  • Limited shaft options

Overall Score: 94/100

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7 Wood – Titleist TSi2 – 21 Degrees

 

Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 90 TX

Key Features:

  • Active Recoil Channel 4.0
  • 175cc head
  • Adjustable hosel

Selling Points:

The speed chassis that binds the head in this 7 wood provides stability for many of the other components that were designed to be lightweight.

The super-thin crown allows the CG to be pushed as far low and back as possible. And the variable face thickness effectively expands the sweet spot.

Pros:

  • Very forgiving
  • Lightweight
  • Plenty of loft options

Cons:

  • The hosel is tricky to adjust
  • Lacking in solid feel

Overall Score: 95/100

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4 Iron – Titleist 718 T-MB

Shaft: Project X LZ 6.5 125

Key Features:

  • Hollow body design
  • Internal tungsten weighting
  • Free-floating face

Selling Points:

Hollow body is a bit of a misnomer here. The T-MB irons are mostly hollow. They contain a thin tungsten weighting behind the face to promote better CG. This is a long iron that truly plays long. The unsupported face allows for maximum flex to produce great ball speed.

Pros:

  • Low arcing launch
  • Muscle back design
  • Looks great at address

Cons:

  • Limited offset
  • Definitely not for beginners

Overall Score: 94/100

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5 Iron – Titleist 718CB

Shaft: Project X LZ 6.5 125

Key Features:

  • Cavity back
  • Compact head
  • Refined leading edge

Selling Points:

Overall this is a great feeling iron to start closing the gap between you and the pin.

From pretty much any lie, it glides through the turf like a hot knife through butter. Like the T-MB irons, the 718CB 5 iron has a low launch trajectory and produces a softer landing.

Pros:

  • Great ball speed
  • Solid spin control
  • Multiple offset options

Cons:

  • Not the easiest to hit
  • Low launch angle

Overall Score: 94/100

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6 – 9 Irons – Titleist 718MB

 

Shaft: Project X LZ 6.5 125

Key Features:

  • One-piece head design
  • Muscle back
  • Carbon steel

Selling Points:

It’s easy to see why Kirk is choosing to round out his irons with the MB series.

These irons are made from carbon steel which imparts a softer feel to the shorter irons. You get maximum feedback and greenside spin control with the shorter irons in this set.

Pros:

  • They feel amazing
  • Great look at address
  • Consistent flight

Cons:

  • Graphite shafts are expensive
  • Not the best sounding

Overall Score: 94/100

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Wedges – Titleist SM8 Tour Chrome Wedge (48 Degrees, 52 Degrees, 56 Degrees , 60 Degrees)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200

Key Features:

  • Tungsten weighting
  • Bob Vokey Designed
  • All-purpose wedge grind

Selling Points:

Kirk keeps two Vokey designed wedges in his bag this season which affords him and players who do the same great versatility on approaches. The precision grinding makes the soles of these wedges feel incredible.

Pros:

  • Grind options
  • Striking design
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Heavy

Overall Score: 96/100

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Putter – Odyssey Proto Tour Putter

 

Key Features:

  • Carbon steel
  • Satin finish
  • Deep mill pattern

Selling Points:

Another club that allows for an insane amount of feel. The Odyssey Proto Tour features a sharp mill pattern on the face which makes it feel more like an extension of your arms than a putter.

Pros:

  • Great feel
  • Lamkin grip
  • Offset hosel

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Expensive

Overall Score: 96/100

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Ball – Titleist Pro V1x

 

Key Features:

  • Cast urethane
  • 348 dimple pattern
  • Dual Core

Selling Points:

Kirk certainly seems to be prioritizing feel in his gear this season because the Titleist Pro V1X balls offer a ton of it.

The soft cast urethane cover gives a soft and detailed feel which performs marvelously around the green.

Pros:

  • Great short game performance
  • Preserves swing energy
  • Good spin control

Cons:

  • Not the longest
  • Better for fast swing speeds

Overall Score: 96/100

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Caddie – Michael Cromie

 

Micheal Cromie will be manning the bag for Kirk this season. The Atlanta native has drawn a lot of praise from Kirk and the two actually college classmates in Athens, Georgia.