Collin Morikawa WITB 2021 – After A First Tour Win In 2020

Collin Morikawa had a knack for making headlines in 2020. While the year may have been less than ideal for many around the world, Morikawa made the most of it.

He went on to bag two victories, including the PGA Championship, where he beat Justin Thomas in a playoff.

How did he manage to do it? With years of blood, sweat and tears, and using the right tools. In this post, we look at what’s in the bag for Collin Morikawa in 2021.

 

Colin Morikawa Quick Facts Table

Birthday

February 6, 1997

Birthplace

Los Angeles

Age

24

Year Turned Pro

2021

Tournament Wins

3

Major Wins

1 (2020 PGA Championship)

World Ranking

5

Equipment Sponsor

Taylormade

 

Breakdown Of Whats In The Bag

Driver

Sim 2 Max Driver – 9.0 degree loft

Fairway Wood

 

Sim 2 Rocket 3 Wood– 14.5 degree loft

Hybrid

Sim 2  Rescue 3 Hybrid  – 19 degree loft

Irons

4 – 6 Irons – Taylormade P7MC

7 Irons – PW – Taylormade P730

Wedges

Titleist Vokey SM7 – 52 degree loft

Taylormade Milled Grind – 56 & 60 degree loft

Putter

Taylor Made Spider FCG Putter

 

 


 

 

Driver: Sim 2 Max Driver – 9 Degree Loft

The Sim 2 Max is designed to deliver amplified clubhead speed, which will increase your total distance.

Furthermore, the driver was designed to enhance forgiveness on heel and toe mishits.

Finally, the Sim 2 Max is a gorgeous looking creation. The sole is crafted from carbon and features a milled back cup face.

Overview

The Sim 2 Max Driver offers faster clubhead speed and more forgiveness than any driver in the Taylormade stable.

Collin switched to the Sim 2 Max in 2021, as he enjoyed much faster ball speed off the clubface.

Key Features

  • The Milled Back Face Cup driver head was created from titanium and promotes an enhanced level of energy transfer from the clubhead to the ball at impact.
  • Twist face technology is used in the driver to offer forgiveness on off-centre strikes.
  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket increases your ball speed on low face strikes.

Options – Lofts – Shafts

Shafts

The only shaft option available on the Sim 2 Max is the Fujikura Ventus Red 5 shaft. This shaft only comes in seniors flex, giving you an extra whip on your follow through.

Lofts

For the average player, Taylormade offers the Sim 2 Max Driver in 10.5 and 12 degrees. However, in Morikawa’s case, they strengthened the loft to 9 degrees.

Pros & Cons Of The Sim 2

Pros

  • The ball comes off the face faster than the Sim
  • Provides straighter ball flight with less cut
  • Forgiving
  • The Sim Inertia generator prompts an increase in clubhead speed

Cons

  • The average golfer would struggle to get a 9-degree driver airborne.

Overall Score: 98/100

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Fairway Wood – Sim 2 Rocket 3 Wood – 14.5 Degrees Loft

The Sim 2 Rocket 3 wood has the lowest CG of any fairway wood ever produced by Taylormade, enabling a higher launch.

As a result, you enjoy longer ball carry and further total distance. Finally, the head is more compact in design, to allow for better workability of shots.

Overview

Collin opted for the 13.5 degrees 3-wood but requested that the loft be weakened to 14.5 degrees, for a more dynamic launch.

Taylormade’s senior tour rep Todd Chew said that Morikawa wanted a 3-wood that maintains spin in the 3000 rpm range and produces a piercing ball flight.

Key Features

  • Lower CG
  • Increased MOI for a better launch
  • Enhanced workability
  • Titanium twist face offers faster ball speeds

Options – Lofts – Shafts

Shafts

The shaft used on the Sim 2 Rocket 3 wood is the Tensei Raw AV Blue. The shaft comes in three flex options, extra stiff, stiff and regular.

Lofts

The most common loft option for this fairway wood is 14 degrees. However, Morikawa plays with a customized 14.5 degree loft.

Pros & Cons Of The Sim 2 Woods

Pros

  • Lower centre of gravity provides amplified launch, carry and total distance.
  • Twist face technology provides straighter shots on mishits.
  • Delivers increased ball speed.
  • Offers an adjustable loft sleeve of +/- 2 degrees to customize it to your preference.

Cons

  • Not suited to slower swinging golfers.

Overall Score: 98/100

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Hybrid: Sim Max 3 – 19 Degrees Loft

The Sim Max 3 hybrid was designed to help golfers navigate turf in any condition.

The V-shaped sole plate of the club reduces friction with the ground, allowing you to swing through and get the ball airborne. Finally, weight is positioned in the clubhead for a low CG and more powerful launch.

Overview

The design of the Sim Max 3 enables golfers to launch their ball from any lie.

It is also a forgiving club that was designed with Twist Face technology to keep your shots on target, even when you mishit your ball.

Key Features

  • Low CG
  • Reduced turf friction
  • Powerful launch
  • Flexible sole encourages ball speed on mis-hits

Options – Lofts – Shafts

Shafts

The shaft used on the Sim Max Rescue is the Fujikura Ventus Blue. The shafts come in the choice of stiff, regular and senior flex.

Lofts

The loft on this rescue club is 19 degrees.

Pros & Cons Of The Sim2 Hybrid

Pros

  • Low centre of gravity for a more powerful launch
  • Reduced turf friction
  • Forgiving

Cons

  • 19 degrees is your only loft option

Overall Score: 98/100

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Irons: Taylormade P7MC (4 – 6 Irons)

The P7MC irons are all about the feel. Every strike is smooth, and unwanted vibrations are eliminated.

Furthermore, the irons contain aggressive grooves designed to enhance spin and workability for the better players.

Overview

The P7MC’s are true Players irons, with a thin top line and slight offset for a clean look.

The iron combines a tight leading edge with a narrow sole for more efficient turf interaction.

Key Features

  • Slick look
  • Smooth feel at impact
  • The muscle cavity back adds an element of forgiveness

Options – Lofts – Shafts

Shafts

KBS Tour Steel shafts are used on the P7MC irons and come in the option of extra stiff, and stiff flex.

Lofts

  • 4-iron – 23 degrees

  • 5-iron – 26 degrees

  • 6-iron – 30 degrees

 

Pros & Cons Of The P7Mc

Pros

  • Smooth feel at impact
  • Good looking players iron
  • Consistent performance when it comes to turf interaction

Cons

  • Limited forgiveness

Overall Score: 98/100

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Taylormade P730 – 7 – PW

Overview

The P730 offers tour players a soft feeling set of irons that interact easily with the turf, and allow for shot workability.

Key Features

  • Soft feel
  • Clean turf interaction
  • Enhanced shot-shaping ability

Options – Lofts – Shafts

Shafts

True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts are used on the P730 irons and come in the option of extra stiff, and stiff flex.

Lofts

7-iron – 35 degrees

8-iron – 39 degrees

9-iron – 43 degrees

PW – 47 degrees

Pros & Cons Of The P730’s

Pros

  • Soft feel at impact
  • Pleasing on the eye
  • Clean interaction with the turf
  • Offers enhanced shot workability

Cons

  • Not suitable for the average golfer

Overall Score: 98/100

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Wedges – Titleist Vokey SM7 – 52 Degree

The Vokey SM7 wedges have a progressive CG that enhances each loft option, giving you better distance control, denser shot dispersion, and a smooth feel.

Overview

The SM7 wedge is crafted with spin milled grooves, designed to maximize spin. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy maximum control and consistency on shots.

Key Features

  • Smooth feel
  • Optimal spin
  • Progressive CG

Options – Lofts – Shafts

Shafts

True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts are used on Vokey wedges and are only available in stiff flex.

Loft

Collin uses the 52-degree gap wedge.

Pros & Cons Of The Vokey SM7

Pros

  • No vibrations at impact
  • Interacts seamlessly with the turf
  • Provides maximum spin
  • Increased control over your shots

Cons

  • Only one shaft flex option

Overall Score: 98/100

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Taylormade Milled Grind Wedges – 56 and 60 Degrees

The Milled Grind wedges from Taylormade offer enhanced spin, smooth feel, and a higher center of gravity for a lower launch and shot-stopping bite.

Overview

Collin Morikawa completes his wedge line up with a 56 and 60 degree Taylormade Milled Grind wedge.

These clubs were made to offer a high level of spin to keep you on target around the greens.

Key Features

  • Precision-milled grooves for enhanced spin
  • Milled Grind sole for enhanced turf interaction
  • Raw face technology with deep, narrow sharp grooves
  • Toe height increased for a higher centre of gravity

Options – Lofts – Shafts

Shafts

True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 shafts are used on the Milled Grind wedges and are only available in stiff flex.

Lofts

  • 56 degrees
  • 60 degrees

Pros & Cons Of The Milled Grind Wedges

Pros

  • Optimized spin
  • Low launch
  • Smooth feel
  • Glides smoothly through the turf

Cons

  • The shaft is only available in stiff flex
  • The clubface will rust over time

Overall Score: 98/100

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Putter: Taylor Made Spider FCG Putter

The FCG putter gives golfers the forgiveness of a mallet head and the feel of a traditional blade. The weight is pushed to the front of the putter, to allow for increased face rotation. Finally, the putter includes a vertical line to enable an accurate aim.

Overview

The Spider FGC provides performance, forgiveness and feel, in one putter. It enhances topspin and allows for increased face rotation to navigate undulating greens.

Key Features

  • T-Sightline True Path
  • Front CG to enable face rotation
  • Aged copper pure roll is installed in the face for a solid feel

Pros & Cons Of The Spider Putter

Pros

  • Increased face rotation
  • T-sightline to help you aim accurately
  • Increased topspin

Cons

  • Chunky mallet head design may be off-putting for some golfers

Overall Score: 95/100

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Ball: Taylormade TP5

The Taylormade TP5 golf ball was built for distance.

The impressive 5-piece design provides shot-stopping ability around the greens, and lower spin off the tee.

As a result, the 322-dimple pattern ball offers excellent aerodynamics, carry distance, and spin.

This is a complete golf ball and performs the way you need it to, from the tee to the green.

Overall Score: 95/100

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