Tony Finau WITB 2021 – Whats In Finau’s Bag

Tony Finau’s 2021-20 season was capped off with a heartbreaking loss at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in sudden death after leading Webb Simpson by two strokes. He also tied for third in the 3M Open.

Most recently, he has tied for second in both the Saudi International and Farmers Insurance Open. He is currently looking forward to a big 2021 but has yet to make it over the hump to a major tour win since 2016 when he won the Puerto Rico Open.

Here are the clubs he will be using to do it.

Quick Facts: Tony Finau

Age:

31

Born:

Milton Pouha Finau, Salt Lake City, Utah

Height:

6’4”

Birthday:

September 14th, 1989

Nationality:

American

Tour Wins:

1

Ethnic Descent:

Samoan

Drive Distance:

305.9 yards (average)

 

What’s in the Bag?

Driver

Ping G425 LST Plus – 9 Degrees

Woods

Ping G400 3 Wood – 14 Degrees

Irons

Nike Vapor Pro – 3 Iron (Utility) – 18.5 Degrees

 

Ping Blueprint – 4 Iron – PW

Wedges

Ping Glide Forged – 50, 54 Degrees

 

Titleist Vokey SM8 – 60 Degrees

Putter

Piretti Elite Proto

 

 

Ping G425 LST Plus Driver – 9 Degrees

 Selling Points

  • 445CC head
  • Pear shaped head
  • T9S+ Forged Face

Key Features

The Ping G425 features an adjustable 17 gram weight which allows you to choose from fade, draw or neutral based on your swing. The proprietary forged face allows for high flex which produces nice ball speed from the tee.

The Ping G425 is available in 9 and 10.5 degree lofts but Finau uses a custom 9 degree loft and a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ shaft. The stock shaft is a PING Alta CB Slate and the upgrade is a Aldila Rogue White.

Pros:

  • Adjustable weighting
  • Good acoustics
  • Internal dragonfly technology

 

Cons:

  • Not for slower swing speeds
  • Need to be advanced to get good distance from it

Overall Score: 96/100

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Ping G400 3 Wood – 14 Degrees

 Selling Points

  • Maraging steel face
  • Dense back weight
  • 17-4 stainless steel crown

Key Features

Ping has done an exceptional job with trimming down weight where it can be trimmed and allocating ot for performance. The ultra-thin cast stainless steel crown keeps the weight down so the machine backed weight can increase MOI, enhance ball speed and increase forgiveness.

The Ping G400 3 wood comes stock with an Alta CB Premium Shaft but you will see a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ on Finau’s in 2021.

Pros:

  • Virtually no long game spin
  • Launches hot
  • Aerospace grade ultra-thin steel face

Cons:

  • Only available in 14.5 degree loft (with 1 degree adjustability)
  • Sounds a bit harsh

Overall Score: 95/100

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Nike Vapor Pro 3 Iron – 18.5 Degrees

 Selling Points

  • Inverted triangle weighting
  • Cavity back
  • Blade/cavity hybrid

Key Features

For Finau’s 3 iron, he plays the Nike Vapor pro at 18.5 degrees. The perimeter weighting of this iron feels nice. The inverted triangle back weighting focuses energy on the outside of the triangle shape rather than the inside which increases face flex and enlarges the sweet spot.

The standard shaft for this club is a True Temper XP S300 but Finau plays his with a Graphite Design Tour.

 

Pros:

  • Thin top line
  • Attractive design
  • Lightweight

 

Cons:

  • Not very durable
  • Currently only available in right-hand

Overall Score: 92/100

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Ping Blueprint Irons – 4 Iron – PW

 Selling Points

  • 8620 Carbon steel
  • Fully forged
  • Blade style irons

Key Features

These irons aren’t for the faint of heart. They aren’t forgiving, they’re blade style, but man, these are some of the most workable irons we’ve ever played. Trajectory and spin control are superb with these irons and they would be a boon to any low-handicapper.

The 4 iron through the PW run from 23.5 to 46 degrees. And you can get them with True Temper Dynamic Gold 120, PING AWT 2.0, True Temper Dynamic Gold, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105, KBS Tour, Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 105 (which is what Finau uses), Project X LZ, or True Temper Elevate 95 shafts.

 

Pros:

  • Amazing spin control
  • Excellent for approaches
  • Precision machined grooves

 

Cons:

  • The long irons don’t play very long
  • The toe chips easily

 

Overall Score: 94/100

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Ping Glide Forged – 50 Degrees, 56 Degrees

 Selling Points

  • Compact design
  • 8620 carbon steel
  • Wheel cut grooves

Key Features

The 8620 carbon steel construction that we also saw in the Blueprint irons mean a softer feel without losing any spin control. The rounded edge of the sole also promote seamless turf interaction and allow the user to make shots in a variety of ways.

The lofts run from 50 to 60 degrees (Finau uses 56 and 50) and you can choose from True Temper Dynamic Gold, PING Alta CB, PING AWT 2.0, True Temper Dynamic Gold 120, KBS Tour, Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 105 (Finau’s choice), Project X LZ or True Temper XP 95 shafts.

Pros:

  • Sharp edge radius grooves
  • Tungsten tow weight
  • Tapered hosel
  • Excellent Feel

 

Cons:

  • Low offset
  • Not for high handicappers

 

Overall Score: 93/100

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Titleist Vokey SM8 60 Degrees

 Selling Points

  • Tour validated grinds
  • Grooves cut to edge
  • Progressive CG

Key Features

This wedge also features spin milled grooves and each one reaches the edge of the face for maximum feel and spin control. You can choose from a number of grinds to suit your play but all of the wedges in this line feature very high MOI.

Lofts run from 50 to 60 degrees and the stock shaft is a True Temper Dynamic Gold (Finau plays a Nippon NS Pro Modus3).

Pros:

  • Good bounce
  • Durable
  • Variety of grind choices

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Personal fitting would be best

 

Overall Score: 96/100

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Piretti Elite Proto Putter

 Selling Points

  • 304 stainless steel
  • 4:30 toe hang
  • Tour satin finish

Key Features

The KBS Stepless shaft of this putter makes it very smooth even on long putts. It comes stock with a full shaft offset and a Black Iomic grip.

Pros:

  • Good balance
  • Variety of lengths
  • Clean design

Cons:

  • Grips are limited
  • Poor alignment

Overall Score: 92/100

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Titleist Pro V1

 Selling Points

  • Urethane cover
  • Thin cover
  • Enhanced casing layer

Finau will be using Titleist Pro V1 balls in 2021. The thin cover coupled with the enlarged casing layer amount to higher greenside spin and more distance on drives.

Pros:

  • Soft feel
  • Low compression
  • Great for all players

 

Cons:

  • Not durable
  • Pricey

Overall Score: 96/100

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Tony Finau’s Caddie

In 2021 Mark Urbanek will be on Finau’s bag. Urbanek has been a professional caddie for over 10 years and has caddied Charlie Wie, James Hahn and Matt Davidson. His handicap is 0.