As the saying goes, 'a bad workman blames his tools', it can be said that 'a frustrated golfer blames his clubs.'
We all spend countless hours reading reviews, scanning pro shops and talking in 19th holes, searching for the equipment that will improve our game.
Amateurs spend hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds on new equipment on an almost annual basis in search of the holy grail of golfing gear. But the truth is that the guys on Tour change their clubs just as much, if not more, in search of constant improvement. Here's a look at just a few big names who have benefitted from new equipment in 2012.
Rory McIlroy - Hard to not start with the world #1. The night before Titleist met with media to discuss their latest 913 driver, Rory used it to perfection rounding Kiawah Island's Ocean Course and a bogey-free 66 to take home his second major.
Things just got better from there, as he has won the last two PGA Tour events and leads the Fedex Cup points going into next week's Tour Championship.
- Inked a deal with Cobra Puma at the start of the year. Immediately put the Cobra AMP Driver and AMP Prototype irons into play and won his first PGA Tour event in a playoff with Rory McIlroy at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.
- The Ping pro was struggling on the greens prior to adding at the new Ping Nome putter to his bag. Subsequently, he won WGC Accenture Matchplay the following week, then added the Shell Houston Open a month later. Hear what Hunter liked about the Nome here.
Bubba Watson - Many people were skeptical when Bubba teamed up with Ping to use a Pink Ping G20 Driver, especially at Augusta. But even in the most traditional of golfing venues, Bubba's untraditional game and personality summited the leaderboard and walked off with a green jacket finishing in the top-5 in driving distance and greens in regulation.
- An often forgotten winner this season, the former Open Champion took home the title at the Valero Texas Open, crediting the help he got from of his Titleist 712 AP1 irons, the more forgiving of the two Titleist 712 models.
Luke Donald -
Someone who doesn't require much help with his irons, is Luke Donald. Known as one of the finest iron players of his generation, Luke recently upgraded to the new Mizuno MP-64 irons in search of Fedex Cup and Ryder Cup success.
Ernie Els - The Big Easy bagged his second Claret Jug thanks in part to the addition of three Callaway X-Utility Prototype clubs at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. Callaway have since released the X-Utility to the public in the USA and should hopefully make it to Europe for 2013.
- Westwood doesn't tend to alter his set make-up much, relying more on clubs he has used for a while. In fact, he still uses a Ping G10 Driver that was released over five years ago. But entering the Nordea Masters in June, Lee thought it was time for a change and added the Ping i20 irons and a Ping Nome putter to his bag. Rounds of 68, 64, 68 and 69 proved it was a wise move as he won his third title of 2012. (He has since changed from the Nome putter.)
- In the midst of a win-drought on the PGA Tour, Sergio laced up a new pair of Adidas Crossflex golf shoes for the Wyndham Championship and walked his way to a two-shot victory and his first win on the PGA Tour in over four years.
Ian Poulter -
Another member of the European Ryder Cup team that could be striding the fairways in new kicks is Poults. He is likely to be motoring around the course in record time after testing out the stylish, new, handmade Ferrari Golf Collection shoes.
- Like Rory, Watney liked the look and feel of the Titleist 913 drivers and added the Titleist 913 D2 Driver to his bag in preparation for an end of season run. He was rewarded with his first win of the season in the first Fedex Cup event at the Barclays, averaging 309 yards off the tee.
So there you go, perhaps the answer to your torment on the course could be your equipment and not just simply the lack of ability, practice or patience!
Have you changed clubs this season? If so, let us know what club and what you think.