WITB Tony Finau - Northern Trust Winner
When it comes to likable golfers on the PGA Tour, Tony Finau typically stands out among one of the best. If you remember, when Phil Mickelson was racking up all of his second-place finishes, he gained many fans. People love to watch the underdog, and Finau is the guy that always hangs in there in the hunt for that win. In 2016 Tony Finau won his first and only tournament; since then, he has had 39 top ten finishes. Finally, at the Northern Trust, he has pulled off another win, and he hopes that he will have another one to add in the near future. There is no question that the clubs in his bag helped lead to this victory. Finau is mostly a Ping guy, but there are some surprises mixed into his bag.
Tony Finau plays with the Ping G425 LST Driver set at 7 degrees. This is one of the lower loft settings on tour, but with his height and overall power, Finau tends to get all the club head speed that he could ever need. The shaft is a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX.
One of the interesting things about Tony Finau’s golf club set makeup is the fact that it is very iron-heavy. Many golfers switch to utility clubs or hybrids, but Finau simply puts one 13 degree Ping G400 Stretch into his golf bag. This has a Mistubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX to maintain the feel between the driver and three wood.
Finau plays with a 3-PW; however, the 3 iron is an older Nike Vapor Fly Pro. The rest of the irons are a Ping Blueprint. The Ping Blueprint is a very clean looking ball-strikers club, and they all feature the Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X.
The Ping Glide Forged in a 50 and a 56 is the gap and sand wedge for Finau. These clubs each have a Nippon N.S. Modus 3 Tour 125X. The slightly heavier wedge shaft is something quite common for tour pros. The heavier weight can help develop a slightly better feel and control. The lob wedge in Finau’s bag is a Vokey Design SM8, again with a Nippon shaft in place.
The Ping PLD Prototype is a new addition for Finau and perhaps something that helped spark the latest win. Many great players will make a putter change and then win soon after; this must have been an area in Finau’s game where the confidence was lacking.
Watching him at the Northern Trust shows that his confidence is no longer lacking. Some of the prototype putters from these companies will never come to the market, but the rest of the clubs in Finau’s bag should be easy for you to find at FairwayJockey.
It’s hard not to enjoy seeing Finau win after a 5-year drought. Although this equipment certainly helped to make the win possible, his mental strength and physical capabilities are what sealed the deal.