What's in The Bag: Collin Morikawa - The Open 2021
After a hiatus in 2020, the Open was back in action in 2021 at Royal St. George’s and Collin Morikawa managed to come away with the win. The victory was Morikawa’s second major title following his conquest at the 2020 PGA Championship.
One of TaylorMade’s premier athletes, the company’s clubs were heavily featured in Morikawa’s bag on his way to lifting the Claret Jug. In honor of the first anniversary of this victory and the return of the Open to St. Andrews, let’s have a look at what Morikawa had in the bag last year.
What will be covered in this retrospective guide:
- The clubs that Collin Morikawa had in his bag for the 2021 Open Championship
- How he used each of these clubs to find success
- What you will like about each of these golf clubs
TaylorMade SIM Driver
The TaylorMade SIM driver was the club of choice for Morikawa when it came to playing long strikes off the tee. Although TaylorMade had already come out with the SIM2 family of clubs, Morikawa opted to stick with the original for more familiarity with the club.
Not needing the added forgiveness of the SIM2, Morikawa was able to control his drives and put himself in a better position for his approach. With his high level of skills with an iron in hand, Morikawa will always be in contention when he’s able to find the fairway off the tee.
What you’ll like about the SIM driver:
- Perfect for golfers looking for added control off the tee
- Can be customized to the player’s preference with the adjustable weight track
- Ideal for golfers who wish to limit their spin rate at impact
TaylorMade SIM Ti 3-wood
Just like the driver, the TaylorMade SIM Ti fairway wood is another club that Morikawa carried over from his PGA Championship triumph. Morikawa is still hanging onto this 3-wood as it was featured in his bag as recently as the US Open at the Country Club.
Reputed as a precise golfer, Morikawa gets to maximize this club’s performance as he’s able to shape the ball to his desire. The reduced spin levels of the SIM Ti allow skilled golfers to have more control over the ball flight.
What you’ll like about the SIM Ti fairway wood:
- Terrific feel for the ball at impact
- Maximizes the workability of the ball off the club face
- Perfect for golfers looking for more precision off the tee
TaylorMade SIM2 5-wood
Many golfers will opt for a hybrid as part of their set, but Morikawa preferred a setup that included two fairway woods for last year’s Open Championship. In his prior major victory, Morikawa relied on the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue hybrid.
As the Open is often all about low strikes that roll on for what seems like forever, it’s no surprise that Morikawa opted for the SIM2 5-wood instead of his Rescue. Much like the SIM Ti, the SIM2 allowed him to have more control over the ball flight while adding a touch of spin at impact.
What you’ll like about the SIM2 fairway wood:
- Slightly more forgiving at impact than its predecessor
- Provides a touch more spin on the golf ball at impact
- Will allow skilled players to control their ball flight
TaylorMade P770 – P7MC – P730 Irons
Morikawa had quite the varied iron set for his Open Championship victory in 2021. This should come as no surprise considering how accurate Morikawa is with his irons. This set is assembled to fit perfectly with his swing.
The TaylorMade P770 irons, which are the most forgiving of the three models making up Morikawa’s set, also serve as his 4-iron. The P7MC irons make up the middle of Morikawa’s set, with the P730 irons coming in at the end to complete the set from 8-iron to the pitching wedge.
What you’ll like about these TaylorMade irons:
- The P770 irons provide a touch of forgiveness that’ll come in handy
- The P7MC will allow skilled players to be accurate with their irons
- The P730 irons offer an unmatchable feel for the ball at impact
TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 Wedges
Two TaylorMade wedges were the highlights of Morikawa’s bag last time he lifted the Claret Jug. The TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 served as his gap wedge with a 50-degree loft. The Milled Grind 2 wedges feature a raw club face that will naturally rust over time to maximize spin rates at impact.
As for the TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 Hi-Toe wedge, Morikawa decided to make the most out of the full face of grooves of this club by making it his lob wedge. With the 60-degree loft, the 2021 Champion Golfer of the Year was able to fully control the clubface.
What you’ll like about the TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedges:
- Improved spin rated with the natural raw club face
- The full-face grooves on the Hi-Toe model allow for more creativity
- Amazing feel for the ball short chips shots
TaylorMade TP Juno Putter
Although he’s not reputed for his short game on the greens, Morikawa was able to conquer the greens at Royal St. George’s by honing in his putter play. He had the TaylorMade TP Juno in play, a putter which he only let go of recently after a cold streak on the greens.
Shaped in a typical blade style, the TP Juno putter will be perfect for golfers who, like Morikawa, have an inside to outside swing path. Additionally, it’s the perfect putter model for golfers looking for that extra touch of control on your rolls.
What you’ll like about the TaylorMade TP Juno putter:
- Soft feel of the club in hand for more control throughout the swing
- Great feedback through the shaft at impact
- Face insert that helps with the response of the ball on impact
It’ll be interesting to see what Morikawa opts to put in his bag ahead of this year’s event. You can pretty much assume that it’ll feature some of TaylorMade’s new Stealth carbon woods but look out for one of his fairway woods and for his irons to be the same as last year.
Until next time,
The Golf Avenue Team
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