Monday, 14 November 2011
What's in the Bag - Joost Luiten  (EuropeanTour)
What's in the Bag - Joost Luiten (EuropeanTour)
After Joost Luiten’s maiden taste of Dutch delight in Malaysia we take a look inside his bag to find out the equipment of choice for the latest first time winner on The European Tour.

Having been plagued by injury over the past couple of seasons, this promising Dutchman really found his feet of late with four top tens in his previous seven starts heading to Johor, and it was therefore no great surprise that he finally picked up some deserved silverware.

By looking at the Genworth Statistics from the week it is clear to see why Luiten was in position to win come Sunday afternoon – and that was his imperious accuracy from the tee. Over the course of the week he ranked first in driving accuracy, hitting 92.3 per cent of the fairways throughout the three rounds. Indeed, while in the pressure cauldron of being in with a chance to win on Sunday afternoon he found every single fairway en route to the 65 that sealed his one stroke victory. Impressive.

This is not unprecedented though, and the Dutchman has shown consistency in this area all season, currently ranking 20th on the year-long stats, hitting 68.4 per cent of fairways.

This kind of pin point play takes a  lot of the pressure off the rest of the game though, and by finding as many fairways as he did Luiten was able to rank almost as highly in greens hit in regulation, finding 87 per cent over three rounds. This saw him rank second overall, and much like the driving, alleviates the stress that might usually be placed on other areas of the game – like the chipping and putting, for example. With the belief that he would not miss his target, Luiten could take dead aim and set up the birdies that would see him lift his first European Tour trophy.

Again though, this was not anything too out of the ordinary as he currently ranks 13th in this category on the season- long stats hitting 13.4, or 74.6 per cent, of greens per round.

Accuracy is all well and good, but you’ve still got to hole the putts when the time comes, and although Luiten’s putting stats for the week don’t look outstanding, they must be put into context. He ranked 30th in putts per green in regulation with 1.723, and 34th in putts per round with 29.7, but that is because of his superb accuracy. It is clear that the more greens you hit the more putts you will have, so to understand these numbers better, we need to look at how they compare to what he has averaged all season.

The Dutchman currently ranks 45th for the season in putts per GIR with 1.769 and 120th in putts per round with 30 – only minor differences from his stats this week, but important all the same as these are the fine margins that have seen Luiten comfortably finishing in the top ten, but failing until now to pick up that illusive first victory.

It is therefore clear what was responsible for Luiten’s victory in Malaysia – his unrivalled accuracy from tee to green – and here is a list of the equipment that made that possible this week:

      Titleist, Pro V1
Driver       Callaway, RAZR Hawk (8.5 deg)
1st Fairway Wood       Titleist, 910 F-D (13.5 deg)
1st Utility Club
      TaylorMade, Rescue 11 TP (18 deg)
3 - 9 Iron
      Titleist, 710 MB
Pitching Wedge       Titleist, 710 MB
Sand Wedge       Titleist, Vokey SM4 (54 deg)
Lob Wedge       Titleist, Vokey SM4 (60 deg)
Putter       Yes! Golf, C-Groove Callie

Also entering the winner’s circle for the first time on the European Tour was South Africa’s Garth Mulroy who delighted his home support in claiming his first European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, and we took a look inside his bag to see just how he did it.

It was only his fourth start of the season on the Tour but Mulroy certainly impressed, and having missed the cut at this event earlier in the season, he bounced back in impressive style to take the title. He had already come close to winning at the Joburg Open in January – eventually finishing second behind Louis Oosthuizen – and this win now gives him playing rights in Europe for the following two seasons.

In his bag:

      Srixon, -Z STAR X V-
Driver       TaylorMade, R9 SuperDeep (9.5 deg)
1st Fairway Wood       TaylorMade, Burner TP (13 deg)
1st Utility Club
      Adams, Idea Pro (18 deg)
2nd Utility Club
      Adams, Idea Pro (20 deg) 
4 - 9 Iron
      Srixon, I-701
Pitching Wedge       Srixon, I-701
Sand Wedge       Cleveland, CG14 (54 deg)
Lob Wedge       Cleveland, CG14 (60 deg)
Putter       Odyssey, White Ice D.A.R.T

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LUITEN, JoostNED18-15
2CHOPRA, DanielSWE18-14
T3DAVIES, RhysWAL18-13
6BOURDY, GrégoryFRA18-12
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