Monday, 23 January 2012
We look inside the bag of two-time 2012 champion Branden Grace  (EuropeanTour)
We look inside the bag of two-time 2012 champion Branden Grace (EuropeanTour)
Golfing fortnights do not come much better than that of Branden Grace these last two weeks and we go inside his bag to find out the key to his success at both the Joburg Open and the Volvo Golf Champions.

There are a lot of ways to win on The European Tour, and even more kinds of equipment, and while his statistical performances varied across both victorious weeks, Grace’s clubs remained a constant.

This trust in the contents of his bag gave him a great base from which to begin his title assaults over both weeks, but how he used them varied, with the first major difference being his performance on the greens.

On the large sloping targets of Fancourt Links Grace was supreme, mastering the expansive gradients and finishing the week second for putts per GIR (1.647) and third in putts per round (28). This was a marked improvement on his equally victorious numbers in Joburg where he only ranked 19th in putts per GIR (1.744) and 31st in putts per round (29.8). This acts as further proof of the fact that there are indeed many ways to play well and win on The European Tour.

This is also shown by Grace’s accuracy from the tee, posting an impressive 18th in driving accuracy (73.2%) at Fancourt compared with a mere 51st place (55.4%) in Joburg. This could be due to differing performance from the tee, but it is much more likely to be from necessity, with accuracy from the tee much more essential to good scores this last week at the Volvo Golf Champions where the rough was incredibly penal, in comparison to the slightly more generous fairways at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC.

However, it was not all change statistically, and two things that remained at an incredibly high level across this fantastic fortnight were Grace’s length from the tee and his accuracy into the greens. Both weeks he was in the top six in driving distance, and the top ten in GIR, hitting an impressive 84.7 per cent of the targets in the right number at the Joburg Open. This provided a great confidence that must have filtered through the rest of his game, and explains his higher putts per round numbers in Joburg.

With this kind of statistical display bearing such fruit on the course, and his equipment clearly performing well, you would expect Grace to be changing what he has in his bag any time soon.

Here is what he had in his bag:

      Callaway, Tour i S (11)
Driver       Callaway, FT Tour - 9°
1st Fairway Wood       Callaway, Diablo Octane Tour - 13°
1st Utility Club       Callaway, Diablo Edge Tour - 18°
3 - 9 Iron
      Callaway, X Forged 09
Pitching Wedge       Callaway, X Forged 09
Sand Wedge       Callaway, X Jaws - 52°
Lob Wedge       Callaway, X Jaws - 60°
Putter       Odyssey, Black Series TD Wide 1

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
-ELS, ErnieRSA-12
-GOOSEN, RetiefRSA-12
-GRACE, BrandenRSA-12
-OLAZÁBAL, José MaríaESP-8
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