A PGA Tour golfer who has always employed authentic game plans to achieve extraordinary accuracy and consistency with his irons and woods through his not-so-conventional swing. That’s Jim Furyk! So it’s only logical for his golf bag to include clubs that prioritize precision and spin more than distance and speed.
Entered the professional arena at only 22 and won his first U.S. Major title when he was just 33 years old. His golf bag then and even now is built to smoothly and strategically plot around that golf course. The yardage gapping between his clubs has been consistent throughout all these years. So let’s find out what’s in the golf bag of Jim Furyk!
Jim Furyk – The PGA Tour Personality
Jim Furyk is now 51 years old, born in 1970 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His golfing professional career began when he was only 22 (so that was back in 1992). And as of now in 2022, Jim Furyk has been a part of many PGA Tour plus PGA Tour Champions tournaments, along with American-based Nike Tours as well (now known as Korn Ferry TOUR).
This professional golfer best known for his unconventional swing has already won 28 titles, 17 of which were PGA Tour and 2 PGA Tour Champions tournaments. The only Major, U.S. Open, won by Jim Furyk was in 2003. And 3 years later in 2006, he was ranked as the second world-best golfer.
His unorthodox golf swing, which was the driving force behind his exceptional consistency spanned across two whole decades.
This expertise comes from being brought up exposed to the sport of golf from a very young age. Jim Furyk’s father, Mike Furyk, held a very prominent position at many Pennsylvania-based golf courses. So Jim’s “formal” golf training was naturally conducted by his father, in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. When in high school, Jim Furyk was already actively playing golf.
Mike, Jim Furyk father and coach, was a strong advocate of forming your own natural golf swing, even if this meant accepting your natural movements as long as they feel comfortable. Hence, the formation of Jim Furyk’s weirdly shaped, unusual yet extremely effective swing (that has been compared to the image of an octopus tumbling down a tree).
Moving on to ‘Jim Furyk, What’s In The Bag?’
Driver is Callaway, fairway wood is Callaway, hybrid is Callaway, irons are Callaway, wedges are Callaway, and even golf balls are Callaway. So it’s pretty loud and clear which golf brand he prefers. Now let’s get to know which specific Callaway inventions he uses…
1. Callaway GBB Epic Driver (9-degree loft configuration)
Not just Jim Furyk but Tiger Woods too is on the list of top players who have the Callaway GBB Epic Driver in their arsenal. GBB here stands for Great Big Bertha. So this is actually a highly upgraded, Tour-grade version of Callaway’s very popular Great Big Bertha Driver.
Callaway GBB Epic features some of the brand’s most remarkable technologies infused into most of their top-rated golf drivers. Such as innovative Jailbreak for increasing ‘average’ distances through changing the behavior of the clubhead at impact in order to enhance speed across a larger surface of the clubface.
Just like every other Big Bertha creation by Callaway, even GBB Epic is outfitted with an extremely lightweight triaxial carbon material crown for low spin, high launch, and tons of forgiveness.
Then there’s perimeter weighting, which is sliding/adjustable to enable shot-shape correction. Meaning you get hands on greater control and, ultimately, more distance achieved.
OptiFit loft/lie adjustability (8-way) and advanced aerodynamics are incorporated into the streamlined head to boost swing speed as well as distance. All this greatness keeps stacking up to justify why not only Jim Furyk or any other professional or even just about any golfer capable of producing a consistent ball flight should use the Callaway GBB Epic Driver.
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2. Callaway GBB Epic Fairway Wood (3 wood, 15-degree configuration)
Just like the driver, even the fairway wood that Jim Furyk has in his golf bag comes from the same Callaway product line, Great Big Bertha Epic. So the same notable features as the golf driver – great feel, long distance, confidence-boosting sound at impact, and more.
But what seems to be the most attractive feature on Callaway GBB Epic Fairway Wood is its phenomenal fourth-generation Face Cup technology. It increases ball speed no matter where across the clubface you hit, so the golf ball travels as farther and straighter as you want it to go.
Then comes Callaway’s revolutionary Speed Step technology as well that’s integrated into this 3-wood (3-wood and not 5-wood says Jim Furyk because the latter is a more fitting choice for beginners and he, by no means, is a brand new recruit). The aerodynamics of this truly outstanding innovation makes sure that your every swing generates greater speed, which inevitably produces more distance.
Overall, it’s a forgiving, friendly fairway wood that goes LONG (because of the larger clubhead size) yet feels LIGHT (because of the super-light titanium construction and ultra-lightweight graphite shaft). Even the satisfying hollow sound at impact is something that really inspires more confidence in you as a serious golfer.
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3. Callaway RAZR X Irons (4-iron to pitching wedge)
Be it forgiveness, distance, accuracy, or any other such crucial factor, RAZR X Irons by Callaway has got it all covered. And that’s precisely why Tour players like Jim Furyk choose these irons. So what irons does Jim Furyk use? Now you know! You get all kinds of benefits from these without a single compromise.
Perfectly oversized, Callaway RAZR X Irons feature a confidence-inspiring topline. Very forgiving with a very pleasing sound and feel. And a uniflex, steel shaft that delivers powerful strikes.
But the best, most incredible innovation is the RAZR Technology itself. This consists of a more compact shaping of the head with a thinner topline and less offset than the classic X irons to make it more workable and sleek for better golfers.
15-percent deeper and 12-percent lower is the center of gravity placement in comparison to the previous X series irons by Callaway. Each iron is well-optimized in terms of the CG positioning (known as VFT Power System) to maximize ball speed.
On top of that, the sole is wider too, hence more forgiveness. So all this upper hand is gained, as I already mentioned before, without having to sacrifice a single thing, even playability is not compromised. And to be honest, this is exactly what Jim Furyk kept in mind when compiling a list of these best Callaway irons.
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4. Callaway X2 Hot Pro Hybrid (20-degree loft configuration)
The remarkable performance and new shaping of Callaway X2 Hot Pro made it the best of the lot when it was launched in 2014. And Jim Furyk has still got this hybrid in his golf bag because of those and many other reasons.
Firstly, it looks simply amazing with cleaner lines and that deep charcoal matte finish. Secondly, the compact shape of the squared clubface, the reasonably flat sole (plays easily from just about any lie, a benefit that even a professional golfer like Jim Furyk counts on), and minimal offset allow one to transition to leading edge from hosel very smoothly and easily.
And thirdly, its phenomenal HyperSpeed Cup Face produces an incredibly solid ‘pop’ sound at impact. The 20-degree loft angle, on top of that, is perfect for generating ample height along with some additional green-holding spin.
5. Wedges – Callaway MD3 Milled and Callaway Mack Daddy 2
The Callaway Mack Daddy range of golf wedges has been a favorite among Tour players because of its forgiving shape and easier transition to wedge from irons (and this is something that appeals to inexperienced golfers as well). So you receive that much-needed confidence boost around those greens.
Callaway MD3 Milled (Jim Furyk plays the 60-degree loft configuration), and this is what makes this wedge stand out from the rest, features three different kinds of groove patterns (loft-specific of course).
Lower loft with narrow grooves (30V grooves) minimize the spin of full shots. Middle loft with steeper grooves (20V grooves) slightly increase spin on bunker and full-swing shots. And finally, the highest loft with wide grooves (5V grooves) max out spin (partial-swing and greenside).
Additionally, MD3 also comes in three different sole grind options – C-grind, S-grind, and W-grind.
As his 50-degree wedge, Jim Furyk has chosen Callaway Mack Daddy 2. Forged using soft carbon steel, this wedge offers the best control and feel. In comparison to the previous MD wedge, this one is designed with sharper side walls and bigger grooves. So the overall groove pattern (laser-etched with greater surface roughness) looks very aggressive. And the high level of spin this places on the golf ball is just too impressive!
Better, professional players like Jim Furyk appreciate the perfect, not-too-compact size of the head at address since it can be played to get shots out of all types of lie.
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6. Odyssey Versa 1W Putter
If you ask Jim Furyk, he’ll tell you exactly why he’s so fond of this Odyssey putter. He finds every single thing – from its great feel to its visually appealing design – about it practical in terms of boosting short-game performance and consistency.
The contrasting colors on this Jim Furyk putter make it so much easier for him to visualize his every shot. So that gives him better accuracy. Then he even has nothing but good things to say about the White Hot insert that improves consistency and feel. Moreover, it’s a milled insert for meeting the high-performance demands of professional play.
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7. Callaway HBT Dot Golf Balls
Probably not the best golf balls, Callaway HBT Dot is still preferred by Jim Furyk because of the unparalleled performance he gets. The use of innovative materials for the construction of these Tour Spin and Tour Distance golf balls – right from their core inside to their shell outside – is what he finds the most appealing.
Here’s Jim Furyk himself giving us more than just a peek into his Tour golf bag…
Apart From Callaway Wedges, Does Jim Furyk Use Any Other Wedges?
Between his 60-degree Callaway MD3 Milled Wedge and 50-degree Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Wedge is 56-degree Titleist Vokey SM4 Wedge. Yes, it’s an old golf wedge but still ranks as a highly competitive option among not just the Titleist clientele but also throughout the whole golfing community, Jim Furyk is still using it after all.
And that’s mainly because the new regulation-abiding V-grooves of this particular wedge have an enhanced grip on the golf ball, a bit more teeth so to speak. Even though this generates less spin than the non-conforming square grooves of the past, players seem to appreciate the new design since it reduces the chances of perfectly hit, long-distance shots spinning backward.
What Golf Club Shafts Does Jim Furyk Use?
For his driver, Oban Devotion 7 (75 grams, 05-Flex) – Best for low spin and mid launch.
For his 3-wood, Fujikura Speeder 869 Evolution 8.2 Tour Spec X-Flex – Best for exceptional performance and feel. Its Triax Core technology and 3D woven graphite design ensure the highest level of stability.
For his hybrid, UST Mamiya ProForce VTS 105 Hybrid (S-Flex) – Best for increasing ball speed and reducing/tightening shot dispersion.
For his pitching wedge, KBS Tour 110 R-Flex – Best for Tour-caliber, versatile performance with a smoother feel and the ability to hit straighter, longer shots more consistently.
For other wedges, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 – Best for tighter tolerances that professional players absolutely prefer, demand, and expect.
Jim Furyk WITB has been discussed in quite a lot of detail, where even the shafts and golf balls he uses are talked about, and also why he chooses them.
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