At just 19 years of age Yuka Saso is a major champion and new member of the LPGA Tour. Take a look inside the mixed bag of equipment of the 2021 US Women’s Open champion.
WINNING SCORE: 4-under-par, 280.
DRIVER: TaylorMade SIM2 Max with 9° loft, fitted with Seven Dreamers shaft.
3 WOOD: Callaway MAVRIK Sub Zero with 15° loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana White shaft.
HYBRID: Callaway MAVRIK 4H with 20° loft.
IRONS: Miura TC-101 (5-iron to 9-iron), with Nippon Modus shafts.
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46°, 52°, 56° & 60°), with Nippon Modus shafts.
PUTTER: Piretti Workshop.
BALL: Titleist Pro V1.
- Saso claimed her first LPGA win and major championship after a tense three hole play-off with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka. And it was mostly the 19-year-old’s putter that kept her in the contest and finally delivered the winning blow. Saso is without a full equipment contract and carries a mixed bag of clubs, but did have a Piretti putters staff bag at the US Women’s Open and used one of the boutique putter maker’s flatsticks at The Olympic Club. The company makes milled putters and the Workshop range offers a wide variety of custom options. Saso’s putter appears to be a fairly standard blade style model. Other notable players to use Piretti putters at times have included Henrik Stenson when he won the FedExCup and currently Tony Finau.
- Ranking in the top-10 for greens in regulation, there was plenty of discussion about Saso’s Rory McIlroy-inspired swing during the week in California. Amongst her mixed bag of clubs is a set of Miura irons the Japanese company renowned for its forgings and often finding their way into player’s bags without equipment contracts. Abraham Ancer opts for the same iron model on the PGA Tour.
To the casual observer, Saso’s driver shaft appears to have almost no markings to discern it from any other beyond its visible weave of materials. Her TaylorMade SIM2 Max is actually shafted with one of the most expensive shafts in golf by company Seven Dreamers, which she appears to counterbalance with some lead tape wrapped just below the grip.
Saso’s golf ball of choice is Titleist’s Pro V1 and her victory continues the company’s dominance of the winners list on the LPGA Tour, with the Filipino’s win the 11th from 12 events on the circuit so far in 2021.
QUOTE: "Everyone here is a great player. If it's their time, it's their time, if it's my time, it's my time. I just want to cheer everybody.” – Yuka Saso.