Bryson DeChambeau Makes Equipment History


In 2002, Rich Beem made equipment history when he became the first player to claim a major championship (PGA Championship) with graphite-shafted irons. The victory was hailed as a major victory for Aldila’s Tour Gold graphite, which not only resided in every one of Beem’s TaylorMade irons but his woods and wedges as well. Only his STX Sync Tour putter featured a steel shaft.

The assumption was graphite might see a usage uptick on Tour after the victory — only it never happened. For the most part, graphite continued on as a distant second to steel in the iron and wedge shaft department.

Seventeen years after Beem put graphite-shafted irons on the map, Bryson DeChambeau took it one step further in Las Vegas, becoming the first player to use 14 graphite-shafted clubs on the PGA Tour, including the putter, en route to a T4 finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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