What’s In The Bag: Jake Knapp

What golf clubs does Jake Knapp use? An in-depth look at what’s in the former security guards golf bag after his first win as a rookie on the PGA Tour

Jake Knapp played in his first PGA TOUR event over nine years ago at the Farmers Insurance Open and before the 2024 season had managed just three other starts on the PGA TOUR. It was only three years ago the American had no status on any tour and was working shifts as a security guard at a nightclub.

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However, after grinding it out under his conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour, he finished 2023 in 13th place where he claimed his PGA TOUR card for the 2024 season, and just over two months into the year he is a PGA TOUR winner!

Jake Knapp won the 2024 Mexico Open

In just his ninth PGA TOUR start, Jake Knapp, secured a two-shot victory at the Mexico Open, earning nearly $1.5 million and entry into The Masters and several of the PGA TOUR Signature Events for the remainder of the season. The American has nearly tripled his lifelong PGA TOUR earnings in just one single event having earned $562,132 before teeing it up on Thursday.

The 2024 season is set to be something to remember for the American – playing in five events and making four cuts, Knapp has finished in the top 10 twice, which including this week’s victory accumulates to over $2,000,000 in prize money.

Jake Knapp at the 2024 Farmers Insurance Open

He finished T-3 at the Farmers Insurance Open in his seventh career PGA TOUR start and third since becoming a PGA TOUR member. Although Knapp is a multi-time winner on PGA TOUR Canada, he never held a post-round lead in any of his Korn Ferry Tour starts, and Saturday marks the first time in his PGA TOUR career he’s held a day-ending lead by himself. Knapp felt his last few starts helped him rally his composure ahead of his round on Sunday.

“All that stuff definitely plays its own part,” Knapp said. “I feel like I know how to handle myself and handle the situation and everything else. … Obviously being in the thick of it at the Farmers Insurance Open helped as well. So yeah, it’s just go out there and execute golf shots and there’s not too much else to it.”

Jake Knapp PGA Tour Card

For a man, who just a few years ago was checking IDs on the door of a nightclub, to now be the 52nd best golfer in the world is that of fairytales. At the end of the 2023 season, Knapp was 174th in the OWGR and after just five starts this season has managed to jump within a hair of the top 50 in the world leaping ahead of some of the biggest stars in the game.

Sunday capped off a 25-birdie week with a two-shot victory. In full control, Knapp carded rounds of 67-64-63-71 around Vidanta Vallarta to post 19 under, while gaining 11.5 strokes on the field from tee to green. He led the field in Strokes Gained: Approach (+8.729), hitting 76% greens in regulation (T5), and ranked 11th in SG: Off the Tee (+2.973). Down the stretch Sunday, Knapp got up-and-down on four of the last six holes, including a birdie on the par-5 14th, to secure the victory. 

Jake Knapp is a PXG staffer

Knapp is a PXG staffer and most of his bag is made up of PXG gear, he games their irons and a wedge, along with a few clubs from other brands he can’t seem to let go. He’s thankful PXG stuck with him and is glad it all paid off. “It has always been my dream to win on the PGA TOUR. I am grateful that PXG believed I could get it done and am proud to bring one home for the PXG Troops.”

What’s In The Bag: Jake Knapp

What driver does Jake Knapp use?

Jake Knapp uses a Ping G425 LST driver (9°) with a Project X HZRDUS T1100 TX shaft

Lofts 9°, 10.5°
Stock shafts Mitsubishi Tensei AV RAW Orange 65, Aldila Rogue White 130 M.S.I. 70
Stock grip Arccos / Golf Pride Lite 360 Tour Velvet
Adjustable hosel Yes (+/- 1.5°)

What fairway wood does Jake Knapp use?

Tommy Fleetwood uses a TaylorMade BRNR mini driver (13.5°) with a Project X HZRDUS T1100 TX shaft.

Price: £379.00 / $449.99 RRP
Tour professionals, including Tommy Fleetwood and Bryson DeChambeau, opt for 2-wood style mini-drivers because they tighten dispersion for powerful players with ultra-fast ball speeds without sacrificing too much distance. Players in this category also like hitting it off the deck, making it a valuable weapon on second shots into long par 5s.

Read our full TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver review.

What utility iron does Jake Knapp use?

Jake Knapp uses a Srixon Z U85 utility iron (2) with a Mitsubishi Tensei White Hybrid shaft

Price: £169.99 / $169.99 RRP
The U85 is one of the most popular driving irons on tour and comes in five different lofts which allows it to plug the gaps in a variety of players' bags.

Read our best driving irons 2023 review.
Lofts 2-18°, 3-20°, 4-23°, 5-26°, 6-29°
Stock shaft UST Recoil 95
Stock grip Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360

What Irons does Jake Knapp use?

Jake Knapp uses PXG 0211 ST Irons (4-PW) with KBS C-Taper Shafts

Read our full PXG 0211 ST Iron review.

What wedges does Jake Knapp use?

Jake Knapp uses a PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II (52°) and Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (56°-10S) and WedgeWorks (60°-T)

Rrp: $179.99

Price: $149.98
Alternative Retailers
DICK'S Sporting Goods
Golf Galaxy

What putter does Jake Knapp use?

Jake Knapp uses the TaylorMade Spider Tour DB Putter

Price: $349.99
Alternative Retailers
PGA TOUR Superstore
Golf Galaxy
Style Mallet
Weight 355g
RRP £279

What golf ball does Jake Knapp use?

Jake Knapp uses a Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball

Like the majority of professional golfers, Jake Knapp chooses to play with one of the best golf balls on the market. Titleist's Pro 1 and Pro V1x golf balls are arguably the best premium golf balls on the market because of how widely used they are on Tour. 

Read our full Titleist Pro V1 golf balls review.

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Will Shreeve-Peacock is a golf equipment writer for Today's Golfer.

Will Shreeve-Peacock – Golf Equipment Writer

Will is an expert in golf shoes, GPS watches, rangefinders, and training aids.

He has a degree in journalism from Sheffield Hallam University and four years’ experience working in golf retail with American Golf where he was trained by a host of the big-name manufacturers.

A six-handicapper, Will has played golf for more than a decade and is a member at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

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