What’s In The Bag: Neal Shipley

Today’s Golfer dives into the bag of amateur sensation, Neal Shipley, to discover what equipment he’s playing with.

Most of us in the golfing world are now very familiar with Neal Shipley. However, if you’re someone who isn’t and you’re currently asking – who is Neal Shipley – hopefully that article will help.

As the winner of the low amateur award at the 2024 Masters, Shipley burst onto the scene. He gained entry into the 2024 Masters and 2024 US Open after finishing as runner-up to Nick Dunlap in the 2023 US Amateur. Not terrible form from the American.

That 4&3 loss to now PGA Tour winner, Dunlap, also earned Shipley a place in the field for the 2024 US Open. His Major form is pretty impressive for an amateur golfer.

Shipley hasn’t particularly set the world alight on the amateur circuit, so far he has three victories, one in a professional event, one in a collegiate event, and one in an amateur event. However, he’s taken the decision to turn pro at the conclusion of the US Open and take to the PGA Tour.

With professional golf on the horizon for Shipley, let’s take a look at what equipment he’s currently using in 2024…

What’s In The Bag: Neal Shipley

What driver does Neal Shipley tee off with?

Neal Shipley's big stick is a Ping G430 LST driver (9°) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 7X shaft

Shipley is a pretty big hitter who can easily send the ball beyond 300 yards. He achieves this distance with a Ping G430 LST driver he typically lofts down to 7.5°.

Read our full Ping G430 LST driver review.

What fairway woods does Neal Shipley have in the bag?

Neal Shipley carries a Ping G430 LST 3-wood (15°) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 8X shaft

Like the driver, Shipley has a lofted-down Ping G430 LST 3-wood in his bag, he usually plays this at 13.5°. Occasionally, Shipley does use a Titleist TSR3 3-wood with the same loft and shaft.

Read our full Ping G430 LST fairway wood review.

Neal Shipley plays with a Ping G430 Max 5-wood (18°) with a Fujikura Ventus TR Black 8X shaft

Drifting away from the less forgiving LST Ping woods, Shipley elects to carry a Ping G430 Max 5-wood. However, this is also turned down a degree and a half, so that it plays with 16.5° of loft.

Read our full Ping G430 Max fairway wood review.

What irons does Neal Shipley use?

Neal Shipley has one solitary Ping i230 3-iron with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

The ultimate combo set of Ping irons for Shipley begins with the i230 3-iron. The i230 is definitely the most forgiving iron in his bag - hence why it's his 3-iron and not his pitching wedge.

Read our full Ping i230 irons review.

Neal Shipley opts for a Ping Blueprint S 4-iron with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft

From 3-iron to 4-iron, Shipley swaps out the i230 for the slightly less forgiving Ping Blueprint S. There isn't tonnes of difference between the two heads but there must be enough for Shipley to differentiate!

Read our full Ping Blueprint S irons review.

Neal Shipley moves into a set of Ping Blueprint T irons (5-9) with True Temper Dynamic Golf X100 shafts

To round his combo set of irons, Shipley elects to play with the Ping Blueprint T irons from 5-9-iron. The Blueprint T are Ping's least forgiving irons and definitely ones for the better ball strikers to be using.

Read our full Ping Blueprint T irons review.

What wedges does Neal Shipley attack the pins with?

Neal Shipley carries three Ping S159 wedges (46°-12°, 50-12°, and 54°-12°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts and a fourth Ping S159 wedge (60°-08°) with a True Temper Dynamic Golf Tour Issue S400 shaft

The Ping S159 wedges are incredibly popular on Tour given their sleeker profile. They're definitely not as forgiving as the Ping Glide 4.0, but if I do say so myself, they do look better, and for Shipley, they must play better.

Read our full Ping S159 wedges review.

What flat stick does Neal Shipley putt with?

Neal Shipley rolls the rock with a Ping PLD Anser putter

Like many Ping staffers, Shipley uses one of the putters from the PLD putter range. The flat stick of choice for the American is perhaps the flattest stick of the m all - the Anser. The PLD Anser is available to the public in satin or black, but Shipley's is in a copper finish.

Read our full Ping PLD Anser putter review.

What golf ball does Neal Shipley put in play?

Neal Shipley plays with Titleist Pro V1x golf balls

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Being sponsored by Ping means that Shipley is free to play with any golf ball of his choosing. Naturally, like so many other Ping staffers, he chooses one of Titleist's best premium golf balls. Shipley elects to play with the Pro V1x over the Pro V1.

Read our full Titleist Pro V1x golf balls review.

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About the author

James Hogg is a Golf Equipment Writer for Today's Golfer, with expert knowledge in putters, golf balls, and apparel.

James Hogg – Golf Equipment Writer

James has a degree in English Language from Newcastle University and an MA in Journalism from Kingston University.

He spent seven years working for American Golf as part of the sales and fitting team alongside his studies and is a specialist in putters, golf balls, and apparel.

James took up golf as a teenager and, thanks largely to his length and consistency off the tee, he plays off a handicap of 4.7 at Cleveland Golf Club.

You can contact James via email for loads more golf equipment insight.

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