What’s in the bag of big-hitting DP World Tour winner Ryan Fox? We delve into the New Zealander’s equipment.
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Ryan Fox failed to read Luke Donald’s Ryder Cup preparation script, shooting a final round 67 to leapfrog, Tyrrell Hatton, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Tommy Fleetwood, and Ludvig Aberg to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on 18-under par.
Victory at one of the DP World Tour’s flagship events was Fox’s first Rolex Series title and fourth on the European Tour, moving him to the cusp of the top 30 in the Official Golf World Rankings.
Ryan Fox enjoyed a superb 2022 with six top-10s and two victories. He started the year with his first DP World Tour title in three years with a five-shot victory over Ross Fisher at the Ras Al Khaimah Classic.
The 35-year-old put himself in contention for several more titles across the summer before lifting his second title of the season, and third DP World Tour title of his career, at the Alfred Dunhill Links in October.
The New Zealander also had an emotional win at the Home of Golf in the pro-am tournament where he has previously partnered with close friend Shane Warne. The Australian cricket legend, who passed away aged 52 earlier in 2022, was a regular in the Dunhill field and Fox paid tribute after lifting the trophy.
“It means a lot,” Fox said. “To be honest, the only person I can really think of at the moment is Warney. Means a lot to this event and great mates, and just a shame he’s not here. I’m going to enjoy this one with the family.”
Fox, whose first DP World Tour victory had come at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth in 2019, is the son of former All Blacks rugby union player Grant Fox, and grandson of cricketer Merv Wallace. Three members of the same family competing at an elite level in three different sports – some genes!
The man from Auckland is a Srixon staff player, playing 12 of the brand’s clubs and the Z-Star XV golf ball. Let’s take a closer look at what’s in the Kiwi’s bag in 2023.
WITB Ryan Fox
What driver does Ryan Fox use?
Ryan Fox uses a Srixon ZX5 MKII driver (9.5°) with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 TX shaft
It looks lovely, sounds great and there’s a touch of high launch draw bias built in. We’d play it, but in tough economic times, the price tag is hard to justify, especially knowing there are other excellent drivers out there for less.
Read our full Srixon ZX5 driver review.
|Lofts||9.5° / 10.5°|
|Stock shafts||Project X HZRDUS Black Gen 4 / Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX shafts.|
What fairway wood does Ryan Fox use?
Ryan Fox uses a Srixon ZX MKII fairway wood (14°) with a Fujikura Ventus shaft
At 257 yards, the ZX MK II was our longest fairway wood of 2023 by three yards, which is seriously impressive considering the super strong opposition.
The backspin and shot height were below our test averages, which highlights how the model is a better fit for slightly stronger players. If that’s you, you’ll be delighted to know the model hit shots into a 28% smaller dispersion area than our test average. A top performer in the right hands.
Read our full Srixon ZX MKII fairway woods review.
|<strong>Stock shaft</strong>||Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX|
What utility iron does Ryan Fox use?
Ryan Fox uses a Srixon Z U85 utility iron (20°) with a Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 shaft
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 Ryan Fox use?
Ryan Fox uses Srixon ZX5 MKII irons (3-5) and Srixon ZX7 MKII (6-PW) irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Our pro was really impressed by the feel and feedback from the ZX7, and the data it produced against its peers (see our 2021 Players’ Iron Test here)is undeniably impressive. A 7-iron carry of 168 yards was our third longest in testing, but more impressive than that was how the ZX7 combined that power with only dropping seven yards (4.2%) between on- and off-center strikes (third best), which really helps consistency and scoring on the course.
Read our full Srixon ZX5 and ZX7 irons review.
|Stock shaft||Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Tour 120|
|Stock grip||Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360|
What wedges does Ryan Fox use?
Ryan Fox uses Cleveland RTX-6 wedges (50°-10 Mid, 56°-10 Mid, 60°-06 Low) with True Temper Dyanamic Gold X100 and S400 shafts
We love the compact size, the straight leading-edge profile, and the new super-aggressive CNC Milling pattern on the toe, which brings full-face groove levels of stopping power to traditional groove wedges.
Our best 2023 wedge test data has the ZipCore hovering just under average levels of backspin, but with so many factors to consider when buying new wedges, it’s worth remembering you should never just pick the highest spinning wedges.
Read our full Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges review.
|Lofts||46º, 48º, 50º, 52º, 54º, 56º, 58º, 60º|
|Grinds||Low (58º-60º), Low+ (54º-56º) Mid (46º-60º), Full (54-60º)|
|Stock shaft||Dynamic Gold Spinner Tour Issue|
|Stock grip||Lamkin Crossline 360 grip|
What putter does Ryan Fox use?
Ryan Fox uses a Ping Anser 2D putter
The Anser is very much a traditional toe and heel-weighted blade with extra forgiveness and stability thanks to the new tungsten face weights. A good fit for slight arc strokes.
Read our full Ping putters review.
|Stock grip||PP58 Mid|
What golf ball does Ryan Fox use?
Ryan Fox uses a Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball
Arguably the biggest stars playing a Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball are 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry and 2021 Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama. The Z-Star XV ball is capable of competing with any of the best tour standard golf balls. If you struggle to see your golf balls or line up your putts you can purchase the Divide which is half yellow, half white - only available in the Z-Star.
Read our full Srixon Z-Star XV golf balls review.
- Overall very durable golf ball
- Good distance off the tee and in the long game
- Impressive short-game spin and control
- Very soft feel and nice feedback
- Soft feel is not everyone's favorite
|Long game spin||Low|
|Short game spin||High|
|Color options||White; Yellow|
- Speed dimple pattern
- Thin premium cover
- Spin skin+ coating
- Fastlayer DG core
What golf shoes does Ryan Fox wear?
Ryan Fox wears FootJoy Pro SL golf shoes
The best spikeless golf shoe for those with a bigger budget
A StratoFoam midsole takes the Pro SL to new levels of comfort. It provides softer cushioning from heel to toe over its predecessor and cushioning and makes walking 18 a breeze.
As for the upper, FootJoy’s ChromoSkin leather is just about as good as it gets. It looks great, holds its shape, cleans easily, and is fully waterproof.
FootJoy have also created a new version – The Carbon – which comes with a carbon fiber insert to reinforce stability in the heel while keeping the front of the foot flexible.
It uses the flex of the carbon fiber inlay to elastically snap back to its natural position resulting in more energy return while walking and reduced fatigue.
- Superb grip
- Great looking
- Suits all outfits
- Leather creases above the toe
|Sizes||3 – 14|
What golf glove does Ryan Fox wear?
Ryan Fox wears a Srixon Cabretta golf glove
Best quality leather glove
For golfers wanting a soft, comfortable, and durable glove at a good price the Srixon Cabretta is perfect. A quality leather glove makes a huge difference to how the club feels in hand and can make a huge difference to your game.
The high-quality leather is partnered with Lycra panels in the knuckles to certify a good secure fit.
- Great durability
- Soft leather
- Super comfortable
- Thick thumb seams
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