What’s In The Bag: Ryan Fox

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.

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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.

BMW PGA winner Ryan Fox

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.

Ryan Fox sits on the Swilcan Bridge with the Dunhill Links trophy after his victory at St Andrews.

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.”

Shane Warne and Ryan Fox had played together on many occasions before the Australian cricketer's shock passing in March 2022.

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

Ryan Fox uses the Srixon ZX5 driver.

What driver does Ryan Fox use?

Ryan Fox uses a Srixon ZX5 MKII driver (9.5°) with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 TX shaft

Price: 499.00 / $499.00 RRP
In the hands of our test pro, just six yards of carry distance separated the ZX5 and our very longest drivers, plus the model produced our second smallest left-to-right dispersion (31.9 yards), so it will perform on the course.

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

Srixon ZX fairways have been strong competitors in our test sessions over the last few years, and the new MK II version slips perfectly into the shoes of its predecessor. So long as you have at least reasonable levels of club speed we’re big fans of the slightly larger, more friendly-looking head.

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.



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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

Price: 199.99 / $199.99 RRP
In addition to his ZX MKII driver and fairway wood, Fox carries a Z U85 (20°) utility iron.

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

Price: 899.00 / $1,199.99 RRP
The ZX7, with its very Japanese high-toe shape, is a simple but very classy beauty – and that’s usually what ‘players’ ask for. There’s nothing to not like about this sleek but powerful model.

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.
Availability 4-PW
Stock shaft Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Tour 120
Stock grip Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360
7-iron loft 32°

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

Cleveland has a massive pedigree for making great wedges and the RTX 6 is their brand new tour-level offering for 2023. We’ll put our cards on the table upfront and say you won’t find a better-looking wedge on the market.

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

There are three Anser’s in Ping's line-up. The Anser and Anser 2 have plumbers necks with slight toe hangs whereas the Anser 4 has a slant neck with a much stronger toe hang (so it’s suited to stronger arc strokes).

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.
Head-type Blade
Weight 350g
Stock grip PP58 Mid

What golf ball does Ryan Fox use?

Ryan Fox uses a Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball

Best premium golf balls for durability

Rrp: $49.99

Price: $39.95
Srixon is perhaps most well-known within golf for its amateur range of golf balls. However, they do make some incredible tour standard golf balls as well. The Z-Star XV golf balls are aimed at golfers with quick swing speeds, mainly targeting tour players and better players.

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
Construction 3-piece
Cover Urethane
Compression 102
Dimples 338
Feel Soft
Flight Mid-high
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
Price: $129.99
One of the most popular shoes in golf, the Pro SL has an OrthoLite 'fitbed' designed to mold to your feet for the perfect fit. In our experience, it enhances what is an already excellent fit.

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
Colors 11
Waterproof Yes

What golf glove does Ryan Fox wear?

Ryan Fox wears a Srixon Cabretta golf glove

Best quality leather glove
Price: £14.99 / $14.99 RRP
As a Srixon brand ambassador, Fox naturally wears a Srixon 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
Sizes S-XL
Colors White
Material Leather


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