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Clubs are accurate as of the BMW Championship 9/17/13

Driver: TaylorMade SLDR (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Accra XC65X (43.5 inches)

3 Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 (set to 14 degrees)
Shaft: Accra XC75X (43 inches)

Irons: Mizuno MP-64 (2,3) MP 64 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300

Wedges: Mizuno MP- T4 (54-9, 60-5)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner Shafts

Putter: Odyssey White Hot #7 H
Length: 33 inches

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1X

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  1. B.

    Aug 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Mizuno makes a wonderful MP Craft line of woods in Japan, some of the softest woods around with superb distance and control. Know for a fact that Luke Donald has tested it and REALLY liked it, but the price point is not marketable in the US. Luke Donald does get paid to play TM woods, a slightly closed driver is something any manufacturer can achieve, its not difficult, especially as a on off for a tour pro. His contract with Mizuno is one of the most flexible in golf, they’re not stupid at Mizuno, they know he is there big name on the PGA and allowing him freedom and flexibility gives them the ability to hold on to a player who might otherwise look elsewhere.

  2. stan

    Jun 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Why do people still find it a big deal Luke doesn’t play the Mizuno line of woods? Is it a big deal Bo Van Pelt has TMAG everything but still games MP 69 irons? NO. He plays what works. I do find it funny though that driving is the weakest part of his game but all folks do is point towards his use of a white driver.

    • Brockohol

      Jun 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      I would say that its a big deal because anyone who is on this site talking about what clubs Pros are using is a big nerd and thats all we talk about:)

      • stan

        Jun 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

        well, that’s a given.

      • Carlo

        Jul 22, 2013 at 8:24 am

        Brockohol, Mizuno invests a lot of money and energy on producing forged irons of the highest quality. This is where they make there money and sell the most products. They are probably capable of producing a top adjustable driver, but I bet they recognise that the driver market is very hard to break into and it perhaps won’t be profitable for them to do so, therefore it is not a priority for them. One can have the same argument for why Cobra don’t make putters for Rickie Fowler.

  3. Brockohol

    Jun 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Huh, I guess the new JPX driver is not worth a hoot if your poster child is still using the blatantly obvious TM woods. Does TM pay him anything to use them? Its not like Phil where he blacks out the club to hide its brand. If your pulling a R1 out of the bag everyone form a mile away knows what you have in your hand.

    Why cant Mizuno make a wood that is somewhat playable/marketable? There last good/cool woods were the gold top T-Zoids. I cant even remember what any of their last 4 or 5 models looked like…

    • Guantanemo

      Jun 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Luke Donald’s sponsored by TM for his driver and woods, I’m pretty sure he has been since the R11-era.

      As for Mizuno’s woods, I don’t know about their drivers, but their MP-650 fairway was one of the nicest fairway metals I’ve ever hit.

    • daniel

      Jun 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Luke donald uses the tm because you can close the faces, if you watch his videos he does not like to minipulate his swing with his hands, but father the face angle at address. Mizuno’s website videos clearly explain that it is hard to creat a wood for luke donald as he likes the face slightly closed to play a draw for extra distance where as most other players like a slightly open face

      • Brockohol

        Jun 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

        Cool…good info.

        Although the question still remains, why cant Mizuno make a driver to accommodate this? I assume he just has a contract to wear Mizuno “name” but he has free range on clubs (putter/driver).

  4. Simonetumolo

    Jun 16, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Anyone know what are the swing weight on woods and irons?

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Tiger Woods’ Winning WITB: 2018 Tour Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty CameronNewport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Sangmoon Bae’s Winning WITB: 2018 Albertsons Boise Open

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Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 60X

Fairway Wood: Callaway Rogue (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (20 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95X

Irons: Callaway MB1 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 125X

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (52, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red #7 CH

Golf Ball: Titleist

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Do you actually understand “Strokes Gained” stats? Here’s a breakdown

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In 2011, the PGA Tour introduced ShotLink, which is a real-time scoring system that captures data points on all shots taken during PGA Tour events. ShotLink measures the distance from the hole, as well as categorizing shot types like tee, fairway, rough, sand, and green.

Mark Broadie, a professor at Columbia Business School, took the data from ShotLink and helped develop a new way to analyze putting performance. This new statistic was called “strokes gained: putting,” and it measures the number of putts a golfer takes relative to the PGA Tour average from that same distance. Strokes gained putting recognizes that sinking a 20-foot putt represents a better performance than sinking a three-foot putt, even though they both count as a single putt and a single stroke on the scorecard.

This was revolutionary because golfers no longer had to rely on the number of putts per round to understand their putting performance. Strokes gained also provided a unified way to measure an individual golfer against his opponents on the PGA Tour.

In 2016, the same concept used for strokes gained: putting was applied to other areas of the game. The PGA Tour developed new statistics including “strokes gained: off-the-tee,” “strokes gained: approach-the-green,” and “strokes gained: around-the-green.” This expansion allowed a PGA Tour golfer to precisely see where he excels and where he needs to improve.

What is strokes gained

In the most simple terms, “strokes gained” is a way to measure a player’s performance compared to the rest of the field. It also allows you to isolate different parts of a player’s game. In order to understand the statistic, you have to know that the PGA Tour has historical data from ShotLink that has calculated the average number of strokes needed to hole out from every distance and location on a course. Below I have included four scenarios to better illustrate the idea of strokes gained.

The scenarios below show how strokes gained could work on a single hole. Remember most strokes gained statistics are the aggregate of all the holes for a players round.

Scenario No. 1: Driving

You are playing a 450-yard par 4. The PGA Tour scoring average for a par 4 of that length is 4.1 strokes.

You hit a drive that ends up in the fairway, 115 yards from the hole. The PGA Tour scoring average from in the fairway, 115 yards out is 2.825 strokes. In order to calculate strokes gained: off-the-tee you use the formula below

(PGA Tour average for the hole) – (PGA Tour average left after your drive) – 1 = strokes gained: off-the-tee

Next, plug the numbers from the scenario above into this formula to calculate the strokes gained: off-the-tee

4.100 – 2.825 = 1.275 – 1 = 0.275 strokes gained: off-the-tee

Since you hit your drive in the fairway 115 yards from the hole you gained .275 strokes off the tee from the average PGA Tour player.

Scenario No. 2: Approach Shot

Let’s take the same drive from the first scenario. You hit a drive on a par 4 that ends up in the fairway, 115 yards from the hole. The PGA Tour scoring average from in the fairway 115 yards out is 2.825. You hit your approach shot on the green 10 feet from the hole. The PGA Tour scoring average from on the green 10 feet from the hole is 1.61 strokes.

(PGA Tour average from your approach) – (PGA Tour average for your putt) – 1 = strokes gained: approach-the-green

2.825 – 1.61 = 1.215 – 1 = .215 strokes gained: approach-the-green

Since you hit your approach shot to 10 feet you gained .213 strokes from the average PGA Tour player.

Scenario No. 3: Putting

Continuing the scenario from example scenario No. 2. You have a 10-foot putt left for birdie which you make.

(Your # of Putts) – (PGA Tour average from that distance) = strokes gained putting

1 putt – 1.61 = .61 strokes gained putting

Since you made that 10-foot putt you gained .61 strokes from the average PGA Tour player.

Scenario No. 4: Total for the hole:

To calculate strokes gained total use the formula below:

Strokes gained off-the-tee + Strokes gained approach-the-green + strokes gained around-the-green + strokes gained putting= strokes gained total

0.275+.215+0+.61=1.1 Total Strokes Gained on that hole

This makes sense because the PGA Tour average for the hole was 4.1 and you made a 3.

Definitions of Strokes Gained Statistics

  • Strokes gained: off-the-tee: Measures player performance off the tee on all par 4s and par 5s. This statistic looks at how much better or worse a player’s drive is then the average PGA Tour player.
  • Strokes gained: approach-the-green: Measures player performance on approach shots and other shots that are NOT included in strokes gained: around-the-green and strokes gained: putting. It does include tee shots on par 3s.
  • Strokes gained: around-the-green: Measures player performance on any shot within 30 yards of the edge of the green without measuring putting.
  • Strokes gained: putting: Measures how many strokes a player gains (or loses) on the greens compared to PGA Tour average.
  • Strokes gained: tee-to-green:  Strokes gained: off-the-tee + strokes gained: approach-the-green + strokes gained: around-the-green
  • Strokes gained: total: Strokes gained: off-the-tee + strokes gained: approach-the-green + strokes gained: around-the-green + strokes gained: putting
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