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Brian Harman WITB 2014



Equipment is accurate as of the Northern Trust Open (7/13/14).

Driver: TaylorMade JetSpeed (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60X

3 Wood: TaylorMade JetSpeed (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade Burner TP (17.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fukijura Motore F1 85X

Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Wedges: TaylorMade xFT (52-09, 56-12, 60-08)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider S (Belly)

Ball: TaylorMade Lethal


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  1. ed

    Jul 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    The ball he played the final round with was a Tour Preferred X #10.

  2. leftright

    Jul 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Go Lefty’s. I find lefthanders to be more manly than righthanders, why is that? Must be because the opposite side of the brain is be utilized more, you know, the side that makes men act like men and not take any crap. WRX’s should try it sometimes, especially with all the BS articles lately to dilute the game. Feel like I’m reading a damn GQ magazine or Cosmo. To WRX staff: stop playing the political BS game and get some real articles written by real people who will tell it like it is and not what everyone expects to hear. I highly doubt women who care about the game could care less to play the red tees at under 4000 yards, especially if they come to this site. The soul of the sport is not professionals but amateurs who live to play golf, not play golf to live. You walk in their house and you might see a picture of golf on the wall because they told their wife to take a leap when she wanted to put up some flowers, or some modern art that some guy threw paint on the canvas and called it art. It is not, “can I play golf Saturday honey,” it is “I will be playing golf Saturday sweetie, anything you need before then.” You can keep the peace and still survive if done correctly. A simple understanding, she understands you will play golf and you understand that she understands you will play golf. It ain’t that hard.

    • Pablo

      Jul 15, 2014 at 12:11 am

      Here’s an idea: start your own golf forum and tell us all how you really feel…

    • Andyr87

      Jul 16, 2014 at 3:35 am

      Brian Harmon is right handed, and plays golf left handed. Do you think he might have modern art on the wall and only play when he’s allowed to now?

  3. Tom

    Jul 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    3rd win for the Lethal ball this year.

  4. DB

    Jul 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    How long is his driver?

    On the TV it looked like it was 46″ or more.

  5. Kancelaria adwokacka wroc?aw

    Jul 14, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.
    thanks a lot

  6. Billy

    Jul 14, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Ugly putter and a belly..


  7. Bob Doyle

    Jul 13, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I tried the jet speed woods and I was unimpressed. They felt really soft, cheap and stock shafts are junk. I wouldn’t waste my time with them. I was glad to return them after 18 from the tips. Total crap clubs.

    • Bob

      Jul 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Moronic comment as usual. Sorry the clubs couldn’t get you out of the 100s.

  8. Chuck

    Jul 13, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Another TM staffer using the old XFT wedges. I wonder how often they switch faces. Where to ordinary folks get them?

  9. Chuck

    Jul 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Should I know something about that TM adapter tip on Harman’s driver? I don’t recall TM adapter ferrules marked with numerical lofts. I thought that even the TP adapters simply said HIGHER and LOWER on them. I was aware of something like that for the R1; does an R1 sleeve work on the Jetspeed?

    • F

      Jul 14, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Yes, it fits. The R1/ Stage 2 tip is the same size, and it works for both the SLDR and the Jetspeed, they are the same as a the Stage 2.

  10. snowman

    Jul 13, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Another win for the Jetspeed Driver (couple already on the LPGA, I think). Might be worth testing at discontinued discount price…

    • Mike

      Jan 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Bought one recently for my wife (13* HL model) and in mint condition it was $30 shipped. My dad is looking for an HL driver now that he can open the face on so I am going to let him try the head on one of my X shafts. Great club and can be had super cheap now.

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  12. Jeff

    Jul 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I’m not a taylormade fanboy but the tour preferred (regular and x) is a better ball than the pro v1 and x. Just put it to the test. You’ll see for yourself. Longer, straighter, same green side spin

  13. Mateo

    Jul 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Not even making a dent. Titleist is by far the leader.
    TMAG will have another tour ball next month anyway. Lol

    • RM

      Jul 14, 2014 at 1:16 am

      They really shoot themselves in the foot with releasing a new line each year. Doesn’t do anything but hurt their credibility.

  14. John

    Jul 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Taylor Made is making its mark in the winner’s circle with its tour ball – Kaymar, Rose, NCAA Champion Cam Wilson and now Harmon

    • Tim Finchem

      Jul 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Martin Kaymer still uses Lethal

    • Rich

      Jul 14, 2014 at 1:45 am

      Really? This guy isn’t using it either. He uses lethal as well

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Tiger Woods’ Winning WITB: 2018 Tour Championship



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


Photo via Bridgestone Golf

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Sangmoon Bae’s Winning WITB: 2018 Albertsons Boise Open



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



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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