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Justin Thomas WITB 2015

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Equipment is accurate as of the CIMB Classic (11/1/15).

Driver: Titleist 915D4 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 73S

3 Wood: Titleist 915Fd (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec VC 8.2 (X-Flex)

Irons: Titleist 712U (2), Titleist MB 716 (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (46-10, 52-12 and 56-14) Titleist Vokey TVD K-Grind (60-10)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52, 56 and 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Timeless GSS 350

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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  1. patrick

    Nov 2, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Greg,

    Do you have any info about his driver shaft, it’s a stiff flex is there any tipping. seems weird for a guy that swings as fast as he does.

    • joro

      Nov 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      The Whieboard is very stiff, the stiffest of the series, more of an X than a stiff.

  2. golfraven

    Nov 2, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Now that is a serious players bag. I would be very pleased with this setup – if I just had his skills.
    Somehow I predicted 1.5 years ago (when he came from the web.com tour) that he will be one big contender on the tour and I am pleased I was right. Like his game, like his style.

  3. Jack

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Dude is just so athletic. The timing and power of his swing is awesome.

  4. tyro

    Nov 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I’m SO psyched to see JT get a win! Huge congrats!!!

  5. Jeremy

    Nov 1, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Can anyone elaborate on his driver shaft. Is it indeed a 73S. I’ve watched him in person and he goes after it pretty hard.

    • Jeremy

      Nov 1, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      I researched this. He does play a 73S. Been using it a while except for a short time with the kuro kage xt this year.

  6. AMF

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    73S on the driver? Misprint?

  7. Golfraven

    May 20, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I am impressed with this boy and his game. He will be on top soon with folks like Rory, Jordan, Rickie, Patrick etc.

  8. Barack

    May 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Skinny white golfer has a rap lyric printed on his club…cool

    • BigZ

      Nov 1, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Ehhh, not so much. Try working the Google machine and find out what his club fitter said after fitting him when he turned pro, given the fact that he was dropping shots wherever he wanted, kind of like he had radar. Feel free to sit back down #ThanksObama

      • davedinkins

        Nov 2, 2015 at 1:07 am

        “tried to pay attention, but attention paid me” is what was stamped on the wedges in the previous photo set. definitely rap lyrics.

    • You're an idiot

      Nov 1, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      It’s one word and you think it’s a rap lyric? Sit down and shut up!

      • davedinkins

        Nov 2, 2015 at 1:09 am

        “tried to pay attention, but attention paid me” is what was stamped on the wedges in the previous photo set. definitely rap lyrics.

    • Some people miss the little things

      Nov 1, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Back in may when Barack posted this, justin did have rap lyrics printed on his wedges.

      • K

        Nov 3, 2015 at 12:49 pm

        True, but either way I see this as racist. Just because he is a skinny white guy doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy rap.

  9. Carlos Danger

    May 19, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Boooooorrrrrinng…no fault of Thomas. Most Titleist WITB are as bland as can be. Mostly because Titleist does not come out with 8 new clubs per year so pretty much every player has whatever the newest 71_ MB/CB irons are and whatever the newest 91_ woods are and then a Scotty Cameron. If your lucky you will see a cool custom Vokey wedges.

    • jgpl001

      May 25, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      915D4 is pretty cool – would love to see a picture

      Is this a tour only prototype?

    • Mark

      Nov 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      waiting to see some guys with the new vokey SM6

  10. MartyMoose

    May 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    He’ll get one this year. Roll Tide!

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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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Bryson DeChambeau’s Winning WITB: The 2018 Northern Trust

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Driver: Cobra King F8+(8 degrees)
Shaft: TPT Golf 14 MKP LT prototype

3-wood: Cobra King LTD Black (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 85 grams 6.5-flex
Length: 43 inches (tipped 2 inches)

5-wood: Cobra King F8+ Baffler (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 85 grams 6.5-flex
Length: 41 inches (tipped 1 inch)

Irons: Cobra King One Length Utility (4 and 5 iron), Cobra King One Length (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7

Wedges: Cobra King V Grind (50 degrees), Cobra King WideLow Grind (55, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7

Putter: SIK tour prototype

Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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