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Rickie Fowler WITB 2016

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Equipment is accurate as of the WGC-HSBC Champions (11/1/16).

Driver: Cobra King LTD (9 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Speed Rulz Type C 70X (44.5 inches)

3 Wood: Cobra Fly-Z+ (13 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 75TX (Orange)

5 Wood: Cobra F6 Baffler (18.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 75TX
Note: Course-dependent club (see WITB notes)

Utility: Cobra King Utility (19.7 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik hm2 (X-Flex, 39 inches)
Specs: Lie angle 60.5 degrees, Swing weight D2
Note: Course-dependent club (see WITB notes)

Irons: Cobra King Forged MB (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+
Specs: Shafts are 0.5 inches short of Cobra’s standard length

Wedges: Cobra Tour Trusty Rusty (51-08, 57-12, 62-08)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Specs: Shafts are 0.5 inches short of Cobra’s standard length

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1X

WITB Notes: Fowler switches between a 3 iron and 5 wood, depending on course setup. His driver is set to the 10 degree draw setting, and has a measured loft of 9 degrees. Tungsten plugs are also added to his irons and wedges. Read why here

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  1. G

    May 9, 2016 at 2:33 am

    omg what a d.a you are

  2. Michal

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

    1. He has 4 wedges 47*, 52*, 57*, 62*
    2. The ball he use is ProV it’s a ball between ProV1 and ProV1x, high compression and low spin

  3. KK

    Feb 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Rickie is arguably the best player in the last few years not to win a major, works hard, helps grow the game, plays fast and doesn’t get in trouble. The young man deserves congratulations.

  4. Mark

    Feb 7, 2016 at 4:29 am

    You missed out the mirror so he can admire himself at every opportunity. A bigger poseur than Poulter.

    • Jay

      Feb 7, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      WOW – haven’t heard that since the early 90’s – you still play persimmon??

  5. Chuck D

    Feb 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    And those wedge lofts and bounces are a little wacky from what’s shown in pictures.

  6. josh

    Feb 5, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    You have all the lengths except the fairway woods. How long does he play the 3 and 5 woods?

    • Playoffbeard

      May 8, 2016 at 6:22 am

      5W is 41.5″ not sure about the 3W most likely 42.5″ and he tends to choke down on most shots.

  7. Chuck D

    Jan 25, 2016 at 2:02 am

    This young man has the goods! His temperament is like no other. Not only is he a great competitor, but he’s also a solid sportsman acknowledging his opponents efforts. I’d like to think a major is on
    the horizon for Mr. Fowler. Good on ya!

  8. Joe

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I had a personal Tungsten plug installed (I can’t divulge where), it has definitely helped.

  9. Mark

    Jan 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Some very confident play from Flower. Showed a very surly and miserable Spieth how to play a different style of course.

  10. TWShoot67

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Congrats to Rickie Fowler on a huge win in a big time event. That bounce back eagle after making double and that chip in on 17 bowser! Heck of a short game boyyyyyyyy!

    • Eric

      Jan 24, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Yes sir. He’s the real deal. I see him winning a major this year.

      • john

        Jan 24, 2016 at 5:52 pm

        he was great under pressure, chipping just after the huge cheer for rory’s eagle just showed rickie’s class – i agree, i can see him winning a major this year

  11. Michal

    Jan 24, 2016 at 11:52 am

    He was playing with PtoV1 not ProV1x you can see on some close videos the black number on the ball not red.

  12. M-Herd4

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Awesome! Congrats to Rickie! My wife and I both play COBRA’s. Best clubs in golf!!

  13. Travis

    Oct 29, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I’ve recently put these into play…amazing

  14. Ian

    Oct 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Tungsten plug everything, plug my irons, woods, putter, I’m even gonna plug my bag.

  15. Teaj

    Oct 26, 2015 at 8:17 am

    is it the lighting of them being outside or do his look less black (irons) also it would be interesting to know if he did the same with these clubs as he did with his last making them 1/2″ short? I would assume he would stay with this setup as he won the players with it.

    • Mikec

      Jan 24, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Yes -1/2″, why he plugs them w tungsten vs gobs of lead tape

    • Philip

      Feb 7, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Since the King’s are 1/4 longer than his prior clubs, which were 1/2 shorter than Cobra standard lengths, I’m thinking these ones are likely 3/4″ shorter for the irons and 1/2″ for the wedges.

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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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