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Hideki Matsuyama WITB 2016



Equipment is accurate as of the Tour Championship (9/25/16).

Driver: Srixon ZR-30 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 9TX

Hybrid: Honma TW727 (19 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Irons: Callaway Apex (3-iron), Srixon Z945 (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX CB (48-8 2-Dot, 52-10 2-Dot), Cleveland 588 CG 16 (56-12, 60-10)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Golf ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

WITB Notes: We photographed Matsuyama with more than 14 clubs in the bag at The Players Championship. He appears to be testing multiple Callaway Apex 3-irons, Cleveland wedges, and a number of driver-shaft combinations.


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  1. Nolanski

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I just put my old RBZ2 3w back in my bag. Should have never thought I could do better. Fairway woods are funny clubs.

  2. Skip

    Aug 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Maybe it’s me, but that photo of the 3 wood doesn’t look like RBZ.

  3. erlybrd

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Sweet Z945 irons with traditional sole. Not those V soles retail ones have.

    • Piff

      Feb 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      That is such a joke. Why do we have to buy the one with the V sole? I want the flat sole too

  4. Ian

    Feb 8, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Big 5

  5. Chuck

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:09 am

    I wonder who has the oldest-production driver head on tour? When was Matsuyama’s driver made? 2009?

    • 2Short

      Feb 8, 2016 at 3:35 am

      Actually a 2008 release club. Love it and the fact that he’s still bagging a RBZ Stage 2 3 wood that he smoked on 17 two times. Great young player that should be congratulated for winning and not for being there when Rickie lost.

  6. Progolfer

    Feb 7, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I’m so happy he won!!!!!!! I can’t stand Rickie!!! What a fantastic day, neither of the flashy guys won today– Rickie nor Cam Newton!!!!

    • pfffff

      Feb 8, 2016 at 2:17 am


    • Mikec

      Feb 8, 2016 at 8:43 am

      What can’t you stand?? He is one of the nicest guys going on tour!!
      Now, Bubba Watson, Pompous, Pouty, JERK!!

      • Doc

        Feb 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm

        I’ve met the majority of the stars on tour Mikec, and they are nothing like you imagine from watching them on TV. Most of these guys are normal people and aren’t celebs Mon-Wed. Bubba is probably one of the nicer guys on tour, seriously. Pouty, Pompous? LOL you are an imbecile for casting judgement on someone who’s never even spoke to you.

    • DatSliceDoe

      Feb 8, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Flashy guys? Did you see what colors Hideki had on?

      • PG

        Feb 8, 2016 at 6:32 pm

        Yes. He was wearing normal white trousers, as opposed to the tubed girly-pants that Rickie was wearing

  7. Bobby

    Feb 7, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Sweet bag. Love it. Nice mix of brands.

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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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Bryson DeChambeau’s Winning WITB: The 2018 Northern Trust



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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