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Jason Day WITB 2016



Equipment is accurate as of the PGA Championship (7/31/16).

Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (10.5 degrees, adjusted to 9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage S TiNi 70X (tipped 1 inch)

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M2 HL (16.5 degrees, bent to 14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage S TiNi 80X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Irons: TaylorMade RSi (2), TaylorMade RSi TP (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7

Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF (47 Tour Grind, 52 ATV and 60 ATV)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider Limited Red

Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X (No. 87)

Shoes: Adidas Tour 360 Boost Boa

WITB Notes: Day switches between a TaylorMade UDI 1 iron, a UDI 2 iron, an RSi 2-iron and an RSi TP 3-iron depending on course conditions. His 52-degree wedge is bent to 54 degrees. 




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  1. David

    May 18, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Where’s the 2 Iron that Day used all 4 days of the Players?


  3. Terryd

    May 16, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Why would he carry a pw and 47 degree wedge. That must be a mistake.

  4. John

    May 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    That putter he was using . . . not a fan.

    • Matto

      May 15, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      He’s a fan of it.

      • Jack Nash

        May 16, 2016 at 11:02 am

        He’s a fan of it now but the last time he had it in the bag you could tell he wasn’t.

    • tony

      May 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      $1.89 Mill says he’s a fan.

  5. Matto

    May 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Fantastic win at the Players. I think the AeroBurner fairway may have to go back in the bag though.

  6. Tony

    May 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Anyone who understands golf clubs knows that you cannot bend a 3 wood to 14.5 degrees. When you weld the sole to the cup face you set the only angle possible. Let’s go back to geometry class and quit making golf something it is not. Math, and Physics make these clubs work not the name on the bottom. But that does not sell does it? A oops sorry to all you golf companies that your parent companies are trying to dump.

    And play with 8 clubs you will score better. 4, 6 8 PW and choke down!

    • Adrian

      May 16, 2016 at 7:15 am

      You can bend woods, fairway woods, and hybrids if they have the right hosel on them. It is a delicate operation but it can be done. Day wants an open face angle on the club to reduce it draw tendencies and that is one way to accomplish it. By having the club opened up a degree or two it is also delofts it. Face angle adjustments always change loft though lie angle can be done without affecting loft.

      • Mike

        May 16, 2016 at 8:57 pm

        OR.. you could just buy the M1 fairway wood and open the face using the adjustable tip, as designed. That’s what Dustin Johnson did. His 17 degree HL is opened to 15 degrees loft at 4 degrees open-faced. I tried this myself and it works great. It makes it much easier to take the left side out of play.

  7. Tom

    May 15, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Well this will increase the value for acquisition of TaylorMade……lol

    • Michael

      May 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Yea I would think having the clear cut number 1 in your stable wouldn’t hurt!

  8. Chuck D

    Mar 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Am I seeing two different putters? I see flat weight ports in one, and the round ports in the other. He’s using the putter with the round ones, correct?

  9. betheballdanny

    Mar 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Interesting to see the wear pattern on the flange/toe corner on the putter.

  10. bp

    Mar 28, 2016 at 3:22 am

    You forgot to list the Cortisone shot

    • Jack Nash

      Mar 28, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      At least it wasn’t a roid shot, which we know for years wasn’t tested for. That’s why certain players had joint problems. Specially the knees.

      • JD

        Mar 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

        Cortisone is a steroid and can cause as many if not more problems in athletes. When you take away pain it gives you a sense that body part isn’t injured and potentially not heal properly. More and more athletes are moving to PRP injections.

  11. Rwj

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    We need to get the pga tour player m.o. to catch on off the course. When we close a business deal, we need our wives and children to come celebrate with us.

  12. Joew2328

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Had no idea you could bend a 3w 2* strong! Crazy.

    • Keith McCaslin

      Mar 26, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Doesn’t make much sense. Just play the 3 not the 3HL, less loft

      • Zak Kozuchowski

        Mar 26, 2016 at 10:50 am

        He likes having an open face angle, so both his driver and fairway wood are delofted 2 degrees.

      • Nolanski

        Mar 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

        He doesn’t want to hook it.

  13. Lowell

    Mar 21, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Nice win. Play till the hole is in the cup. Most would have probably chalked it up as a loss but a seasoned winner grinds till the be. That’s why I am watching him and not the other way around. Great job Jason.

    • Connor Miele

      Mar 27, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      This was very confusing to read.

      • Tom

        May 15, 2016 at 6:55 pm

        Me too. It’s an example of why we shouldn’t text on a phone while flying through turbulence.

  14. Andy

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:54 am

    The weight settings on that driver are as neutral as it can be.

  15. tony

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:15 am

    what’s way more interesting is the fact the SW is labeled E3 on what I assume to be the driver. That must feel like a baseball bat.

  16. dapadre

    Mar 21, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Interesting he chooses to play the HL (max/game improvement) 3 wood instead of the TP.

    • Billy Madison

      Mar 21, 2016 at 9:09 am

      HL just means High Launch, it has nothing to do with being Max/Game Improvement. And by the way, “TP” is just a designator for an aftermarket shaft.

      • tony

        Mar 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

        incorrect re the tp shaft. tp here in JD’s fairway is an indicator for a tour preferred head shape (smaller, shallower profile, more open face angle, etc). tp can also have to do with the shaft but he is using a TP head design which is different than the non-TP fairway head

        • mhendon

          May 16, 2016 at 10:44 am

          That’s definitely not a retail m2 head. Are they making a TP M2 head and is it available to the public?

    • tony

      Mar 21, 2016 at 9:10 am

      it is a TP head.

      • dapadre

        Mar 22, 2016 at 7:30 am

        Yes you are correct, I stupidly assumed the HL meant also non TP ( though i saw TP, thought it was a typo).

  17. Matto

    Mar 20, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    One of the great bunker shots on 18 under that much pressure for the up & down. Well done JDay. Grinding win.

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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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