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Rory McIlroy WITB 2016

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Equipment is accurate as of the Ryder Cup (10/2/16).

Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (9.5 degrees, neutral setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ 70X

Fairway Woods: Nike Vapor Speed (15 and 19 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)

Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-9)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 7.0

Wedges: Nike Engage (47, 56 and 59 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5

Putter: Scotty Cameron M1 Prototype

Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum

WITB Notes: McIlroy alternates between a Nike Vapor Fly Pro 2 iron and a 5 wood (listed above).

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  2. Brando

    Sep 25, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Just goes to show the FedEx Cup system is flawed. It really should go to the best and consistent player for the entire season, not to the player who’s hot for a few weeks. I’m a massive Rory fan but DJ got shafted

    • matt

      Sep 26, 2016 at 9:31 am

      How it that playoffs then? New england won 15 straight games but lost to NYG in superbowl, should they give the trophy to New England because they were the most consistent?

      • Juice

        Sep 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

        They actually won 18 straight (16-0 regular season and two straight in the playoffs) before Eli and the Giants shut them down. But good point!

  3. DrRob1963

    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I don’t think the clubs matter that much! Rory is just outstanding when he gets going – he started the final round 6 behind, in a field of this year’s top 100 USPGA players, and he gave them no chance – they got STEAMROLLED. McIlroy just ran over the top of them! Why? Casey had Nikes, Chappell had Nikes, Finau had Nikes, Koepka had Nikes, others had their perfectly matched golfing tools – but that was not the essential ingredient for a win – “Rory” was the ingredient that counted! Class matters, you cannot buy that, and you can’t manufacture it either. Go, Rors!

    • KK

      Sep 25, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Rory is pretty mediocre, if not fairly below average, when it comes to class. Look up his comment on growing the game and the way he treats his fiances and agents.

      • Jj

        Sep 26, 2016 at 10:06 am

        How many times have u won the open championship? Or anything for that matter?

        • KK

          Sep 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm

          You mad at me or at reality, bro? I win more than I lose against my golf buds and date beautiful women. My life is okay.

  4. prime21

    Sep 6, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I do work for Track man and I have several PGA, USJGA, & LPGA clients. Now run along. (tail between their girly legs). #youfail!

  5. Anonymous

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:35 am

    now that he is no longer on Nike I can assure you he has been using a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XT driver shaft painted like a Blueboard “because thats what they sell in the stores”

  6. KK

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Rory switched to a Scotty and ate the field today. If he switches to a TM driver and Pro V1x ball, everyone should just go home.

    • Tom

      Sep 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Thats what they said about D J.

    • Dj

      Sep 5, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      His ball is superior to prov1x and he knows it. Has said as much

      • Matto

        Sep 6, 2016 at 4:05 am

        Yep, he can use any ball he wants. He actually requested Nike keep at least 3+ years of balls aside for him after manufacturing shuts down.
        But I agree about the clubs though. I think it’s an exciting time for one of the worlds best to have free reign on any clubs he chooses.

    • Jack Nash

      Sep 6, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Actually it was most likely the “Putting Coach” change that benefited him more.

      • DeadFish

        Sep 6, 2016 at 3:31 pm

        No dude, it is totally the clubs. Don’t you know it is always the arrow not the Indian….

        • KK

          Sep 6, 2016 at 10:09 pm

          You absolutely destroyed that straw man. Way to go.

    • Ezra

      Sep 6, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Jeez, so you actually think it’s the brand of a putter that makes him win? What a perfect little consumer you are 😉

  7. T

    May 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Nike none u drunk? Between his clubs and ball he’s crushing everyone in distance! Take your Taylormade clubs and go play a par 3!

  8. steve

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

    That putter would so much nicer without the blue, with the blue it looks toy like

  9. Alex

    Feb 18, 2016 at 3:49 am

    You think it’s the clubs? These kids can rip it with a hockey stick. This is sheer couch golfer talk.

    • KK

      Sep 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Yeah, must be a coincidence that his putting flipped 180 and was so solid after switching to a Scotty. Must be.

      • Dj

        Sep 5, 2016 at 10:24 pm

        How’d he do last week in putting? Dead last? Oh yeah. Probably nothing to do with his stroke!

      • Jack

        Sep 6, 2016 at 3:25 am

        Could it be that he also signed up with a new golf coach? Putters matter (I’ve tried them and proved them on a monitor), but it’s more the design or weighting of the putter and not the brand.

      • Jim

        Sep 30, 2016 at 5:48 pm

        Puleeeez. The style & face balance change maybe. Brand? Not a chance. SC’s over priced knock offs of everyone elses age old designs.

        finishes are just nicer…. amazing how everyone loves to trash Miura, Epon, Honma & PXG for being overpriced but kiss SC’s butt just for making Ping designs prettier

  10. Bibby@aol.clm

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Huge Rory fan. Can’t say I was at first, but he’s really matured and he’s grown on me.

    • Jj

      Sep 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

      I’m sure he can sleep better at night knowing u like him

  11. Jafar

    Feb 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Rory no like new Vapor blades? Weren’t they designed for him instead of Tiger this go around?

  12. Nike no smart

    Feb 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    This is why nobody buys Nike retail irons. Nike are dumb.

    • Bibby@aol.clm

      Feb 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Coming from the guy who plays TaylorMade. LOL

  13. Adam Landis

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Nike Fly Pro driver

  14. gvogel

    Feb 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Bet he wishes that he had the energy transfer out of his Vapor Fly that Rickie is getting out of his King Ltd.

    Just saying.

    • west

      Feb 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      How do you figure?

    • prime21

      Feb 17, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Just continuing to say……..nothing but nonsense. The statistics provided by the PGA Tour in 2016 would beg to differ with your assessment. With a club head speed of 121.1 mph, Rory’s driving distance measures 311.5. Rickie’s club head speed of 118.15 is giving him a measured distance of 298.1. Being that every 1 mph of club head speed equates roughly to 3 yards of distance, bumping Rickie up to Rory’s speed (+3 mph) would add 9 yards to his distance total, giving him a grand total of 307.1. Although still impressive, it falls 4.4 short of Rory’s Vapor Fly, which tells us all that the “energy transfer” Rory is receiving from his Nike equipment is superior to anything that the King Ltd. has to offer. Just as the Vapor Pro out performed Rickie’s driver throughout the 5 & 4 thumping Rory handed him during the 2014 Ryder Cup, the Vapor Fly Pro continues this fine tradition in 2016.
      Prior to your next post, you should try to get a better handle on the statistical evidence you sorely lack. Just saying.

      • Fahgdat

        Feb 18, 2016 at 12:22 pm

        It could just be the ball

      • Long Drive Pro

        Feb 22, 2016 at 6:33 am

        Cannot directly compare clubhead speed differences and use that for direct yardage difference. Angle of attack, smash factor, the holes measured for the yardage measurements, etc

        • prime21

          Sep 5, 2016 at 3:13 pm

          You can, which is the very definition of Smash Factor. Good try though.

          • Bomber_11

            Sep 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm

            Well said prime21!

          • Jack

            Sep 6, 2016 at 5:47 am

            Smash factor only involves two measurements, club head speed and ball speed.
            http://blog.trackmangolf.com/smash-factor/

            You’re using clubhead and distance. It’s a decent approximation though since we don’t know the ballspeed . FWIW, I think Nike clubs are perfectly fine. People just didn’t like their design that’s all. Nike tried to be different, when most golfers were going for classic looks. Same reason why Cobra even when they tried to go younger (and look worse IMO) still has a tiny marketshare.

      • Justin

        Mar 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        You forgot about spin! I can have the same swing speed with 2 different drivers setup completely different, and the results can be 40 yards apart. One club can be setup “like” another but it’s still not apples to apples. Everyone has a different angle of attack and the ball speed generated is what’s really important, not the club head speed.

        • prime21

          Sep 5, 2016 at 3:16 pm

          The ball speed compared to the swing speed is the definition of energy transfer. If you are getting more ball speed with similar swing speeds then that is all that matters. If the spin rate is too high, one would not get higher ball speeds, thus their smash factor would be limited. Your comment almost made sense, keep trying.

          • mcuba

            Sep 6, 2016 at 10:42 am

            Good God, get over yourself Prime.

          • CharlieH

            Sep 6, 2016 at 3:46 pm

            Hey prime21 how come you don’t have anything better to do than trying to sound smart in order to feel superior? If you really were that good you would actually be working with a track man and some pga tour player!

            • prime21

              Sep 6, 2016 at 11:15 pm

              I do work for Track man and I have several PGA, USJGA, & LPGA clients. Now run along. (tail between their girly legs). #youfail!

              • DriveforDough

                Sep 7, 2016 at 7:16 am

                I am a professional Long driver prime. I know more about driving than you would if you hooked trackman up to an IV and used it as a drip you muppet

          • Clay

            Sep 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm

            Wow this is nonsense. If the spin rate is too high one would not get higher ball speeds? You have no clue how any of this works do you? Ball speed/club speed = smash. Google spin loft, look at some track man data, and maybe you will figure out how these numbers relate to distance.

            FYI Rory launches 2.5* higher and has a spin rate 400 rpm lower. That can easily account for the 4 yards you are looking for while their smash factor is equal. Do the reading and you will understand how this can be despite your statement to the contrary. I play a vapor fly pro, but any driver from a major oem is capable of Max legal energy xfer.

      • Jim

        Sep 30, 2016 at 5:51 pm

        He’s hitting ‘more better’. Better smash factor – path/face & angles….

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Patton Kizzire’s Winning WITB: 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii

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Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue TX-Flex

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-Flex

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4 iron), Titleist 718 CB (5 and 6 iron), Titleist 718 MB (7-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Sm7 (48, 52 and 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Dustin Johnson’s Winning WITB: 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions

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Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec X-Flex

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (HL, 16.5 degrees)
Shaft:Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 (95X)

Irons: TaylorMade P-790, TaylorMade P-730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 60 degrees), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Black 130X

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black (with “T-line” on the crown)

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Why Dustin Johnson has a 64-degree TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge in his bag

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A 64-degree wedge, DJ?! But why…

To answer this question, and others about his equipment changes heading into 2018, I recently spoke with Dustin Johnson and his fitter, Keith Sbarbaro (VP of Tour Operations at TaylorMade). Since DJ currently has some unreleased TaylorMade drivers and woods in the bag, we discussed his long-awaited official switch from his Tour Preferred MB 2014 irons into the new P-730 DJ Proto irons, his decision to put in a P-790 3 iron, and his new 64-degree TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge — a club he plans to use throughout 2018. I also asked if he has any plans to switch out his Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 shaft in the near future.

See what Dustin and his fitter had to say about each of the changes below. Also, if you’re interested in hearing more from DJ, tune into our 19th hole podcast this week where he makes a guest appearance (or listen to the embed below).

The driver shaft

DJ says: “I don’t change driver shafts. I’ve had this shaft since I came out on Tour basically. I just like it.”

Keith says: “We mess around sometimes, but there’s just nothing better for him. And if it’s not broke… So when we do driver testing, we basically just have one variable to deal with.”

P-790 3 iron

DJ says: “I’m probably gonna go 4 thru pitching wedge [this year], then have a P-790 3 iron in the bag too. I got four wedges in the bag now, so I gotta get rid of either the [P-730] 3-iron or the 5 wood.”

Keith says: “He hits the P-790 3-iron about 260 yards, so it fills that yardage gap of his 5 wood.”

P-730 irons

DJ says: “I just got these blades in; they’re prototypes that are more like my Tour Preferreds. [The original DJ protos] were actually raw, but I waited for them to plate it. I’ve always played a chrome iron, and I prefer to look at that. But yea, these are gonna be in the bag (for 2018).”

Keith says: “The original [DJ protos] were milled and raw, and he was spinning them too much. With the chrome plating, he likes em way better.”

64 degree Hi-Toe TaylorMade wedge

DJ says: “I put this 64-degree wedge in play, and the 60-degree Hi-Toe too. I really like them. I just have a different face and grind than the normal ones. I like the more raw finish and can get more spin. The soles sit a bit closer to the ground… I’ve always had to manipulate my technique in the bunker, so the extra loft [on the 64-degree wedge] helps.”

Keith says: “The 64-degree helps because he’s a shut-face player. He’s had to manipulate his wrist to open the face [in the past]. Now, he can use a natural backswing… Rose was liking the 62-degree [Hi-Toe wedge] and was able to spin it so we kinda copied it for Dustin. He was hitting it from 50 yards and spinning it back 10 feet. I compare the Hi-Toe wedge to the Spider putter; it’s the one putter that everyone loved and it’s one of our best putters. This wedge reminds me of the Spider putters in that way. I think it’s the high CG. We could never get [the launch] low with spin because the ball would always shoot up the face. Now it doesn’t. I think it’s the high CG… [the face of his wedge] is more blasted.”

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