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Padraig Harrington WITB 2016

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Equipment is accurate as of the Portugal Masters (10/23/16).

Driver: TaylorMade AeroBurner TP (9 degrees)
Shaft: Accra TourZx 455 M5

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Concept Series CS 380 M5

Hybrid: Wilson Staff D200 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour ZX

Irons: Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 Utility (4), Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 (5-PW)
Shafts: Accra Tour ZX (4), KBS Tour-V 125TX (6-PW)

Wedges: Wilson Staff FG Tour PMP (52-08, 54-14), Ping Eye2 Gorge (60)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 120X

Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Southside
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1X

WITB Notes: Harrington sometimes uses a TaylorMade SLDR 4 wood and a Wilson Staff C200 5 iron.

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  1. Mark

    Oct 24, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Padraig has an “ugly” bag? He also has 3 majors and was 23 under for 4 rounds. Do I sense some jealousy?

  2. TD

    Oct 23, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    F Yeah! Way to go Padraig!!!

  3. Tom

    Oct 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Calling a bag ugly just because it isn’t filled with the same brand is just dumb and kind of snobby too. I.m proud of my bag it’s based on what was the best driver for me a SLDR as well as the rest of the set Adams fairways, Nike hybrid, Wilson irons, Mizuno wedges and Rife putter all based on testing and what felt good to me. Also a Sun Mountain bag. By the way the irons in the picture are Wilson FG Tour V2s not V6s.

  4. Alex

    Feb 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Proof that a great player properly fitted can play any brand and all the brands.

  5. Teaj

    Feb 29, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I would love to pick his brain and find out why he chose each of the clubs in his bag, Padraig is known to be pretty strategic about what goes in his bag. (two 7 irons, one with square grooves one with v grooves)

    I am going to assume that the v4 4 iron is a club that can be manipulated to hit high or low, where as if he is hitting a 5 iron he wants to hit it high and land soft into a green in order to hold on firm conditions (the C200 is stupid long too) other than that a pretty standard bag that has a different wedge that he has become a custom to.

    • Wah

      Oct 24, 2016 at 1:45 am

      Square grooves are outlawed so what the heck you on about

      • Teaj

        Oct 24, 2016 at 7:02 am

        I guess I should have mentioned he did that in the past.

  6. Mark

    Feb 28, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Really odd combination of clubs. He obviously chooses clubs that do a certain job and isn’t bothered by looks.

  7. Dylan

    Feb 26, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    This is a bag full of everything I hate the most.

  8. Poppa

    Feb 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Did he lose his normal 5 iron?

  9. Emb

    Feb 26, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I’ll say it, ugliest bag on tour. Give him credit for playing well with that set up though

    • Bobby Stevens

      Feb 26, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Beautiful bag. Not sure what’s so bad about it. I’ve seen way worse.

    • Bobby Stevens

      Feb 26, 2016 at 11:23 am

      “Ugly” bags are typically those with 4 to 5 different brands.

      He mainly has two brands.

      You want to see ugly, check out the bag of Matthew Fitzpatrick

      • David

        Feb 27, 2016 at 7:34 am

        Is Wilson (golf) still considered a brand anymore? 😉

        • Lucky_Intervale

          Oct 24, 2016 at 12:06 pm

          If you haven’t played them, don’t dis them… I got rid of my V2’s two years ago, and finally just had to go out and get another set. Best irons I’ve every played (which is not to say “longest” or “most forgiving”)

    • Bobby Stevens

      Feb 26, 2016 at 11:24 am

      And TaylorMade clubs are all ugly, so that says a lot about my comment

    • Cliff

      Feb 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Ugliest goes to PXG

      • Bobby Stevens

        Feb 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm

        Really? I don’t agree. Callaway and tmag make some really ugly stuff

        • Cliff

          Mar 1, 2016 at 8:10 am

          Yes really! Give it a rest with the stupid torx head screws already.

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Tiger Woods’ Winning WITB: 2018 Tour Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty CameronNewport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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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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