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Rory McIlroy WITB (Early 2017)

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Equipment is accurate as of The Masters (4/4/17). 

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70XTS

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 Tour (13.5 and 18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Blue 90TX (13.5), Fujikura Pro P95X (18)

Irons: Callaway Apex MB Prototype (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 7.0

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (46-08 F Grind, 54-10 S Grind and 60-08 M Grind)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5

Putter: Odyssey prototype with Microhinge Insert

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2017)

WITB Notes: McIlroy sometimes uses a 3-iron instead of a 5 wood. His Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero driver is set to -1N (8.5 degrees, neutral). His 3 wood is set to +1N (14.5 degrees, neutral). His 46-degree wedge is bent to 47 degrees. His 54-degree wedge has 8 degrees of bounce. His 60-degree wedge is bent to 59 degrees; it also has a custom Vokey “V Grind.”

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  1. Travis

    Mar 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    That is the most obnoxious way to post a comment I have ever seen…

  2. Stuart Macaulay

    Mar 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Is that only 13 clubs??

    • Travis

      Mar 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      He’s put a 3-iron into the bag per the photos.

  3. David Montgomery

    Mar 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    That driver has to have dynamite in it. He keeps bombing further and further . . . . Good for him!

  4. golfstarclient

    Jan 24, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Seems like a lot of tour pros are coming back home to Vokeys. Their grind offerings seem to make the most sense to me. RAW (no) finish to boot!

  5. Timbleking

    Jan 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Nice classical WITB in there. Like it.

  6. Chris Fix

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

    That looks like a tini silver shaft and NOT the XT.

    • Andrew

      Jan 14, 2017 at 9:32 am

      That’s the XTS, the tour prototype for the XT. It has the same graphics as the silver.

  7. birdy

    Oct 29, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Says 2W on the bottom of his driver,
    Is that for tour players only

  8. Mark

    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    The blades are gorgeous but why is he persisting with those awful wedges? Never seen one in a bag all season where I play.

    • Mat

      Oct 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      He seems to get on alright with them.

      • Joseph

        Nov 13, 2016 at 7:59 pm

        He surely does have more than 10 million reasons just in October 2016 to like his wedges. Personally, I really like them although I make no comparison between my game and Rory’s.

    • booya cornflakes

      Jan 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      You haven’t seen a vokey wedge in a bag where you play? You’re not looking very hard then.

      • Travis

        Jan 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

        @Booya Cornflakes The comment was posted in October. He was referring to when Rory was using the Nike wedges.

    • KK

      Jan 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Perhaps where you play is full of hacks? You probably fit right in, though.

    • ...........

      Mar 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Maybe the hackers at your course no something Rory doesnt….. 🙂

  9. Uhit

    Oct 28, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    If the M2 driver is set to “lower”, it should reduce the loft approx. 2 degree – according to TaylorMade…
    …thus he seems to play this driver with approx. 7.5 degree…

    • Kevin

      Oct 29, 2016 at 4:48 am

      They have different cogs on tour

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Oct 29, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Tour Players generally use the 3-degree loft sleeves, not the 4-degree loft sleeves.

      • Uhit

        Oct 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm

        For what reason?
        Is there an advantage in comparison to the 4-degree loft sleeve?

        • OF

          Oct 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

          I would assume that they have access to any of the 2-, 3- and 4-degree sleeves. It just depends what kind of specs they’re looking to get. No advantage per se, just different.

        • william elliott

          Nov 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

          goes up to 11

  10. Tinkererererer

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Too soon to be calling it THE bag for 2017, innit? He may yet tinker and change a few things in the next couple months

  11. Nolan Person

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Why did they not regrip his driver after setting it to the “lower” setting on the hosel adjustment?

    • OF

      Oct 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Good question. I hope that’s not his usual ribbed version of the NDMC.

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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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