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Hideki Matsuyama WITB 2017



Equipment is accurate as of the PGA Championship (8/13/17).

Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 9TX

Hybrid: Honma TW727 UT (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI Hybrid 115X

Irons: Srixon Z965 (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged (52, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade TP Collection Mullen prototype

Golf ball: Srixon Z-Star XV




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  1. David Montgomery

    Feb 6, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    He bombs that driver. I was at the final round of the WMO yesterday and his drive on 18 was WAY past DeLaet and Kim’s drives/

  2. Tom54

    Feb 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Thought he used to use a Srixon driver but I guess not. Whatever he’s using he knows what to do with them. Be surprised if he’s not the next member of the Major club real soon

  3. Bam234569

    Feb 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

    So…. Confusing photo’s. Was he using the z-965 irons or the z-945 irons.

  4. BigBoy

    Feb 6, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Beautiful shaft in that driver.

  5. Dkatko

    Dec 6, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Most of the irons shown in the bag are z 965 not 945. The 8 iron shown with lead tape is a 945 however.

    • Tom

      Feb 5, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      or 965 pro series proto

    • Bam234569

      Feb 6, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Right , but the 3rd photo in there is an 8 iron that is not a Z-745
      Then later on there is an 8 iron that is a z-745. That’s why I am confused

  6. Joe Burnett

    Dec 4, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    This guy can play. I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps this up and wins a major or two in 2017.

  7. lastr002

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Anyone else love the loads of lead on the back of his irons? Thats my kind of guy. lol.

  8. Rossot

    Dec 4, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Hmmm… Interesting how his woods are so heavy and stiff yet he uses S400 on his irons?

    • Sloop

      Dec 4, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      S400 are heavier than X100.

      • Rossot

        Dec 5, 2016 at 12:45 am

        By 2 grams! Like the wight of a penny…But never the less not as stiff as the X100!

        • Rj

          Dec 5, 2016 at 3:22 am

          How do you know they’re not hard stepped or tipped a little?

        • Scott

          Dec 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm

          Another possibility. With his pause at the top of his back swing, he may be loading the club differently and therefore does not need the extra stiff shaft.

    • Jim

      Dec 5, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Very common….Wanting to ‘go after it more’ with woods. 3wd shaft a little heavier & stiffer tip than driver also very common result with our custom fittings & builds…

      • Rj

        Dec 6, 2016 at 3:13 am

        Especially with such a soft, forgiving 3W head

  9. G

    Dec 3, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Psycho with the 3W. Yet another one

    • Rj

      Dec 6, 2016 at 3:14 am

      I don’t think he liked this 3W that much, so expect to see yet another different one again

  10. Kenny

    Oct 31, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Quite the mix of OEM”s in that bag. No club deal?

    • Rimjob

      Oct 31, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Obviously he’s got a Srixon deal.
      But he’s known to be quite a tinkerer when it comes to woods. And now we know why.

    • MT

      Dec 3, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      good to see a champ that really chose his clubs to make his game the best instead of selling himself to one of the brands.

      • Sloop

        Dec 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm

        This guy gets paid. He’s the #1 golfer in golf insane Japan. The telecasts here follow his rounds like Woods or Spieth or Fowler. They show in round replays of his highlights every tournament on Golf Channel. He’s got plenty of endorsements like Lexus too.

        I heard that after Lefty, Ryo Ishikawa is the top paid Callaway staffer, too. And what has he done in the last ten years?

      • Jack Nash

        Dec 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

        And not having a Company guy carry his bag.

  11. Carlos Danger

    Oct 31, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Wow…those are “real man” shafts in Driver/3w

  12. Joe

    Oct 31, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I think it makes his swing interesting. I like watching him swing because it’s totally weird and unorthodox.

    BTW, why are you talking? Have you ever won a Tour event???

  13. Sloop

    Oct 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Hottest golfer in the world right now.

    Win in Japan
    2nd last week
    Win this week.

    Always said if this guy learns how to putt he’d be one of the best in the world. Might be witnessing that.

  14. Rimjob

    Oct 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    You would know, Smiz…. you’re stupid

  15. Golfbuddy

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Another example of a tour pro comfortable with some older equipment vs. the “latest and the greatest”.

    • Jack

      Oct 31, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Well they were pro’s a few years ago and still pro’s now. Clubs don’t really matter that much no matter to what golfer, as long as they fit and are spec’ed correctly.

  16. Mark

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Awesome Ping Anser 2 imitation.

    • daniel

      Oct 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

      With about 500 dollars in added softer material, and much better neck…………not an imitation, an upgrade.

      • Joe

        Oct 31, 2016 at 11:50 am

        No. Same material, more or less.

        And “much better neck”?? lmao

      • Bert

        Dec 5, 2016 at 7:59 am

        The Nickel Anser 2 has softer material. I’ve played it for 30+ years and am always looking for another at golf shops. The stainless version is no comparison.

        • Bert

          Feb 7, 2017 at 6:15 pm

          Yes, Been playing the Nickel Anser 2 for years, no comparison to the stainless version. Hard to find!

    • Joe

      Oct 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Haha. Pretty much. I just got one (Ping Anser 2 stainless) out of Goodwill last week for $2.99. No lie.

      • The dude

        Dec 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm

        They got sticks at goodwill??

        • Branson Reynolds

          Feb 6, 2017 at 8:57 am

          There’s always a stash of generics and old ass clubs at goodwill. Every once in a while you find a gem. I got a premium Cobra cart bag that was barely used for $10 one time.

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Tiger Woods WITB: 2018 Tour Championship



Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White Board 73TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White Board 83TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White Board 83TX

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


Photo via Bridgestone Golf

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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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