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Matt Kuchar WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the Open Championship (7/8/17).

Driver: Bridgestone J715 B5 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Blue 60S

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757X

Hybrids: Ping Anser (17 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z

Driving Iron: Fourteen Golf Tour Issue Driving Iron (4 iron)
Shaft: AeroTech SteelFiber i95

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)
Shaft: AeroTech SteelFiber i95

Gap Wedge: Bridgestone J40 (52 degrees)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber i110CW

Lob Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX (58-12), Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (64-10)
Shafts: KBS 610 Wedge 120S

Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 Arm Lock
Length, Loft, Lie: 41 inches, 5 degrees, 71 degrees
Head Weight: 400 grams

Golf Ball: Bridgestone B330S

WITB Notes: Kuchar also sometimes uses a Ping Anser hybrid (20 degrees) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.8X HB Tour Spec shaft. 

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  1. Tommy

    Nov 2, 2017 at 12:27 am

    This is the coolest “pro” bag on Tour. Nobody, not even DeChambeau, has a more well-considered bag of tools. He’s good with every one of them and it’s why he’s always there on Sunday.

  2. Tom54

    Jul 24, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I’m a Kuchar fan but come on Matt, opt for some newer clubs for petes sakes!! I’ve seen better looking clubs out at the curb for trash pick up.

  3. DaveT

    Jul 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Set makeup is probably the most important equipment decision. The better you know your game, the better you can pinpoint the clubs you need. If that results in a “mixed bag” of vendors, then so be it. More power to him!

    BTW, I’m biased; Kuchar’s inclination is much like my own. I have seven different brands of club in my bag. And I was using an up-the-forearm putter in 2002. Now if I can only find a game like his. 🙂

    • Wahoo

      Jul 25, 2017 at 3:20 am

      Shame Kuch still can’t make putts like Jordan, even with his silly arm lock contraption

  4. Travis

    Jul 24, 2017 at 10:21 am

    7 different manufacturing companies, not 6 like some article title said:

    Bridgestone (1)
    Titleist (2)
    Ping (3)
    Fourteen (4)
    Cleveland (5)
    Callaway (6)
    Bettinardi (7)

    The inaccuracies and errors that pop up on this site are just pure laziness…

  5. Me

    Jul 24, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Also interesting is he uses “stiff and X-stiff” in some clubs. Also how many pros use essentially graphite shafts in 95 gram. Obviously is works, more power to him. He should feel fine about himself, how the hell do you beat those last 4 holes by Spieth. Kooch won over a lot fans, at times I think the local crowd wanted him to win that Jordan.

    • joro

      Jul 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      The FiberSteel 95 S is a great shaft for any player. Whether you are a Sr. or a Tour Player is works great. You should try it. I as a Sr. have played the I70 and the I95, and like the 95 better.

  6. Matt

    Jul 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Great WITB and good guy – hope he can hoist up a major trophy soon.

  7. Ude

    Jul 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Rusty irons and a 64* lob wedge! Poor guy.
    He needs a new set of winning Titleist clubs.

  8. J Witness

    Jul 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Good job on coming up short on almost every green today

    • H

      Jul 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Yeah you’re right, I also noticed that he didn’t hit his approaches very well. Isn’t very good advertising for Bridgestone balls, clubs, nor for them silly Steelfibers

      • 1badbadger

        Jul 24, 2017 at 7:12 am

        Yeah, coming in 2nd place in a major really makes those products look bad, doesn’t it?

      • LD

        Jul 24, 2017 at 9:34 am

        I noticed a lot of guys with Callaway and TaylorMade clubs didn’t even make the cut. Not very good advertising for their clubs.

        • Er

          Jul 24, 2017 at 11:23 am

          I love all your sarcasms, sarcasm is what sells clubs

          • LD

            Jul 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm

            Not sarcasm. A counter-point to H’s ridiculous assertion. Also, I really don’t care whether or not your favorite OEM is able to sell clubs.

      • joe

        Feb 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm

        A consistent touring pro, not a one-hit wonder and gone type of guy is bad advertisement? Hmmm….

  9. chip

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Interesting to see how much of a mixed bag one of the best players in the world has. His clubs look even worse than mine, and for this I respect him even more. Kooch!

  10. Beef

    Mar 10, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Looks like his clubs have been left out in the garage over winter

    • joro

      Jul 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      You are a dream come true for the Marketeers of the new pretty stuff. Good players play with what works, how about you? Just kidding , but it is true.

  11. Mark

    Mar 10, 2017 at 2:48 am

    If it works it goes in the bag.

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Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
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5 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
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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

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Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80TX

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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.
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  • 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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