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Si Woo Kim WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of The Players Championship (5/14/17).

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Blue 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver Dual Core TiNi 80TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Speed Rulz Type-C 80TX

Driving Iron: TaylorMade RSi UDI (2-iron)
Shaft: KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 105 S+

Irons: TaylorMade P-770 (3 and 4 iron), TaylorMade P-750 Tour Proto (5-9 iron)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 125

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (48-08 F-Grind, 54-08 M-Grind and 59 J Grind)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 120

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M
Grip: SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

WITB Notes: We photographed Kim with 15 clubs in his bag during a practice round at the 2017 Dean & DeLuca Invitational. 

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  1. Sam

    May 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Pictures of his putter would be cool

  2. Dave R

    May 15, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Good win for a nice young man . Congrats.

  3. Harald Bluetooth

    May 15, 2017 at 6:06 am

    KBS are saying he plays the S-taper iron shafts..(?)

  4. Duk Koo Kim

    May 15, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Shout out to my other lil’ brother! Well done!

  5. RG

    May 15, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Just got home from the tournament. Followed Rory and Jason through the front, then picked up Poulter and Grillo then followed Louis and Si Woo as they played the back nine. He doesnt quite have the length and power of Rory(who was definitely the longest of the bunch) but very close to Jason Day in trajectory and length. What you dont see on TV is the LONG wait between shots and the players body language and demeanor. This kid is a cyborg. His routine and approach never waivered. He played so smart. whenever the wind and pin position demanded a shot, high fade, low draw, whatever, he hit it. Then on some dried out treacherous greens, he was rock steady. Just letting you know that this win wasnt a fluke. This kid is for real and this aint gonna be the last time we here from him.

    • Nick

      May 15, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Great observations, RG. Saw him hit that tee shot on 12 and thought “Perfect strategy and execution. This kid gets it.”

    • Thomas Murphy

      May 15, 2017 at 11:20 am

      time between shots +1 and depending on who “you” are grouped with, painful.

    • DW

      May 17, 2017 at 3:01 am

      RG,
      duh, obviously. We know it ain’t a fluke. The kid can play. Unfortunately, he has to go serve in the military for a couple years at some point, so lets see what happens.

  6. toyzrx

    May 14, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    His 3 wood looked like RBZ, not M1. Anyone saw it?

  7. CrashTestDummy

    May 14, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Kim has got a lot of game. Solid ball striking and short game. He shot 69 today and was not hitting his irons well. Missed a lot of greens. If his iron game was on he would of ran away from the field.

  8. Anthony Kim

    May 14, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Shout out to my little brother. You killed it today!

    • Anthony Kim's Dad

      May 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Take note Anthony, at least someone in the family is making it happen. You get a little thumb injury and quit the game? Man up you little girl. Your mom and I didn’t pay for all those lessons so you could be a quitter. Thank goodness we didn’t get you into hockey. Probably wouldn’t have made it out of the peewee league.

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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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