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Dustin Johnson’s Winning WITB: The 2017 Northern Trust

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Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017 (10.5 degrees, set to 11)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X
Specs: 45.75 inches, tipped 1 inch

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M1 2017 (17 degrees), TaylorMade M1 2016 (19 degrees)
Shafts: Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB ’14 (3-PW)
Shafts: Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 (105 grams), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (3-PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52-09 and 60-10)
Shaft: KBS Tour Wedge 130X Black Nickel

Putter: TaylorMade TP Collection Juno
Length, Loft, Lie: 35.75 inches, 2.5 degrees, 69 degrees

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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  1. nobody2u

    Aug 30, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Do any of the tour players use the old original Ping Putters, they are out there. I have two of my own, made in the 60’s. I bought them at the PGA at the NCR South course in Kettering, Ohio 1969. They are not the putters that were made in Scottsdale that made collectors to have brought some big money but I could never understand why. And I’m not asking,,, it is what it is. I am just saying to the players that can have any thing regardless of cost why do the Scotty Cameron / Ping knock offs bring so much money when they are not the original thing. Buy an old ping, they have the feel that the knock offs are trying to make, don’t get me wrong, those are good putters but they are seriously over priced, and not the real thing. I’m just saying that if you can afford to pay $500 for a knock off, find the old pings that were the original new thing and real thing in putters.

    • JThunder

      Sep 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      That’s like saying if you’re going to drive a car, you should buy an old Model T, because they’re the first and original… Ansers were made from manganese bronze (apart from a few brass prototypes), these might have felt OK with balata balls, but won’t feel as nice with modern balls. Modern putters milled from high-quality materials are more expensive for a reason, and the design has been modified and refined to suit a far wider range of players wants and needs.
      But no matter how many times you call Camerons “knock offs”, you’re not going to hurt their business. They have every right to make any such putter, as the patents are long, long expired. By such standards, even the Ford Model T was a knock-off of a knock-off, old Henry being 100 years late to that party.

      • Benny

        Oct 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        Well said JT. I agree the Answer and Dale Heads look awesome as originals. But they play like a hammer on the green. Zero touch. Sure Scotty made millions from biting off designs and pretty much any of his own bombed, but its history. What makes his putters so valuable is how many majors his brand has won let alone competitions in the thousands. But then again why are TJ amd I even bothering to answer this. Nothing we say can help ignorance. Maybe this will help. HOT product = big sales = want over need= higher price tags.

  2. ooffaa

    Aug 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I want Dustin’s winning clubs in my WITB because they are winners

  3. Rex

    Aug 28, 2017 at 11:51 am

    He won only using 4 clubs? amazing! this guy may have a future in this sport

  4. gunmetal

    Aug 28, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Only 2 wedges with 8 degrees separating them?!?!?

    • ooffaa

      Aug 28, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      and rusty unhygienic too

    • Eddie

      Aug 28, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      And one of the best wedge players on tour, especially with distance control. Sometimes less is more.

    • tlmck1234

      Aug 30, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      He uses the clock system for in between shots. Keep in mind that a pro’s set makeup can change from week to week depending on the course, conditions, etc… That is one of the things determined during practice rounds. The next week, he may carry 52, 56, 60. Drop the 19 degree fairway for a 2 iron, etc…

  5. Tom54

    Aug 28, 2017 at 9:05 am

    The putter he was shown using was definitely not the model in the photo. If you are the face of the Taylormade brand then you too can get them to make it any way you want it. Plus it looked like a Winn putter grip not a Super Stroke. I agree, at least show the actual club used not a stock photo

  6. Jack Nash

    Aug 28, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Still can’t get over 10.5, set to 11 ????. Maybe rethinking my 9.5 910.

  7. freowho

    Aug 28, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Doesn’t he have his driver set to the most fade?

    • Jack Nash

      Aug 28, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Uuummmm, no. Most fade, weight to toe. Weight was set in center pretty much.

  8. Boss

    Aug 28, 2017 at 1:42 am

    You can’t set that driver to 11. It goes to 11.25. Unless he is using the SLDR 1.5 degree adapter.

    • Benny

      Oct 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Its a Tour Issue head Boss. It could be 10.25*, could be 10.0 but says “10.5” on it. Then Greg sees its ratcheted up to 11* but we have to assume wince its not retail its not actually 11*, right? You guys all have to remember that its also open faced by 1-2*. This means when the body and eye square that face at impact its delofting, regardless of his launch. Maybe someone who understands physics can give a better explanation but there is a lot going on with these set ups and Tour Issue gear. It’s why track man is used, the big vans follow them every week with the huge contracts. I bet DJ doesn’t even know what friggen loft is set at. He certainl didn’t know what grip was added on to his Tour Spider when asked about it.

  9. Dat

    Aug 27, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Thought he was back to using the Cameron?

    • Beta

      Aug 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      No. But it’s a straight clone of it by TM

      • Charlie

        Aug 27, 2017 at 9:23 pm

        Which is a straight clone of Ping

        • Edit_golfer

          Aug 27, 2017 at 9:43 pm

          And thats not even a picture of the putter he used
          Its a clone of the one he used with D.J stamping

          • All In

            Aug 28, 2017 at 12:34 am

            cloned…. re-cloned…. and cloned again ….. makes the head spin

      • golfraven

        Aug 28, 2017 at 5:03 am

        I am sure it was a Scotty fake he picked up on Ebay.

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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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