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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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Patton Kizzire’s Winning WITB: 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii

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Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue TX-Flex

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-Flex

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4 iron), Titleist 718 CB (5 and 6 iron), Titleist 718 MB (7-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Sm7 (48, 52 and 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Dustin Johnson’s Winning WITB: 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions

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Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec X-Flex

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (HL, 16.5 degrees)
Shaft:Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 (95X)

Irons: TaylorMade P-790, TaylorMade P-730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 60 degrees), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Black 130X

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black (with “T-line” on the crown)

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Related: See why Dustin Johnson changed irons this year

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Why Dustin Johnson has a 64-degree TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge in his bag

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A 64-degree wedge, DJ?! But why…

To answer this question, and others about his equipment changes heading into 2018, I recently spoke with Dustin Johnson and his fitter, Keith Sbarbaro (VP of Tour Operations at TaylorMade). Since DJ currently has some unreleased TaylorMade drivers and woods in the bag, we discussed his long-awaited official switch from his Tour Preferred MB 2014 irons into the new P-730 DJ Proto irons, his decision to put in a P-790 3 iron, and his new 64-degree TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge — a club he plans to use throughout 2018. I also asked if he has any plans to switch out his Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 shaft in the near future.

See what Dustin and his fitter had to say about each of the changes below. Also, if you’re interested in hearing more from DJ, tune into our 19th hole podcast this week where he makes a guest appearance (or listen to the embed below).

The driver shaft

DJ says: “I don’t change driver shafts. I’ve had this shaft since I came out on Tour basically. I just like it.”

Keith says: “We mess around sometimes, but there’s just nothing better for him. And if it’s not broke… So when we do driver testing, we basically just have one variable to deal with.”

P-790 3 iron

DJ says: “I’m probably gonna go 4 thru pitching wedge [this year], then have a P-790 3 iron in the bag too. I got four wedges in the bag now, so I gotta get rid of either the [P-730] 3-iron or the 5 wood.”

Keith says: “He hits the P-790 3-iron about 260 yards, so it fills that yardage gap of his 5 wood.”

P-730 irons

DJ says: “I just got these blades in; they’re prototypes that are more like my Tour Preferreds. [The original DJ protos] were actually raw, but I waited for them to plate it. I’ve always played a chrome iron, and I prefer to look at that. But yea, these are gonna be in the bag (for 2018).”

Keith says: “The original [DJ protos] were milled and raw, and he was spinning them too much. With the chrome plating, he likes em way better.”

64 degree Hi-Toe TaylorMade wedge

DJ says: “I put this 64-degree wedge in play, and the 60-degree Hi-Toe too. I really like them. I just have a different face and grind than the normal ones. I like the more raw finish and can get more spin. The soles sit a bit closer to the ground… I’ve always had to manipulate my technique in the bunker, so the extra loft [on the 64-degree wedge] helps.”

Keith says: “The 64-degree helps because he’s a shut-face player. He’s had to manipulate his wrist to open the face [in the past]. Now, he can use a natural backswing… Rose was liking the 62-degree [Hi-Toe wedge] and was able to spin it so we kinda copied it for Dustin. He was hitting it from 50 yards and spinning it back 10 feet. I compare the Hi-Toe wedge to the Spider putter; it’s the one putter that everyone loved and it’s one of our best putters. This wedge reminds me of the Spider putters in that way. I think it’s the high CG. We could never get [the launch] low with spin because the ball would always shoot up the face. Now it doesn’t. I think it’s the high CG… [the face of his wedge] is more blasted.”

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