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Satoshi Kodaira’s Winning WITB: 2018 RBC Heritage



Driver: PRGR RS Prototype (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech 75X (tour-only black-and-white)

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech 75X (tour-only black-and-white)

5 Wood: PRGR iD Nabla (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech 75X

Driving Iron: PRGR iD Nabla RS Tour (3 iron)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD HY-105TX

Irons: PRGR Tune (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Wedges: PRGR iD Nabla Tour (52), Fourteen Golf RM-22 (60-10)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Only Prototype
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


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  1. DTCMD

    Apr 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Run check out the PRGR JDM gear as fast as possible. Been playing their EGG line for 7 years. Only things changed are the shafts – one set with Recoils and now changing second set over to Nippon Modus3 shafts because I want to go back to steel in my sticks.

  2. Dave r

    Apr 16, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Jr it is a piece of junk !

  3. Jack Nash

    Apr 16, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Didn’t Cory Pavin play that brand years and years ago?

  4. Coolaid

    Apr 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Now we all WRXers must buy PRGR


      Apr 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm


      • Don

        Apr 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm

        It’s funny. After seeing so many “WITB” articles and clicking on them robotically just to read ‘something’ about golf, it hit me last month that these are kind of useless. I have started to delete the WRX emails that lead with stuff like this without even opening to see what the other articles are about. Not angry that they’re trying to fill some column space but not interested in WITB articles.

  5. Chuck Barkley

    Apr 16, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Dude wore the 6 out on his lobber!! Sheesh, how he do dat? Think his company will spring for a new before the next tourney?

    • Man

      Apr 16, 2018 at 2:52 am

      No, he didn’t. It’s been ground that way for him. That is not a stock grind. Satoshi’s has dual bounce, is why the number is shaved

  6. Miuralovechild

    Apr 15, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Dude is a stud!!! Congratulations! Nice looking sticks.

  7. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 15, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    That’s a nice simple putter. Unfortunately, today Cameronites will call it a piece of junk.

  8. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 15, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    I remember when Brian Watts used to be the face of PRGR.

  9. D mack

    Apr 15, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    At least it’s something different!

  10. Underachiever

    Apr 15, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I no understand the shanks

  11. The dude

    Apr 15, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Great job posting several shady label pics!!!…(sadly…no face wear shots)…..

  12. Michael Constantine

    Apr 15, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Love those irons

  13. moses

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Nice Japanese TOUR bag. Those are some really high end clubs.

  14. Birdswing Golfer

    Apr 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Loving this bag, great win for the lad too!

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Tiger Woods’ Winning WITB: 2018 Tour Championship



Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

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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