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Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy’s Winning WITBs: 2018 Zurich Classic

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Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy (22-under) won the 2018 Zurich Classic by one stroke over Jason Dufner and Pat Perez. See the clubs and shafts they used to do it below, and check out all of our photos from the week here.

Billy Horschel

Driver: PXG XXF prototype (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution IV

3 Wood: PXG 0341X (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 flex 75 grams

5 Wood: PXG 0341 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5X 75 grams

Irons: PXG 0311T Gen2 (3, 5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled Sugar Daddy (52-10, 56-10), PXG 0311T Milled Zulu (60-07)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: PXG Mustang

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (standard size 58R)

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Scott Piercy

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 83X Tour Spec

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 95X

Irons: Titleist 716 AP2 (4 iron), Titleist 680MB (5-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (125 grams)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (46, 53, 57 degrees), Titliest Vokey TVD (63 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron T2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Tour Velvet Cord Midsize

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  1. BigBoy

    Apr 30, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I am guilty….my muiras look the same.

  2. Robert Parsons

    Apr 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Swingweight of E2 and one fugly putter.

    • Robert Parsons

      Apr 30, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      To clarify, the “mustang” putter is fugly.

      The Scotty is cool with the copper weights. But nothing too special.

  3. Dave

    Apr 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Did the lead make the swingweight the same for each club? I doubt it, it made the swingweight progressively higher as he went up to the wedges, range maybe D4 through D9 or 10 for wedges

  4. Brandon Jones

    Apr 30, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    At standard length you have to wonder what swingweight all that lead produces.
    But I guess that’s one reason why the motor-mouths on TV always point out the “heavy hit” sound when he strikes it.

    • Bill

      Apr 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Id think 2-3 points at least. Maybe even 4.

  5. Boyo

    Apr 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Manufacturer’s ho’s. Same old story. Show me some clubs that these guys “want” to play.

  6. Junior

    Apr 30, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Got lead tape?

  7. HDTVMAN

    Apr 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I’m going in to the lead tape business!

  8. Scot Macdonald

    Apr 30, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Amazing win for the duo. Neat to see their clubs. If you would like to try PXG clubs, you can rent them from Clublender anytime, anywhere in California. Maybe they’ll make you a winner, too.

  9. Kevin Arnold

    Apr 30, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Tour Velvet Cord Midsize? I’ve waited 25 years and they don’t exist, I challenge the grip description without a pic.

  10. cdj

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:52 am

    That pxg putter defines ugly. Thanks for pics!

  11. Chuck Barkley

    Apr 30, 2018 at 12:47 am

    “ProActive” lead tape! The official carrier of lead tape for the PGA Tour!

  12. David M

    Apr 29, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Piercy has 15 clubs?

    • Mike

      Apr 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      I’m thinking the “5-PW” designation for the 680’s is a misnomer (actually 5-9) since the 46* Vokey fills the PW slot.

  13. The dude

    Apr 29, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Opportunity for some face shots ……BLOWN….

    • stephenf

      May 1, 2018 at 1:23 am

      I _always_ wonder about that, here and elsewhere. Really only one shot that matters most, and it’s missing or lens-distorted or wrong-angled _way_ too much of the time.

  14. ogo

    Apr 29, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Rust and lead tape… and maybe a touch of rough grinding of the sole … now that’s real custom fitting … 😮

  15. Lenny

    Apr 29, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Who is Piercy’s lead tape sponsor?

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Tiger Woods’ Winning WITB: 2018 Tour Championship

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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

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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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