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Webb Simpson’s Winning WITB: The 2018 Players Championship

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Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-5X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue CK 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 913Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Proforce VTS 8TX

Hybrid: Titleist 913Hd (20 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X Hybrid

Hybrid: Titleist 915Hd (23.5 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (54-14F, 60-06K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line
Grip: Odyssey Arm Lock

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R

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  1. Dirk Smith

    May 15, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Heard that Webb’s wife left him for a year after college. Sounds like she went looking for greener pastures and the odd spin on the C*ck Carousel Bologna Pony express. Never ever take a woman back once she leaves you.

  2. JW

    May 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    That 913Fd 18 degree is one of the best clubs Titleist ever made

  3. Mike Vose

    May 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Looks like all is well now. May God Bless the Simpson family and yours also Tully.

  4. Michael Mann

    May 14, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    that was not an Odyssey putter grip but rather a Super Stroke.

    • timothy moynihan

      May 14, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      It looks like a Winn grip with odyssey logos.

  5. General Patton

    May 13, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    My dad can beat up your dad. Who cares, learn to hit the ball on the sweet spot.

  6. Kevin Arnold

    May 13, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Should have been playing all Titleist bag, that TM club cost him strokes on 2, 9, and 10.

  7. Johnny Penso

    May 13, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Ermagod, how does even even play with dat gap between PW and 54???

    Sincerely,

    Every WRX’er ever

  8. The dude

    May 13, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Again…no face shots….please get a real golf photographer…

    • ogo

      May 13, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      …. but juvenile gearheads only fall in love with the back of the clubs, not the front where the ball meets metal. It’s a love affair with pretty toys, new toys. Sooo pa thetic…

      • the dude

        May 14, 2018 at 2:33 pm

        they showed (on tv) a face shot of his 3 wood…..nickel sized wear mark…very cool!

    • Bob Parson Jr.

      May 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Say that again! The guy the use is a tool from the Cameron Collector.

  9. KAndyMan

    May 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Wonder what the big manufacturers think about these guys winning with mixed bags?? Pete Reeds bag at the Masters and now this. Doesnt it kind of contradict some of their “new technology” garbage they vomit year after year????

    • Pharaoh Bhang

      May 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      You kinda invalidate anything you said before or after saying “Pete” Reed won the Masters, regardless of the fact that this isn’t really a mixed bag. He plays all Titleist except for his 3 wood, and uses an Odyssey rather than a Scotty. There are an enormous amount of players using a “mixed bag” by your standards. I’d say almost a majority of players use an odd club aside from their main equipment sponsor because most players only sign a 10 or 11 club contract, which means they’re only required to play, at minimum, that many from their sponsor.

  10. Albert

    May 13, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    No lead tape but a touch of rust on the wedges…. 😎

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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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