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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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  1. hrfdez

    Aug 27, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Funny how companies thought the words Tour Prototype behind golf equipment to justify ridiculous price tags. That putter is not worth $700.00. And what’s the Prototype part of it? Looks like an Anser 2 to me. Too funny.

  2. gunmetal

    Aug 27, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Standard length wedges?

  3. Kevin

    Aug 27, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I started golfing the summer I turned 30. The previous winter I had back surgery and I could run and jump to play basketball anymore so I took up golf and fell in love instantly. We had a local golf shop that made “knock off” sets for pretty cheap. After playing for a year I went to them to inquire about making all my irons the same length since i had learned to hit my 7 iron well but struggled with my long irons(like every other beginning golfer). They basically told me I was nuts and that it would never work. That was 1999. Wish I would have tinkered on my own.

  4. Donny Trump

    Aug 27, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Another win for the self appointed intellectual. He does have serious golfing skills. But I can’t stand Faldo and the gang going on and on about how smart he is. I have never heard the guy say one profound thing ever in an interview. Having a piece of paper that says you regurgitated a bunch of garbage in College doesn’t prove anything to me.

    • Michael Constantine

      Sep 3, 2018 at 7:51 am

      I’m by no means a Bryson fanboy. But, because he doesn’t come across as intellectual and perhaps smart in the interview process means his education is not an indication of his intelligence? Perhaps you should consider that most people of his intelligence are socially awkward or introverted and perhaps the interview process makes him uncomfortable. I don’t know your education level or capacity of intellect but I wouldn’t judge you based on not personally knowing you. Seems to me his education is legit and will have some use to him in a career not on the golf course when his career is said and done.

    • jared

      Sep 7, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      says the guy without the piece of paper

  5. TGF

    Aug 27, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Still regret selling my one length irons.

  6. Gerald Teigrob

    Aug 27, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Well with PGX apparently all the craze. Nice to see a down to earth player using Cobra same length irons Go with a name you can trust, like Cobra. Not a fly by nightclub manufacturer like PGX! Cobra and other well-established companies deserve top honors…PGX has quite a ways to go to justify their quality and their top dollar. I would never consider PGX the best clubs. Overpriced, yes.pratocal, no.

    • Slag

      Aug 27, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Down to earth? You nuts? Like him?

    • Geoffrey Holland

      Aug 27, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Pratocal?

      And calling PXG fly-by-night is pretty stupid.

  7. Benny

    Aug 27, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Everyone’s swing is a little different as is everyone’s putter. It’s all about what gives you confidence to get the ball in the hole the easiest.

  8. Brian

    Aug 27, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Simultaneously the most, and least, interesting WITB in golf.

    • 2putttom

      Aug 27, 2018 at 11:12 am

      breath in ….. breath out …. repeat….

  9. golfjedi

    Aug 27, 2018 at 6:33 am

    there is no better system. SLI or traditional.
    jumping on SLI wont make you instantly a better golfer but will certainly make hitting irons easier.
    Bryson proved one thing he is a very good player who happens to be using SLI set.
    there are pros and cons in using SLI.
    4-5 irons may take a bit harder or faster swing speed, so i would suggest using CB heads.
    thanks Congrats Bryson wonderful job

  10. joe

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    sik Tour Edition putters — $700 !!!!!!!!!!
    I hope they provide User Instructions.

    • bub

      Aug 27, 2018 at 11:52 am

      the standard offerings are very nice. I’ve been using a Pro C for a year or so and it’s a great putter. I had the benefit of being fit at the studio in Orlando but the quality of the product is on par with all the Scotties and Bettinardis I’ve owned.

  11. Brent

    Aug 26, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Been playing one length for 4 years now. Anyone who doesn’t buy it is just a hater. You don’t have to do it but you can’t argue the simplicity.

    • Kevin Taglione

      Aug 26, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      He has been using one length since his senior year of high school

  12. Richard Douglas

    Aug 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I wonder if single-length will ever take off? One player, even with multiple wins, does not a trend make.

    I’ve been playing Wishon Sterling irons for almost 2 years now and I’ll never, ever go back to variable-length irons. But I’ve been hoping to see advances in the technology, but there really isn’t that much going on. What the heck, Ping? Let’s go already!

    • joe

      Aug 26, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      gniP have abandoned golf club innovation and are just following the mob… and the mob gets scammed every time, every year, every way… and keeps on coming back for more fantasy WITB.

    • Kourtney

      Aug 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Been playing the wishon 4-lw for 2 seasons. Shot all of my best rounds of my career with them. 64 (-8) a couple times. Shot 67/66 in a two day tournament and won by 7. My lowest tournament scores with variable length irons was a 72. Surprisingly it was my wedge play that improved the most. All the naysayers said longer length wedge would be harder to control. Somehow for me its the exact opposite. Anyways hope more options come out in the single length category. Cobras are Ok but i dont understand their varying lie angles in the new F8.

  13. Jeremy Ellis

    Aug 26, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    X7s in his wedges…wow

    • Joe

      Aug 26, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      They are probably soft stepped in the wedges, if not in the one length irons as well, although, Bryson does put some mustard on it!

  14. Roy

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    THAT’S IT !!!! Monday I’m going to buy a set of Cobra One Length iron and trash my TM irons… but keep my TM M3 driver. The weakest part of my game is my irons and now I know the problem… too many lengths.

    • Todd Pike

      Aug 26, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Don’t forget the Jumbo-Max XL grips!

    • mlb

      Aug 26, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      Good luck with that 🙂

    • Simms

      Aug 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Good Luck, tried them for awhile..first thing you will find is your going to swing harder and harder as you go from the PW to the 5 iron..does take some time to get yourself into common swing with each one…you notice the pro swings fairly hard though out his set, an Ernie Els tempo controlled swing just does not cut it.

      • Bogeyist

        Sep 19, 2018 at 11:10 am

        @ Simms – simply not the case. I have a very smooth transition and swing, and my Sterling irons perform perfectly. Standing over a 5 iron has never felt better. A smooth swing and I get 200 yards no issues. My old 5i was 185-190 on good days with a 50/50 split between good shots and chunks (I suck at 5 and 6i). 2 rounds into the Sterlings and I think a majority of golfers would be better suited in single length stuff.

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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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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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