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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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  1. Scooter6

    Oct 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Would like to see a more useful field of pros- top in combined driving proficiency (length and distance). Also, I agree that driver length is a very useful piece of information since most PGA players use a SHORTER than factory length shaft.

  2. Leftshot

    Oct 17, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    EVERY player has a different shaft and a different head. So, this seems like it argues for getting custom fit as opposed to favoring any product.

    Second, since only 1% of us have a 110-130 MPH swing speed, the makes and models featured are even more irrelevant.

    Now you could have made these points and others that would have made this article of some value, but you didn’t.

  3. John Krug

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:39 am

    10 drivers, each with a different shaft. This article is as useful as telling us the shoe size and width of the shoes worn by each player.

    • Stop whining

      Oct 18, 2018 at 3:19 am

      Stop with the shoe size analogy. You used that on the longest drivers article. Maybe go with hat size next time?

  4. Alfonso

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Interesting statistics. But not everyone in the amateur world have a perfect swing like these guys. I would like read what shafts are used by the average amateur.

  5. Jim

    Oct 17, 2018 at 9:27 am

    How many wins from these guys vs. the top 10 longest hitters?

  6. GMR

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Interesting to note that not a single TwistFace on that list

  7. Terry

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Its the Indian not the arrow

    • CrashTestDummy

      Oct 17, 2018 at 2:31 am

      It’s the Indian with a well fitted arrow.

    • Brian

      Oct 17, 2018 at 8:25 am

      This isn’t an article about golf balls (i.e. the Arrow), this is about drivers which would correspond to the bow in that oft repeated, flawed analogy.

    • NormW

      Oct 17, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Agree, but it’s interesting to see their club choice and loft.

  8. Ol' Gaffer

    Oct 16, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I bet that the 10 most INaccurate players also play the same or similar drivers. If you wanna be more accurate don’t carry a low loft driver… get a BANG 12-14-16º driver and the added loft will defeat your slice and increase your draw height. I play a Ping G2 400cc, 15.5º driver and have a 200-220 yard carry.

    • kapooow

      Oct 17, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      if you don’t got a 275 yard driver carry you shud not be on this forum

  9. West Phi

    Oct 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    3-wood is no way near the same as driver for Stenson…Stenson is actually a horrible driver of the tee with driver…

  10. Craig

    Oct 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    wow what happened to twist face helping accuracy!!!

  11. Tiger Noods

    Oct 16, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Interesting to see what the short-knockers use. I’ll stick to Ping or TM, thanks.

    • Brad

      Oct 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Stenson averages 291 yards off the tee, and he almost always uses his 3 wood. Yeah, he’s a real short-knocker…

  12. Kev

    Oct 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    More importantly; what’s the shaft length of these drivers?

  13. Tommy

    Oct 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Maybe this article should have been titled, “The drivers used by the PGA Tour’s shortest hitters”. The reason most of these guys are on this list is that they don’t hit it very far by Tour standards. Just sayin’

  14. BMoney

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I thought Stenson finally got rid of the Octane 3 wood?

    • Jim

      Oct 16, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Stenson tried to each year with a new 3W that is callaway’s current lineup but inevitably switchs back to the Octane. I read somewhere it is because he delofts the club at impact the extra loft from the 3w helps him. Surprised he never got into those higher lofted mini drivers.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their recommendations on soft and forgiving players cavity irons. A whole host of different irons get a mention in the thread, with Mizuno’s cavity irons proving to be one of the most popular choices amongst our members.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • jimb: “I haven’t hit anything better feeling than the 2013 Callaway X-Forged.”
  • deep18: “As others have said, JPX919 Tour. Players look but according to Mizuno’s data, slightly more forgiving than the AP3 and almost as forgiving as the MMC.”
  • elwhippy: “Mizuno will be the softest. Srixon a close second. I imagine the TM will be most forgiving. AP2s are very blade like in their performance. P760 goes very high and straight with DG 105 and 120 shafts.”
  • 300_Straight: “Wilson V6 Tour is also a great feeling iron from what I’ve heard. Never personally tested it, though. Any Srixon 7 or 9 series irons are very soft, as are most Mizunos, Callaway X Forged, etc.”

Entire Thread: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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Callaway launches new Big Bertha Irons and Hybrids

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Callaway has today announced the introduction of its new Big Bertha Irons and hybrids, which feature a thinner club face and optimized center of gravity, designed to provide easier launch and greater distance.

Big Bertha Irons

Following on from the 2016 Big Bertha OS Irons line, which showcased Callaway’s EXO-Cage technology, these new Big Bertha irons will feature the company’s brand new Suspended Energy Core. The Suspended Energy Core features a Metal Injection Molded (MIM’d) Tungsten Floating Weight suspended within a urethane microsphere material to create a deeper center of gravity. According to Callaway, this yields easy launch, longer, and more consistent golf shots.

The Big Bertha Irons will also feature Callaway’s 360 Face Cup, which employs a flexible rim around the face that flexes and releases at impact — this aims to increase ball speed. Owing to the new Suspended Energy Core, this will be Callaway’s thinnest face cup yet, which the company says results in increased ball speeds.

Callaway’s new Big Bertha Irons will be available with Recoil ESX, Recoil ZT9, and KBS Max 90 shafts. The irons hit the shelves on Jan. 18 and will cost $1,200 in steel and $1,300 in graphite.

Big Bertha Hybrids

The new Big Bertha Hybrids will feature Jailbreak Technology, which Callaway first introduced in 2017 with the Epic line. The technology, which was created with the aim of promoting faster ball speed and greater distance, incorporates two internal bars that stiffen the body, placing more impact load on the face. It proved to be a very popular addition from Callaway, and in their new Big Bertha Hybrids, the company have combined this technology with a new shorter and lighter OptiFit Hosel System designed to optimize the center of gravity for an easier launch and a higher, long-carrying flight.

The new hybrids from Callaway also feature an ultra-thin, Carpenter 455 steel face and Hyper Speed Face Cup, with the combination designed to create optimum ballspeed across the face.

The Big Bertha Hybrids will be available in both premium Recoil ESX and ZT9 Shafts, and they will be in stores on Jan. 18 for $269.99 each.

A special thanks to our Brian Knudson for braving the chill and doing his best to find a few blades of green grass for the outdoor, in-hand photos readers prefer.

 

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Matt Kuchar’s winning WITB: 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic

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Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6S

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 X

Hybrids: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20)
Shafts: Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 X flex

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S300 (soft stepped)

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 degrees, bent to 51); Cleveland RTX-4 (58 bent to 57, 64 bent to 63 degrees)
Shafts: Aerotech Steelfiber i110X, KBS Tour 120 S, KBS Tour 120 S

Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 Arm Lock (400 grams, 3 degrees loft, 71 degrees lie, 40.5″)
Grip: Bettinardi Arm Lock XL

Golf ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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