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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. Bruce

    Dec 2, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Need to see the list for the 10 worst as comparison. Also breakdown of all drivers on tour. Then the stats will be approaching meaningful

  2. Matt

    Nov 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    If I didn’t know better I’d think this was a list from 2017. All the TM guys are using older models. Isn’t twist face supposed to be an “accuracy” technology? Imagine how straight they’d be with the new tech! Hopefully the sarcasm is coming through.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. Jim

    Oct 17, 2018 at 9:27 am

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

  8. GMR

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Interesting to note that not a single TwistFace on that list

  9. 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.

      • Steve

        Oct 17, 2018 at 8:22 am

        If you’ve got swing flaws, fitting doesn’t help.

        • Tyler

          Oct 17, 2018 at 11:26 am

          False

        • clueless

          Nov 29, 2018 at 10:42 am

          as jackie burke would say. if a guy doesn’t have a clue, keep him in the dark. at the edge of the driving range. just keep him there clueless and hitting it crooked.

    • 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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…

  12. Craig

    Oct 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    wow what happened to twist face helping accuracy!!!

  13. 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…

  14. Kev

    Oct 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm

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

  15. 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’

  16. 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.

      • Benny

        Nov 22, 2018 at 7:19 pm

        The oem’s want these guys on latest equipment. TMag is the worst and why every two years Sergio’s is a whole new bag. Because many of these Pros are supposed to be playing and promoting certain nrands or lines. Keagan for years played a Cleveland Classic (TI of course). But in any WITB articles it was always a Srixon driver and head cover. He literally carried the Srixon driver with him just in case there was photos. I am suprised the OEM’s don’t get back into disguising the clubs and shafts again. But maybe there is issues with this, who knows.

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Titleist to release Vokey SM7 Wedges in Slate Blue finish

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Titleist has announced that its Vokey SM7 wedges are to be released in a Slate Blue finish from January 31.

The new finish on the SM7 Slate Blue wedges is applied like a standard PVD finish, but according to the company, the finish contains a unique material and involves a time-intensive process, the combination of which provides a finish that will possess maximum durability.

Speaking on the addition of the State Blue finish to the SM7 wedge range, master craftsman Bob Vokey stated

“Very often wedge finishes can be beautiful, but they won’t last. At the same time, the most durable finishes often aren’t stunning. Slate Blue combines the two. Not only will golfers love their wedge when they see it in the shop, the finish will last through the course of normal play.”

As with all of the Vokey SM7 range, the State Blue is available in 23 loft, bounce, and grind options for both right and left-handers.

The stock set-up for the Vokey SM7 State Blue features a Nippon Modus3 125 shaft and custom BV Wings New Decade Multi-Compound Black Grip. However, the wedges will also be available for customization on Vokey.com.

The Vokey SM7 State Blue hits retail stores on January 31 and will cost $199.99.

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Rickie Fowler makes the switch to TaylorMade TP5/X

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It all started with what appears to be an internal email sent by Taylor Made CEO David Abeles that was posted online last week….

“We are preparing to make one of the most significant announcements in company history – a new addition to our athlete team that will light up the industry and enhance the impact of our brand like never before. Please stay tuned. You will hear from us in a couple of weeks!”

The buzz and speculation that ensued in the GolfWRX forums was nothing short of a Gear Junky FBI-esque investigation. The rumors of who and why covered everyone from Phil, Brooks, LeBron, Steph Curry and I even think former President Obama got tossed into the mix. The code word around Taylor Made was “Project Orange”…kinda love them taking a page from the Lucas Film here.

DRUM ROLL…..As of 8:30AM PST, Monday the 19th of January, the news is now official. Four time PGA Tour winner and World #13 Rickie Fowler has signed a multi-year Ball and Glove Contract with Taylor Made. Fowler will make his first start with the new set up this week at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open.

“It’s been fun to see what the ball can do. Extra yardage on irons, more spin around the green. One less club for me into many holes is a pretty big advantage, too. What more do you want?”

—Rickie Fowler

Now, I realize this announcement may not seem as sexy as a full bag deal or a Callaway to TaylorMade Mickelson switch.

However this signing is important for TaylorMade for two main reasons.

  1. It shows the market that TaylorMade has a ball that performs well enough to attract someone like Fowler who has been a staunch Titleist loyalist almost since birth.
  2. In a market that has been and is still dominated by Titleist, its Taylor Mades first big shot across the bow that they are serious about golf ball innovation and are not hanging their hats on Metal Woods.

The Gear Dive’s Johnny Wunder spoke late last week with Rickie and Director of Golf Ball R&D Eric Loper on how this whole thing came to be.

See what the members are saying in the forums and join the discussion.

Below is the audio interview.

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New Srixon Z-Forged irons: “The most compact, workable irons” in company history

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Srixon Z-Forged irons, described by the company as being “designed for the ultimate ball-strikers yet engineered to perform,” are to hit retail stores on February 1.

The new release from Srixon feature two sharp lines at the back of the club, one from the toe and one from the heel, forming its double curve design which aims to provide golfers with a soft feel in a crisp, explosive profile.

Forged from a single billet of soft 1020 carbon steel, the Z-Forged irons, are designed to offer players with an exceptional amount of feel throughout all shots.

Srixon’s Z-Forged irons also contain an updated Tour V.T Sole which is designed to provide more consistent ball striking while keeping the versatility to execute every type of shot.

Speaking concerning Srixon’s Z-Forged Irons, Engineering Manager Dustin Brekke, stated

“The new Z-Forged irons are the most compact, most workable irons in our line. They were created to give professionals and advanced amateur golfers confidence to hit every shot, while featuring a sole that glides through the turf for better contact and stable spin under any condition.”

The Srixon Z-Forged officially launch on February 1 and will cost $142.85 for a single iron, $999.99 for a seven-piece set, and $1,142.84 for an eight-piece set.

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