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The putters used by the top 10 in strokes gained: putting

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What do the PGA Tour’s best putters use to hole out in the fewest amount of strokes on Tour? 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 strokes gained: putting on Tour are using by manufacturer.

  • Bobby Grace: 1
  • Odyssey/Toulon: 4
  • Ping: 1
  • Scotty Cameron: 2
  • TaylorMade: 2

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the SG:P leaders’ putters and grips.

10. Phil Mickelson

Putter: Odyssey Versa #9
Grip: SuperStroke Slim 3.0
Strokes gained: putting: .580

9. Patrick Rodgers

Putter: Toulon San Diego
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0
Strokes gained: putting: .596

8. Peter Malnati

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback Select Prototype
Grip: Scotty Cameron Full Cord
Strokes gained: putting: .619

7. Johnson Wagner

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Mid Slant
Grip: Dancing Cameron Full Cord
Strokes gained: putting: .623

6. Webb Simpson

Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line
Grip: Odyssey Arm Lock
Strokes gained: putting: .672

5. Alex Noren

Putter: Odyssey O-Works #1W
Grip: Odyssey Jumbo Pistol
Strokes gained: putting: .682

4. Beau Hossler

Putter: Taylormade TP Ardmore 2
Grip: Taylormade Daddy Long Legs
Strokes gained: putting: .685

3. Daniel Summerhays

Putter: Ping Custom-Milled B60 Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Ultra Slim 1.0 Pistol
Strokes gained: putting: .736

2. Greg Chalmers

Putter: Bobby Grace MacGregor V-Foil
Grip: Royal Pistol
Strokes gained: putting: .790

1. Jason Day

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Grip: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Grip (Winn Medalist)
Strokes gained: putting: .849

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  1. Brandon Miller

    Nov 13, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    A great list of what the top 10 putters in strokes gained use. But the major difference lies in the person putting the ball versus the equipment that the putter is using.

  2. Benny

    Nov 3, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Sure its a personal but you still have to know how to roll the rock. My only mention is these are mostly all mallets/mid mallets.

  3. Howard Clark

    Oct 22, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Women are better putters. Need their info.

  4. gunmetal

    Oct 22, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Just a general observation that about half of these guys struggled to keep their card. Good thing they could putt I suppose.

  5. Dave Bryce

    Oct 21, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Andy North won two US Opens with a putter he purchased out of the bargain barrel;it is personal preference more then any other club in the bag!

    • joro

      Oct 21, 2018 at 11:13 am

      When Gene Littler won the Open in I think 62 he got it from Al Abrego, the Pro at a Pitch and Putt course call Presidio Park in San Diego. It was an old Putter my Father in Law had traded for another Putter. Gene loved it and the rest is history.

  6. Joro

    Oct 20, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Some can and some can’t and it ain’t the Putter, It’s the Putee. And to be a good Putter you have to be putting for something other than Double Bogey, listening Phil? It is a bunch of Baloney!!!! I Putt just great with my 16 yr. old RIFE and not very good with my 350.Dollar Scotty. I also have an old C Groove that is better, so don’t fall for marketing when you should fall for what works, not what is in your bag to impress.

  7. Tiger Noods

    Oct 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    A real case of causation doesn’t equal correlation.

  8. Tom54

    Oct 19, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Forget the make of putters or the grip they use,how about Webb Simpson making the list at all having to go away from the long putter. That is quite an accomplishment I do believe. To you,Adam Scott keep trying. It can be done.

  9. shawn

    Oct 19, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Well that proves it… Odyssey/Toulon putters are the best !!!!!

  10. sailfishchris

    Oct 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Great! I have a lot of putters to sell. I don’t have any on the list! LOL!

  11. Jerry Updike

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    So, basically, find what works for you and go with it.

  12. big jones

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Bobby Grace is loving this.

    • John

      Oct 25, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      The grace v-foil is the best MOI putter of all time.
      Bravo Bobby, bravo, you dean of American putter makers.

  13. Tonda Davis

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Where are the LPGA winners?

    • Chase Goppy

      Oct 19, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Who cares?

    • MikeD

      Oct 19, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Great queston. The top putters on the LPGA tour may be better than the men. Their choice of equipment would be very interesting.

  14. Brad

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:53 am

    It would be helpful to also list what grip style (lead-hand low, claw, arm-lock, etc.) they use as well

  15. Carl F Streeter

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Reeseo putter, invented by the late Sandy Reeso, is as good as they get. Hard to find but worth the effort.

  16. moses

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I love this place. Blame the equiipment. 🙂

  17. Clint

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:51 am

    welp, here I am now buying an Odyssey Arm Lock putter

  18. dat

    Oct 19, 2018 at 8:38 am

    different strokes for different folks

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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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