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Irons used by PGA Tour’s Top 10 in Strokes Gained: Approach

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The term “ball striker” has long existed in golf to describe those golfers that hit a lot of greens, but with the advancement of statistics and strokes gained, we can go deeper and find out who the players are that truly excel against their peers not just hitting greens but hitting it close.

These are the irons used by the top 10 players in the “strokes gained: approach” category.

Number 1: Collin Morikawa

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (2), TaylorMade P760 (4, 5), TaylorMade P730 (6-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX (2), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Number 2: Justin Thomas

Irons: Titleist T100 4 iron, Titleist 620 MB 5-9, Vokey SM7 Raw 46-10F
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Number 3: Tyrrell Hatton 

Irons: Ping i210 (4-PW)
Shaft: Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 X

Number 4: Marc Leishman

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Irons: Callaway X-Forged UT (3), Callaway Apex Pro 19 (4-6), Callaway Apex MB (7-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X (hard-stepped)

Number 5: Webb Simpson

Irons: Titleist 620MB (5-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Number 6: Hideki Matsuyama

Irons: Srixon Prototype Blades (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Number 7: Viktor Hovland

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Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (21 degrees), Ping i210 (4-PW)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-85 X Hybrid (21), KBS Tour 120 X (4-PW)

* Be sure to check out John Wunders on the newest changes Viktor has made to his irons: GolfWRX Insider: Viktor Hovland dials in his Ping i210 irons

Number 8: Patrick Cantlay

Irons: Titleist AP2 718 (4-p)
Shafts: True Temper XP 115 S300

Number 9: Paul Casey

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Irons: Mizuno HM Pro (3,4), Mizuno MP4 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 120 TX

Number 10: Russell Henley

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Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9), Vokey SM7 48°
Shafts: True Temper Tour Issue AMT X100

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. John Izdrunk Daly

    Aug 4, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Interesting there isn’t a single Project X shaft player in there…

  2. tinmac

    Jul 27, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Clearly CM is using P750 4 5 iron not P760

  3. joro

    Jul 22, 2020 at 11:30 am

    7 to3 Cbs win.

    • Ty Web

      Jul 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      I count 5 to 5 if you consider cm a blade guy which i would considering he has 5 blades and 3 CBs in the bag.

  4. Paul Pool

    Jul 22, 2020 at 11:06 am

    So what you are telling me is, it is the Indian and not the arrow.

  5. TD

    Jul 22, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Casey plays MP-5’s (as pictured), not 4’s

  6. JM

    Jul 22, 2020 at 9:33 am

    XP 115 S300…what a p*ssy

    • Jeremy Ireland

      Jul 22, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      Ranked #6 in the world I believe…

      but yeah, that caught me eye also. …

    • mv

      Jul 22, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      Idiotic comment here. I play the same iron shafts with a driver ss of 122. Why? Because they keep my tempo in check.
      I highly doubt you have the skill or the game to talk down to anyone on tour.

      • DS

        Jul 24, 2020 at 9:18 am

        ????????. Some jerks just don’t feel good unless they’re being jerks. Social media’s downside.

      • Paulo

        Jul 25, 2020 at 11:40 pm

        I can guarantee that we need to take at least 10% off your stated speed to get the actual measured value

    • Bob Pegram

      Jul 23, 2020 at 5:25 am

      Maybe he likes more kick at the bottom of the shaft. You should use what works not what other people think is good. It is good you aren’t a caddy for a good player like Cantlay. You would be counter-productive.

    • Josh

      Jul 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Cantlay’s shaft spec was the most interesting part of this article, IMO. I’m sure he plays them for a reason. Wonder if he switched to lighter shafts after his back injury. Would love to see a deep dive into his WITB.

    • Josh

      Jul 29, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      That tidbit about Cantlay’s shafts was the coolest part of this article. He must play them for a reason…just goes to show it’s not always the flex that matters but the weight. Wonder if he switched to lighter shafts after his back injury. Would love to get the full deep dive on his WITB.

  7. Nathan

    Jul 21, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    NO.7 KBS TOUR 120=S 130=X. there is no 120X

    • Golf guy

      Jul 21, 2020 at 11:05 pm

      Unless they’re Tour V 120 X

    • Josh

      Jul 25, 2020 at 11:58 am

      There is a Modus 120 X and TX flex. 120 S flex is 114g, X is 120 and TX is 126g. Check Nippons website. Modus 130 is an entirely different shaft/weight profile.

      • Josh

        Jul 25, 2020 at 12:41 pm

        Sorry, thought you were talking about Hatton’s Modus 120 X’s.

  8. Ryan

    Jul 21, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Some of the pictures don’t match the iron description you list..

  9. Acemandrake

    Jul 21, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Hit it straight with some distance control. Repeat.

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ProjectX launches HZRDUS Smoke RDX shafts

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Last week, at the WGC-FedEx Memphis St. Jude invitational, we got a sneak peek at the newest HZRDUS shaft from Project X, and now we have all the details on the new Smoke RDX.

To produce this shaft, Project X has teamed up with Hexcel, a global leader in composites technology for aerospace and military operations based in Stamford, Connecticut, for the purpose of utilizing their HexTow® carbon fibers to add more stability to the already extremely stable line of HZRDUS Smoke shafts.

Hexcel’s HexTow® carbon fibers represent the highest quality aerospace-grade carbon fiber and are used in the construction of some of the world’s most advanced aircraft including the Airbus A350 XWB, F18 E/F, A380, and more. I realize that sounds a bit generic, but when you consider some of the other applications for their materials and the fact Hexcel topped over 3.25 Billion dollars in sales last year – they mean serious business.

Photo by S. Ramadier – Airbus

The Project X HZRDUS line of shafts has established itself as a shaft built for golfers with aggressive swing tempos, and that continues with the new HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX. It’s the first golf shaft to utilize Hexcel’s new HexTow® HM54 high modulus carbon fiber and combines it with high tensile strength HexTow® IM2C carbon fiber to provide the ideal blend of stiffness and stability desired by engineers to build into the HZRDUS shafts.

Smoke Black RDX profile features an ultra-stiff midsection along with a stiff tip to provide low launch and low spin performance designed to keep up with aggressive swings.  Although unconfirmed we can make the possible assumption that since this shaft has been branded the “Black” RDX there may be other profiles released that utilize the same Hexcel composites.

Specs & Pricing

Right now we are waiting on confirmation on pricing but specs, and available flexes of the new Smoke Black RDX are available below.

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Whats in the Bag

WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: Brickhouze

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of WRX member: ‘Brickhouze’

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Brickhouze

Handicap (per profile): 4

Brickhouze WITB

Driver: Titleist TS3 (8.5-degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 76 Tour Spec X

3-wood: PXG Gen2
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 869 Evolution 8.0 S

Driving iron: Srixon U65
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White 90HY TX

Irons: Miura TC 201 4-PW
Shafts: Royal P Rifle Parallel Tip 6.0 (hard step 2x)

Wedges: Vokey SM7 50.08F, 54.10S, 58.08M (stripped the black finish with vinegar)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Directed Force Reno 1

Putter Grip: Press OG

Grips: Pure Pro Midsize

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (08/07/20): Ping G410+, Tour Issue SIM, Ping G410 LST fairway wood

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member bleuachdu – Ping G410+ driver head

This driver head might have been photographed in the rough but with the forgiveness of the Ping G410+ you’re not likely to find yourself in it too often.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping 410+ driver.

Member KC4441 – Tour Issue TaylorMade Sim Driver

At GolfWRX we thrive on Tour Issue gear and this is a prime example of what we love—a tour issue driver still in the plastic. This is a BYOS (bring your own shaft) kinda build, but one that I think might be worth it.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Sim Driver Head

Member jblough99 – Ping G410 LST fairway head

Ping drivers and fairway woods are all over the used market for the same reason Toyotas are—quality, reliability, and just the fact that they sell so darn many of them. This G410 LST is in almost new shape and a bargain.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping LST Fairway

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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