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Specs, story behind Dustin Johnson’s winning Spider putter

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As GolfWRX WITB enthusiasts know, Dustin Johnson has been using a Scotty Cameron Tour Newport 2 GSS Prototype for the past several years and some variety of an Anser-style flatstick since he joined the PGA Tour.

He was 71st in Strokes Gained: Putting last season and 82nd in 2014. Not awful, but barely above average. This season, Johnson has been putting a bit better, ranking 42nd in the category and picking up 0.257 strokes on the field average thanks to his work on the greens.

Still, there’s always room for improvement, and this week the long-hitting South Carolinian made an equipment switch aimed at getting better in the putting department.

Related: See all the clubs Dustin Johnson used to win the BMW Championship.

Spotted by our Tour photographer practicing with a mallet-style Cameron model at Crooked Stick ahead of the BMW Championship, we thought a change might be in the works. And indeed, Dustin Johnson put a different putter in play during Wednesday’s practice round: a TaylorMade Spider Limited. 

Through three rounds, Johnson led the field in Strokes-Gained Putting, picking up more than seven strokes on the field average. He was particularly good during the opening round, when he picked up an impressive 3.944 strokes.

Johnson rolled in six birdies with the Spider on Sunday, and ultimately finished second in strokes gained: putting for the week at 7.307.

Here’s how Johnson ended up with a Spider Limited putter in his hands: According to TaylorMade, DJ liked the look of Jason Day’s similar Spider putter while playing with the Australian during a couple of rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week. He put in a request to TMag’s Tour Truck for something similar, and they got something in his hands during his Wednesday practice round, feeling the Spider improved his alignment and offered him more stability through the stroke.

However, that Spider Limited was the same Limited Red model played by Jason Day. Just before tee off Thursday, though, Johnson decided he didn’t want to use the exact same model as the world No. 1 and decided, if you can believe this, to ask his brother/caddie Austin for his Spider Limited with a charcoal grey crown.

Johnson said after his win:

“I had the same one that Jason [Day] was using, it was the red one. I don’t know, for some reason — well, I was putting with it and I was putting good with it and right before we were about to tee off on Thursday I’m like, ‘AJ, don’t you have the same one in black?’ And he says, ‘Yeah,’ and I said, ‘Go get it.'”

Here are the specs, per TaylorMade:

  • Length: 35.5 inches
  • Loft: 2.5 degrees
  • Lie: 69 degrees
  • Insert: Pure Roll 80/20
  • Swing Weight: E-0
  • Color: Black, No alignment lines

TaylorMade says Johnson is an extremely feel-based player, which is one of the reason’s he’s stuck with a flat-faced milled putter so long in his career. The Spider’s 80/20 Pure Roll insert results in a substantially different feel off the face than a milled putter, which is a lot to overcome, even though the insert does prove superior forward roll with less skidding, as verified by high-speed camera testing. TaylorMade also cites the slight toe hang of the Spider Limited as fitting well with DJ’s more traditional putting stroke.

Based on this limited sample, the Limited fits well, indeed.

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  1. Tommy Tank

    Dec 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    TM released DJd putter to the public on 12/23
    I just got mine.
    Only came in 35″ so I sent it in to putterlounge to gave it shortened to 33″
    And put a leather stitch back grip on it

  2. Tommy Tank

    Dec 29, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    TM Just released the spider black … exact putter as DJ …. with slant neck… on 12/23.
    I just got mine
    $299

  3. M Shmizzle

    Sep 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Very Nice

  4. DB

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Why all this talk about slant necks? Flow necks are where its at!
    Seriously though, I’ve always found TM putters to have such crappy finishes that no matter how good the design is or how well they might work, I don’t even consider them anymore. I do like the look of these new Spider putters, but I wouldn’t pay that much for a putter that the paint will start flaking off of in two weeks.

  5. Zach Mayo

    Sep 12, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Is DJ superstitious about his winning attire? Looks like the same outfit for his 3 big wins. Is this an accurate observation?

  6. M Wizzle

    Sep 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I like spiders

  7. rich tran

    Sep 12, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    This putter is really amazing and easy to hit. I tried it at the PGA store and was sold…now I want a DJ limited edition in charcoal black..

  8. M-Dizzle

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Wait…You mean to tell me Cameron was upstaged by a Spider mallet putter?

    SELL ALL THE CAMERONS NOW !!

  9. Michael

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Is his red one for sale? I’ll pay for shipping if DJ can give me a good deal.

  10. KK

    Sep 11, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Uh oh, not a tour issued putter. Call the PGA rules committee.

  11. Mr B

    Sep 11, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Will either taylormade or odyssey please read this and for gods sake make a mallet with slant neck available at a reasonable price to the general public.

  12. snowman

    Sep 11, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Yes, No Sight Lines! We need stock spec putters with No Sight Lines!

  13. DJ

    Sep 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Jonathan wall just posted it was actually in his brother’s bag. Who’s lying here?

    • Otis

      Sep 11, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Was the article too much reading for you before accusing someone of lying?

  14. Spy

    Sep 11, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    So, we can buy for $750? haha just joking…………..

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (05/17/21): Taylormade Flextech Golf Bag

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Taylormade Flextech Golf Bag.

From seller (@Edutch22): “Taylormade Flextech Golf Bag. New before the 2 rounds I played. Does show cart strap use, not sure why after only two rounds. Just do not like the straps and how it carry’s. It is the same color scheme as the Taylormade Staff Bags, pictures show it a little more blue. Looking for $175 OBRO.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Taylormade Flextech Golf Bag.

This is the most impressive current listing 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

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‘Did one length irons ruin my game?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to a post from WRXer ‘Alj92’, who is wondering whether switching to one length irons has ruined his game. Alj92 says:

“I played one length irons (King F9) all last season – about 80 rounds. In 20 years of golf I’ve never hit it better, even when I played well as a kid. 

Because I could not find left handed wedges (anything above 48*) or a 4/5i (anything less than 23*), I sold them at the end of last season. 

This year I switched to ping g425’s. Complete confidence, consistency and launch over the 6-7-8. Smash them. But I am struggling immensely with the 4/5 and 9-LW. Long irons thin weak slices, short irons strong pulls. Nowhere close with alignment. 

Did I kill my swing with the one length irons last season? Is that…possible, or does it make sense? Or is this just an expensive validation that I am a prime candidate for one length?”

Our members have been giving their take on the post in our forums.

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.

  • lefthack: “Maybe just use traditional wedges with one length irons?”
  • GatorNate11: “If I had to guess, your brain/body have probably just adjusted to that length. Give it some time, maybe get a couple of lessons in, and I’m sure you’ll find it again. Unless you made some sort of wild change in your swing with or without realizing it, it’s probably just a feel/visual thing tbh.”
  • Fairway14: “Buy yourself a set of one length irons and wedges.”

Entire Thread: “Did one length irons ruin my game?”

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K.H. Lee’s winning WITB: 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson

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K.H. Lee WITB accurate as of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Driver: Callaway Epic Max LS (10.5 degrees @9)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD GP 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist TS3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD HY 95 X

Irons: Titleist U500 (4), Callaway X Forged CB (5-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52-08F @51, 56-14F, 60-08M)
Shafts: LZ 6.5 (52), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400, S200 (60)

 

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Putter: Toulon Design San Diego
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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