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That one time Dustin Johnson got super protective over his M3 weight setup

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Recently, I recounted conversations with Dustin Johnson and Keith Sbarbaro (VP of tour relations at TaylorMade) regarding DJ’s switch into a TaylorMade P-790 long iron, DJ proto irons, and TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedges, including a 64-degree wedge.

At the time, TaylorMade’s M3 driver, which is currently in DJ’s bag, was off limits to write about. Given that TaylorMade has officially launched its new M3 and M4 products, however, I can now reveal some very interesting tidbits about DJ and his M3 driver.

As previously addressed, DJ does not like to change driver shafts and will likely continue to play a Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution II Tour Spec for the remainder of his playing career — I joke, but he really might. So aside from the shaft, let’s get into 3 things I learned about DJ and his M3 driver based on discussions with Keith and DJ, and from a hitting clinic at The Kingdom last month in front of 50 or so media members.

1) Dustin’s thoughts on Twist Face

“Twist Face” is TaylorMade’s new design that makes the high-toe area of the face more open and more lofted, and the low heel portion more shut and lower lofted. The goal here is to reduce the slice off the low heel and reduce the hook off the high toe. For Dustin, he seemed most excited to get relief on his high-toe miss.

“Twist Face really helps my miss on the high toe that goes left,” Dustin told me. “So this will definitely help with that. It works, and it’s gonna help the consumer.”

You gotta love the world No. 1 golfer thinking about the consumer.

2) The Long Get Longer

In 2017, Dustin Johnson ranked 12th in ball speed on the PGA Tour, averaging 180.06 mph per drive, with his fastest recorded speed being 184.65 mph. If his early testing with the TaylorMade M3 is any indication, however, he may be picking up some speed this year.

Have a look at this Tweet from the driving clinic at the Kingdom. DJ says his ball speed is up 3 mph, and the 185.1 ball speed is higher than any of the drives he recorded in 2017.

That could partly be due to how DJ and his fitter Keith have the weights adjusted…

3) Do NOT touch DJ’s weight setup in his M3 driver

Since the clinic was put on by TaylorMade, of course the company wants to show how much influence the weights in the M3’s new Y-track have on trajectory. That’s a reasonable thing to expect from a company, especially with a new CG adjustable driver and arguably the world’s best driver of the golf ball to use as your experimenter.

As such, the speaking host of the clinic asked DJ’s fitter to adjust the weights in his M3 driver to showcase the different settings and how the golf ball would react.

DJ, however, did not want his weight settings to be touched. It seemed he was joking at first, but after he expressed his discomfort with adjusting his weight setup that had been dialed in based on testing, it was obvious he was dead serious.

I’m paraphrasing, but DJ said something to the effect of… “if you move the weights and then when we move em back and it’s not performing the same, I’m gonna be mad.”

So, in order for the show to go on and have DJ hit shots with different settings, the TaylorMade team had to fetch an entirely new driver to play around with. The M3 driver they used, however, didn’t even have his Fujikura Speeder shaft in it! While DJ didn’t mention anything about the wrong shaft, you know that hitting a different shaft probably didn’t sit well with him since he’s been “essentially playing the same shaft since coming out on Tour.”

Funny stuff, and lesson learned: Don’t touch Dustin’s adjustable weights, or you will have earned an enemy.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. JP

    Feb 1, 2020 at 10:18 am

    How could moving them and putting them back how it was change anything? I don’t even see that as possible.

  2. L BRANDT

    May 31, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    “if you move the weights and then when we move em back and it’s not performing the same, I’m gonna be mad.”

    LOL, I can totally relate to this…even if you think something is different, but really isn’t, it’s going to mess with your head

  3. Simms

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Never had much luck moving the weights around with drivers (have had several with movable weights) then I read an article that made sense..It basically said a player with a firm grip will see very little difference with movable weights where a player with a lighter grip will be more likely to see results moving those few grams around….

  4. Kaven

    Jan 7, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Lolll it’s funny because Dustin uses a M4 for the Hawaii first tournament???

    • Jack

      Jan 10, 2018 at 3:43 am

      Yeah LOL> Guess he really didn’t want the weights adjusted so chose one that didn’t have adjustable weights!

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TaylorMade MyTP putter program allows golfers to customize Juno, Soto designs

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Building on the success of its MySpider program, TaylorMade is introducing MyTP, a custom-design platform for its TP line of putters.

The traditional shapes of the TP line’s Juno and Soto models can be customized in 11 areas. And whether golfers prefer the more rounded appearance of the Soto or the more squared-off look of the Juno, the bevy of opportunities to customize these blades offers myriad unique design possibilities.

TaylorMade MyTP putter program

From colors, to engraving, to stamping, finish and sightlines, MyTP brings “an extensive level of personalization to a traditional line of blade putters, delivering an ideal blend of the classic and the modern,” says Bill Price, Senior Director of Product Creation, Putter & Wedge.

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TaylorMade MyTP color and personalization options, below

  • Head Finish – Classic Silver or Jet Black
  • Hosel – Juno; L Neck and Long Neck. Soto; Flow Neck and Long Neck
  • Custom Engraving – Create a custom message with characters (4) on both the toe and heel bumpers. Choose from 12 different paint fills
  • Sight Line – Five different sight line options include no line, single line in cavity, dot on topline, single line on topline and double line in cavity with 12 different paint fills
  • Face Insert – Nine different paint options for the Pure Roll™ insert with 45° grooves to encourage optimal forward roll
  • TP Cavity Badge – The TP insignia on the back of the putter blade can be personalized with 10 different color options
  • Cavity Screws – The weighted screws on the back of the putter blade can be personalized with 8 different color options
  • Sole Weights – Choose from 3 different finishes: Stainless Steel, Gun Metal and Copper
  • TaylorMade Weight Logo – Embossed within the sole weights, the subtle TaylorMade logo can be personalized with 12 different color options
  • Juno/Soto and TaylorMade Logos – The adjacent logos on the sole of the putter can be personalized with 12 different color options
  • Shaft Color – Classic Chrome and Black

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MyTP: Specs, pricing, and availability

  • MyTP is live on TaylorMadeGolf.com today
  • Retail price: $325.
  • Length options span from 32-37 inches
  • Select grip offerings from SuperStroke, Golf Pride, and Lamkin

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Stay tuned to GolfWRX on Instagram for an awesome MyTP giveaway. 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (12/1/20): TaylorMade SIM “Rocket”, Custom Olson, Callaway Apex MB raw

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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 Bomber_11 – Raw Callaway Apex MB irons

Classic simple and classy blades are only made better without chrome plating and if rust is your thing, don’t rest on this set.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Raw Apex MB

Member darrickpe – TaylorMade SIM “Rocket” fairway

“Rocket” really is the best way to describe the strong-lofted TaylorMade SIM fairway wood. Whether it be off the tee or from the deck, if you catch this thing on the screws it launches rockets!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade SIM fairway

Member Puma74 – Custom Olson putter

Mamma Mia!!! This putter has everything a custom putter lover could ever want – mint condition, weld neck, lovely milled face… the only other thing you could possibly want would be to get it at a lower price, but good luck!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Olson Putter

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

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No tape, no solvent: New Golf Pride Concept Helix grip makes installation hassle-free

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If you have ever wanted to regrip your clubs but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of tape or solvent, Golf Pride has developed a revolutionary system to make regripping easier than ever before with the all-new Golf Pride Concept Helix.

The Concept Helix grip and the simple system used to install it removes the fear factor of installing grips and also brings a new level of accessibility to those that are looking to benefit from the performance advantage of new grips—it also requires zero drying time, meaning you can go from gripping clubs to hitting shots instantly.

To see how it works, check out the video from Golf Pride below.

Golf Pride Concept Helix grip: More details

Golf Pride’s new Concept Helix grip system uses a friction and torque-based installation method that ensures the grips are secure and are installed using a proprietary ‘horn’ device that is included with every order.

“Golf Pride stands at the forefront of innovation in grips, and Concept Helix builds on that legacy as the first-ever twist-on grip technology system. This is the first major new advanced concept to come out of the lab at our new Global Innovation Center in Pinehurst and innovates the installation process, requiring no tape, no solvent, and no drying time. Getting fresh grips on your clubs will be more seamless than ever.”
Greg Cavill – Global Project Engineer / Golf Pride

The other interesting note is that without the need for solvents or tape, the new Concept Helix grips and more environmentally friendly.

“We continue to explore new technologies that benefit golfers, both on and off the course. Concept Helix, in this regard, is this next step in the exploration of best practices for grip installation.”- Brandon Sowell, global director of sales and marketing for Golf Pride

For more information on the Concept Helix Grip-System, visit www.concepthelix.com, and to purchase, check out Golfpride.com/shop

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