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The drivers used by the top-10 longest hitters on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s longest golfers use to bomb their tee shots? 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 distance on Tour are using by driver manufacturer. Interestingly, only two OEMs figure.

  • Ping: 4
  • TaylorMade: 6

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 specifics of their drivers, shafts and how far their average tee shots flew.

10) Keith Mitchell

Driver: TaylorMade M1 440
Loft: 10.5 degrees (10 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 7.5 (tipped 1 inch)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing weight: D3
Grip: Golf Pride Victory Cord 58R
Average driving distance: 312.6 yards

9) Bubba Watson

Driver: Ping G400 LST
Loft: 8.5 degrees (7.6 degrees)
Shaft: Ping BiMatrix-X (tipped .50 inch)
Length: 44.5 inches
Swing weight: D4
Grip: Ping 703 Gold
Average driving distance: 312.9 yards

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8) Brooks Koepka

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460
Loft: 9.5
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX
Average driving distance: 313.0 yards

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7) Gary Woodland

Driver: TaylorMade M3 440
Loft: 9 degrees (8 degrees)
Shaft: Accra RPG 80X (tipped 2 inches)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing weight: D5
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord Mid
Average driving distance: 313.4 yards

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6) Dustin Johnson

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Average driving distance: 314.0 yards

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5) Luke List

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Loft: 8.5 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80TX
Average driving distance: 314.7 yards

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4) Tony Finau

Driver: Ping G400 Max
Loft: 9 degrees (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z X485 M5 (tipped 1 inch)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing weight: D5
Grip: Custom Lamkin UTX Mid
Average driving distance: 315.3 yards

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3) Tom Lovelady

Driver: Ping G400 Max
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: TPT MKP 15.5
Length: 44.75 inches
Swing weight: D3+
Grip: Golf Pride V55 Full Cord 58R
Average driving distance: 315.9 yards

2) Trey Mullinax

Driver: Ping G400 Max
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 60-X
Length: 45 inches (tipped 1 inch)
Swing weight: D4
Grip: Golf Pride V55 Full Cord
Average driving distance: 318.7 yards

1) Rory McIlroy

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460
Loft: 8.5 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70XTS
Length: 45.625 inches
Swing weight: D8
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R
Average driving distance: 319.8 yards

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  1. Ron Roulhac

    Jan 9, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Appreciate the article. It’s nice to have all of this golf club information in one place. To improve you golf game, it’s not just about clubs, but your approach is very important. After visiting http://www.golfswingpundit.com my golf game improved dramatically.

  2. Benny

    Nov 3, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Many great points in here. Does show me that the long ball hitters are all under 9* loft. Low loft, low spin drivers and getting that launch angle up. I saw this video with Thomas on pressure scales. At impact he is posted up on his right/rear leg around 90% and behind the ball. So add all that up amd you get some added distance boys. My 13* 430 won’t get me there lol.

  3. Chris Bunting

    Oct 17, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Woodland, lol. 80tx, tipped 2″. Id use that shaft to stake a new tree in my yard. F’n animal.

  4. Cliff

    Oct 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Ben:

    Thanks for the good stuff, but for us mortals with swing speeds of under 120, how about the drivers used by the shortest hitters on tour. That info may give us some insight into what clubheads and set ups are generating the most distance. Probably would be good to do the seniors and women, too, but for me I am going and get my x shaft tipped 2 inches so I can hit my driver under the tee markers. Lot of hot air in town (Washington DC) these days.

  5. dave

    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    The engineers make their big money designing shafts, all those guys can use the same heads with their “made for them shafts” and get similiar results.

  6. Billy

    Oct 6, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I have the LST. I am 65 and hitting the ball longer than I ever have. For some reason the 65g stock shaft fit me perfectly. Not surprising with Ping.

  7. CrashTestDummy

    Oct 5, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    You put any brand driver in their hands that is fitted for them with a good shaft, they would still be the longest guys on tour.

    • Just k

      Oct 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Not necessarily. It’s hard to get the launch/spin combo with a Callaway or other as ping and TaylorMade atm

    • Brandon Miller

      Nov 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      I agree it’s great to see what the longest hitters in tour are using and there set ups but ultimately they could interchange the club heads and have similar results.

  8. big jones

    Oct 5, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    This is interesting. How about providing lists of wedges and putters. That’s a great idea about the drivers of straight hitters. Thanks.

  9. Vas

    Oct 5, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Made the move to the Ping LST this year. If I smash one with both, my Rogue SZ was probably 5 yards longer, but the LST does NOT go left… like ever. I’m a believer. Also, everyone I know who has tried the G400 Max that isn’t brainwashed into having the absolute lowest spin setup loves it. The original G400 is probably useless now, but the LST and Max are ridiculously good.

  10. dat

    Oct 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    PXG? Nope.

  11. Tom

    Oct 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    All these driver heads perform the same, rules of golf ensure that. Just depends on who is paying each guy…

    • Joe

      Oct 7, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      No they don’t. Heads are very different. They are absolutely designed to accomplish different things.

  12. John Krug

    Oct 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Driver specs are personal to the individual. Is it accurate to say the information provided is as relevant as the shoe size of a player?

  13. Martin

    Oct 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    The shafts interest me most. Amazing that there are two Accra’s, such a small company!

    • Brett

      Oct 25, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Been using Accra shafts for years now! Seriously underrated!

  14. John

    Oct 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I doubt the list would change much if they hit a different brand driver.

  15. Aaron

    Oct 5, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Rory’s driver is D8! Even with his Tensei Orange shaft, that’s a lot of extra head weight being added.

    • Matt

      Oct 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      More a result of length. Every half inch is 3 ticks on the scale. So if he was at 45″ his SW would be a shade over D4.

    • Murv

      Oct 5, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      His driver is almost 46 inches long. Accounting for almost all of the swing weight.

    • Dave

      Oct 9, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      The reason the SW is d8 is because of the extra length. BTW SW is an artifical number. I can build a d0 with same head weight and shaft.

    • Redundant Ray

      Oct 11, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      I think that extra swing weight is probably just the result of the extra length. He plays a longer driver, like 46″ I read somewhere.

  16. Jack Nash

    Oct 5, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    As a result of last weeks Ryder Cup, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to list the Drivers used by the Top 10 Most Accurate Drivers on the PGA?

    • Mike

      Oct 5, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Agree with Jack Nash – accuracy far more important than distance. Ryder Cup teams as follows: Europe : 8.5 x4; 9.0 x5; 9.5 x1; 10.5×2
      USA: 7.6 x1; 8.0 x1; 8.5 x3; 9.0 x2; 9.5 x3 10.5 x2

      If Casey, Rahm, DJ & Simpson are at 10.5 deg drivers – those of us playing amateur golf should be at least 13 deg ,,, yet, we are being sold drivers to imitate the top professionals !?!?

      • Scott

        Oct 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm

        Mike, there are more factors than loft. Shaft flex, kick points weight, etc. If you were fit for your driver vs. buying one off the rack, you would understand.

      • Craig

        Oct 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm

        Sometime the lofts described may not be accurate, they will take a 10.5 degree driver and adjust the loft down which depending on driver also creates a slightly open face many pro’s prefer.

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TOUR REPORT: Details on JT’s new ultra-custom Scotty Cameron putter

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The PGA Tour is in McKinney, Texas this week for the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch, where players will have their final opportunities to tune up for the year’s second major, or to qualify for the event if they haven’t already.

It’s the proverbial calm before the PGA Championship storm next week at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Of course, there’s nothing calm about the Texas wind this week, but you get the point.

As always, GolfWRX was live on site ahead of the Byron Nelson to take a look into players’ bags and see what gear they’re playing, and why.

We saw two particularly interesting custom clubs this week (Justin Thomas’ new putter, and Maverick McNealy’s super custom irons), and caught up with two players’ bags we haven’t photographed in a while (Jason Day and Justin Leonard).

Let’s dive right into this week’s Tour Report from Texas.

Max Homa speaks after his Wells Fargo victory

Following his fourth career PGA Tour victory, Max Homa joined our Two Guys Talking Golf (TG2) podcast to speak on his latest Titleist gear changes, his dream celebrity foursome, and what it feels like to win on the PGA Tour. As a biased co-host of the show, I suggest listening to the entire episode, but if you’re only in it for the Homa interview (understandable), skip to the 41:10 mark in the SoundCloud embed above. Or, check it out on YouTube here.

Odyssey’s Texas wedge

With the dry and windy conditions in Texas, the “Texas wedge” is more of an option this week than usual. For those who may not get the reference, a “Texas wedge” is when you decide to use a putter from off the green rather than chipping the ball into the air. Personally, as someone who has struggled with his chipping in recent years, the Texas wedge can be a savior of wasted strokes around the green.

Need work on your chipping? Check out this GolfWRX article: 5 “secrets” to improve your wedge game.

Details on Justin Thomas’ new Scotty Cameron putter

Justin Thomas has won 14 times on the PGA Tour, and most of his victories have come using the Scotty Cameron X5 Tour putter pictured above. Take particular note of the back cavity, the short slant neck, and the milled face.

Despite his prodigious performance with the trusty X5, Thomas came to the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson with a new putter in the bag. Pictured below, it’s an ultra-custom Scotty Cameron T5 prototype.

While the head shape is nearly identical to his previous gamer, it has smoother milling marks on the face, a plumbers “knuckle” neck, and a plate added to the back cavity.

The “knuckle” neck features a silvered-out shaft piece that helps extend the neck to give Thomas the look and feel that he wants. The slightly different toe hang compared to his previous gamer works to help stabilize the face better throughout his stroke for a more consistent strike and starting direction, according to Scotty Cameron tour rep Drew Page.

The lightweight aluminum back plating in the cavity helps provide the right sound for Thomas. Back at the 2021 British Open, Thomas put a similar prototype putter into play that didn’t have the back plating, and he was looking for a slightly different sound.

“He started working with a knuckle neck last year before the British Open,” Page told GolfWRX on Tuesday. “He put the first version of it in play at the British Open. Then afterwards he came back with feedback for us, what he liked, what he didn’t like, and what he wanted to see out of it. We were able to create that…

“He was like, ‘Alright lets get into current product,’ so that’s why we went that direction. He can see something new, and he knew if he does get into it as a full time thing, there’s no shortage of current product to get, or head shapes, or new heads in that line if we want to alter necks.

“We’re still learning a little bit about everything it helps him with and what he loves. It stabilizes the stroke a little bit. His open to closure rate is just better, it’s more consistent as far as his strike and starting on line. He can feel it throughout the stroke a little bit. A player like that, it’s very much about honing in and being in touch with what they feel throughout the stroke. That produces confidence in being able to make putts, which is huge.”

See more photos of JT’s new putter here.

Embrace yourself

Cooper Dossey, a Ping staffer playing in the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson, speaks with a slight stutter when saying certain words (such as “root beer”), or in certain situations.

Rather than shying away from the speech impediment, Dossey embraces it by stamping his Ping PLD putter with “Stutter King,” and stamping “Root Beer” on his Ping Glide wedge.

Kudos, Cooper.

Cooper Dossey’s Full 2022 WITB. 

Jason Day’s scratched up red Spider, and custom Odyssey protos

This week, we caught up with 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day to check out what clubs he’s using as an equipment free agent in 2022. Click here to see his full WITB.

Last week at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship, Day switched back into his famous TaylorMade Spider Tour Limited Red putter that he popularized in 2016. Unfortunately, he’s since dropped the putter on a cart path and scratched the sole plate. Luckily, though, the putter still functions properly; it just has more character now.

That wasn’t the only putter he had in the bag on Tuesday, though. Although he said he plans to continue using the red Spider, Day was also testing out two different Odyssey Toulon “J Daytona” mallet putters.

More photos of Jason Day’s 2022 WITB. 

Maverick McNealy’s irons

For most of his professional career, Maverick McNealy has gone back and forth between a set of Callaway Apex MB irons, and a set of Nike VR Pro blades that he’s used for years.

For the last year, however, McNealy and Callaway have been working on an ultra custom 1-of-1 set of Apex MB irons that more closely match the looks, feel and performance that McNealy is searching for.

This week at the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson, McNealy unveiled the set for the first time on the PGA Tour.

Check out the full story behind the custom irons here.

Here’s a snippet of what McNealy had to say about the irons:

“For me, getting that center of gravity out towards the toe, or should I say, getting that center of gravity further away from the hosel, gives me more club head awareness on the way down. It slows down the closure rate and keeps the club face square longer. I found out with other blades, because they’re so short heel to toe, and the center of gravity is so close to the heel, that I was shutting them down too fast for me. So these help keep the club face square on the way back and give me that awareness on the way through.

“We’re measuring offsets, impact height, location, lead groove height, there’s just so many little details that change the way you deliver the club, the way you feel it. The next thing we’re looking at is making sure every iron is spinning exactly the way we want through the bag especially with the new golf ball, the prototype golf ball (Chrome Soft X) that I’ve been playing from Callaway, which is awesome. It’s pretty cool to get to match an iron and a golf ball to hit exactly the flight I want to through the bag.”

Check out all of our photos of the irons. 

Justin Leonard 2022 WITB update

Justin Leonard, a 12-time PGA Tour winner from nearby Dallas, Texas, is playing in the AT&T Byron Nelson this week. The 49-year-old is now likely preparing for his Champion Tours debut in the near future, and nowadays he has a bag full of Callaway/Odyssey equipment. It’s always fun to see what clubs the legends decide to use as they continue into their later years in the game.

Make sure to check out his full 2022 WITB here.

And with that, we wrap up this week’s Tour Report from Texas. We’ll see you next week in Oklahoma for the 2022 PGA Championship!

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson here.

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Best Mizuno irons of all time? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Mizuno irons. WRXer ‘Tomathist’ wants to know what model are considered the best in each iron category, and our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

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.

  • Mp14forlife: “Mp14. None of this crazy has to have a razor-thin top line nonsense, or crazy has to have zero offset nonsense. Easy to hit for a blade, Little bit of offset and a top line that gives you a bit of confidence and buttery feel! Great clubs!”
  • golf_junkie_85: “MP-33, these are the irons Tiger would’ve used if Titleist didn’t sign him up.”
  • Mirsir69: “Mp-33 has to be up there. All around I would go with the Mizuno pro 223’s though as they’re so versatile and still quite appealing. My only complaint there is I wish they would have forged the 7 iron the same was that they did 8-PW. I don’t mind the 4, 5, & 6 being a little bit hotter. Maybe could’ve gotten away with the 6 being forged as well, but I’m picky about feel.”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (5/13/22): Callaway UW

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At GolfWRX, 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 – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Callaway UW.

From the seller (@tmaze177): “Callaway UW 19° standard length, RDX Black 5.5 shaft. Hit less than a dozen times. $245”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Callaway UW

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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