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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. geohogan

    Jun 6, 2024 at 10:59 pm

    Seems there is only one student of the game/designer of golf shaft(s), Gerry Hogan who did the calculations that show, 45 inch is not simply an arbitrary length. 45 inch is the limit for any golf shaft with a 0.335 inch diameter tip
    for controllable bend and torque.

    Increase the tip diameter and shaft length can be manageably in longer lengths than 45 inches.

    That means changing the standard for professional level clubhead(adaptors) and shafts. Until someone other than Gerry Hogan does the calculations golfers will wonder why they lose control above 45 inch length.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. dat

    Oct 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    PXG? Nope.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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!

  15. John

    Oct 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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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Neal Shipley WITB 2024 (June)

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Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees @7.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: Ping G430 LST (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (13.5 degrees, B2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

5-wood: Ping G430 Max (18 degrees @16.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Black 8 X

Irons: Ping i230 (3), Ping Blueprint S (4), Ping Blueprint T (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100

Wedges: Ping s159 (46-12S, 50-12S, 54-12S, 60-08H)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100 (46-54), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (60)

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord

See more in-hand photos of Neal Shipley’s clubs here.

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Bryson DeChambeau WITB 2024 (June)

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Driver: Krank Formula Fire Pro (6 degrees @5)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees @12)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

Irons: Avoda Prototype (5-PW)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (46-12S @45, 50-12S, 56, 60)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Putter: SIK Pro C-Series Armlock/LA Golf Proto
Shaft: LA Golf C2L-180
Grip: JumboMax JumboFlat 17

Grips: JumboMax UltraLight XL

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash

Check out more in-hand photos of Bryson DeChambeau’s clubs here.

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Callaway launches Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver

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First in our sites on the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage in April, Callaway announced today it is bringing its Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver to retail as the competition for the “not quite a driver, not quite a fairway wood” slot in golfers’ bags continues to heat up.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver: Tech story

At 340 cc’s and designed primarily as an alternate tee club (11.5 and 13.5-degree lofts), the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver features the same Ai Smart Face technology as the Ai Smoke family of drivers — for more on Micro Deflections and Swing Code, check out our driver launch piece. Additionally, with the mini driver Callaway engineers opted for a dual weighting system (four grams and 12 grams), which can be swapped to adjust launch and spin.

Discussing the mini driver, Paul Winterhalter, Product Manager at Callaway, said, “This isn’t necessarily your “bomber” spec; this isn’t looking for extra added distance as compared to your driver. But this is an alternative club to where it’s giving you that consistent distance. It’s that smaller footprint for a player that’s probably a little bit higher caliber, looking to control.”

Added Advanced R&D Manager Nick Yontz, “What we’ve seen from a Tour aspect is that Tour players are rarely hitting their 3-woods into greens as approach shots. The 3-wood has become nearly a tee-only club, so situationally I think we’re going to see tour players lean into this at certain golf courses and certain setups as a club that they can use to hit more fairways.”

Yontz also stated the mini driver is 43.75 inches in length, two inches shorter than a traditional driver. He described it as “easier to swing and easier to hit straighter, because of that shorter shaft being able to square it up and control it a little bit more.” He also mentioned the Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 is well suited to players who struggle to hit their 3-woods, particularly off the tee.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver: Pricing, specs, availability

  • Price: $449.99
  • Lofts: 11.5, 13.5 degrees
  • Shafts: Project X Denali Blue (50, 60), Project X Cypher (40)
  • Pre-sale date: 6/11
  • At retail: 6/27

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