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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? 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 accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

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 available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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  1. Bruce

    Dec 2, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Need to see the list for the 10 worst as comparison. Also breakdown of all drivers on tour. Then the stats will be approaching meaningful

  2. Matt

    Nov 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    If I didn’t know better I’d think this was a list from 2017. All the TM guys are using older models. Isn’t twist face supposed to be an “accuracy” technology? Imagine how straight they’d be with the new tech! Hopefully the sarcasm is coming through.

  3. Scooter6

    Oct 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Would like to see a more useful field of pros- top in combined driving proficiency (length and distance). Also, I agree that driver length is a very useful piece of information since most PGA players use a SHORTER than factory length shaft.

  4. Leftshot

    Oct 17, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    EVERY player has a different shaft and a different head. So, this seems like it argues for getting custom fit as opposed to favoring any product.

    Second, since only 1% of us have a 110-130 MPH swing speed, the makes and models featured are even more irrelevant.

    Now you could have made these points and others that would have made this article of some value, but you didn’t.

  5. John Krug

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:39 am

    10 drivers, each with a different shaft. This article is as useful as telling us the shoe size and width of the shoes worn by each player.

    • Stop whining

      Oct 18, 2018 at 3:19 am

      Stop with the shoe size analogy. You used that on the longest drivers article. Maybe go with hat size next time?

  6. Alfonso

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Interesting statistics. But not everyone in the amateur world have a perfect swing like these guys. I would like read what shafts are used by the average amateur.

  7. Jim

    Oct 17, 2018 at 9:27 am

    How many wins from these guys vs. the top 10 longest hitters?

  8. GMR

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Interesting to note that not a single TwistFace on that list

  9. Terry

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Its the Indian not the arrow

    • CrashTestDummy

      Oct 17, 2018 at 2:31 am

      It’s the Indian with a well fitted arrow.

      • Steve

        Oct 17, 2018 at 8:22 am

        If you’ve got swing flaws, fitting doesn’t help.

        • Tyler

          Oct 17, 2018 at 11:26 am

          False

        • clueless

          Nov 29, 2018 at 10:42 am

          as jackie burke would say. if a guy doesn’t have a clue, keep him in the dark. at the edge of the driving range. just keep him there clueless and hitting it crooked.

    • Brian

      Oct 17, 2018 at 8:25 am

      This isn’t an article about golf balls (i.e. the Arrow), this is about drivers which would correspond to the bow in that oft repeated, flawed analogy.

    • NormW

      Oct 17, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Agree, but it’s interesting to see their club choice and loft.

  10. Ol' Gaffer

    Oct 16, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I bet that the 10 most INaccurate players also play the same or similar drivers. If you wanna be more accurate don’t carry a low loft driver… get a BANG 12-14-16º driver and the added loft will defeat your slice and increase your draw height. I play a Ping G2 400cc, 15.5º driver and have a 200-220 yard carry.

    • kapooow

      Oct 17, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      if you don’t got a 275 yard driver carry you shud not be on this forum

  11. West Phi

    Oct 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    3-wood is no way near the same as driver for Stenson…Stenson is actually a horrible driver of the tee with driver…

  12. Craig

    Oct 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    wow what happened to twist face helping accuracy!!!

  13. Tiger Noods

    Oct 16, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Interesting to see what the short-knockers use. I’ll stick to Ping or TM, thanks.

    • Brad

      Oct 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Stenson averages 291 yards off the tee, and he almost always uses his 3 wood. Yeah, he’s a real short-knocker…

  14. Kev

    Oct 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    More importantly; what’s the shaft length of these drivers?

  15. Tommy

    Oct 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Maybe this article should have been titled, “The drivers used by the PGA Tour’s shortest hitters”. The reason most of these guys are on this list is that they don’t hit it very far by Tour standards. Just sayin’

  16. BMoney

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I thought Stenson finally got rid of the Octane 3 wood?

    • Jim

      Oct 16, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Stenson tried to each year with a new 3W that is callaway’s current lineup but inevitably switchs back to the Octane. I read somewhere it is because he delofts the club at impact the extra loft from the 3w helps him. Surprised he never got into those higher lofted mini drivers.

      • Benny

        Nov 22, 2018 at 7:19 pm

        The oem’s want these guys on latest equipment. TMag is the worst and why every two years Sergio’s is a whole new bag. Because many of these Pros are supposed to be playing and promoting certain nrands or lines. Keagan for years played a Cleveland Classic (TI of course). But in any WITB articles it was always a Srixon driver and head cover. He literally carried the Srixon driver with him just in case there was photos. I am suprised the OEM’s don’t get back into disguising the clubs and shafts again. But maybe there is issues with this, who knows.

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Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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