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Irons used by PGA Tour’s Top 10 in Strokes Gained: Approach

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The term “ball striker” has long existed in golf to describe those golfers that hit a lot of greens, but with the advancement of statistics and strokes gained, we can go deeper and find out who the players are that truly excel against their peers not just hitting greens but hitting it close.

These are the irons used by the top 10 players in the “strokes gained: approach” category.

Number 1: Collin Morikawa

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (2), TaylorMade P760 (4, 5), TaylorMade P730 (6-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX (2), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Number 2: Justin Thomas

Irons: Titleist T100 4 iron, Titleist 620 MB 5-9, Vokey SM7 Raw 46-10F
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Number 3: Tyrrell Hatton 

Irons: Ping i210 (4-PW)
Shaft: Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 X

Number 4: Marc Leishman

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Irons: Callaway X-Forged UT (3), Callaway Apex Pro 19 (4-6), Callaway Apex MB (7-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X (hard-stepped)

Number 5: Webb Simpson

Irons: Titleist 620MB (5-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Number 6: Hideki Matsuyama

Irons: Srixon Prototype Blades (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Number 7: Viktor Hovland

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Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (21 degrees), Ping i210 (4-PW)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-85 X Hybrid (21), KBS Tour 120 X (4-PW)

* Be sure to check out John Wunders on the newest changes Viktor has made to his irons: GolfWRX Insider: Viktor Hovland dials in his Ping i210 irons

Number 8: Patrick Cantlay

Irons: Titleist AP2 718 (4-p)
Shafts: True Temper XP 115 S300

Number 9: Paul Casey

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Irons: Mizuno HM Pro (3,4), Mizuno MP4 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 120 TX

Number 10: Russell Henley

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Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9), Vokey SM7 48°
Shafts: True Temper Tour Issue AMT X100

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. John Izdrunk Daly

    Aug 4, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Interesting there isn’t a single Project X shaft player in there…

  2. tinmac

    Jul 27, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Clearly CM is using P750 4 5 iron not P760

  3. joro

    Jul 22, 2020 at 11:30 am

    7 to3 Cbs win.

    • Ty Web

      Jul 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      I count 5 to 5 if you consider cm a blade guy which i would considering he has 5 blades and 3 CBs in the bag.

  4. Paul Pool

    Jul 22, 2020 at 11:06 am

    So what you are telling me is, it is the Indian and not the arrow.

  5. TD

    Jul 22, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Casey plays MP-5’s (as pictured), not 4’s

  6. JM

    Jul 22, 2020 at 9:33 am

    XP 115 S300…what a p*ssy

    • Jeremy Ireland

      Jul 22, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      Ranked #6 in the world I believe…

      but yeah, that caught me eye also. …

    • mv

      Jul 22, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      Idiotic comment here. I play the same iron shafts with a driver ss of 122. Why? Because they keep my tempo in check.
      I highly doubt you have the skill or the game to talk down to anyone on tour.

      • DS

        Jul 24, 2020 at 9:18 am

        ????????. Some jerks just don’t feel good unless they’re being jerks. Social media’s downside.

      • Paulo

        Jul 25, 2020 at 11:40 pm

        I can guarantee that we need to take at least 10% off your stated speed to get the actual measured value

    • Bob Pegram

      Jul 23, 2020 at 5:25 am

      Maybe he likes more kick at the bottom of the shaft. You should use what works not what other people think is good. It is good you aren’t a caddy for a good player like Cantlay. You would be counter-productive.

    • Josh

      Jul 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Cantlay’s shaft spec was the most interesting part of this article, IMO. I’m sure he plays them for a reason. Wonder if he switched to lighter shafts after his back injury. Would love to see a deep dive into his WITB.

    • Josh

      Jul 29, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      That tidbit about Cantlay’s shafts was the coolest part of this article. He must play them for a reason…just goes to show it’s not always the flex that matters but the weight. Wonder if he switched to lighter shafts after his back injury. Would love to get the full deep dive on his WITB.

  7. Nathan

    Jul 21, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    NO.7 KBS TOUR 120=S 130=X. there is no 120X

    • Golf guy

      Jul 21, 2020 at 11:05 pm

      Unless they’re Tour V 120 X

    • Josh

      Jul 25, 2020 at 11:58 am

      There is a Modus 120 X and TX flex. 120 S flex is 114g, X is 120 and TX is 126g. Check Nippons website. Modus 130 is an entirely different shaft/weight profile.

      • Josh

        Jul 25, 2020 at 12:41 pm

        Sorry, thought you were talking about Hatton’s Modus 120 X’s.

  8. Ryan

    Jul 21, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Some of the pictures don’t match the iron description you list..

  9. Acemandrake

    Jul 21, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Hit it straight with some distance control. Repeat.

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Bridgestone launches special First Tee edition e6 ball

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Bridgestone Golf has launched a special First Tee edition e6 golf ball, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf.

The special First Tee edition ball is available now exclusively through PGA Tour Superstore and comes in both white and optic yellow color codes.

“We’re very pleased to offer this special First Tee edition e6, exclusively at PGA Tour Superstore. For decades, First Tee has done very fine work, helping young people learn and grow through the game of golf, building strong individuals and communities. It is an honor to create a dedicated product where the proceeds from the sales will bolster their charitable endeavors.” – Dan Murphy, President and CEO, Bridgestone Golf

As a reminder, the e6 is the longest-running model in Bridgestone’s current lineup. The latest model, new for 2021, features a larger, softer core in design for a more responsive feel added distance for moderate swing speed players.

The new design, which is specifically tailored to modern players who value a ball that provides a very soft feel at impact, retails for $21.99 per dozen.

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Adidas unveils new Stan Smith golf shoe in classic colorway

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Adidas Golf is bringing the classic Stan Smith colorway to the course, with the new unmistakable white and green golf shoe.

Building upon the new PimeGreen upper made with high-performance recycled materials1 as part of Adidas’ mission to End Plastic Waste, this version is also waterproof (one-year warranty) to help keep golfers dry both on and off the course.

The new Stan Smith golf shoe features a PU cushioning in targeted areas in the midsole to go alongside a PU die-cut sockliner in a bid to provide maximum comfort.

The shoe also contains an adiwear spikeless outsole that features lugs inspired by the shoe’s original sole design, offering some added traction for all course conditions to go along with their style.

“When we were talking about bringing this shoe into golf, the original white and green colorway was a must-have as part of our planning. The Stan Smith silhouette is known throughout the world for being so versatile from a fashion standpoint, so we’re excited to give golfers that same style and versatility for when they head out to the course, now in a more sustainable way.” – Masun Denison, global footwear director, Adidas Golf.

As an ode to the traditions of the past, Adidas has also included a removable white kiltie to provide players another way to wear their shoes and give off some added flair for their round.

This classic white and green colorway of the Stan Smith Golf will be available on adidas.com, through the Adidas app, and at select retail partners worldwide beginning Saturday, May 1.

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Lob wedge or no lob wedge? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the necessity of a lob wedge. WRXer ‘rickybooby25’ kicks off the thread, saying

“Do you use a Lob wedge in your current set-up or not? Players nowadays immediately default to using a LW when playing a chip shot around the greens. I currently have a LW in the bag but have been debating on taking it out completely because it creates bad habits when facing a chip shot. What are your thoughts?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the subject in the forum, with some very interesting responses.

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.

  • Chadwickog: “I am in the NO lob wedge camp, it simplifies the decision making when it comes to wedge play, and all shots are still possible if you know how to hit them.”
  • jholz: “I’ve always looked at the lob wedge as a specialty club for special situations. Lower lofted wedges (54* or 56*) are the ones I use for the vast majority of generic chip shots.”
  • timmekang: “I’ve mentioned this in prior posts, but I carry 2 lob wedges. Not all lob wedges are created equal to don’t be afraid to bring more than 1 out on the course with different bounce/grind/etc. and see what works best depending on your lie and circumstances.”
  • lefthack: “I bought one, learned to hit it, but didn’t find a need for it in my bag when there are other clubs I would use more.”

Entire Thread: “Lob wedge or no lob wedge?”

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