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Drivers, shafts used by the top 10 in strokes gained: off-the-tee

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A “great driver” of the ball used to be considered someone who hit a lot of fairways, 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 fairways but hitting it far and missing in the right spots leading to a statistical advantage off the tee.

These are the driver combos used by the top 10 players in the “strokes gained: off-the-tee” category.

1. Bryson DeChambeau

Driver: Cobra King SpeedZone (5.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf BAD Prototype 60 X

2. Cameron Champ

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Driver: Ping G410 LST (10 degrees, flat + setting)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70X (tipped 1.5″)

3. Sergio Garcia

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Sergio Garcia of Spain plays his shot from the 14th tee during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Driver: Ping G410 LST (9.0 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX

4. Rory McIlroy

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees @8.75)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X (45.5 inches, 59.25 lie, D4)

5. Jon Rahm

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

6. Jhonattan Vegas

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore X F1 7 X

7. Xander Schauffele

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Triple Diamond (9 degrees @8)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7 X

8. Bubba Watson

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees @6.8)
Shaft: Project X Bi-Matrix (tipped 1/2″)

9. Scotty Scheffler

(Stock Ping G400 LST Shown)

Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 7 X

10. Jason Kokrak

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Accra TZ5 85 M5 Proto

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Ryan Barath 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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Brandt Snedeker WITB 2021 (September)

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  • Brandt Snedeker WITB accurate as of the Fortinet Championship

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Blue Tour Spec 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Blue Tour Spec 7 X

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

Irons: Miura CB-301 (4-9)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber I95 S

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10S, 52-10S, 56-10S), 2021 Vokey Proto (60-3K)
Shafts: (48) AeroTech SteelFiber I95 S (52/56/60) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

See more photos of Brandt Snedeker’s what’s in the bag in the forums.

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TaylorMade releases TP5x Pix USA and TP5 Pix, TP5 bacon and egg golf balls

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TaylorMade has unveiled its latest themed golf ball release, with the brand’s TP5x Pix, TP5 Pix and TP5 all getting a makeover.

The TP5x Pix USA ball features all the usual benefits from the brand’s TP5x Pix, with a stars and stripes graphics to form TaylorMade’s signature ClearPath Alignment to aid golfers on the green.

The company’s TP5 Pix and TP5 balls have been given the bacon and egg treatment, with both balls featuring the classic combo of bacon and eggs framing a single TaylorMade logo to create a distinct line from the ball to the hole.

The balls are priced at $49.99 per dozen and are available to purchase at TaylorMade.com.

 

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What’s the optimal putter color? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing putter colors. WRXer ‘BankBank’ has come to the conclusion that he putts far better with a black putter than any other color and is interested in hearing the color preference of fellow members.

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.

  • sevenfourate: “I love the long-term ease of maintenance of a plain Stainless finish. But like do also love the contrast a black putter head gives. But having a marked/chipped up black finish would drive me nuts. I was at the BMW PGA at Wentworth last week. And saw a surprising number of players using the Red Odyssey putters. Which surprised me as they look quite ‘busy’ at address IMO……”
  • caniac6: “I am using a stainless Cameron, and I like it, but it’s just a bit too shiny. I really prefer a stainless with a finish like the old stainless Pings.”
  • GHIN and Juice: “I love an oil can finish, but I also hate getting rust marks on the head, so I’ll putt with an oil can finish until I can’t stand the rust anymore, and then I’ll change it to a pro platinum/ stainless look.”
  • Fairway14: “My preference is a carbon steel head with a shiny black oxide finish.”
  • iknowbagu: “Color never really mattered to me until I got my current putter. White with a black sightline that works in perfect symmetry with my white ball with a black line just has me really confident with my alignment when I’m over the ball.”

Entire Thread: “What’s the optimal putter color?”

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