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Cracked driver forces Dustin Johnson to use two 3-woods at Liberty National

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Dustin Johnson shot a round of 1-under par at Liberty National on Thursday, and under the circumstances, it was one of his best under-par rounds of the year.

The 37-year-old encountered adversity in New Jersey when he noticed a crack in the crown of his driver right before his round. With no replacement, DJ had a 3-wood retrieved from his car, which made its way into his bag on the second hole. 

Explaining his setup from then on, DJ told the media

“I’ve got a 5-wood that I use for my 3-wood. It goes the distance I want it to. But I had a strong 3-wood (14.5 degrees) in my car, so it helped a little bit … the first time I hit it was on 8. Just, I hadn’t hit it. It was brand new. So I hit it down the middle on 8, hit a good one, hit a good shot on 9. I hit it nicely, though, with it.”

Johnson gained half a stroke off the tee despite not having his trusty driver in his bag, and he believes that even if the 3-wood wasn’t retrieved from his car, he’d have been just fine: “I would have figured out a way. I figured out a way to shoot a decent score.”

As for Friday’s round, expect to see DJ with a driver as Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade’s Tour rep, has come to the American’s aid: “I’ve got a couple heads that I’m going to go try to hit. Keith got me a couple heads.”

The extra 3-wood wasn’t the only big change in Johnson’s bag on Thursday either, who decided to sub in his old TaylorMade Spider, having been playing a blade-style gamer in recent weeks.

“I switched back to the Spider right before the round. I’ve been using my blade for a while. I was hitting some putts on the putting green this morning, and it didn’t feel too good, so I went and grabbed my Spider.”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Hulk Hogan

    Aug 20, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Must’ve got one of those bootleg Chinese drivers. Hard to tell when they both come out of the same dump, brother.

  2. Pi

    Aug 20, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    I am surprised he didn’t bring a spare driver or driver head. If there is one club they break, it’s that one

  3. Brandon

    Aug 20, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Is it illegal to carry a backup head in your bag? If it is, that rule serves absolutely no purpose and should be done away with.

    • Benny

      Aug 21, 2021 at 9:08 am

      Its not and if you have extra clubs you can flip them over or just toss them in your car/locker. I doubt he was driving his own car. Most times the extras they bring are left in the free Mercedes rentals.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (09/27/21): TaylorMade P760 Irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

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 – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of TaylorMade P760 Irons

From the seller (@ipb123): “TaylorMade P760 Irons (4-PW) Project X 6.5 X-Stiff *Great Condition* Standard Length, 1* upright. Brand new 360 grips. Asking $700 Shipped OBO.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link:  TaylorMade P760 Irons

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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Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX Black 6.5

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  • Tyrrell Hatton what’s in the bag accurate as of the Ryder Cup. 

Driver: Ping G425 LST (10.5 degrees @8.8)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana RF 60 TX

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Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

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