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Justin Thomas explains why he’s making a late season putter switch

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While you can read the full account of Justin Thomas’ putter switch on PGATour.com, we wanted to sketch out the CliffsNotes version here and offer a few photos of the new wand.

As GolfWRXers know, JT has been rolling with a “knuckle neck” Scotty Cameron T5 Proto Tour Only putter in recent months, winning the PGA Championship in May with the flatstick.

Fast forward to this week at the BMW Championship, and we were surprised to see Scotty Cameron player representative Drew Page working with Thomas and distinctly different putter.

The motivation for trying something different? A shorter putter (34 inches vs. his 34.5 inch gamer) in order to get in a better position at address.

As JT told us:

“For me, a tendency I with my putting is to get a little bit this way [left shoulder up] and open. I’ve…been playing a lot of golf with Patrick Cantlay. He obviously has very long arms and his putter is very short, [I was noticing] just how naturally his arms go on the club, and I felt like that wasn’t the case for me…and I think that has something to do with my bad tendencies.”

He added:

“If I can be a little bit more comfortable at setup, then that’s obviously one less factor I have to worry about.”

Get more details and the full backstory from Page in our item for PGATour.com.

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  1. Rich

    Aug 17, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Because it has his gang sign on it? Meh.

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Jordan Spieth WITB 2022 (December)

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  • Jordan Spieth what’s in the bag accurate as of The Match.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (15 degrees @14.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 75 TX

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 95 X Hybrid

Driving iron: Titleist T100S (3-iron)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 X Hybrid

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 125 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F @46.5, 52-08F @51.5, 56-10S @55.5), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60.5 T)
Shafts: Project X 125 6.5 (46), Project X 120 6.0 (52-60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

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Rory McIlroy WITB 2022 (December)

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  • Rory McIlroy WITB accurate as of The Match.

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (9 degrees @7.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kai’li White 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (19 degrees @17.55)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 9 X

Irons: TaylorMade Rors Proto (3-9)
Shaft: Project X 7.0

Wedges: TaylorMade MG3 Raw (46-09SB, 54-13SB, 58-11SB)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Hydro Blast
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT Tour

Ball: 2021 TaylorMade TP5x (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

 

 

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Tiger Woods WITB 2022 (December) (new golf ball)

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  • Tiger Woods what’s in the bag accurate as of The Match. TaylorMade sources indicate Woods was unlikely to make any switches to his bag, but we’ll update if any adjustments are made. 

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (3-iron), TaylorMade P7TW (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (56 degrees), TaylorMade MG3 Raw (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

  • According to Golf.com, Woods is putting Bridgestone’s Tour B X ball in play at the Match and will likely keep it in play for the PNC Championship. He has seen an additional 10 yards of carry with the ball without losing greenside spin. It appears (and it stands to reason) the lower-spinning B X is less workable than the B XS Woods helped develop and traditionally plays, but the 15-time major champ doesn’t need that element in exhibition situations and opting for the extra distance.  

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R

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