A Win for Dustin Johnson, a Win for TaylorMade

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The relationship between the golf professional and their equipment is strong. When a player wins a tournament, a touting commercial from the pro’s equipment sponsor is certain to follow. Like how kids think Air Jordan’s can make them jump higher — perhaps today there are some golfers considering a switch to Twist Face with hopes of DJ-like success.

Every time a TaylorMade guy such as Justin Rose, Jon Rahm or Dustin Johnson wins — we get an update from TaylorMade.

Here’s their latest:

  • TaylorMade’s 2018 M Drivers featuring Twist Face Technology now have victories in 10 tournaments on the PGA TOUR this season and 15 worldwide, outpacing any other manufacturer this season.
  • Having found success with both the M3 & M4 drivers this year, Johnson played the 10.5° M4 driver this week, which has been his go-t0 of late. After tinkering with another shaft, he has it equipped with a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0, a shaft he’s most comfortable with and has found much success using. For the week, he averaged 322.8 yards off the tee with a long of 392 yards (2) with an accuracy of 66% (37/56). He was also #1 in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (7.54), as well as Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (14.22) and Strokes Gained: Total (16.45) for the week as well.
  • Johnson’s three-stroke victory is his third PGA TOUR title this season and the 19th of his career.
  • Earlier this season, Johnson made the switch into the P730 DJ Proto Irons. As he has for most of his recent career, DJ has them equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold X100 shafts.
  • Johnson has praised the performance of the TP5 golf ball since he first put it into play at the Tournament of Champions last year. It’s the 9th win on the PGA TOUR this season for TP5(x), with DJ adding his third win along with Day, Rahm, Rose and McIlroy.
  • Johnson, along with many other players – both on staff and non-contracted – once again made the Spider Tour putter the most played model this week at the RBC Canadian Open, a testament to the performance of Pure Roll technology. After testing out a few other putter shapes, Johnson has predominantly played the Spider Tour Black model with no sightline, the same putter that elevated him to #1 in the world.

Dustin Johnson reacts to his putt on the 13th hole during the final round at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Canada

Dustin Johnson’s Winning Bag at the RBC Canadian Open:

  • M4 Driver | 10.5° | Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0
  • M4 Fairway | 3HL 16.5° | Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 95 X
  • P730 DJ Proto Irons | 3-PW | Dynamic Gold X100
  • Milled Grind Raw Wedges | 52° & 60° + 64° Hi-Toe | KBS Tour Black 130 X
  • Spider Tour Black Putter
  • TP5x Golf Ball (#1)

A few things stick out here. Johnson hits a 10.5-degree driver — perhaps some amateurs will consider lofting up from their 8- or 9-degree driver. Also, he’s playing “DJ Proto Irons,” good luck finding a set of these. And this is interesting, no 56-degree wedge for DJ? He has a 52°, 60° and 64° in the bag. Another thing, he’s playing the TP5x ball and a TaylorMade putter too — everything in his bag in TaylorMade, everything. Surely a few ProV and Scotty Cameron fans are considering a switch?

Johnson averaged averaged 322.8 yards off the tee in Canada with his 10.5-degree M4 Driver. Amateur golfers won’t see stats like this — nothing even close. However, maybe he offered inspiration. Perhaps Johnson offered confidence and made them believe that TaylorMade can help their game. If so, the $400 for a new M4 is worth every penny.

 

 

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