DJ’s Clubs That Won The Northern Trust
Dustin Johnson won The Northern Trust played at Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y., after a one-hole playoff over Open champion Jordan Spieth. The TNT tournament was the first of the four FedEx Cup playoff events that culminate with the Tour Championship played at East Lake Country Club outside Atlanta.
Johnson achieved his fourth win of the season, and first win since being injured from a fall the evening before the Masters, by overtaking third round leader Spieth on the front nine Sunday and then winning the first sudden death hole with a birdie to Spieth’s par. Jhonattan Vegas and Jon Rahm finished in a tie for third at minus nine, four shots behind the lead. The 100 players with the highest FedEx Cup point totals now move on to the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston next week.
In addition to The Northern Trust trophy DJ earned a check for $1,575,000.
DJ’s Winning Gear
Driver: 10.5-degree TaylorMade M1 2017 adjusted to 11 degrees (Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 661 TS X shaft)
Fairway woods: 16.5- and 18-degree TaylorMade M2 2017 (Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 95X shafts)
Irons: 3-iron through pitching wedge TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: 52- and 60-degrees TaylorMade Milled Grind (KBS Tour Wedge 130X Black Nickel shafts)
Putter: TaylorMade TP Collection Juno prototype – 35.75 inch shaft, 2.5-degree loft and 79-degree lie angle (SuperStroke GT Pistol 1.0 grip)
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Northern Trust by the Numbers: In the 120-man field of the first playoff event this week 81 played Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x while 15 played a ball from the nearest competitor. The most played hybrids (20) and irons sets (36) were also from Titleist. In addition to winner Johnson, 49 others or 42% of the field used a TaylorMade driver.
In Case Anyone Should Ask: Glen Oaks is a hidden gem, at least hidden from the majority of golfing America, however members of the local golf media know about it since the Joe Finger design was named 2015 Club of the Year by the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association.
Dustin Johnson fired his Spider Tour putter he had used for his first three wins this season and putted with a TaylorMade prototype milled face TP Juno blade saying he had become too mechanical with the Spider.
Bridgestone Tour B – Bridgestone is replacing the B330 ball series with the Tour B. The Tour B X and XS are for low handicappers and the RX and RXS are for mid-to-low handicappers. All well be in shops Oct. 2 and priced at $45 per dozen.
TaylorMade P790 & P730 – Expanding on the P700 line of irons TMaG has announced the P790 and P730 irons. P790s are made with a soft, 8620 carbon steel body and a high-strength forged 4140 carbon steel WrapFace in a hollow body design filled with foam. With True Temper Dynamic Golf shafts a set of P790s of 3-iron through pitching wedge will be priced at $1,299 and available Sept. 15. P730s are a workable forged blade updating the Tour MB model. Available Nov. 1, a set of 3-iron through pitching wedge will carry an MSRP of $1,399.
Six new Titleist irons – Titleist’s latest lineup has a new model, the 718 AP3, billed as a player’s performance iron plus new versions of the 716 models from 2015, the AP1, AP2, T-MB, MB and CB. Pricing for an eight iron set with steel shafts: AP3, MB and CB $1,300, AP1 $1,000 and T-MB $2,000. All six models will be in stores Sept. 29.
MyRoundPro – TMaG has released a free smartphone app called myRoundPro which includes GPS yardages, shot tracking and performance statistics such as strokes gained, proximity to the hole, fairways hit and GIR.
TFi 2135 Putters: Cleveland Golf uses a raised site line in the TFi 2135 models to help alignment regardless of the eye position and this year’s designs have a satin finish, variable depth milling across the face and a soft polymer insert. Five new shapes including two counter balanced designs. Prices run from $150 to $180.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?