Irons used by top 10 Tour players in greens in regulation

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Irons used by top 10 Tour players in greens in regulation

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Irons used by top 10 Tour players in greens in regulation

Players need to take advantage of every opportunity to shoot lower scores, and good players do not simply wait for good opportunities to randomly happen. They create scoring opportunities by getting on the green as quickly and efficiently as possible. In other words, they hit a lot of greens in regulation.

Hitting the green in regulation means stopping the ball on the putting surface in two shots less than a hole’s par, which translates to one shot on a par 3, two shots on a par 4 and two or three shots on a par 5.

Lucius Riccio, a professor at Columbia University, developed a simple score-predicting equation for golfers who tend to shoot in the mid-60s to about 100 and it shows the importance of greens in regulation. Multiply the number of greens in regulation that are hit by two, then subtract that number from 95 to get the approximate score that can be expected. For example, if a player hits five greens in regulation in a round, then Riccio’s formula predicts that player will shoot around 85. (95 – [5×2]). So according to the formula, players hoping to break 80 need to hit at least eight greens in regulation.

Not only does hitting more greens in regulation provide more chances to make birdies, it decreases the chances of carding a big number. Everyone three-putts from time to time, but for players who hit a par 4 green in two shots, five is typically the worst score.

On the PGA Tour, no one hits a higher percentage of the greens in regulation than the players listed below. They’re marksmen. Along with practice, their irons help them create a strong foundation for the rest of their game.

Jordan Spieth's Titleist irons

Jordan Spieth’s Titleist irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

1. Jordan Spieth: 75.69 percent of greens in regulation
Titleist 716 T-MB (4), 716 AP2 (5-9), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Dustin Johnson's TaylorMade irons

Dustin Johnson’s TaylorMade irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

2. Dustin Johnson: 75.25 percent
TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI (2), Tour Preferred MB (3-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Henrik Norlander's TaylorMade irons

Henrik Norlander’s TaylorMade irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

3. Henrik Norlander: 75 percent
TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (4-9), with KBS Tour FLT shafts

Billy Horschel's PXG 0311T irons

Billy Horschel’s PXG irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

4. Billy Horschel: 74.51 percent
PXG 0311T (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Shane Lowry's Srixon irons

Shane Lowry (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

5. Shane Lowry: 73.86 percent
Srixon  Z 745 (4-9), with KBS Tour 130X shafts

Lucas Glover

Lucas Glover (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

6. Lucas Glover: 73.39 percent
Mizuno JPX 900 Tour (3-PW), with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 TX shafts

Kyle Stanley's TaylorMade irons

Kyle Stanley (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

7. Kyle Stanley: 73.19 percent
TaylorMade PSi Tour (4), Nike Vapor Fly Pro (5-PW), with KBS Tour FLT shafts

Will McGirt's Srixon irons.

William McGirt’s Srixon irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

8. William McGirt: 72.92 percent
Srixon Z U45 (2, 3), Z 745 (4-PW), with Nippon Tour 105S shafts

Tony Finau

Tony Finau (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

T9. Tony Finau: 72.88
Callaway Apex UT (18 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD Hybrid 105 shaft; Ping iBlade (4-PW), with Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 120 X shafts

Greg Owen

Greg Owen (David Cannon/Getty Images)

T9. Greg Owen: 72.88 percent
TaylorMade P750 (3-9), with Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 shafts

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