Woods and irons used by the leaders in strokes gained: tee-to-green

Francesco Molinari's TaylorMade equipment David Dusek/Golfweek

Woods and irons used by the leaders in strokes gained: tee-to-green

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Woods and irons used by the leaders in strokes gained: tee-to-green

There was a time when golfers thought putting was the most important facet of the game and that a player could not win at the professional level unless he or she was a consistently great putter. But over the past decade, that belief has eroded. Sure, it is extremely hard for a player to compete if he or she is a poor putter, but the golfers in the hunt most Sundays typically are the best ballstrikers who happen to be putting especially well in that given week.

Modern golf, at the professional level, is all about creating scoring chances. Those opportunities to make birdies and eagles come from effective ballstriking off the tee and from the fairway.

The list below is of the woods, hybrids and irons used by the golfers who finished in the top 10 in strokes gained: tee to green on the PGA Tour for the recently completed 2016-17 season (with their strokes gained listed next to their names). Each of the top 5 on the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the season (Sept. 24) is included on this list, highlighting the importance of ballstriking. And as for all 10 players on the list, the average world ranking is 11.6. They collectively won $58,887,548 in official PGA Tour prize money.

Dustin Johnson's TaylorMade irons

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

1. Dustin Johnson, 1.809

DRIVER: TaylorMade M1 2017 (10.5 degrees adjusted to 11), with Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 661 TS X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade M2 2017 (16.5, 18 degrees), with Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 95X shafts
IRONS: Tour Preferred MB (3-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Jordan Spieth's Titleist equipment

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

2. Jordan Spieth, 1.552

DRIVER: Titleist 915D2 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 915F (15 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 818 H2 (21 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X shaft
IRONS: Titleist 716 T-MB (4), 716 AP2 (5-9), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Jon Rahm's TaylorMade equipment

Jon Rahm’s TaylorMade equipment (David Dusek/Golfweek)

3. Jon Rahm, 1.54

DRIVER: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft; (19 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI (4), P750 Tour Proto (5-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Francesco Molinari

Francesco Molinari (Thomas J. Russo/USA TODAY Sports)

4. Francesco Molinari, 1.387

DRIVER: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK White 60X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage 70X shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade TP UDI (2), with USTM Recoil Proto 125 shaft; P770 (4), P750 (5-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

5. Hideki Matsuyama, 1.369

DRIVER: Callaway Great Big Bertha (9 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD TP-8 TX shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-9 TX shaft
HYBRID: Honma TW727 U19, with Graphite Design DI-115 X Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z 945 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts

Justin Thomas's Titleist clubs

Justin Thomas’s Titleist clubs (David Dusek/Golfweek)

6. Justin Thomas, 1.33

DRIVER: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana BF-Series 60 TX shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Blue 80 X shaft; 915Fd (18 degrees), with Fujikura Motore VC 9.2 X shaft
IRONS: Titleist 716 CB (4), 718 MB (5-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts

Paul Casey's Mizuno irons

Paul Casey’s Mizuno irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

7. Paul Casey, 1.32

DRIVER: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 70 TX shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-25 (3), Mizuno MP-5 (4-PW), with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 TX shafts

Rory McIlroy TaylorMade equipment

Rory McIlroy’s driver (David Dusek/Golfweek)

8. Rory McIlroy, 1.287

DRIVER: TaylorMade M2 2017 (8.5 degrees at 8.25 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 70 XTS shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi  Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI (1), with Project X Black 105X shaft; P750 Tour Proto (3-4), TaylorMade Rors prototype (5-9), with True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts

Justin Rose's TaylorMade equipment

Justin Rose’s TaylorMade equipment (David Dusek/Golfweek)

9. Justin Rose, 1.281

DRIVER: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5 degrees), with TPT 15 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15, 19 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade P790 (4),  P730 prototype (5-PW), with KBS Tour C-Taper 130X shafts

Tony Finau's Ping equipment

Tony Finau’s Ping equipment (David Dusek/Golfweek)

10. Tony Finau, 1.28

DRIVER: Ping G LS (9 degrees adjusted t0 10.4), with Accra Tour Z shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees), with Accra Tour Z shaft.
IRONS: Ping i200 (3), iBlades (4-PW), with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120TX shafts

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