Irons used by the top 10 in strokes gained: approach-the-green

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Irons used by the top 10 in strokes gained: approach-the-green


Irons used by the top 10 in strokes gained: approach-the-green

Before you line up a birdie putt and draw a circle around a number on your scorecard, you’ve got to get the ball on the green. Ideally, close to the hole.

While being a lights-out putter is fantastic, there has always an aura around golfers who strike the ball purely, time after time, and who can control its flight with consistency. Ben Hogan had it, and so did Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tom Kite, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods. Who knows, maybe Tiger can get it back?

Statistically, the 10 golfers listed below are the best in the business right now on the PGA Tour when it comes to hitting shots from the fairway. As the leaders in strokes gained: approach-the-green, they are all gaining at least a one-shot edge over the average Tour player based on the quality of their play from the fairway.

From an equipment perspective, it’s worth noting that seven of the 10 split their iron sets and use more than one type of iron. The players that blend clubs are mainly opting for a higher-flying, more-forgiving long iron or two. Check out this list of the irons and shafts used by the golfers who lead the PGA Tour in strokes gained: approach-the-green.

Scott Piercy

Scott Piercy (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Scott Piercy, 1.312 strokes gained: approach-the-green
IRONS: Titleist 716 AP2 (4, 5), Titleist 716 MB (6-PW), with Project X LZ 6.5 shafts

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

2. Hideki Matsuyama, 1.248
IRONS: Srixon Z-945 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

Adam Scott

Adam Scott (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Adam Scott, 1.241
IRONS: Titleist 718 T-MB (3), Titleist 680 (3-9), with Project X LZ 6.5 shafts

Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

4. Keegan Bradley, 1.227
IRONS: Srixon U45 (2, 3), Srixon Z-745 (4-PW), with Nippon N.S. Pro Tour Modus3 120X shafts

Chesson Hadley

Chesson Hadley (Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports)

5. Chesson Hadley, 1.215
IRONS: Titleist 718 T-MB (3), with Mitsubishi Fubuki Alpha shaft; Titleist 718 MB (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue AMT X100 shafts

Rafa Cabrera Bello

Rafa Cabrera Bello (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

6. Rafa Cabrera Bello, 1.206
IRONS: Titleist 718 MB (3-9), with Project X LZ shafts

John Peterson

John Peterson (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

7. John Peterson, 1.165
IRONS: Titleist 718 CB (4, 5), Titleist 718 MB (6-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

8. Phil Mickelson, 1.143
IRONS: Callaway Epic Pro (4), Callaway X Forged 18 (5-PW), with KBS Tour V 125 shafts

Alex Noren

Alex Noren (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

9. Alex Noren, 1.091
IRONS: Callaway Apex Pro (4-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Byeong Hun An

Byeong Hun An (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

10. Byeong Hun An, 1.064
IRONS: Titleist 716 T-MB (3), with Project X Even Flow shaft; Titleist 716 T-MB (4, 5), Titleist 716 MB (6-9), with Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts


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