With the run Dustin Johnson has been over the past few seasons, he has quickly become one the most popular golfers on our website. We published an article on what driver Johnson was using in 2015, and to date it’s one of our most popular articles. It seems obvious that guys see Johnson hit 400 yard drives and want to know what driver he’s using. However, given the improvements he made in every other facet of his game last season, we would argue you should be looking into the rest of his bag.
So far in our 2016 WITB series, the majority of golfers have made small, if any, changes to their bags. Dustin Johnson, however, has an entirely different bag than he did last season. In fact it’s even quite a bit different from our last TaylorMade team member’s bag, Jason Day. Let’s take a look at WITB for Dustin Johnson in 2016 through the Northern Trust Open.
What’s In the Bag: Dustin Johnson
TaylorMade M2 Driver at 10.5 Degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X
Dustin Johnson tends to change out his driver more often than almost anyone else on tour. In less than a 12 month span he went from the Aeroburner to the M1 and is already hitting the new Taylormade M2 driver. With the new M2, TaylorMade made major improvements to the M1 club head and have managed to get higher club speed, higher ball speed, and more distance from a more forgiving driver. In addition to having the most oft-changing driver on tour, he’s also the first golfer in our WITB series that has his driver at 10.5 degrees.
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M2 (3HL, 16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90X
Johnson changes his fairway woods along with his driver, and when he made the change from the M1 driver to the M2, he also switched out his fairway wood. It’s interesting to note that in addition to using the driver at 10.5 degrees, he uses the high-loft M2 3 Wood. If you check the options on this club below, you will see it’s available in either 16.5 or 15 degrees. I personally prefer my driver at 9 degrees, and 3-wood at 15, but I don’t drive the ball 400 yards like DJ does…
The M2 fairway woods are built similar to the driver, with a massive sweet spot, low CG, and high club speed. The result is all sorts of forgiveness, without compromising ball speed or distance. These are undoubtedly contenders for best-in-class, and are fairly priced at around $249.
Irons: TaylorMade PSi Tour (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
We were surprised to see Johnson with a new set of irons at the Northern Trust… it had been 2+ seasons since he first started swinging the Tour Preferred MB irons he used coming into the tournament. We loved what TaylorMade did with their clubs last season, but these new clubs are are clearly even another step forward. Their claim for this season is that you no longer have to compromise, and these clubs just about prove that to be true.
Gone are the days where you claim, x clubs sound better than y, or are more forgiving, or are longer… The PSi irons from TaylorMade sound great, look great, are long, forgiving, fast, and have great feel. The 4-PW set comes in right or left, regular or stiff, and only costs $900 shipped to your door.
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF – 47-09, 52-09, 56-12, 60-10
DJ greatly improved his work around the greens over the past two seasons, and credits these wedges as having played a big role in those improvements. I personally own about a half dozen sets of wedges, but none of them compare to these. Great control, spin, can hit a wide variety of shots from anywhere inside of 120 yards, everything you could ask for in a wedge.
Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
We have covered these Scotty Cameron putters in depth over the past month… They are clearly the most popular putters on tour in 2016. While the prototypes aren’t anything that you are likely going to add to your bag, we still love the