Man has this guy come a long way from when he won his first PGA event back in 2008. Dustin Johnson is no stranger to adversity, overcoming demons in both his personal life and golf game to become a PGA winner, eventual major champion, and arguable one of the top 3 golfers on the PGA tour right now.
2018 has already been kind to DJ, he won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and finished second at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. Hard to complain about that, or winning nearly $2 million in two starts.
We already know that his meteoric rise can be directly attributed to improved short game and putting, a direct reflection of the endless amount of work he’s put in with the trackman, but what clubs are behind the improvement?
Clearly a guy that puts that much emphasis on trackman and the numbers behind each of his clubs isn’t going to settle when it comes to the sticks in the bag. Here is a look at WITB for Johnson for 2018.
What’s In the Bag: Dustin Johnson
TaylorMade M4 at 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X
As we wrote in this article last season, Dustin Johnson is not scared to change so it’s no surprise to see him make the move from last season’s M2 to the new M4 driver from TaylorMade. Obviously we all saw him drive the par 4 in Hawaii, and can see the yardage is up again from last season, but that may very well be from the fact that he also removed a degree of loft. It’s worth noting the shaft didn’t change… Find a shaft that you like, and plug any of the TaylorMade driver heads on it and you can’t go wrong. The M4 being out will mean great deals on lightly used M2 drivers.
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M4 at 16.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 (95X)
For the second straight year, Johnson matched a 3 wood to his driver and once again he’s playing it at 16.5 degrees. That Aldila shaft from last season is surprising gone this year, replaced by the new Project X HZRDUS Black. This thing is way too stiff for you, but if you haven’t tried PX graphite shafts (we are assuming you have at least hit their steels) give them a shot. So many quality products coming from PXShaft.com right now.
Irons: TaylorMade P790, TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
The PSi Tour’s DJ dominated with last season are gone, and we are just glad we won’t have to look at those things for another season. They have been replaced by a set of prototype blades, with the long irons being the P-790 irons. Now these are absolute works of art. We were already fans of the P790’s and P730’s, and most of our readers know we are huge fans of blended sets so this is about as good as it gets in terms of a TaylorMade bag and is quite similar to what Rory is playing in 2018. He has also stated in interviews that he has a driving iron (M4) that may show up week-to-week.
We know DJ is obsessed with consistent ball flight and distance so sticking with the DG TI shafts is no surprise, but is a testament to how well these shafts hold up.
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind -- 52 and 60 | TaylorMade Hi-Toe -- 64 degrees
Shafts: KBS Tour Black 130X
All new wedges in DJ’s bag this season. He has a gap and sand of the 2018 Milled Grind and a lob TM Hi-Toe, but we have also seen him with the sand and lob both Hi-Toe. Again, DJ is constantly tweaking his bag. The KBS Tour Black 130X shafts are the same he used with his TM Tour Preferred wedges last season.
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black
We cover Dustin Johnson’s improved putting and why he made the change to the TaylorMade Spider Tour Black putter here. He at least started the season with a Scotty, but at some point made the move to the Spider and hasn’t looked back. DJ’s improvement on and around the greens is the main reason he is one of the best and most consistent golfers on the planet.