We got exact specs for 5 PGA Tour bombers. Here’s 1 thing they all have in common

April 18, 2020
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If you’re a true gearhead, there’s a very good chance you can reel off the drivers used by some of the biggest names in the sport at this very moment. But what about the nitty-gritty specs? Swing weight, shaft length and grip preference (not to mention tape wraps) aren’t widely publicized. For some players, Tiger Woods included, these specs are part of the “secret sauce.” You don’t share them with just anybody. Others, of course, are far more willing to offer up their build specs.

In this case, we managed to gain access to the detailed build specs for the drivers used by the leaders in driving distance on the PGA Tour over the last five years. As you’ll notice, every driver is different, from the shaft length down to the swing weight. Rory McIlroy and Cameron Champ both attack the ball with reckless abandon, but they don’t possess the same swing, attack angle or thought process.

While it’s easy to pick out the differences from one driver to the next, locating commonalities takes a bit of digging. So what’s the one thing all five of the drivers on this list share? Each player prefers to have their driver shaft tipped at least 1 inch during the build process.

If you’ve never heard the term “tipping” before, it’s essentially removing material from the shaft to alter how it performs. In this case, tipping will make the shaft play stiffer while also lowering the amount of torque for less twisting through impact. For players like Rory and Dustin Johnson, tipping is one way to fine-tune the shaft to get their preferred flex and feel.

Check out the detailed specs for all five drivers below.

Cameron Champ played Ping's G410 LST driver in 2019.
Cameron Champ played Ping's G410 LST driver in 2019.
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2019 – Cameron Champ (317.9 yards)

Driver: Ping G410 LST

Loft: 7.5 degrees (small minus loft sleeve)

Shaft: Project X HZRUS Smoke Green 70 6.5TX

Length: 44.25 inches

Swing weight: D6

Grip: Lamkin Black 58R (plus four tape wraps)

Notes: “CG shifter” located in the neutral position … Shaft tipped 1.5 inches

Rory McIlroy led the Tour in driving distance in back-to-back seasons.
Rory McIlroy led the Tour in driving distance in back-to-back seasons.
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2018 – Rory McIlroy (319.7 yards)

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460

Loft: 8.5 degrees (one sliding weight positioned far forward in the center track; the second weight located at the back of the track.)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70X

Length: 45.625 inches

Swing weight: D8

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R

Notes: Gained 2.5 yards (on average) off the tee in one season after going to a 45.625-inch shaft … Shaft tipped 1 inch

Rory McIlroy led the Tour in driving distance during the 2016-17 season with a TaylorMade 2017 M2 driver.
Rory McIlroy led the Tour in driving distance during the 2016-17 season with a TaylorMade 2017 M2 driver.
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2017 – Rory McIlroy (317.2 yards)

Driver: TaylorMade 2017 M2 460

Loft: 8.5 degrees (standard loft setting)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage 70XTS

Length: 45 inches

Swing weight: D7

Grip: Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound 58R Black/White (plus two tape wraps)

Notes: Shaft tipped 1 inch

J.B. Holmes led the Tour in driving distance in 2015 with a 430cc TaylorMade M1.
J.B. Holmes led the Tour in driving distance in 2015 with a 430cc TaylorMade M1.
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2016 – J.B. Holmes (314.5 yards)

Driver: TaylorMade 2016 M1 430

Loft: 10.5 degrees (9.5 degrees actual loft)

Shaft: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 83X Prototype

Length: 45 inches

Swing weight: D4

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Midsize

Notes: Shaft tipped 1 inch

Dustin Johnson and his TaylorMade AeroBurner driver in 2015.
Dustin Johnson and his TaylorMade AeroBurner driver in 2015.
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2015 – Dustin Johnson (317.7 yards)

Driver: TaylorMade AeroBurner

Loft: 9.5 degrees (10 degrees actual loft)

Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661X

Length: 45 inches

Swing weight: D6

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (plus 3 wraps under the right hand; two wraps under the left hand)

Notes: Shaft tipped 1-inch

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