These golfers can benefit from Dustin Johnson’s TaylorMade Truss putter

Dustin Johnson and his TaylorMade Truss TB1 putter at the Travelers Championship.

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Three different putters in three weeks is a telltale sign that things aren’t going swimmingly on the greens. Luckily for Dustin Johnson, the third putter ended up being the charm at the Travelers Championship. The 21-time Tour winner found his stroke with a TaylorMade Truss TB1 putter after two weeks of struggling to get the ball to roll on his intended line.

“I felt like I was rolling it good, but I was having trouble getting it going on the line I was seeing,” Johnson said after shooting a third-round 61 that featured just 26 putts. “I did a lot of work this week on the greens with some different putters to try and fix that. I put the new Truss putter in. It’s been coming out where I’m looking I’ve hit a lot of really good putts this week.”

An Anser-style blade user for most of his career, Johnson shook things up in 2016 when he began using a TaylorMade Spider mallet at the BMW Championship. Most of Johnson’s success (and wins) have come with a mallet over the last four-plus years, but that hasn’t stopped him routinely carrying at least one blade in the bag during practice rounds. The blade look — sharp angles and a thin topline — has always appealed to him.

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But looks will only take you so far. When the 2019-20 season rolled around, Johnson opened with Spider before eventually giving TaylorMade’s Truss TM1 mallet a shot at Colonial. While the Truss mallet didn’t last long, it proved to be a harbinger for a change that allowed Johnson to collect his paydirt.

For golfers who prefer the look of a blade but require the performance benefits (heel-toe forgiveness) of a mallet, Johnson’s Truss heel-shafted TB1 is an intriguing option. With 16 degrees of toe hang, it’s suited for more arcing putting strokes, making it a great option for blade users.

From the address position, it’s difficult to discern the differences between a TP Juno and Truss TB1. For someone like Johnson who puts a premium on looks, the putter checks the visual box. Then you turn it sideways and see the truss hosel structure that offers multiple contact points on the topline.

Compared to a standard L-neck blade where a single contact point exists, connecting the hosel via the heel and closer to the center of the topline yields a design that stabilizes the head, reducing the amount of unwanted twisting that normally occurs on off-center impact. In other words, a performance benefit most commonly found on a mallet. Only this happens to be a blade.

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For golfers who consistently struggle to embrace the look of a mallet, Johnson’s Truss TB1 is the best of both worlds.

“Golfers like Dustin Johnson like the stability of a Spider, but they grew up playing a blade that looks familiar and comfortable to them at address,” said Bill Price, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation, putter and wedge. “This is a way to give them that mallet stability with the blade shape.”

So if you’re like DJ and still can’t get over the look of a mallet, consider the idea of using a putter like the Truss TB1. It just might help you make more putts.


Jonathan Wall Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.