September 11, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- What was in Dustin Johnson's bag for his win at the BMW Championship? (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
Dustin Johnson moved into the driver's seat in the FedExCup race with his three-shot victory at the BMW Championship. It was Johnson's third win this season, but just his first with a new TaylorMade Spider Limited mallet putter that went in play for the first time on Thursday.
Victories at the U.S. Open and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational came with a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype blade, but struggles with the flatstick at the Deutsche Bank Championship led Johnson to make a significant adjustment.
Johnson received the Spider Limited Red on Wednesday and spent four holes putting the mallet through its paces. All but certain he would put it in play, Johnson made a last-minute change when he asked his brother, and caddie, Austin, if he could borrow his Spider Limited that had a charcoal grey crown instead of the red crown on the one he had been testing.
The reason for the change? Johnson didn't want to use the same putter as Jason Day, who has been playing Spider Limited Red since April.
"I had the same one that Jason [Day] was using, it was the red one," Johnson said. "I don't know, for some reason — well, I was putting with it and I was putting good with it and right before we were about to tee off on Thursday I'm like, 'AJ, don't you have the same one in black?' And he says, 'Yeah,' and I said, 'Go get it.'"
Using his brother's putter, Johnson led the field in strokes gained: putting during the first round and finished second in the statistical category (plus 7.307) for the week. He also finished tops in putts per green in regulation (1.510).
Prior to the BMW Championship, the last time Johnson used a Spider mallet was back in 2012 during the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Struggling to get the ball consistently on line, Johnson felt the high-MOI mallet produced a more repeatable stroke.
"I was working really hard on it and it just felt like it wasn't getting any better, so that's why I changed putters," Johnson said.
The putter not only helped Johnson coast to victory, it moved him one step closer to potentially winning the season-long FedExCup in less than two weeks at the TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
Here's a look at the rest of the TaylorMade equipment in Johnson's bag.
Driver: TaylorMade M1 (Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X shaft), 11 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 Special Edition (Aldila RIP Alpha 90X shaft), 17 degrees
5-wood: TaylorMade M1 (Aldila RIP Alpha 90X shaft), 19 degrees
Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB '14 (3-PW; True Temper DG Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Satin Chrome (52 and 60 degrees; KBS Tour 130X Black Nickel shafts)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Limited (2.5 degrees of loft and 69-degree lie angle)
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X