August 25, 2017
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Dustin Johnson is hoping his putter switch pays dividends the way Rory McIlroy's did in last year's FedExCup Playoffs. (Getty Image)
Prior to the start of last year's FedExCup Playoffs, Rory McIlroy made a last-minute putter change, replacing his Nike Method Origin B2-01 putter with a Scotty Cameron Concept M1 Prototype at THE NORTHERN TRUST. With a new wand in the bag, McIlroy went on to win the Dell Technologies Championship and TOUR Championship to claim the season-long title.
Dustin Johnson is hoping for a similar result, after he swapped his TaylorMade Spider Tour Black mallet for a milled TP Juno at THE NORTHERN TRUST. Johnson notched four TOUR wins and reached the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking with Spider Tour Black in the bag, but following a T13 finish at the PGA Championship, he felt it was time for change.
"I just felt like my touch was a little bit off with [Spider Tour]," Johnson said. "I was rolling it fine. I switched last year at BMW, but I went back to it."
Johnson's TP Juno is an Anser-style blade that has a similar shape to the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS he used for much of the last few years before switching to Spider Tour during the 2016 BMW Championship. The new putter has two 10-gram sole weights and a tri-sole design that allows the center section of the head to be soled at address, which promotes a smooth takeaway and follow through.
The putter Dustin Johnson is using this week is a milled TP Collection Juno. Was told he just wanted a new look. Very familiar shape for DJ. pic.twitter.com/OfmNPe5alA— Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) August 24, 2017
The one noticeable difference, aside from the head material, between Johnson's one-off prototype and the retail TP Juno is the lack of a face insert. The putter has a milled face that delivers a soft but solid feel at impact. Johnson had been using a Pure Roll 80/20 insert in his Spider Tour mallet.
Johnson wasted little time breaking in the new putter during a first-round 65 at Glen Oaks Club. Despite feeling uncomfortable with his speed on the greens over the first few holes, 15-time TOUR winner still managed to record six birdies and pick up nearly 1.5 strokes on the field in the Strokes Gained: Putting department.
"I wasn't that comfortable to be honest with the putter, just because it's a new putter and I haven't putted with it," Johnson said. "Especially after the second hole when I hit it about 15 feet past and 3-putted, I'm like, oh, great, what have I done.
"But the rest of the day my speed was really good. I was hitting the ball where I wanted to. Just I got a little bit more feel with the putter, instead of the Spider I was using, I was getting a little bit too mechanical and a little bit too — I was worrying about too many things when I was putting instead of just putting."
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