July 15, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Michael Kim plays Titleist 716 T-MB irons. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
With an eight-shot rout at the John Deere Classic on Sunday, Michael Kim became the first Titleist staffer to record a victory with the company's TS2 prototype driver since it was introduced at the U.S. Open.
Kim ranked 37th in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee with the new driver, but it was his Scotty Cameron Newport GSS 350 putter that helped the 25-year-old cruise to victory. Kim led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting, picking up an average of 3.378 shots per round with the flatstick.
The German Stainless Steel that was used to create Kim's putter is a high-end, Tour-only material that's costly to mill but offers a distinct feel and crisp sound at impact. Cameron has produced GSS putters in the past for high-profile names, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.
Here's a look at Kim's entire Titleist equipment setup.
Driver: Titleist TS2 (Aldilda Rogue Black 110 60X shaft), 10.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (Aldilda Rogue Black 110 70X shaft shaft), 16.5 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (Graphite Design Tour AD DI-85X Hybrid shaft), 21 degrees
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron; True Temper XP 115 shaft), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW; True Temper XP 115 shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52-12F, 56-14F and 60-04L degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport GSS 350
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x