August 05, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
Justin Thomas goes over the trees in par save at Bridgestone
Justin Thomas cruised to a four-shot win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, closing with a final round 69 to capture his third PGA TOUR title of the season.
Thomas recently added Titleist's TS3 driver and fairway wood to the bag, but it was a mixed set of Titleist irons and a Scotty Cameron putter that led the way for the 25-year-old.
Thomas led the field in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-green with a Titleist 718 AP2 4-iron and 718 MB irons that went into play last season. For Thomas, transitioning into the new irons was a seamless process that lasted only half of an hour.
"It was really a 30-minute process," Thomas told PGATOUR.COM last year. "Ask anyone from Titleist and they'll tell you it was a very easy transition. I hit some 5- and 8-irons on TrackMan and looked at the launch and flight — could I hit draws, fades, low, high. I'm not necessarily looking for one particular shot, I want to make sure they check every box. Once they were good to go, I just pulled my old set out of the bag and threw the new set in."
Thomas also ranked third in Strokes Gained: Putting with a Scotty Cameron X5 Flow Neck prototype putter. A blade used for most of his career, Thomas discussed with Scotty Cameron the idea of creating a mallet that worked with his arcing putting stroke during a visit to the putter studio in 2016. To achieve the necessary toe hang, Cameron welded a flare neck to the head of a Futura X5 and sent it home with Thomas.
"It was a totally different look and that's what I was going for," Thomas said. "I was struggling and sometimes when you're struggling you just need something different and new. I was like, let's just go with it. What am I gonna do, miss more putts? I may as well try the mallet. It's been great ever since then.
"I have four wins with it now in less than a year. It's pretty incredible. It was just better for my stroke in terms of the weight and having the toe hang where it still feels like a blade. I tend to have a lot of toe rotation in my stroke, so minimizing that gives me more consistency."
Here's a look at Thomas' entire Titleist setup:
Driver: Titleist TS3 (Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana BF 60TX shaft), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist TS3 (Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue 80TX shaft), 15 degrees
5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X shaft), 18 degrees
Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), Titleist 718 MB (5-9; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts), Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46-08F degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 (52-12F and 56-14F degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts), Vokey Design SM6 (60-08K degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 Flow Neck Prototype (SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour)
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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