Dustin Johnson nearly switched to longer driver shaft earlier than Masters win
Longer driver shafts had been all the trend within the leadup to final week’s Masters Match. Bryson DeChambeau teased the plenty with a possible transfer to a 48-inch shaft till deciding in opposition to the change on the eleventh hour. Phil Mickelson really did go together with an extended shaft, his at 47 inches, as did Adam Scott and Dylan Frittelli, whose added size helped him contend and finally safe a return journey to Augusta Nationwide subsequent yr.
There was at the least one different participant, although, who flirted with rising his shaft size. That participant had fairly the week, too. It was Dustin Johnson, the five-shot winner.
In line with a latest Golf.com interview with Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade’s VP of Tour Operations, Johnson not solely examined 47-inch driver shafts earlier than competing at Augusta Nationwide, however he additionally put one within the bag for his Tuesday apply spherical alongside Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele.
Sbarbaro revealed that the TaylorMade SIM driver with the 47-inch Fujikura Ventus Black shaft had given Johnson about 10 yards extra distance whereas rising his ball pace to as a lot as 193 mph. Nevertheless, it additionally affected his timing with different golf equipment in his bag.
In the end, Johnson determined in opposition to making the change, deciding to maintain his TaylorMade SIM with the 45.75-inch shaft in play.
“The truth that he had a sport [on Tuesday] the place he was taking part in with different nice gamers and needed to play properly, I believe that was an enormous profit to get that membership out of the bag,” Sbarbaro stated. “Positive sufficient, by the tip of that apply spherical, the 47-incher was gone. … He’s intrigued by the 10 yards, but it surely simply wasn’t the time to do it.”