The Northern Trust is the first FedEXCup playoff event had the top 125 players based on points earned during the season and Bryson DeChambeau was the winner over the Ridgewood Country Club course in Paramus, N.J.
This was his second win this season and jumped him to number one in the FedExCup rankings and solidified the 24-year old as a captain’s pick spot on the Ryder Cup team which takes on the European squad next month outside Paris. For the week DeChambeau was first in strokes gained total, second in greens in regulation and tied fifth in driving distance at 297.6 yards.
Except for the driver DeChampbeau kept the winning bag from his victory back in June at The Memorial, changing out his Cobra King LTD driver for a Cobra King F8+ Nardo which he started using this week. The F8+ has Cobra’s thinnest and lightest face and the first CNC milled made by the company. With new model’s coming out in just a few weeks the price has been reduced to $300 making this popular driver a bargain.
DeChambeau also endorses Bridgestone golf balls and used the Tour B X for his four-stroke victory.
Driver: Cobra KING F8+ Nardo 8° (TPT Model 14 MKP LT)
Fairway woods: Cobra KING LTD 3/4 14.5° and Cobra F8+ Baffler 5-wood 17.5° (both True Temper HZRDUS Black | 85x)
Irons: Cobra KING ONE Length Utility 4 & 5 and Forged ONE Length 6 through pitching wedge (True Temper X7 37.5”)
Wedges: Cobra KING V Grind 50° and KING WideLow Grind 55° & 60° (True Temper X7 37.5″)
Putter: SIK Kinematics prototype
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Titleist Wins Ball Count…Again: The elite 125-man field chose Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x overwhelmingly with 87 using them compared with 11 teeing up Callaway Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X. Titleist was the top choice in the hybrids (19) and irons categories (32). Vokey Design Wedges were the most often used in the approach, sand and lob wedge (161) category and Scotty Cameron putters with 50 in play beat out any other braond.
Taylormade Golf is riding a streak with their Spider Tour putter. At the Northern Trust it was again the single most played model.
Rogue & Epic: The Callaway Epic model from last year combined with this year’s Rogue model made Callaway the number one driver brand last week on the European and LPGA Tours. There were 60 in play at the LPGA CP Women’s Open, the national championship for Canada, versus 37 for the next most played driver. Canadian Brooke Henderson, the first native to win the title since 1973, is on the PING staff and played a G400 driver and i200 irons.
Srixon Z85 Woods: Srixon has announced their lineup of clubs for next season starting with the Z 785 and Z 585 drivers with a titanium cup face on the 460cc clubhead made larger to flex more for more distance with a 5-layer carbon fiber crown. The Z 785 has a lower more penetrating ball flight and an adjustable hosel while the Z 585 has the weighting for higher launch and more forgiveness. Both are available in either 9.5° or 10.5° lofts. The cup face Z F85 fairway woods are designed to produce a flatter trajectory for better player with a carbon fiber crown that has a step down to lower the center of gravity. Z H85 hybrids have a new larger profile that’s more forgiving and a crown step similar to the fairway woods.
Srixon Z 85 Irons: The Z 585 irons have the look and feel of a player’s iron and are forged with Tour V.T. sole for smoother contact with the turf. Faces have an internal channel for more flex and long irons have wider sole to improve forgiveness. Z 785 irons have a compact forged head that looks like a blade but with a cavity to help impact and shot-shaping plus a Tour V.T. sole. Played by Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els and Graeme McDowell. Z U85 utility irons with a compact forged head and hollow body are meant as substitutes for long irons or even hybrids. They are available in six lofts from 2-iron (18°) to 6-iron (29°).
Driver vs. Driver: Wilson Golf is having another go at sponsoring a competition between aspiring golf equipment designers for a new world-class driver with the winner taking home $250,000. Coverage of Driver vs. Driver-2 begins Oct. 2 on the Golf Channel. In 2016 D vs D-1 the winner was the quickly forgotten Triton model driver.
Smart Grips: Arccos Golf has their Caddie Smart Grips at retail with the swing sensor built-in to the grip rather than as aftermarket button screwed into the grip end. Sensors in the grip record data on every swing and provides club recommendations on the user’s smartphone using an AI system is powered by Microsoft Azure. Each Arccos Smart Grips package ($149.99) includes 13 Arccos Smart Grips, one Arccos Putter Sensor with a 30-day free trial followed by a $99 annual subscription.