July 17, 2017
Jordan Spieth’s extraordinary run continued at the Hero World Challenge yesterday where the 21-year-old won by 10 shots, earning him consecutive victories only seven days apart.
For Titleist, Spieth’s win furthered an already impressive stretch for the company’s new-for-2015 equipment, which has contributed to five worldwide victories since November 9th. Bubba Watson won the WGC-HSBC Champions using the new ProV1X prototype ball, and Charley Hoffman (OHL Classic at Mayakoba), Brooks Koepka (Turkish Airlines Open) and Jordan Spieth (Australian Open and Hero World Challenge) won using full Titleist sets.
Spieth’s numbers in back-to-back victories are shockingly impressive, but no specific aspect of his game has made an overwhelming contribution to his recent success. Roger Maltbie perhaps described Spieth’s play most appropriately, though he unfortunately took flak from critics who felt he took a jab at Spieth:
“There’s no outstanding particular strength to his game. He’s not a power hitter, he’s not the straightest hitter, he’s not the best iron player, he’s not the best putter. But when you start putting everything together and his management of a golf course and of his game, it adds up to very efficient golf.”
With one eagle, 51 birdies, and only 12 bogeys or worse over his last 144 holes, Spieth’s play has been exactly that: very efficient. Every facet of his game is polished, though his putter was arguably the difference maker at Isleworth.
Here’s a look at the Scotty Cameron 009 prototype that Spieth has been using.
Jordan Spieth’s Scotty Cameron 009 prototype putter.
One of the tour’s best putters, Spieth navigated the treacherous Isleworth greens magnificently as several other players struggled on the grainy, Bermuda putting surfaces. Spieth finished the 2013-14 PGA Tour season ranked 20th in strokes gained/putting.
The second-year pro has also relied on Titleist’s new 915 D2 driver lately, first putting the club in play at the WGC-HSBC Champions in early November, where he finished T35. Since then, he finished T3 at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan in addition to six- and 10-shot wins the past two weeks.
Here is Titleist’s 915D2 driver.
The Titleist 915 D2 driver.
Spieth’s 9.5° model has an Aldila Rogue extra-stiff shaft.
After the win, Spieth said, “This caps off the best golfing year that I’ve ever had. Each year has been a little bit better than the last. I hope to continue to do so in 2015.”
Spieth proved that he can go exceptionally low (Sunday 63 in Australia) and win from behind, or runaway from a field of the world’s best players and never look back. The only lingering question is: What’s next?