Two weeks ago, we revealed the drivers being used by the golfers who lead the PGA Tour in strokes gained off the tee, a critical statistic for success. However, if there is a stat that holds even more value for the game’s elite players, it is strokes gained approach the green.
Sure, everyone wants to hole more putts and get more distance off the tee, but pros have accepted the notion, based on analytics, that the more birdie chances you have, the lower your scores will go, even if you are not a great putter. Distance off the tee can help, but accuracy and consistency from the fairway with your irons will translate into birdie chances and keep big numbers off your scorecard.
Below is a list of the players who lead the PGA Tour in strokes gained approach the green, along with the irons they currently play.
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10. Justin Thomas, 0.771
Justin Thomas’ Titleist 621.JT irons (Titleist)
IRONS: Titleist T100 (4) and Titleist 621.JT (5-9) prototype irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
9. Viktor Hovland, 0.783
Viktor Hovland’s Ping irons. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
IRONS: Ping i210 (3), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 85X Hybrid shaft, (4-PW), with KBS Tour V 120X shafts
8. Luke Donald, 0.792
Mizuno Pro 221 irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)
7. Russell Knox, 0.819
Russell Knox’s Srixon irons. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
6. Russell Henley, 0.889
Russell Henley’s Titleist irons. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
IRONS: Titleist T100 (2019) (4-6), with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT X100 shafts, (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
5. Tom Hoge, 0.891
Tom Hoge’s Titleist irons. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
4. Collin Morikawa, 0.915
Collin Morikawa’s TaylorMade irons. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
3. Daniel Berger, 0.927
Daniel Berger’s TaylorMade irons. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
IRONS: Callaway Apex (3), TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts
2 Jon Rahm, 1.058
Jon Rahm’s Callaway equipment. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
IRONS: Callaway Apex TCB (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts
1. Will Zalatoris, 1.102
Will Zalatoris’ Titleist irons. (David Dusek/Golfweek)