For a golfer who seems nonplussed about most things out on the course, Dustin Johnson isn’t quite so nonchalant when it comes to choosing his golf clubs. Big Dusty’s best is almost unbeatable and his long, fluid swing generates effortless power.
He used it to great effect at the 2020 Masters, playing some unbelievable golf to win the green jacket by five strokes. And in the process, Johnson recorded the lowest winning total in Masters history of 20-under par.
Also, not many people on the planet can say they’ve shot 30-under in a tournament but Big Dusty can: his 11-stroke win at the Northern Trust Open was just one shot shy of the relative-to-par record.
As the world No.1 and 2020 US Masters and FedEx Cup champion Dustin Johnson generally lets his clubs do the talking.
What clubs does Dustin Johnson use:
WITB UPDATE 26/08/2021: Dustin switched back to his TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider putter (BMW Championship)
WITB UPDATE 18/08/2021: Dustin updated his putter to TaylorMade TP Collection Juno putter (Northern Trust Open)
WITB UPDATE 10/06/2021: Dustin updated his putter to Itsy Bitsy TaylorMade Spider (Palmetto Championship)
WITB UPDATE 26/04/2021: Dustin updated Driver to SIM2 Max
WITB UPDATE 07/01/2021: Dustin updated Driver & Fairway Wood to SIM2 (Tournament Of Champions - Hawaii)
Let's take a look what's inside Dustin Johnsons bag:
DUSTIN JOHNSON DRIVER
WITB UPDATE 26/04/2021: After a brief dalliance with TaylorMade’s new SIM2 driver, DJ has returned to TaylorMade’s original SIM Max driver. It’s the driver Dustin used to dissect Augusta when he won the 2020 Masters and he plans to use it until he tests TaylorMade’s newer SIM2 driver further to find the perfect set-up.
The TaylorMade SIM driver has been designed to maximise distance, with its efficient head shape delivering extra club head speed and an inertia generator on the sole increasing forgiveness. It also features a sliding sole weight to alter launch conditions, which Big Dusty has locked in the neutral position.
DJ’s SIM driver is coupled to a Fujikura Speeder 661 shaft, a classic choice with its blend of speed and stability. The shaft was first introduced in 1998 and remains a popular choice on tour.
Dustin Johnson put the new TaylorMade SIM2 driver into play at the Tournament Of Champions in Hawaii, his first event for 2021. It replaces the SIM driver he used to dissect Augusta National during his Masters win - a solid indication of just how much improvement the new SIM2 driver brings to the table.
Johnson averaged 310.4 yards off the tee last season and was 11th for strokes gained off the tee on the PGA Tour, but with the new TaylorMade SIM2 driver he should have a bit more in the tank in 2021. The SIM2 upgrades the original SIM with a design that has no trade-offs between distance and forgiveness, just the best of both.
A new ‘forged ring’ construction links the SIM2’s key components together: the inertia generator, speed injected twist face, thru-slot speed pocket and carbon fibre crown and sole. It increases forgiveness significantly and will help Dusty extract the maximum from his tee ball.
Johnson’s SIM2 driver is coupled to a Fujikura Speeder 661 shaft but he has also been assessing a Fujikura Ventus Black 6X shaft.
DUSTIN JOHNSON FAIRWAY WOODS
Dustin Johnson has split his allegiances with his fairway woods, gaming the more recent SIM2 Max three wood (a high-launching 16.5˚ model) alongside last year’s original SIM Max seven wood (21˚).
TaylorMade’s SIM2 Max fairway woods feature the largest head in the range – known for its sleek speedy and aerodynamic shape - and generate a higher launch and peak trajectory than standard SIM2 fairways.
The SIM2 Max 16.5˚ fairway wood is fitted with a Fujikura Ventus Black 9X shaft while the SIM Max 21˚ is matched to a Project X HZRDUS Black shaft.
DUSTIN JOHNSON IRONS
TAYLORMADE P730 IRONS – DJ PROTOTYPE (3-PW)
It makes perfect sense that Dustin has a full set of TaylorMade P730 irons in his bag; after all, they’re designed for the best ball strikers in the game. His irons are traditional forged blades that offer supreme feedback and feel but you have to find the sweet spot consistently – something Big Dusty does almost automatically.
Dustin’s P730 prototypes, fitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts, were the inspiration behind the new TaylorMade P7MB irons, which have now replaced the P730 model.
DUSTIN JOHNSON WEDGES
When you drive the ball as close to the green as Dustin Johnson does, the wedges are going to get a serious workout.
Dustin uses TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges, with both a 52˚ and 60˚ model in his bag. While they are the predecessor to TaylorMade’s newer Milled Grind 2 wedges, they feature the same milling process that creates precision consistency on the sole grinds and sharp grooves for spin and control.
DUSTIN JOHNSON PUTTER
WITB UPDATE 26/08/2021: TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider (Limited edition)
Dustin has had some form of TaylorMade Spider putter in his bag for 11 of his 22 PGA Tour wins and used one very effectively during his incredible 11-shot win at the Northern Trust Open and his 2020 Masters win. He currently has his limited edition Itsy Bitsy TaylorMade Spider in the bag and its high-MOI design makes it ultra-stable, even though it's more compact than the original Spider. Dustin has it fitted with a Superstroke pistol grip, which distributes grip pressure evenly and provides superior feel and feedback.
The TaylorMade Spider X is the closest replacement for DJ's limited edition TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider putter.
WITB UPDATE 18/08/2021: TaylorMade TP Collection Juno Putter
Dustin’s TaylorMade TP Juno putter is an Anser-style blade putter that features sleek, traditional stylings.
The Juno is a good match for Dustin’s smooth tempo, with its L-shaped hosel provided 36˚ of toe hang, and it is fitted with a Superstroke grip.
TAYLORMADE SPIDER TOUR BLACK PUTTER
Dustin has had the TaylorMade Spider putter in his bag for 11 of his 22 PGA Tour wins and used it effectively at his incredible 11-shot win at the Northern Trust Open, the first event of the FedEx playoff series. The high-MOI design makes the Spider putter ultra-stable and Dustin has it fitted with a Superstroke pistol grip, which distributes grip pressure evenly and provides superior feel and feedback.
The TaylorMade Spider X is the closes replacement for DJ's TaylorMade Spider Tour Black Putter.
DUSTIN JOHNSON GOLF BALL
The TaylorMade TP5X ball is slightly firmer than the TP5 and is perfectly suited to Dustin’s game. It is designed to complement high-swing speeds by lowering spin rates for the driver, creating a more penetrating ball flight.
And full iron shots launch higher and have a steeper descent angle with the TP5X, which is an ideal trait when Dustin is spearing his P730 long irons into the green.