Jason Dufner - Switching Irons (Part 1)

Jason Dufner discusses how he went from playing his regular irons to custom grinds made by Donnie White, a very famous club grinder. He discusses the shot pattern that changed as a result of the switch (Part 1).


There's always equipment to be worked on. You this year had a bit of trouble. And it's been a bit of a search for you to get yourself where you want to be. You found that you changed equipment, and you were getting way too much spin with a set that you put in.


What's been happening?

I had a couple of sets that I was using to start the year that when I tested were pretty good. But then I just started seeing high spin with my irons. And I didn't really know why. I went through a lot of different shafts. We started with shafts.

We talked a little bit about stuff.

Yeah. Off-set. But I never really thought about sole-turf interaction. And I guess this kind of goes back to you're always learning something new about the game of golf, right? I've been doing this for 18 years as a pro, and I never really thought about this. I didn't think there was much difference in irons and how they were built. I always thought an iron was just kind of an iron. Either you liked it or you didn't. But this year has been a bit of a learning experience for me. I'd always played these 716s, which are what I went back to the bag match play. And it turns out that's a real good sole for me on the interaction with the turf.

When you say-- you use [? trackman. ?] You have your own [? trackman. ?] You use it for feedback. Is it true that when you hit an eight iron, you should have about 8,000 spins, seven iron, 7,000, et cetera.

Yeah, give or take 200.

And what that means is that it's flying about the distance that it should.

Right. You're going to get the correct trajectory, the correct spin rate. Any condition-- down wind, no wind, into the wind-- it's going to be very consistent in the distances that it lands. Especially if your launch angles are the same, your club head speed are the same.

And you were seeing double digits.

I was seeing-- I'd hit a six iron, and it'd be close to 7,500.

Oh, OK. So--

Too much spin.