Golf equipmentAugust 25, 2016

Dustin Johnson using driver inspired by his U.S. Open win

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Dustin Johnson must know a guy.

Although TaylorMade’s USA-themed, red, white, and blue version of its M1 driver isn’t available until August 31 ($800, 9.5 and 10.5 degrees), Johnson is using the club today at the Barclays at Bethpage Black. The driver was inspired by Johnson’s victory in the U.S. Open at Oakmont in June.

The club features the same technology and shaping as the regular M1, including a weight-saving carbon composite crown construction and T-shaped track for two movable weights that can variably and independently alter center of gravity bias both front to back and heel to toe.

The cosmetic enhancements include changes to both the crown and sole. Instead of the M1’s usual gray-black translucent weave finish on the crown contrasting with the white front section, the Special Edition M1 will change to a translucent blue coloring on the carbon composite crown. On the sole, the 15-gram weight that moves from heel to toe is now blue in color, while the 10-gram weight that moves front to back is red. Also, the black base color to the sole is now a white PVD finish, the hosel sleeve is red as is the alignment aid on the crown.

Drivers: TaylorMade M1

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