Patrick Reed, a.k.a. Captain America, with a final round of 71 took the 2018 Masters by one stroke over Rickie Fowler and by two over Jordan Spieth who had the low round of the week. In a final pairing with Rory McIlroy, who at the start of the fourth round was three back, Reed was able to fashion his one under par score with four birdies and three bogies.
Reed had been on the Nike staff until the sneaker company opted to leave the club and ball business almost two years ago. He switched to Callaway Golf but left them at the start of 2018. Going without a club contract allowed the new Masters champion to pick and choose from several makers and his choices are very interesting. For example, some of his sticks are from the days with Nike such as his VR Pro fairway wood from 2011 and he was using VR Pro blade irons released originally in 2010. Now Reed’s irons include a mixture of 2013 model Callaway X Forged and MB1 irons.
His Artisan wedges are interesting and come from a new company started in 2017 by Mike Taylor who formerly was a master clubmaker in Nike’s “Oven” club research and development facility. They are not sold in golf shops and more information on the wedges and putters may be found at https://www.facebook.com/artisangolftx/.
Reed’s Winning Gear:
Driver: Ping G400 LST 10 degrees Aldila Rogue Silver 70X shaft
Fairway wood: Nike VR Pro Limited 15 degrees Aldila Rogue Silver 80X shaft
Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 iron, Callaway X Forged 4 iron, Callaway MB1 5 iron through pitching wedge; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Artisan 51 & 56 degrees, Titleist Vokey Design SM5 61 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Masters Equipment Counts: 54 players in the 87-man field teed up a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x compared with 14 for Callaway’s Chrome Soft/Chrome Soft X, the next most popular ball. Callaway’s Odyssey brand though, won the putter count. TaylorMade Golf’s M3 460 model driver was the most played with 27 and their M3/M4 fairway woods topped the list with 42. In irons Titleist won that category with 20 sets and was tied for first in hybrids with 10. Vokey Design wedges won the approach, sand and lob wedge category with 83.
Miura KM-009: Though putters aren’t the product segment for which Miura is best known, having a worldwide reputation for high quality irons, they do have a new blade named the KM-009. It’s a classic toe-weighted design milled from mild steel with a rolled topline and tapered heel in a white chrome finish. The price is $400.
Drive Shack: A well-financed competitor to TopGolf named Drive Shack (NYSE: DS) with an eye to expanding quickly has opened its first facility. Located in suburban Orlando, immediate plans are for five more in the southeast. Drive Shack Inc. also owns American Golf, an owner/operator of more than 90 courses in the U.S.
Mack Daddy 4 Raw: The Raw finish has the non-glare look popular on Tour and Callaway is now making the MD 4 wedges in the Raw with two new loft/grind options previously unavailable on the Tour-only models: the 54-X and 56-X Grind. Pricing is $149.99.
Trade for Rounds: Online equipment seller GlobalGolf and tee time broker GolfNow, which is owned by the Golf Channel, have teamed to give golfers credit for rounds of golf by trading in old clubs. On GlobalGolf’s Trade & Play page golfers can get an immediate credit applied to their GolfNow account of 120 percent of the value of their pre-owned clubs which may be used to pay for future tee times.
Kirkland Signature Balls: The mutual law suits by Acushnet and Costco over golf ball patent infringement and performance claims may have taken a new twist. After being off the market for several months Costco’s Kirkland Signature golf balls are available again to Costco members. The 4-piece urethane cover model is priced at two dozen for $29.99 plus $4.99 shipping and a new 3-piece urethane cover ball has been added to the lineup.