Schaufflele’s Winning Gear
Well, the winner of the Tour Championship at East Lake GC outside Atlanta beating the other top 30 players in the FedEXCup points list was rookie Xander Shaufflele. On the TaylorMade Golf professional staff and most probably Rookie of the Year, the 23-year from La Jolla, Calif. overcame a charge by Justin Thomas himself a five time winner this season to win by one with a birdie on the 72nd hole.
Thomas, who plays Titleist equipment, managed with his second place finish to edge out his close friend Jordan Spieth to win the $10 million FedExCup. Spieth took home a FedExCup yearend bonus for second place in points of $3 million and Schauffele, whose Tour Championship win got him third place for the year, took home $2 million in addition to the first place tournament check of $1.58 million.
Schaufflele’s winning bag at East Lake was similar to the one he carried at his first win, the 2017 Greenbrier Classic, except he dropped his 17 degree TaylorMade UDI 3-iron substituting a TaylorMade P790 2-iron of the same loft.
What’s in the Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 9.5 degrees (Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7X shaft)
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 15 degrees (Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 8X shaft)
Irons: TaylorMade P790 2-iron 17 degrees and 4-iron through pitching wedge TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (all with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 53-, 57- and 61-degrees (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Putter: Odyssey Works Versa Big T #5 Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Tour Championship by the Numbers: Eighteen players of the 30 playing at East Lake used Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x compared with six using the nearest other brand. Likewise as usual TaylorMade dominated the driver count with 14 versus seven for Titleist, six for Callaway and one each for Bridgestone, Cobra and Ping. Scotty Cameron again won the putter count with 14.
In Case Anyone Should Ask: The 1963 Ryder Cup was at East Lake captained by the last-ever playing captain Arnold Palmer whose squad beat the Great Britain team 23-9. In memory and tribute to The King a special display in East Lake’s clubhouse containing several of his 1963 Ryder Cup items including the bag used that week and his captain’s ring.
Vokey Aaron Dill Wedges: A new design under the Vokey Design banner is not by legendary club maker Bob Vokey but the Titleist division’s representative on Tour named Aaron Dill. The limited run Vokey Design AD-siXty comes in only 60-degrees loft with a list price of $250. It offers more consistent distance control through Progressive Center of Gravity and additional spin from their TX4 grooves technology. The AD-siXty will also feature a Brushed Nickel finish and will be available on Vokey WedgeWorks.
TaylorMade MG Bronze: We like the looks of the Milled Grind (MG) wedges from TaylorMade and now they are available in an antique bronze in addition the original chrome finish. Both come with TMaG’s precision milling, a choice of three grinds and their ZTP grooves. Pricing for MG wedges is $150.
Tour Edge: The Exotics CBX blade irons are triple forged with a muscle back design, narrow sole, thin top line and square toe. David Glod, Tour Edge president and chief club designer said, “These are true beauties…the CBX checks every box and came out as our highest performing Exotics blade.” An eight piece set with steel shafts is $1,000 or $1,200 with graphite. There are also new Exotics CBX Forged wedges ($125) with a choice of six lofts.
New Titleists: The latest DT TruSoft ($22 dozen) Titleist says is the answer to those who say in order to get a soft feeling non-urethane cover ball, distance must be sacrificed. The new DT TruSoft has a larger core low-compression core for the soft feel with a reconfigured dimple pattern for better aerodynamics and a new cover formulation.
The word on the street is Florida, California and Arizona will be test markets for the Titleist AVX, a premium category urethane cover three-piece ball for those looking for a softer feel than the Pro V1 or Pro V1x. Presumably this is in part a response to the success of the Callaway Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X but also to tell Acushnet if this niche market is viable without stealing sales from their top two models. The main idea is the AVX will be a softer feel but not compromise distance as other soft-feel urethane-cover balls often do. Pricing is expected to be the same as the Pro V1/Pro V1x.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?