Xander Schauffele had a sensational 2017 rookie season winning both the Greenbrier Classic and the Tour Championship while playing all Taylormade equipment including their M2 driver. The freshman pro finished third in the FedExCup. However, and he’s not the first to do this, for his sophomore campaign the young phenom left the company that had provided the tools for his first two wins and signed a new contract with Callaway Golf. The switch to Callaway clubs and ball included going with a Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 9° driver but there’s no question the results weren’t what Schauffele was looking for.
The 2017-2018 season had a couple of high finishes but no wins and now in his third season that’s all changed. Schauffele won the WSGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China in a one-hole playoff over Tony Finau after having gone back to TaylorMade for his driver, the M3 model. He also made another interesting change this week, dropping a 3-iron in favor of an 18° Rogue Sub Zero fairway wood saying the wood was a better fit for the course than another long iron.
Driver: TaylorMade M3 10.5° (Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7X)
Fairway Woods: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 15& 18° (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X)
Irons: 3-iron Callaway Epic Pro, 4-iron through pitching wedge Callaway Forged Prototype (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
Wedges: 52° Callaway Mack Daddy, 57° & 60° Titleist Vokey SM6 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red #7 CH
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Sanderson Farms Won by Cameron Champ Playing PING
Cameron Champ’s extreme length paid off this week in the opposite field Sanderson Farms Championship for a four-stroke win over Canadian Corey Conners in Jackson, Miss. Champ’s hard swinging resulted in a 334.1-yard average for the four rounds and one cracked PING G400 Max driver in the third round. The first-year player from Sacramento, Calif. said this happens a couple of times per year and he always carries spares. An oddity of Champ’s set is the inclusion of two 4-irons. According to Jonathan Wall on PGATour.com the first, a hollow-body i500, he hits around 270. The other, a PING iBlade construction, he flies a mere 240-245. Nice problem to have.
Driver: PING G400 Max 9° (Fujikura Pro White Tour Spec 63X)
Fairway Wood: PING G400 14.5° (Project X HZRDUS Black 85X)
Irons: 4-iron PING i500, 4-iron through pitching wedge PING iBlade (KBS C-Taper 130X)
Wedges: 50°, 54° and 60° PING Glide Forged (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter PING PLD Mid Tyne 4 Proto
Ball: Srixon Z Star XV
In Case Anyone Should Ask
Equipment This Week: The TaylorMade Spider Tour putter was the most used single model at the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Sanderson Farms Championship while as usual Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x were the choice of the most players in both fields. Of the 77 players at the WGC-HSBC 53 teed up a Titleist versus nine for the Callaway Chrome Soft/Chrome Soft X. At Sanderson Farms 106 played Titleist and 12 Callaway in a field of 132.
Speedback: Cobra is certainly on a roll and the latest announcement is a whole club family the KING F9 Speedback. Each according to the company has been optimized to provide distance with lots of forgiveness and accuracy in a middle of the market price range. The driver is particularly interesting since it is a combination of a head with highly efficient aerodynamics and a low center of gravity…something that is very difficult to accomplish. Good air flow usually requires a high crown and that makes the CG higher. The KING F9 Speedback driver though has an aerodynamically-shaped carbon fiber crown that wraps around the rear of the body and skirt and has PWR Ridges or raised fins. The weight is saved was added to the replaceable sole weights to get the lower CG. As with last year’s F8 the E9 face is CNC milled with the addition of Dual Roll so there’s more face curvature in the upper half and less in the lower half. All KING F9 Speedback clubs have COBRA Connect, the Arccos swing data collection system at no extra cost. The KING F9 Speedback driver is $449, fairway woods $269, hybrids $219 and irons (either variable or ONE Length) $799 in steel or $899 graphite for a seven-piece set.
Pro V1 2019 Proto: After a month of consumer testing Titleist is releasing the 2019 model Pro V1 and Pro V1x to its endorsement staff members at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open this week in Las Vegas. This biannual procedure has been used by the company several times to introduce new models of the bestselling ball in golf while building media awareness and creating anticipation from potential purchasers. If Titleist follows the usual timeline the new balls will be at retail in late January.