Golfers participating in the Ryder Cup are typically equipped with their equipment several weeks or even months before the biennial competition. However, according to Callaway, Xander ScHotele is going with a slightly different driver to Whistling Straits after tinkering and working with the company’s fitters for the past few weeks.
For most of 2021, ScHotele, who is currently ranked No.5 in the world and finished the final PGA Tour season 22nd in driving distance, used a Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond driver of 45, 5 inches. (from $ 529.99 at Carl’s Golf Land) with 9 degrees of loft equipped with a Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7 X shaft.
The Triple Diamond version of the Epic Speed is the most played version of Callaway’s flagship driver on the PGA Tour. Compared to the commercial version, the Epic Speed Triple Diamond is slightly smaller with a volume of 450 cubic centimeters instead of 460. It has a higher toe, an adjustable weight at the back of the sole like the commercial version and another weight at the front which the commercial version lacks. It is designed to produce slightly less spin and weaker ball flight. It also has a neutral formatting bias that the pros tend to like. Using the adjustable hosel mechanism, the club from Scheater has 8 degrees of loft.
However, after switching to the Callaway Chrome Soft LS ball before the US Open in June (from $ 47.99 per dozen at Carl’s Golf Land and Dick’s), a low-turnover version of Callaway’s Chrome Soft, ScHotele’s turnover rates have dropped too low. According to Callaway, it generated between 1900 and 2000 rpm with a ball speed of 175 mph. It might sound awesome, but ScHotele needs more spin to create the tight draw of the tee he loves to hit.
Alex didn’t want to stop using the Chrome Soft LS ball or the Graphite Design Tour AD BB shaft, but at the Tour Championship he opted for a Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 7 X shaft. This shaft has a softer tip section. , creating a slightly higher launch angle and more spin.
However, according to Callaway, ScHotele, who lives in San Diego, performed more testing last week at the Ely Callaway Performance Center near Carlsbad, California. Eventually, he switched to an Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS driver with 10.5 degrees of loft adjusted to 9 degrees and fitted with his beloved Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7 X shaft. The Triple Diamant LS (from $ 529.99 at Carl’s Golf Land) is a low-rotation version of the Triple Diamond. Lowering the loft opens up the angle of the club’s face, so it seems to point slightly more to the right, which ScHotele and many elite players prefer.
This combination allowed ScHotele’s spin rate to range between 2,200 and 2,400 RPM and helped him achieve the draft he wanted.
Driving during the Ryder Cup will be essential, and ScHotele, who finished 41st in strokes won at the start last season on the PGA Tour, can combine distance and precision. Armed with a new driver, he might be ready to help the United States reclaim the Cup.
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