The golf club industry continues to shift as we move through 2017. Much of that shift has gone to Callaway, after releasing the Epic line of clubs. In this month’s Catching Up With Callaway, we explore a record breaking performance and another 1st win on the PGA Tour. We also update you on the latest club releases from the Carlsbad company.
Record Breaking at The Open
The year’s 3rd major was not lacking in memorable moments. On Saturday, Callaway staffer Branden Grace turned in a performance for the ages. Grace shot even par in the first round and battled the elements to shoot 74 in the 2nd round, which was about the field average on Friday. This left him 10 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth. What followed on Saturday was record breaking. With seemingly nothing to lose, Grace took advantage of the better conditions, shooting a major record 62! He sank a knee-knocking 3-foot putt to secure the lowest score by anyone in a major in the history of this great game.
The Streak Continues
Callaway staffer Grayson Murray became the 11th first-time winner on the PGA Tour, winning the Barbasol Championship. In doing so, he adds to the streak of double-digit first time PGA Tour winners. Dating back to 2013, 10 or more players have earned their first career wins on Tour. Murray held off the hard-charging Chad Collins to earn a 1-shot victory. Murray led the field in birdies and total shots gained for the week. He was also 3rd in driving distance and greens in regulation. Here are the Callaway clubs he used:
- GBB Epic Sub Zero Driver (10.5*) – Graphite Design Tour-AD Shaft
- GBB Epic Fairway Wood (15*) – Mitsubishi Rayon Shaft
- Callaway Epic Hybrid (18*) – Project X Shaft
- Callaway Apex Muscleback Irons (4-PW) – True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour X100 Shafts
- MD3 Milled Wedges (52*, 56*, 60*) – True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour X100 Shafts
- Odyssey Works Versa #1 Tank Putter
- A Chrome Soft Golf Ball
New Equipment Available
The new Callaway Steelhead XR fairway woods take the iconic Steelhead design and modernize it. The design team at Callaway improved the sole and CG location, making it easy to launch shots from any lie. Callaway utilizes the newest generation Hyper Speed Face Cup and Speed Step crown to give the Steelhead XR fairway woods their exceptional distance. You can read more about these in our full review from mid-July of 2017.
On the subject of redesigns, Odyssey will soon release new colors in their popular O-Works putter line. The #1 putter company will offer 3 models in red and 6 in black. Here are the specific models that will be available:
The #7S is a variation on the familiar #7 design, with a short, slant-neck hosel that is meant for a slight arcing stroke.
- #2W – a wider body on this classic shape
- #2M CS – a new model for Odyssey
The #2W is a wider version of the Anser-style #2 you are familiar with from Odyssey. The #2M CS is a new model for Odyssey. It is a center-shafted mallet with 2 alignment lines running perpendicular to the face. The #3T is also a new model Odyssey. We were introduced to this mid-mallet when Rory McIlroy was using a prototype version of it earlier in the season. For info on the traditional O-Works line, you can check out our review of them from April.
That concludes this month’s installment of Catching Up With Callaway. We’ll see you again next month!
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