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Tour Insider: Inside the bag of Xander Schauffele

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World No. 4 Xander Schauffele’s approach to his equipment is about as precise as can be. The quiet, measured 27-year-old from La Jolla, California, plays few games when it comes to his gear. For any component to be considered, it has to be dialed to the nth degree.

I went to my crew to get all the answers, and this is what Callaway tour manager Jacob Davidson, Odyssey’s Joe Toulon, and Vokey wedge master Aaron Dill had to say.

Xander Schauffele WITB 2021

Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (9 degrees @8)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7 X (Custom Black)

Jacob Davidson:  The Epic Speed Triple Diamond fit right into what Xander loves to see. He likes a slightly lower spin profile and something that helps eliminate the left side. Our Triple Diamond heads have a straighter top line and a more player-friendly (compact) shape that our staff loves.

  • Loft (actual): 8 degrees
  • Length: 45 1/2 inches
  • Setting: NS
  • Weight: 194.2-gram head weight, D3 swing weight
  • Tipping: 1 inch

3-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15 degrees @14.1)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X

Jacob Davidson: The Rogue fairways seem to be something Xander always goes back to. In the past, he has tested and put in play some of our other models but always seems to fall back into this one. He not only loves the shape, but the leading edge has a bit more camber that lets him get into the turf a bit better. 

  • Loft (actual): 14.1 degrees
  • Length: 43 inches (cut)
  • Lie: 57.1 degrees
  • Swing weight: D3
  • Tipping: 1.5 inches

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X (Black)

Jacob Davidson: 

  • Loft (actual): 17.7 degrees
  • Length: 42 inches (cut) 
  • Lie: 56.4 degrees
  • Swing weight: D3
  • Tipping: 2 inches

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Tour 130 X

Jacob Davidson: The Apex TCB is similar to the Apex Pro “dot” heads he had success with, but in this case, he liked the feel a bit more, and the longer irons gave him a few more RPM’s of spin, which is always welcome.  

  • Loft (4-PW): 22.5, 26.5, 30.75, 35, 38.5, 43, 47 degrees
  • 6-iron spin: 6,600 RPM
  • Swing weight: D1.5 (4, 5) D2 (6-P)
  • Lie (4-PW): 60.5, 61, 61.5, 62, 62.5, 63, 63.5 degrees
  • Length: Standard Callaway length

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (52-10S), Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (56-10 @57), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 WedgeWorks (60-T @61)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Jaws MD5 Specs

  • Length: 35.5 inches
  • Loft: 52 degrees
  • Lie: 63.5 degrees
  • Swing weight: D3

Vokey Specs

  • Length: +1/8 inches over standard
  • Loft: 57, 61 degrees
  • Lie: 63.5 degrees
  • Swing weight: D3

Jacob Davidson on (52-10S): “The MD5 JAWS 52-10S was a wedge Xander loved right away. This wedge gives him the ability to really flight it down on off-speed shots, which can be a tough combo to find.” 

Aaron Dill on (57, 61): “A little back story: Xander and I started working together when he was a TaylorMade staffer at the Greenbrier in 2017.” 

“On Monday, he and I spoke for the first time and he showed interest in working together and testing Vokey wedges. I was thrilled and said I would help him whenever he was ready. His schedule was limited so we didn’t get to work on wedges till Tuesday afternoon. We spoke and I made him some options. 

“The same options I made him were good but needed to be lower in swing weight by two points. He said they were good. They went in the bag, and he ended up winning his first PGA Tour event that week.” 

JW: Why do players like Xander stay in an older model as opposed to switching into the new?

AD: Most players who play and older model like Xander do for one of the following reasons

  1. They love the model too much to leave 
  2. Nothing we make matches it close enough to justify a switch
  3. Superstition 

In Xander’s case, he made it very clear he really liked this wedge. It had the look, feel, and performance he was looking for.  I would not consider him to be the type of player to goof around much with his equipment—once he finds something good, it stays.  

JW: From a grind preference, why do the S and T work for his delivery and needs?

AD: The grinds Xander has chosen have specific value and purpose. Most PGA Tour players spend time with me building a matrix and choosing specific wedges. Part of that process is me encouraging and sharing that having different wedges opens up shot windows they may not have. In this case, the 56-10S @57 carried the right number but also gave him a sole he could hit full but also chip with—a double threat. 

Xander started with a 60M back in the day, but as time has gone by, we have tested some other styles of wedges to improve shots or reduce stress on shots where he may not feel comfortable. What we came up with is a 60T for when it’s firm and a custom 60-06K for when things soften. Both 56, 60-degree models serve as many purposes as Xander needs. The 60-degree models are decided based on the venue and the conditions that week.  

JW: He was in a LB K grind for a good while, what did he gain by going into the T?

AD: The 60T was an option discussed when Xander told me he had difficulty in firm conditions.  Most would say the 60-06K is a fairly low bounce option already but sole width increases bounce as you open the face and this was exactly the style of shot Xander had trouble with.  He wanted to open the face and have the wedge hug the ground and create some confidence to slide under the ball with ease. The K wasn’t able to do this and what he saw visually forced him to change his technique.

Putter: Odyssey O-Works #7 CH Red

Specs

  • Model: O-Works Red 7 CH
  • Loft/lie: 3.5/71.5  degrees (backup putter is at 4 loft)
  • Alignment: Top and tracers in white
  • Insert: White Hot
  • Length: 34 3/8 inches to end of grip
  • SuperStroke Traxion 2.0 Tour (10 grams)
  • Swingweight: D7.5
  • Weight: 516.5 gams
  • Shaft: Black stepped shaft

*His loft varies week to week depending on grass/green conditions. He works on Quintic with his putting coach Derek Uyeda to determine what loft is necessary each week

Joe Toulon on Xanders Odyssey

JW: What about the O-Works CH #7 does he respond to?

JT: Alignment features. The top line and back tracer lines really work with his eyes. The CH provides him a little bit of toe hang and it matches up nicely with his path and arc. He’s used face balanced options in #7’s before and will typically only use something with little-to-no toe hang. 

Ball: 2020 Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip Cord

 

 

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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5 Comments

  1. W

    Feb 7, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Should’ve removed them crappy Vokeys today, they failed him all over the course

  2. Chris b

    Feb 7, 2021 at 9:58 am

    This an absolutely phenomenal witb , well done wrx , well done

  3. CrashTestDummy

    Feb 6, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Vokey wedges are still excellent and have the best options for sole grinds in the business. However, I am not a big fan of how they switched and started makin them more mid-size wedges a several years ago. Prefer a small tour-sized clubhead. They swing differently (mainly on chipping and pitching), react with the turf differently, and feel different.

    • Benny

      Feb 7, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      Well said.. older models looked so much better

  4. Tim

    Feb 6, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Rogue fairways are great. Haven’t found better.

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Jordan Spieth’s winning WITB 2021 Valero Texas Open

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Jordan Spieth what’s in the bag accurate as of the Valero Texas Open.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 X Hybrid

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0 (6.5 in 46)

 

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Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

 

 

 

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Equipment rewind: A deep dive into the Cleveland HiBore driver legacy

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I have always been fascinated by product development, specifically the development of unconventional products. Now in the world of golf clubs, one of the most unconventional designs ever introduced was the Cleveland HiBore driver, which during its lifespan, experienced tremendous success through a number of generations, including the HiBore XL, XLS, and finally, the Monster XLS, which, as you may remember, hid the acronym “MOI” on the sole, alluding to its massive level of forgiveness.

As a golfer, I played the original HiBore, along with the XL Tour for a period of time and was always curious about the story behind the “scooped out crown.” In a search for answers, I reached out to Cleveland-Srixon to get the lowdown on the HiBore and discuss where it sits in the pantheon of drivers.

Ryan Barath: Considering how engineers are continuing to do everything they can to increase MOI and push the center of gravity low and deep in driver heads, it feels like the original HiBore and the subsequent models were well ahead of their time from a design perspective. 

It makes logical sense the best way to save weight from the crown is to make the crown “disappear” compared to traditionally shaped drivers, am I correct in assuming that?

Cleveland design team: You nailed it.

At the time of the HiBore, there were really only two solutions to create a low and deep center of gravity:

    1. Make the crown lighter – by either replacing the crown with a lighter-weight material such as a graphite composite or magnesium or by thinning out the material on the crown. Thinner crowns were possible thanks to advances in casting technology and using etching techniques to remove material.
    2. Make the driver shallower – this change in geometry created a very forgiving low profile design, but the downside to this was that you ended up with a very small face that looked intimidating compared to the larger-faced drivers on the market.

The HiBore took a new approach and inverted the crown geometry so that all the crown weight was moved lower. By inverting the crown the HiBore design allowed for a very long and flat sole, therefore there was space in the head that was really low and deep to put the weight.

The HiBore was really the first driver to eliminate, or nearly eliminate the tapered skirt. Almost every modern driver in the market is inspired by the HiBore in that respect. It was a two-part solution where we lowered the weight of the crown and simultaneously created a low/deep location to put any extra mass.

The lower and deeper CG of the HiBore improved launch conditions significantly, but also made the driver much more consistent across the entire face. The deep CG increased MOI resulting in tighter dispersion since the sweet spot was in the center of the face. Misses both low and high performed exceptionally as opposed to having a small hot spot high on the face.

RB: In every conversation I have ever had with engineers, there is always this give-and-take mentality from a design perspective to get to the final iteration. Was there anything that was given up or sacrificed for overall performance with this design?

Cleveland design team: The hardest part about the HiBore design was the sound. Prior to the HiBore, internal ribbing in a hollow golf club head was nearly unheard of. To make the HiBore sound acceptable, we had to design a ribbing structure to control the sound and design an entirely new manufacturing process to produce those internal ribs. To this day, most drivers include some form of internal ribbing to control sound or improve ball speed and that ribbing technology can be traced back to the HiBore.

In terms of tradeoffs, the major one was the low spin nature of the driver made it more difficult for low spin players to use. If a golfer is already low spin, this club would be too low and drives would just fall out of the air. Low spin golfers tend to be low spin because they hit the ball high on the face. Since we lowered the sweet spot, a high face impact was further from the sweet spot so ball speed fell as compared to a higher CG driver. Fortunately for us, in that era most golfers were fighting too much spin or way too much spin, this wasn’t a real issue.

RB: Do you have any final words on the HiBore drivers and the legacy they have left behind?

Cleveland design team: We are very proud of the HiBore driver family and the success it had at the time, but we are also proud of its legacy.

In the same way that you can trace nearly every modern band back to the Beatles or Led Zeppelin, you can trace nearly every modern driver back to HiBore either through the internal structure that is prolific across modern drivers, or the long, flat sole that is a must-have in a high-performance driver.

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We are a community of like-minded individuals who all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing, including equipment or, in this case, a sweet set of irons!

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Tiger Woods spec’d TaylorMade P7TW irons, or as they are also known: the GOAT irons.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade P7TW **TIGER SPECS* 3-PW

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