Here’s a look at the 5 biggest Callaway/Odyssey equipment news and notes from Easter Weekend:
1. Reed Puts In New X2 Hot 2-Deep Fairway Wood
Callaway staffer Patrick Reed moved into a new X2 Hot 2-Deep Fairway Wood (12.5°) this week at the RBC Heritage. It’s cut to 42” with 2” total tipping and has a True Temper Bi-Matrix shaft that Patrick particularly liked during testing as it helped reduce spin.
“After walking 4 or 5 holes with (Reed) on Monday, it really had the super penetrating, flat ball flight that was way underneath the top of the tree line and really had the perfect trajectory to avoid a lot of these swirling gusts (at Hilton Head)” said Callaway Tour Rep, Mike Sposa in our newest edition of Callaway Tour Talk.
The new X2 Hot 2-Deep is primarily focused as an alternative off the tee, much like the original X Hot 3Deep that debuted on Tour last year. It has a larger head volume (almost 20cc bigger than the 13° X Hot 3Deep) to give players higher MOI, and a larger face for a lot more consistency when it’s used on tee shots.
You can learn more about the X2 Hot Deep line in this episode of “Explain This To Me” with Dr. Alan Hocknell.
2. Appleby Plays New X2 Hot Pro Fairway Wood
Callaway staffer Stuart Appleby put in a new X2 Hot Pro Fairway Wood (17°) this week for the RBC Heritage after hitting it well in testing for the past several weeks.
As Sposa says, “We just made him a fresh X2 Hot Pro…It does spin it slightly more with a higher launch, which is attractive to a lot of guys. And he picked up probably 150, (or) 200 RPMs which was right in his wheelhouse.” The new fairway wood was clearly working for Appleby, he hit 73.2% of fairways for the week (T7 in the field).
You can learn more about the design of X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro Fairway Woods in this episode of Callaway Talks.
3. Brian Stuard WITB – RBC Heritage
Here’s a look at the Callaway/Odyssey equipment in Brian Stuard’s bag this week at the RBC Heritage, where finished T5:
Big Bertha Driver (9°)
Big Bertha Fairway Wood (16°)
X2 Hot Pro Hybrid (18°)
X Utility Prototype 2-iron
Apex Pro Irons (4-PW)
Mack Daddy 2 Wedges (52° and 58°)
Stuard hit his Big Bertha Driver well all week, just like Appleby he hit 73.2% of fairways for the event (T7 in the field).
4. Every’s X Utility Prototype Iron
Callaway staffer Matt Every put in an X Utility Prototype 3-iron this week. These utility irons are crafted by Callaway Chief Designer Roger Cleveland as a versatile option for Tour players, especially off the tee.
They have optimized weighting and a deep CG for more forgiveness, a Tour-inspired sole so they move through grass easier, and forged construction for faster ball speeds to create more distance.
5. Lydia Ko Into New Tank Cruiser
Callaway/Odyssey LPGA staffer Lydia Ko moved into a new Tank Crusier V-Line Putter this week at the LPGA Lotte Championship. It’s 33” long with a 15 gram weight in the grip and 2 15 gram weights in the head.
Available in #1 Wide, #7, 330 and V-Line head models, Tank Cruiser Putters are already gaining traction on Tour. They deliver adjustable weighting in both the head (10g, 15g and 20g weights for a head weight of 365g, 375g or 385g) and counterbalance weights (5g, 15g and 30g) to dial in your balance for your most consistent stroke.
You can learn more now from Odyssey Principal Designer, Austie Rollinson in our new Tank Cruiser Counterbalance video.
Have a great week everyone!