New Staffer Reed Plays FT Optiforce, Full Callaway Bag In Dramatic Playoff Win

Jeff Newton

Here’s what Patrick Reed has done in the three tournaments since he switched into a new FT Optiforce Driver: 3 top-10s, an average of 13.4 more yards per drive, and now his first career PGA Tour win in a dramatic playoff victory at the Wyndham Championship. Wow! (Breaking: We got Patrick on the Callaway Talks Podcast to discuss his win, his success with Callaway equipment and his goals going forward!)

Reed ranked 10th in the field in driving distance with his FT Optiforce, which has 9.5° of loft, a new, limited edition Aldila Rogue Shaft, and is cut to 44 ¼”. Our Tour Rep Mike Sposa worked on Reed’s driver, and in a recent episode of Callaway Tech Talk, Sposa said, “This thing is just money. The launch, the spin, everything is completely optimized.”

With performances like this, you can see why FT Optiforce has been our #1 Driver at all 7 PGA Tour events since it was introduced.

Reed trusted FT Optiforce for more distance and consistent performance off the tee, led the field in greens in regulation (83.3%), and drained huge putts all week. It was a tremendous all-around performance, and he used a full bag of Callaway equipment in the win. Here’s the rundown on what he played:

– FT Optiforce Driver (440cc) – 9.5° loft, Limited Edition Aldila Rogue Shaft
X Forged Irons (two 2-irons, 4-iron)* – Dynamic Gold Shafts
RAZR X Muscleback Irons (5-PW) – Dynamic Gold Shafts
Mack Daddy 2 Wedges (50°, 56°, 60°) – Dynamic Gold Shafts
– A HEX Chrome+ Golf Ball
Odyssey White Hot Pro #3 Putter

*According to our Tour Team, Reed put in a second X Forged 2-iron this week that was bent to 15° of loft and bounce was added. So it plays like a 1-iron, and his other 2-iron is 18°.

The new Callaway staffer capped off his win on the second playoff hole. Playing his second shot from deep in the right rough, he threaded a punch shot under the overhanging limbs and onto the green, just six feet below the hole, and then rolled in the winning birdie putt. It was the biggest moment of his career, and another example of how far he’s come since he joined us as a Staff Pro in May.

Reed has posted four top-10s, gotten his first win and made 8 of 9 cuts since he first played as a Callaway staffer at the HP Byron Nelson Championship (before that he had made just 6 of 14 cuts on the year). At the John Deere Classic, he summed up what he’s done with our equipment.

“The stuff is amazing…I just have so much confidence in all the equipment that it’s just one of those things, all right, if I feel like I’m in a good pattern on my swing that I can literally take it at every flag,” Reed said.

More News and Notes From Reed’s Win:

– This was the third PGA Tour win for a HEX Chrome+ Ball in the past month: (Phil Mickelson’s major win, Gary Woodland’s victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open, and now Reed’s win).

– Reed was fifth in the field in strokes gained – putting with his Odyssey White Hot Pro #3 Putter. Odyssey leads all putter brands with 46 worldwide Tour wins this year (and counting).

– With the win, Reed moved up to 22rd in the FedExCup standings.

Congratulations on a great win, Patrick! This should be the first of many!

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