New Staff Pro Pat Perez kept his hot streak going at Pebble Beach, where he posted yet another top-10, the third in his five starts as a Callaway staffer. Perez has been one of the most consistent players week-in and week-out since he made his Callaway debut last month at the Sony Open.
He finished T7 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and jumped up to 17th in the FedExCup standings after another strong tournament performance. Here’s a look at some of the Callaway equipment in Pat’s bag:
– His driver is 44 1/4” in length with 1” tipping and is set to have some Draw bias.
– His 3-wood has 16° of actual loft, 1 1/2” tipping, and is cut to 42 1/4”
– Pat first put his Versa Jailbird in play at the Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished T2. Jailbird is a new edition to Odyssey’s Tour proven, major winning Versa line. It’s a step up in visionary alignment that adds an additional high contrast alignment stripe. This extra stripe helps enhance the alignment through your stroke to accentuate face angle and improve concentration to sink more putts. It sure seems to be working for Pat!
Appleby Into New Big Bertha Alpha
Callaway staffer Stuart Appleby has been working on a new Big Bertha Alpha Driver, which went into play at Pebble Beach. Tour Reps were looking to dial in the proper loft (he wanted something a little over 9°) with his desired face angle, and that’s exactly what they did.
Appleby’s driver has 9.1° of actual loft and is cut to 44 3/8”, tipped 1” with a Project X 7.0 Black Shaft. It has the 12 gram Gravity Core in the higher CG position (the 10.5g tungsten weight toward the crown). As Callaway Tour Rep, Mike Sposa told us, Appleby loves the setup.
“He looked down at it and knew exactly at that moment that it was going to be good,” Sposa said. “We fiddled around with the heel and toe weighting, finally settled on a 4 gram in the toe, 9 gram in the heel… And he sent me a text when I was going to the airport that it may be the best driver that he’s ever had, and it will immediately go into play.”
Furyk Plays Big Bertha In 2014 Debut
Jim Furyk made his season debut last week with a new Big Bertha Driver (9°) in the bag. The driver has a Fuji 6.2 Shaft, 44 3/8” length, and 1 1/4” tipping. The slide weight is set just slightly toward the toe side. Furyk hit an impressive 74.6% of fairways for the week in the windy conditions.
Phil Rolls New Metal-X Milled Versa
Phil Mickelson switched into a new Odyssey Metal-X Milled Versa #9 HT Putter last Friday before the second round. This new putter is 34” with a little bit of offset bent into it because Phil says the head sets up better for him with a lot of offset.
The new Metal-X Milled Versa is a technologically advanced milled putter that features Metal-X Roll Technology for a more controlled and consistent roll, and Versa high contrast alignment that delivers alignment through your stroke, highlighting the proper face angle from address to impact.
It also features an adjustable weight kit (10g, 15g, and 20g) to fine tune your preferred weight and a crossbar that stabilizes sound and feel. Metal-X Milled Versa will be available in April. We’ll keep you posted with more updates!
Patrick Reed’s Big Bertha Fairway Wood
Patrick Reed did some work with a Big Bertha Fairway Wood for Pebble Beach. Reed plays a Big Bertha Alpha Driver that’s down to 43”, and was looking to reduce the spin on his 3-wood. Reed likes heavy shafts, and Tour Reps suggested he put in DG X100 shaft.
Reps put the DG X100 shaft in and tipped it 2”. According to Sposa, Reed hit three shots with it, turned around, put a headcover on it and said, “Thanks” and it went right into play. His Big Bertha 3-wood gamer has 13.7° of actual loft and is cut to 42 1/4” inches.
Big Bertha Is Back This Week!
Before we go, we want to give you a good ole fashion reminder…Big Bertha’s back on Friday! Yep, you can shop now for Big Bertha, Big Bertha Alpha and the Big Bertha Fairway Woods or go in to demo them starting Friday at a golf retailer near you. Go hit them. And get Bertha Long!