We’re only two months through a long season yet our new Callaway staffers have already made an impact on Tour, and now we’re less than six weeks away from that little major down in Georgia! With all that our boys have had going on from Phil’s win in Arizona, to James Hahn doing the Gangnam Style and our X Team bombing huge drives, it’s tough to keep track of all the latest news – that’s why our Blog Team is here to fill you in. Our staffers have been some of the most consistent players on Tour in 2013, just take a look at the stats.
Colsaerts Leads In Driving Distance, List and Woodland Close Behind
The top of the PGA Tour’s driving distance category reads like a who’s who of Callaway bombers. First year staffer Nicolas Colsaerts leads in driving distance at a nice little 309.6 yards per drive and has now picked up 31 X Bomb patches after the Honda Classic. Luke List (RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver) is 4th on Tour with a 304.1 yard average and Gary Woodland (RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver) is right behind him in 5th at 304 yards per drive.
We knew all three of these players would bust out big drives this year, but having three of the top-5 in driving distance? That’s just crazy. Woodland has the longest recorded PGA Tour drive of the three players this year after his 379 yard bomb at the Waste Management Phoenix Open; Colsaerts hit a 403 yard drive earlier this year on the European Tour. They play a whole different kind of game with that length off the tee, and it’s a privilege to watch them do their thing.
Jacobson Filling Up The Stats Sheet
You know the basketball term “filling up the stat sheet” they use for players who do a little bit of everything? Well, Freddie Jacobson is one of those players who fills up the stat sheet on Tour. In 2013, Freddie ranks fourth in strokes gained – putting (with help from his Odyssey Versa #7 Black/White/Black gamer), second in scoring average and T2 in top-10 finishes (with three in his first five starts).
The Callaway staffer has been in contention throughout the year and appears to be in complete control of his game. And in just those five starts, he’s moved into the top-25 in the FedExCup standings. Freddie has been all smiles this year and with numbers like these we can see where he’s coming from.
Four Staffers In Top-10 In Scoring Average
We just mentioned that Freddie ranks second on Tour in scoring average, and three other staffers are inside the top-10. New staffers Chris Kirk (6th) and Brian Stuard (8th) have posted low numbers all year, and Jim Furyk (9th) has played his steady game so far. Stuard and Furyk both look dialed in with their X Hot Drivers, and Furyk ranks second on Tour in the driving accuracy category as well.
Woodland Getting Even Hotter Ball Speeds With His RAZR Fit Xtreme
During testing last week, Callaway Reps built Woodland a RAZR Fit Xtreme 8.5° Driver head with 8.2° of actual loft and weights at 14 grams in the toe and 7 grams in the heel. Woodland said this head was hot and he was seeing a trajectory he really liked.
Our Tour Reps have told us that with some players the heaver weight in the toe changes the CG location just enough so that players produce a hotter flight at their typical hit location. Woodland was very happy with the changes and put the new head in play at the Honda Classic, where he collected some more X Bombs for 325+ yard drives.
Willett Posts T5 At Tshwane Open
Danny Willett posted his second top-5 of the season following his T5 finish on Sunday at the Tshwane Open. He shot 68-68-70-66 for the week with an X Hot Driver (9.5°), two RAZR Fit Xtreme Fairway Woods, X Forged Irons, a HEX Black Tour Ball and an Odyssey Putter in the bag. Willett ranked fourth in the field in driving distance at 307.3 yards per drive and hit 81.9% of greens for the week. Nice playing, Danny!
Grace, Several Non-Staffers Switch To Versa
Odyssey’s Versa Putters continue to grow on Tour as several players put these putters in their bags at the Honda Classic, including Branden Grace. Grace used a #1 Wide Black/White/Black model that he initially took a liking to last Monday, and in the first round on Thursday he shot 65, needed just 25 putts and led the field in strokes-gained putting.
The dude was absolutely rolling the rock, and Tour sources told us his new gamer has a Metal-X insert with a feel that’s closer to the Black Series Tour Design #1 Wide model he used to win four European Tour events last year.
Tour sources also told us that several non-staffers switched into Versa gamers. Word of mouth has been huge for Versa’s early impact on Tour, and a number of PGA superstars and veterans have taken to the Visionary High Contrast Alignment. We expect even more big news for Versa this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Friday Office Tips Are Back!
If you like fast, fun and informative golf tips (and come on, who doesn’t?) you really need to take a look at our Friday Office Tips. Last Friday, The Office Tip Team discussed how you can find the right tee height to get the most distance out of your drives. We’ll keep these tips coming every Friday so you can get the most out of your round on Saturday and Sunday. It’s what we’re here for!
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