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7 Things I Learned Talking With Masters Champion Scotty Scheffler

A look at the TaylorMade P7TW Scheffler irons.

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A week without any major gear news seems like the perfect opportunity to highlight last week with the hottest golfer on the planet: Scotty Scheffler.

In a recent conversation with GOLF.com, the latest Masters winner discussed his decision to sign TaylorMade mid-season, the Iron Tiger’s impact, and what Is that true Happened to the shaft on his Scottie Cameron racket. I’ve highlighted some of my favorite ideas from the conversation.

Smooth transition

me mentioned the following Schaeffler’s win in the Masters, but Taylor Meade’s brass deserves a lot of credit for getting Scheffler’s deal to the finish line. As he told me during our conversation, he was “pretty much planning on staying as a free agent just because, you know, I’m like that. Being able to play the best kind of thing for me is usually what works.”

Instead of forcing Schaeffler to change his existing gear, Taylor Meade signed the 25-year-old in a deal that only required him to add 3 woodcuts – he was already using the driver and irons – to the bag at one point. The pegs of Foki and Scotty Cameron were allowed to remain.

Scheffler described it as a “very smooth transition,” which might be an understatement of the century. With the exception of the T55 in the Players Championship, he has not moved past a win since signing the new deal. Not bad for the guy who chose to join the TaylorMade’s Tour crew just weeks before the Masters.

It never hurts when you are able to continue to work with roughly the same setup.

Aim small, miss small

Like most Tour pros, Scheffler has never complained about the driver’s ball acceleration—especially the extra 3-4 mph he saw with the TaylorMade Stealth Plus.

The 4 mph increment is about 12 yards, which is a significant number when you’re talking about golfers who are already improved for each club in the bag.

But for Schaeffler, there was more to the Stealth Plus than just having less racket in the hole. A new level of accuracy allowed him to reduce his penalty shot as well.

“I don’t have such a crazy big miss anymore,” Scheffler said. “Keep the ball close to the field when I miss – and I’m at a higher level. I definitely have fewer clubs, more greens and some 5 symmetries, and I don’t look at bunkers that I used to look at. That’s really a testament to the speed I picked up with the driver.”

During a winter test session in Dallas, Schaeffler set the driver in stride at 30 mph to see how it would hold up. The results made him believe it was time to make a change.

“It was a really good day for drivers testing because I wanted to make sure it was just as accurate as my Ping,” he said. “You know, that was with the gains from ball speed as well.”

Schaeffler has had four wins since he switched drivers. It’s safe to say the change was a resounding success.

Was that miss?

Schaeffler finally traded in his wooden Nike 3 for TaylorMade Stealth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

stitched

I’ll be the first to admit I got it wrong with the 3-wood Scheffler transmission. When it was announced that he would eventually need to weed out the Nike VR Pro Limited – a club he’s been using since high school – I fully expected the turnaround to be slow and methodical. TaylorMade wasn’t speeding in Scheffler and with the Masters on tap, post-specialization seemed like the best time to start testing.

Schaeffler then went ahead and made the change to TaylorMade Stealth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Schaeffler is the type of player who needs to “get” [the club] In competition and play” before making the final decision, but it didn’t take long to pick up big improvements from a tee.

“[The Nike] It wasn’t nearly on the same field [off the tee], to TaylorMade, if you hit it on the heel,” he said. “If I screw it on TaylorMade, I can’t even tell that from the middle of the face. When I wore it with Nike – granted, it was a great club – it was a pretty big loss in distance and I would have outgrown it and faded a lot.

TaylorMade comes out one a little less and just a touch more spin because of the bug, but it’s more consistent than a tee. When I first used it in Austin, I was like, ‘This thing looks amazing. I only tried it that week because the gains from the tee were better’ Much. And you know, now I’m starting to notice that I still have a lot of the same shots I did with the old ones from Nike.”

still hanging around

Despite kicking Scheffler’s Nike 3-wood boots, he confirmed the club is still cruising around the house.

“I have a golf room in my house,” he said, “and in fact, I got all kinds of cool stuff there.”

Fans of the Nike Fairway woodland can rest easy knowing that she is receiving a proper retirement.

tiger effect

Aside from the Tiger Woods Nike he wore in Augusta, Schaeffler recorded his second Masters win for TaylorMade’s P7TW iron in the past four years. While some pros might not admit that a peer played a role in shifting gears, Schaeffler didn’t hesitate to credit Woods with his shift to the blades.

“I played with Tiger in the Masters in 2020, he hits the ball with a smelly force and he forms really well,” he said. “I came home after my masters and I was like, I have to try these at least meRunes. I’ve always had a connection with Tiger through all of my Nike gear. And so when he turned into [the irons]I was like, This should be a very easy transition. I am used to playing for clubs that he had a lot of factors in his design.

“What I noticed when I hit them in the house is that I was able to hit different windows. So when I rotated it I could lower it lower than the P730. And if I wanted to hit it I could hit a higher level. I saw more variance in the shots, then it was The distance control is basically, you know, exactly the same. I’ve seen the benefits of being able to roll it down and keep it flat and not have that extra spin and have a little more variety.”

double vision

Schaeffler plays a set of TaylorMade P7TW irons designed by Tiger Woods.

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After taking pictures of Schaeffler gear during a trip to Torrey Pines earlier this year, I wondered why the 6-iron club was the only club with a fat slab of lead tape on the muscle pad.

It didn’t take long for Scheffler to point out a swing and a failure on my part.

“So have you noticed that there are 6 irons?” He said.

To be honest, I totally missed the iron 6 second. According to Scheffler, the person with the main bar is a training club that he uses to warm up before rounds.

“I have a fist shape that I use [on the training club], “He is fuller.” And it is clear that with all this rubber he weighs more. Hence to match the weight of the swing, I added a bunch of weight to the head to match the weight of the swing. This is the club you see and it’s only in training sessions when I’m warming up. Obviously, when I play in tournaments, it’s not there because it’s a four-kick penalty.

Schaeffler admitted that he left the coaching club in the bag “once” during a competitive tour. The penalty kick was the only reminder I needed to keep her out of the bag next time.

racket surgery

As I explained in the Gear notes last week, Schaeffler was forced to make a last-minute racket change after denting the shaft sometime before the first round of the Masters. Schaeffler confirmed he knew something during Wednesday’s practice session, which led him to call in representative Scotty Cameron for tours Drew Page.

“I looked at the pillar and the light was kind of reflecting off of it,” he said. “I couldn’t see a noticeable bend. It was just one way when I put it on, the light just went off. And then when I was off the course, I didn’t feel so good. I was laying so well for a while, and suddenly I was setting up with my special mounting mirror My face is glowing.I was k, My racket has never done that before. “

After noticing something was going on, Schaeffler asked Page to take a look.

“[Drew’s] The original thought was that the metal on this racket is also soft and can bend over time. This stuff is much softer than the old model I was using. Then he checked the shaft and it was like, “I checked the shaft, and actually, there’s a curve in there.” I was like, OK, just fix it. And as you know, he fixed it. He picked it up for me an hour later and I grabbed it and I was like, It looks good.”

The new shaft (and handle) ended up working well for Schaeffler, who set the field on fire and did countless big hits along the stretch to stay ahead of the competition on the way to his first green jacket.

What’s in a Scottie Sheffler bag

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (Fujikura Ventus Black 7X Shaft), 8°

3- Wood: TaylorMade Stealth (Fujikura Ventus Black 8X), 16.5°

Feasibility: Srixon Z U85 (3 iron; Nippon Pro Modus3 Hybrid Tour X shaft)

irons: Srixon ZX7 (4-iron; real dynamic gold round shafts, X100 shaft), TaylorMade P7TW (5-PW; real dynamic gold round shafts, X100 shafts)

wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-12F, 56-14F degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour version S400 shafts), Titleist Vokey Design 2021 Proto (60K degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour version S400 shaft)

hang around: Scotty Cameron select the prototype for the Tourtype GSS

golf ball: Telest Pro V1

fists: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and Managing Editor of Equipment at GOLF.com. Prior to joining the cast at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.

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