The new XR Family debuted on Tour last week and the players who tested it got to see the outrageous speed for themselves. In the first week alone world #2 Henrik Stenson, Pat Perez and Jason Kokrak were among the players who put the new XR Driver in their bag.
Stenson’s gamer has a 9° head, set to a Neutral directional bias and Standard loft adjustability and he ranked 4th in the field in driving distance (304.5 yards) at the Dubai Desert Classic. We talked to our European Tour Rep, Ian Dryden about it and he said, “I don’t think (Henrik) changed anything from the moment we handed it to him. He just smashed it long and straight.” So that’s nice.
And over at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Perez, Kokrak, Kevin Kisner and Derek Fathauer all put the XR Driver in play. Kokrak is in a 10.5° head and the other three Callaway staffers are in a 9° model. Our guys on the Tour Trailer told us that players like the hot ball speeds, forgiveness and the appealing look.
The XR Fairway Wood also made its debut last week and got off to a great start, and Perez, Kisner, Fathauer and Branden Grace are among the players who already have one in the bag. It was a fun week all around.
10 Odyssey Works Putters In Play at Waste Management
At the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Jason Kokrak (#7 model) and Pat Perez (Tank 2-Ball Fang model) both moved into new Odyssey Works Putters. There were 10 Odyssey Works in play at the event – and the new putter family has gotten a lot of attention in just a few weeks since it debuted at the Sony Open.
Kokrak’s new gamer is 35” finished with three dots milled on to the topline. Odyssey Tour Rep, Johnny Thompson said, “He liked the smaller version of the #7 because he felt the face still rotated on plane.”
Perez’s putter is 35” and they added a Tour line to help with his alignment. “Pat has always putted his best when the head has a high MOI and is face balanced,” Thompson said. “This model was everything he likes and it was an easy fit.”
It was also another strong week on Tour for Odyssey, which won the putter count on every major Tour that played an event this week (PGA, European, LPGA and Web.com). Boom!
Pressel and Gal Playing Chrome Soft
Add Morgan Pressel and Sandra Gal to the list of Tour Pros who are already using the new low compression Chrome Soft Golf Ball. They both put the new ball in this week at the Coates Golf Championship, joining fellow Callaway Staff Pros Kenny Perry, Sam Saunders and Phil Mickelson on the list of players who have already used the new golf ball.
And of course, Lydia Ko became the youngest player ever to reach #1 in the world at just 17 years, 9 months and 7 days old! To celebrate her historic achievement we did a quick write up highlighting some of her best accomplishments to date.