What’s In The Bag: Scottie Scheffler

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What’s In The Bag of the Masters Champion, World No.1, and Ryder Cup player Scottie Scheffler?

It’s been quite the 18 months for American golfer Scottie Scheffler. Having gained his PGA Tour card in 2019, the 25-year-old joined the ’59 club’ on his way to winning 2020’s Rookie of the Year award, achieved top 10s at three Majors, and made an unbeaten Ryder Cup debut.

Scottie Scheffler won the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.

And then came 2022. Scheffler sealed his first PGA Tour tour title against a world-class field at the WM Phoenix Open, before winning his second event in just three starts at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, grinding out victory on a devilishly tricky final day.

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In March he won his first WGC, showing his matchplay prowess by beating the likes of Ian Poulter, Matt Fitzpatrick, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Kisner to lift the Dell Technologies Match Play title, and displace Jon Rahm at the top of the world rankings.

Scottie Scheffler won the Masters by three shots.

Despite his incredible form, Scheffler wasn’t the favourite heading to The Masters, but he proved the bookies wrong with a monumental display, sealing a three-shot win at Augusta for his first Major title, becoming only the second man in history (after Tiger Woods) to win four events, including a WGC and Major, in one season.

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The Texan had been a free equipment agent, but signed a multi-year deal with TaylorMade after his win at Bay Hill and ahead of The Players Championship.

Scottie Scheffler celebrates his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

“TaylorMade equipment has been integral in my career for many years, and I couldn’t be more excited to formally be a part of their roster of elite golfers,” he said.

“I’ve worked with TaylorMade’s team on Tour for multiple seasons and their commitment to getting the right equipment in my bag was a driving force in joining Team TaylorMade.”

Scheffler had already been playing TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus driver having swapped his Ping G425 LST for the much-talked about new model in January. He has used TaylorMade P7TW irons for more than a year.

The new deal will see Scheffler use TaylorMade’s Stealth fairway woods, which signals the end for his Nike VR Pro Ltd 3-wood.

Scottie Scheffler won his first PGA Tour event at the WM Phoenix Open.

If you’re in the market for some new gear, find out how all of Scheffler’s clubs performed in our 2022 tests, including the best driversirons, and putters.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s in the bag of World No.1 Scottie Scheffler.

Scottie Scheffler uses the TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver.

Driver

TaylorMade Stealth Plus  (8º, Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft) | VIEW OFFER

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Scottie Scheffler uses the Nike VR Pro Ltd 3-wood.

Fairway wood

TaylorMade Stealth (15º, Aldila Rogue Black 110 M.S.I. 70 TX shaft) | VIEW OFFER

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Utility Iron

Srixon Z U85 (3-iron, Nippon Pro Modus3 Hybrid Tour X shaft) | VIEW OFFER

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Scottie Scheffler uses Srixon ZX7 and TaylorMade P7TW irons.

Irons

Srixon ZX7 (4-iron, Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft) | VIEW OFFER

TaylorMade P7TW (5-PW, Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts) | VIEW OFFER

Scottie Scheffler uses Titleist Vokey Design SM8 wedges.

Wedges

Titleist Vokey SM8 (50º-12F, 56º-14F, 60º-A, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400) | VIEW OFFER

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Putter

Scotty Cameron Special Select Timeless Tourtype GSS Prototype | VIEW OFFER

Scottie Scheffler uses the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.

Ball

Titleist Pro V1 | VIEW OFFER

Shoes

Nike | VIEW OFFERS

Apparel

Nike Golf | VIEW OFFERS

Adrian Rietveld (TaylorMade Senior Tour Manager) on signing and fitting Scottie Scheffler’s TaylorMade equipment.

Scottie Scheffler’s rise to world No.1 has been one of the fastest in history. Since turning pro in 2018 and first appearing on the PGA tour in 2020, the Texan has racked up four PGA Tour wins and claimed his first major at the 2022 Masters. The guy’s banked more than $17.5 million in the process (May 2022), and recently signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with TaylorMade (after being an equipment-free agent).

Rumour has it TaylorMade’s carbon-faced Stealth Plus driver played a huge roll in convincing Scheffler that TaylorMade were the right brand for him. So, hot on the back of reaching the summit of the golfing world, we sat down with Adrian Rietveld, Senior Tour Manager at TaylorMade – the person who builds Scheffler’s clubs– to find out how technology shaped his decisions.

We signed Scottie to TaylorMade before he’d won his first event; we just didn’t go public with it. We were waiting for the right time. He wasn’t playing a full bag of TaylorMade equipment, as he was making sure we were the right fit for him.

Scottie Scheffler WITB driver

When the right player comes along you have to start somewhere. A player isn’t going to change 14 golf clubs and a ball (Scheffler still has a contract to play a Titleist ball) and sign just like that. We had affection for him and him for us – he’d used TaylorMade before – so we met somewhere in the middle.

My bosses did the negotiations, it was a balance of wanting to start a relationship but also dealing with a top management company (Hambric Sports) who also manage DJ, Brooks Koepka and the Hojgaard twins.

Scottie has the game for any situation, which can make it tricky equipment wise. He’s very open to identifying what he needs to do well that week. I was a little surprised he didn’t go with two fairway woods at the Masters, but I don’t think the idea is off the cards for the future. I can see him looking at a driving iron if the conditions dictate at the Open Championship.

Scottie Scheffler WITB Driver

Fitting Scheffler’s TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver

Finding a driver that is head and shoulders above anything he had experienced before was key. We had an agreement in November 2021 that I’d take our tour workshop to a location accessible to him in Texas, and on that basis he agreed to give me some time.

It was his off-season, it didn’t mean anything, but it gave us an opportunity to test Stealth. On the day we had to move him inside hitting shots to an outdoor range, it was just so windy. Despite the conditions he was phenomenal with his Ping G400 LST, the wind just didn’t touch his ball flight.

We built up what we thought might be a good starting point in a Stealth Plus, and within the first few shots he saw gains of 3-5mph in ball speed, which really surprised him.

The level of potential kept him hitting balls for the next three hours. This was early days for Stealth testing, and we were learning as we went along, too. He gave feedback and wanted to see quite a unique ball flight. His Ping driver was launching in a certain window and the TaylorMade needed to be identical.

Over time we built up the set-up he likes to see at address along with a spec that allowed him to do what he wanted with his drives. We went through different lofts and face angles exploring everything the product had to offer. The constant was shots flying off the face at speeds he’d never seen.

To this day his were the biggest gains I’ve seen with Stealth. We still though had to get dispersion equivalent to what he knew with his previous driver.

Scottie Scheffler's driver

By switching to Stealth Plus Scottie saw gains of 3.4mph in ball speed and over 11 yards of carry. The gains were from his previous driver and ball speed jumped from 174 to 177.4mph with carry increasing from 294.7 to 305.8 yards. This season, his tour stats show an increase of 4+mph of ball speed compared to last year.

The best thing Scottie saw switching to Stealth Plus was being able to play a little more loft. It meant he still gained ball speed over his previous driver (shots launched fractionally higher), but also got some extra forgiveness and shot-shaping help. We could have added more yards by going even higher; he didn’t want that, but was excited by the prospect.

Fitting Scheffler’s TaylorMade Stealth fairway

Fairways are really hard clubs to change. The best players know exactly what they can and can’t do with their favourite fairway, so as soon as any replacement doesn’t hit the window they expect, they don’t want to know.

It took weeks of testing because Scottie played a very old fairway (a Nike VR Pro), but at the WGC Match Play he added a Stealth 3HL to his bag.

His previous fairway wood had 12.5º of loft. It was really important to Scottie to match launch conditions and distance with any new fairway, our initial 15º Stealth Plus (titanium) head was going too far in pre-season testing.

We had to go into a completely different spec Stealth 3HL fairway and knock the 16.5º loft down to 16º. We then cut the shaft (a Fujikura Ventus 8X) an inch shorter to get close to the ball flight window he wanted.

Scottie Scheffler WITB Fairway Wood

By taking a lot of spin out of the head the TaylorMade R&D team have enabled the player to use more loft. With his previous fairway higher launch meant more spin, hence why he gravitated to such low loft.

I think the 3-wood is the best piece of equipment he’s acquired in choosing TaylorMade; honestly he feels like he’s cheating. The club is 1in shorter with 3° more loft and he’s hitting shots the same distance and misses are hugely improved over his previous model.

Fitting Scheffler’s TaylorMade P7TW irons

Scottie is a modern shot-maker. Originally Scottie used the TaylorMade P730, but after playing with Tiger he wanted to explore the extra shot-making capacity of the P7TWs. He and his coach did all the testing themselves, before coming to us for some adjustments.

The sole geometry of the blade is very important to the delivery of the club and the Tiger design is very similar to what Scottie played when he was growing up. Since putting the P7TW blades in play Scottie has won a major, four PGA Tour events (with 13 top 10 finishes) and gone unbeaten in the Ryder Cup, that’s some record.

Scottie Scheffler WITB Irons

The switch from P730 to P7TW was all about precision. He felt he could get better and learn an extra degree of shot-making capability.

His set are very clean spec-wise. They’re not fitted as individuals to him but flow as a set, with four-degree loft increments. We check his specs relentlessly; he’s so sensitive to change he will notice when we move his 5-iron 0.5° in loft.

Everything has a shelf life. People ask why he’s not playing a full bag of TaylorMade equipment, but with a player of his standard we’ve done the right thing. There’s no need to be hasty to get him to play a full bag of TaylorMade here. We’re looking at a 24-year-old world No.1 with a very bright future.

He will help us create equipment that’s perfect for him over time.

Years down the round we could be looking back at this point, thinking how smart have TaylorMade been in acquiring the best players in the world. Our job is to be ready, and help him seamlessly find replacements when the time is right. There’s no rush, especially not when he’s winning almost every week.

At some point, though, he will need fresh wedges.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rob Jerram is Today's Golfer's Digital Editor.

Rob Jerram is the Digital Editor of todaysgolfer.co.uk

He has been a journalist for more than 20 years, starting his career with Johnston Press where he covered local and regional news and sport in a variety of editorial roles across ten years.

Rob joined Bauer Media in 2010 and worked as the Senior Production Editor of Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines for ten years before moving into the Digital Editor’s role in July 2020.

He has been playing golf for almost three decades and has been a member at Greetham Valley Golf Club in Rutland for eight years, playing off a 12 handicap.

Rob uses a Ping G driver, Ping G 3-wood, TaylorMade M5 5-wood, TaylorMade P790 irons (4-PW), Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges (52º, 56º, 60º), Evnroll ER2 putter, and TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

You can contact Rob here.

      

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