Wyndham champ Reed takes cue from Lefty
Phil Mickelson probably said it best: “I don’t care who you are, you have to change your set makeup on some courses if you’re going to play your best golf.”
That from a golfer so creative that he won this year’s Open Championship without a driver in his bag.
Which brings us to Patrick Reed, winner of last week’s Wyndham Championship. Reed had perhaps the most unusual bag configuration of the year among PGA Tour winners. He did not carry a fairway wood or hybrid. He had two Callaway X Forged 2-irons in his bag, one with a standard 18 degree and another bent to 15 degree.
Explained Callaway tour rep Mike Sposa: “He wanted to use it (the 15-degree 2-iron) as a 1-iron, or a driving iron. He liked the look of the X Forged, and that’s why he didn’t put a utility iron in the bag.”
The rest of Reed’s bag (all Callaway): FT Optiforce driver (9.5 degree, with an Aldila Rogue shaft), X Forged (4-iron) and Razr X Muscleback irons (5-PW), Mack Daddy 2 wedges (50, 56 and 60 degree) and an Odyssey White Hot Pro No. 3 putter. His irons and wedges were equipped with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts. He used a Hex Chrome+ golf ball.
Reed’s putter is a custom design. It has tungsten plugs in the sole and a black-coated shaft. Reed, commenting on the new White Hot Pro insert, has said the ball rolls slightly slower off the face. This allows him to putt more aggressively, he said.