Xander Schauffele is not large in stature at 5-foot-10 and 77 kilograms, but he came up big off the tee at the Tour Championship and his prowess with the driver was a major asset in claiming the biggest victory of his career.
Using a TaylorMade M2 driver with a 45.75-inch Graphite Design DI-7X shaft tipped one inch, Schauffele ripped a tee shot 317 metres (347 yards) on the final hole that split the fairway on the par-5 finisher. That led to a solid iron shot just short of the green and two putts from the fringe for the winning birdie. For the week Schauffele averaged an impressive 287.6 metres (314.5 yards) while hitting more than 60 percent of his fairways.
Schauffele spoke with Golf Digest about his equipment at the Dell Technologies Championship, saying specifically about his driver, “It’s simple. There’s an adjustable hosel, but I’m not one to move things around very much. It sounds great and feels wonderful. I’ve been playing TaylorMade drivers since I was a senior in high school, so it’s a very comfortable club for me. Before I even take a new driver on Trackman I put it down and look at it in the address position. That’s important. You’re not going to hit something that you don’t like to look at. Next is to see if I can cut and draw it. I need to be able to work the ball. This does all that.”
Schauffele also made a recent change in golf ball, switching to TaylorMade’s TP5x at Firestone. “I was playing with Jon Rahm and we were both hitting 4-irons into this par-3 and my ball upshot a little and his tore right through the wind and I was like, ‘Know what, I’m going to try this,’ ” said Schauffele. “His caddie tossed me a ball and I hit the same shot and it went through the wind and I decided to switch right then.”
As his win at East Lake showed, it was a wise decision.
What Xander Schauffele had in the bag:
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (Graphite Design DI-7X), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 2017, 15 degrees
Irons (2): TaylorMade P790; (4-PW): TaylorMade P750
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Works Big T