MLB All-Star David Wright Gets Custom Fit For Callaway Clubs
As a seven-time star third baseman and captain of the New York Mets, David Wright is one of baseball’s most decorated players of the century. Unfortunately, recurring back problems forced him to retire in 2018 after a 14-year major league career that included two Silver Slugger awards, two Gold Glove awards and three trips to the playoffs. Needing something to fill the void, Wright, 39, traded in his 34-inch, 32-ounce Marucci baseball bat for golf clubs. “I immediately fell in love with the game. I can practice, work on my short game, or play five or six holes by myself,” Wright said. what to work on, to accomplish some sort of goal. I’m ultra-competitive and I want to see how the hard work I’ve put in can pay off.
To make the process easier, in March Wright was custom-fitted for new clubs at the Ely Callaway Performance Center, directly across from Callaway Golf’s Southern California headquarters. “It was the first time I got a thorough and complete adjustment of the bag. I was so excited, like when you wake up on Christmas morning. It was amazing,” he said.
As you might expect, a guy who has hit 242 career home runs has no problem generating a powerful golf swing. “I would trade some of the speed to find the middle of the clubface [more often]said Wright, a handicap index of 7.1 at the time of the fitting.
During the fitting session, he partnered with Gerritt Pon, R&D Club and construction specialist, Callaway Golf. “David is a high swing speed player,” Pon said. “He has a shallow angle of attack and kind of picks the ball up in the air which adds loft. So he throws the ball high with a lot of spin.
Based on these swing trends, Pon eliminated the company’s high-spinning iron models from the get-go. As the adjustment progressed, the field narrowed down to two models: Apex Pro or Rogue ST Pro, which has a larger head, lower center of gravity and slightly faster cup face. Even though Wright’s numbers on the launch monitor were slightly better with the Rogue ST Pro (see data below), he chose the Apex Pro. “I loved hitting the Rogue a bit longer, but I went with Apex Pro because I have more room to grow with it as I get better,” he said. . And, Pon agreed. “The Rogue ST Pro has been tested very well on a flat driving range. But it can be a little too weak in certain situations [i.e., rough, early-morning dew on the ball] for better players with faster swing speeds,” Pon said. “The Apex Pro offers more spin consistency and distance control for guys like David.” One more thing: Wright’s typical stroke shape was a slight draw, so Callaway’s club builders bent the lie angle (1° flat) to reduce right-to-left bend.
7-IRON: Rogue ST Pro vs. Apex Pro
Club speed (mph): 90.2 vs 88.7
Ball Speed (mph): 120.5 vs 118.8
Spin speed (rpm): 6,935 vs. 7,425
Range (meters): 163.7 vs. 160.2
Next, they looked for a club to bridge the distance gap between the Apex Pro 4 iron (200 yard range) and a fairway wood. Wright found his match with the X Forged UT (16°), which carried 220 yards. “It’s one of my favorite clubs in the bag,” he said. After the adjustment, Callaway tweaked the loft of each iron to get the distance gap exactly where he wanted it.
Why fill the void with a utility rather than a hybrid iron? “I can use the iron off the tee or hit it on the deck. I’m more consistent with that than I’ve ever been with a hybrid. Also, the hybrid flies too high and turns too much,” Wright said. Its experience is quite common among players with faster swing speeds. “The high-loft hybrid can be inefficient over distance and difficult to hit in the wind,” Pon added. “Also, the iron won’t peel off as quickly [or fly as far] like a low loft hybrid and is more forgiving than a 2 or 3 iron.
Moving on to the fairway woods, Wright quickly found a keeper in the Rogue ST LS 3+ (13.5°). “It was a no-brainer. Usually I’m erratic with the 3 wood. The first five swings with this one produced the perfect ball flight and the [launch monitor] the numbers were perfect,” Wright said. Another point to remember: the location of the impact is important. On back-to-back shots, he hit a low to the clubface and hit the next high to the face. The difference was 1,000 rpm in backspin, 11 meters in carry, and 20 meters in total distance. “Once I made the conscious effort to try to hit more in the middle, even a little over, the ball started to carry a lot further with less spin,” he noted.
Golf’s version of Murderers’ Row could be Callaway’s stacked driver line. David Wright’s new blade would be one of two low spin (LS) models: Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS or Rogue ST Max LS. “I went back and forth. I really liked the setup, the look of the Triple Diamond,” he admitted. “The numbers on the launch monitor were very similar [see below] but I could see that the Triple Diamond was drawing more than I wanted. The Max LS was much straighter, softer, so that’s the one I chose. The data confirmed his findings. The axis of rotation (-17.1°) with Triple Diamond indicated a right-to-left bend (draw) up to 20 yards compared to a few yards of bend with the Max LS.
RIDER: Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS vs. Rogue ST Max LS
Ball speed (mph): 161.7 vs. 162.0
Launch Angle (degrees): 12.9° vs. 12.3°
Spin speed (rpm): 2,350 vs. 2,450
Axis of rotation (degrees): -17.1° versus -1.2°
Carry (meters): 256.0 vs. 265.6
Total (yards): 295.0 vs. 297.0
You can check out David Wright’s full bag here.
Club and Ball Specifications:
Driver: Rogue ST Max LS 9.0°; Fuji Ventus Blue 7X, 1″ tip, -1/2″ from standard length
Fairway Wood: Rogue ST LS 3+; Stock Tensei White 7X, standard length
UT: X forged 2021 16°, bent 16.5°, rake 59°; KBS Tour Proto hyb shaft, 95X, no tilt, 40″ eog
Irons: Apex Pro 2021 4-P; 1° strong lofts, 1° flat lies; DG X100 round issue, standard lengths
Cleats: JAWS Chrome 50S, 54S, 60X; DG S400 tour issue, standard lengths, 1° flat lies
Grips: Golf Pride Plus 4 medium size. Swingweights: D3; the wedges are D4.
Putter: Toulon Las Vegas
Golf Ball: Chrome Soft X LS
As for Wright, well, he’s thrilled with the new gear. “I shot 77 the second time around,” he said. “That’s my best score ever by two strokes. I hit it better than ever. I hit the irons half a club longer and 10 yards longer with the driver. But the biggest difference is the lower, penetrating ball flight. I love them.”
Looks like the new sticks are a home run. Grand Slam, even?