7 things I learned from talking to Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler

A look at the TaylorMade P7TW irons from Scheffler.

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A week without any major equipment news feels like the perfect opportunity to highlight last week’s one-on-one with the world’s sexiest golfer, Scottie Scheffler.

In a recent chat with GOLF.com, the youngest Masters winner opened up about his mid-season decision to sign with TaylorMade, Tiger’s ironclad influence and what Yes, really happened to the shaft of his Scotty Cameron putter. I’ve highlighted some of my favorite takeaways from the conversation.

Smooth transition

I mentioned it below Scheffler’s win at the Masters, but the TaylorMade brass deserve credit for getting Scheffler’s deal across the finish line. As he told me during our conversation, he was “pretty likely to stay a free agent just because I kinda like it. Being able to play the best stuff for me is usually what has worked.”

Rather than forcing Scheffler to change his current gear, TaylorMade swore the 25-year-old into a deal that only required him to eventually add a 3-wood – he was already using the driver and irons – to the bag. The Vokey wedges and Scotty Cameron putter were allowed to stay.

Scheffler called it a “pretty seamless transition,” which might be the understatement of the century. Aside from a T55 at the Players Championship, he hasn’t missed a shot since signing the new contract. Not bad for a man who decided to join TaylorMade’s touring team just weeks before the Masters.

It never hurts if you can keep it running with almost the exact same setup.

Aim small, miss small

Like most Tour pros, Scheffler would never complain about more ball speed from the driver — especially the extra 3-4 mph he saw with TaylorMade Stealth Plus.

An increase of 4 mph equates to roughly 12 yards, which is quite a number when you’re talking about golfers who are already optimized for every club in the bag.

But for Scheffler, Stealth Plus meant more than just having one club less in the hole. A new level of accuracy allowed him to reduce a penalty shot as well.

I don’t have that crazy, big bug anymore,” Scheffler said. “If I miss, I keep the ball close to the fairway – and I’m up. I definitely have fewer clubs and lots of greens and certain par 5s and I’m not looking at bunkers that I used to look at. It’s really a testament to the speed I got with the driver.”

During a winter test session in Dallas, Scheffler put the rider through his paces in a 30 mph headwind to see how he would hold up. The results led him to believe it was time for a change.

“It was a really good day for testing drivers because I wanted to make sure it was as accurate as my ping,” he said. “And you know, it was also with the gains from ball speed.”

Scheffler has notched up four victories since changing drivers. It’s safe to say that the move was a resounding success.

That was a mistake?

Scheffler traded his Nike 3-Wood for a TaylorMade Stealth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Customized

I’ll be the first to admit that I misunderstood Scheffler’s 3-wood transition. When word got out that he would eventually have to ditch his Nike VR Pro Limited – a racquet he’s been using since high school – I fully expected the transition to be slow and methodical. TaylorMade wasn’t pushing Scheffler, and with the Masters coming, it seemed like post-major was the best time to start testing.

And then Scheffler went ahead and switched to TaylorMade Stealth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Scheffler is the kind of player who “has to get [the club] compete and play it” before making a final decision, but it wasn’t long before he noticed significant improvements off the tee.

“[The Nike] was almost not in the same stadium [off the tee], to the TaylorMade if I hit it on the heel,” he said. “When I set it down on the TaylorMade I almost can’t even tell the difference between it and the center of the face. When I heeled him with my Nike racquet – admittedly it was an amazing racquet – it was a pretty significant loss of distance and I often over-revved and faded it.

“TaylorMade’s comes out a little lower and has just a tad more spin because of the miss, but it’s much more consistent off the tee. When I first used it in Austin I thought this thing sounds fantastic. I gave it a try this week simply because the gains off the tee were so much better. And you know, now I’m starting to notice that I really still have a lot of the same shots that I did with that old Nike.”

Still hanging around

Despite being kicked to the curb, Scheffler’s Nike 3-Wood confirmed the club is still hanging around the house.

“Actually, I have a golf room in my house, and I have all kinds of cool stuff in there,” he said.

Fans of the Nike fairway wood can rest easy knowing it’s getting a proper retirement.

Tiger’s influence

Aside from the Tiger Woods Nike apparel he wore in Augusta, Scheffler recorded the second Masters win for TaylorMade’s P7TW irons in the past four years. While some pros might not admit that a peer played a role in a gear change, Scheffler didn’t hesitate to credit Woods with the switch to the Blades.

“I played with Tiger at the Masters in 2020 and he hits the ball so damn solid and just shapes it so well,” he said. “I came home after the Masters and I thought: I have to try these at least iRon I’ve always had a connection to Tiger through all Nike gear. And so he switched to [the irons]I was like This should be a fairly easy transition. I’m used to playing racquets that he had a lot of influence on designing.

“What struck me when I met her at home was that I could hit different windows. When I flew it down, I was able to pitch it lower than the P730. And if I wanted to hit high, I could hit higher. I saw more variability in the shots and then the distance control was basically, you know, exactly the same. I’ve seen the benefits of being able to slide it down and keep it flatter without having that overspin and just having a little bit more variety.”

see double

Scheffler plays a set of TaylorMade P7TW irons designed by Tiger Woods.

Jonathan Wall/GOLF

After snapping photos of Scheffler’s gear during a trip to Torrey Pines earlier this year, I wondered why his 6-iron was the only club to feature a thick strip of lead on the muscle pad.

It wasn’t long before Scheffler pointed out a failure on my part.

“So did you notice that there are two 6-irons?” he said.

To be honest I totally missed the second iron 6. According to Scheffler, the one with the lead band is a training racket with which he warms up before the rounds.

“I have a shape grip that I use [on the training club],” he continued. “And with all that rubber, it obviously weighs more. To match the swing weight, I added a few weights to the head to match the swing weight. That’s the racquet you see, and it is only there for practice rounds when I’m warming up, obviously when I’m playing in tournaments that’s not possible because it’s a four-shot penalty.

Scheffler admitted that he “once” left his practice racquet in his pocket during a round of competition. The punishment was the only reminder he needed to keep her out of the bag next time.

putter operation

As I highlighted in last week’s gear notes, Scheffler had to make a last-minute putter change after the shaft dented sometime before the first round of the Masters. Scheffler confirmed he knew something during Wednesday’s practice, which prompted him to call Scotty Cameron Tour rep Drew Page.

“I was kind of looking at the shaft and the light was kind of weirdly reflecting off it,” he said. “I couldn’t see any noticeable bend. It was exactly as I put it, the light was simply refracted. And then when I was out on the course, I just didn’t feel right. I was putting pretty well for a while and all of a sudden I was about to set up my putting mirror and the face opened up. I was like my putter has never done that.”

After noticing something was wrong, Scheffler asked Page to take a look.

“[Drew’s] The initial thought was that the metal on this putter is also very soft and could bend over time. These things are a lot softer than the old model I used. And then he checked the manhole and it was like, ‘I checked the manhole and sure enough there’s a bend in there.’ I was like, OK, just fix it. And you know, he fixed it. He got it to me an hour later and I grabbed it and thought, looks good.”

The new shaft (and grip) ended up working well for Scheffler, who set the field alight and made countless big putts around the course to stay well ahead of the competition en route to his first green jacket.

What’s in Scottie Scheffler’s bag

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (Fujikura Ventus Black 7X shaft), 8 degrees

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth (Fujikura Ventus Black 8X shaft), 16.5 degrees

Usefulness: Srixon Z U85 (Iron 3; Nippon Pro Modus3 Hybrid Tour X Shaft)

Iron: Srixon ZX7 (4-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), TaylorMade P7TW (5-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)

wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-12F, 56-14F degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts), Titleist Vokey Design 2021 Proto (60,000 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Timeless Tourtype GSS Tour Prototype

golf ball: Titleist Pro V1

handles: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Jonathan Wand

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Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s Senior Gear Editor. Before joining the team in late 2018, he spent 6 years covering gear for the PGA Tour.

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