January 19, 2014
- Patrick Reed became the first player to win on TOUR with Callaway's Big Bertha Alpha driver. (Warshaw/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Patrick Reed held off a hard-charging Ryan Palmer to win the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation by two shots for his second PGA TOUR title. Reed became the first player to win a PGA TOUR event with Callaway's Big Bertha Alpha driver and SR-3 ball.
Reed's Big Bertha Alpha featured 9.5 degrees of actual loft and a 44-1/4-inch Fujikura Fuel Tour Spec 85x that was tipped 1-inch. The driver was set in the neutral position with the Gravity Core — the "Gravity Core" in the sole of the club allows golfers to adjust spin independently of launch angle — set in the "up" position.
SR-3, the same ball Phil Mickelson is currently playing, is a five-piece ball that's geared toward golfers with driver swing speeds of more than 105 miles per hour. It features the same dual mantle as SR-2 with a HEX pattern that reduces drag at high speeds, without sacrificing low speed lift. Minimizing drag allows the ball to have a more boring trajectory for increased distance and control.
The two-time PGA TOUR winner also finished fourth in the field in putts per GIR (1.544) with an Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6 putter he put in play at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Patrick Reed's bag
Driver: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha (Fujikura Fuel Tour Spec 85x shaft), 9 degrees
3-wood: Callaway Big Bertha (Mitsubishi Rayon Ahina 80x shaft), 16 degrees
Irons (3-PW): Callaway X Forged (3-4; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts); Callaway RAZR X Muscleback (5-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50, 56, 60 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
Putter: Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6
Ball: Callaway SR-3