July 27, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Ollie Schniederjans won't be wearing a hat with his new Callaway deal. (Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Ollie Schniederjans recorded a T22 finish in his first professional start at the RBC Canadian Open. The former No.1-ranked amateur, who finished T12 at The Open Championship, arrived at Glen Abbey Golf Club as the newest member of Callaway Golf's Tour staff after agreeing to terms on a multi-year deal with the company. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"I've been excited for it for a while," Schniederjans said about turning pro. "But it feels like a surreal feeling. After playing a couple majors, getting used to this atmosphere, playing around a lot of people, and I feel very comfortable in the scene. And I'm thrilled to be playing well and excited that this was my first week."
During the tournament, Schniederjans sported a Callaway staff bag and logoed shirt, as well as the Titleist clubs he's used during his time at Georgia Tech. Going forward, he will use Callaway clubs, balls, gloves and an Odyssey putter.
One piece of apparel Schniederjans won't be sporting in the future is a Callaway hat. The 22-year-old hasn't worn a lid on the course since he was a teenager and said he has no intention of breaking the hat-less streak anytime soon.
"I stopped wearing a hat when I quit baseball when I was 12," said Schniederjans. "I never liked wearing a hat. And it's just me doing me, and I'm comfortable with it. And I don't feel like changing a whole lot because I'm professional. I like how I feel and look, and I haven't worn a hat since I was 12, so I didn't feel like throwing one on right now."
Mack Daddy 3 wedges gaining traction: Callaway's MD3 wedge continues to grow in popularity on the PGA TOUR. Two weeks after the wedge debuted at the John Deere Classic — 17 wedges went in play the first week – the company saw 33 wedges in the bag at the RBC Canadian Open.
Tony Finau, Sang-Moon Bae and Sam Saunders were the latest players to start using the MD3 wedges. Even though the wedge comes in three grinds (S-Grind, C-Grind and W-Grind), all three opted for the S-Grind.
The S-Grind, also known as the standard grind, has some heel relief and the straightest leading edge of the three grind offerings. It's a very conventional wedge that performs well in all conditions.
"The S is universal. It's a little more ample and wider," Cleveland said. "It's a great option for all players whether you're playing a course that's firm or soft, depending upon your approach to it."
Day's irons shafts: Jason Day isn't shy about taking a rip at the golf ball — even with his irons. The Aussie prefers to use True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft in his wedges, but when it comes to his TaylorMade RSi TP irons, he prefers a more substantial shaft in True Temper's TOUR-only Dynamic Gold X7.
Following his win earlier this season at the Farmers Insurance Open, Day tested the X7 shaft at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in an attempt to lower his spin rate. Day eventually transitioned from Rifle 6.5 into Dynamic Gold X7 — a shaft that has the stiffest, lowest trajectory shaft in the Dynamic Gold family.
The iron shaft is designed for the strongest swingers — it's only available as an X7 in Dynamic Gold Tour Issue — and plays at a stiffer flex with additional weight as compared to the standard Dynamic Gold.
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