Callaway X-18 Pro Series
3-AW, steel shaft, stiff flex, standard length and lie; $880 (steel), $1,120 (graphite);
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Cavity-back game-improvement, Game-enhancing cavity-back, 3-PW, steel shaft, medium-stiff flex, standard length and lie.
James Jond, PGA pro and co-manager, The World of Golf, New York, N.Y.
"Michael's old irons are long, but they lack adequate forgiveness. The Callaway X-18 Pro suits him much better. It's more forgiving than X-Tour and more player-friendly than Big Bertha. But settling on the correct lie angle was more difficult. An inconsistent grip led to inconsistent lie angle readings plus dispersion problems. The increased forgiveness of the X-18 Pro helps dramatically, even without changing lie angle. But he must work toward a more consistent grip for optimum accuracy."
|Clubhead Speed||82.9 MPH||83.6 MPH|
|Ball Speed||113.6 MPH||114 MPH|
|Backspin||4,366 RPM||4,364 RPM|
|Apex||71 FT||61 FT|
|Dispersion||11.9 YDS||6.1 YDS|
|Carry||175.3 Yards||184.2 Yards|
Know your limits:
Problems with dispersion could be due more to an inconsistent grip than to your clubs. Learn to repeat your grip every time.