An interesting thing happened on the way to the Green Jacket ceremony. Two months ago, Scottie Scheffler officially signed a multi-year deal to be join the staff at TaylorMade. The deal ensured that the 2022 Masters Champion would be sporting a golf bag from the company, and although it did include equipment, it was redundancy of sorts. Scheffler already had a Stealth Plus driver, Stealth fairway, and P·7TW irons in the bag. TaylorMade clubs he was already showing great form with.
In fact, the consummation of the deal began just after his first PGA TOUR victory, and three more have followed in very short time. Four victories in six starts.
None have been bigger than Sunday’s coronation as a major champion, a triumphant walk through the fairways at Augusta National Golf Club with a four-round total of -10 (69-67-71-71).
Scheffler leaned heavily on his Stealth Plus 9.0° Carbonwood driver and P·7TW irons. Those have been in the bag for all four wins while The Masters win marks his second with the Stealth 16.5° high launch 3-wood in play.
At just 25 years of age, Scheffler has not only won the WM Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and The Masters, but he has ascended to the #1 spot in the official world golf rankings. The $2.7 million he collected in Augusta propelled him over the $10 million mark in PGA TOUR earnings for this season alone.
WITB for Scottie Scheffler
- TaylorMade Stealth Plus; 8.0° Driver (Ventus Black 7X)
- TaylorMade Stealth 3HL; 16.5° 3-wood (Ventus Black 8X)
- Srixon ZU85 Utility (4)
- TaylorMade P·7TW Irons; 5-PW (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
- (Wedges) Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-12F, 56-14F, 60-06K)
- (Putter) Scotty Cameron Special Select Timeless Tourtype GSS Prototype
- (Golf Ball) Titleist Pro V1
- TaylorMade Season Opener Staff Bag
The following are details provided by TaylorMade about his fittings with their company:
INSIDE THE WINNING FIT
During practice rounds in Augusta, Scottie made slight alterations to his driver to allow him to better move the ball from right to left – as the course famously benefits the draw (for right-handed players). Scheffler and TaylorMade tour reps adjusted the sliding weight on his Stealth Plus driver just slightly more towards the heel.
As for the original fit, Scheffler began testing his Stealth Plus driver at a preseason driver fitting session in Texas with TaylorMade Tour Representatives. With his current Stealth Plus 8.0°, Scheffler saw average ball speed gains of 3.4 MPH (177.4 MPH with Stealth Plus vs 174.0 with previous gamer) and carry gains of just over 11 yards in testing (305.8 with Stealth Plus vs 294.7 with previous gamer). After being dialed in to the right spec, he was able to continuously hit the desired shot shapes and shot types with the 60X Carbon Twist Face™ driver.
Scottie Scheffler Stealth Plus Driver Testing Averages
He hasn’t looked back since putting Stealth Plus in play at the American Express in January and has seen an average increase of 4+ MPH ball speed in tournament competition compared to his 2020-21 season average.
“You’re talking about fitting one of the best drivers of the golf ball in the world and during our initial driver fitting, we were working on the range into a pretty substantial wind. He was delivering some amazingly consistent golf shots, despite those conditions. Because of the launch characteristics of the Stealth Plus head, we were able to get him into at least half a degree more loft than he’s traditionally played, which means that he’s not only gaining speed but the loft is helping with forgiveness and shot shaping.” – Adrian Rietveld, TaylorMade Senior Tour Manager
The latest TaylorMade add to Scheffler’s bag came in Austin at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play as he added his Stealth 3HL 3-wood to the bag on Wednesday after weeks of extensive testing. TaylorMade reps worked with Scheffler to identify the Stealth fairway model that would best match the launch characteristics of his previous gamer, which had a loft of 12.5°. In order to match those characteristics, TaylorMade reps build a Stealth 3HL with a finishing loft of 16° and a Ventus 8X shaft cut down an inch shorter.
“After testing the Stealth 15.0° head in the preseason, which was simply going too far for the types of shots Scottie was trying to hit, in Palm Springs at The American Express we built him a Stealth 3HL 16.5° head with a Ventus 8X shaft. His previous 3-Wood was about 12.5° of loft and in order to match launch conditions and distance with Stealth, we had to go to the Stealth 3HL, make it an inch shorter and finish the loft at 16°. We were really close with matching launch conditions, which was important to Scottie. It was coming out of a different window because of the difference in loft in the heads and he has since been able to figure out how to flight it the way he wants to.”Todd Chew, TaylorMade Senior Tour Manager
The 16.5° Stealth 3HL head is more of a weapon for Scheffler because of the distance and height capability he can get when he wants it. That is the benefit of taking a lot of the spin out of the head and being able to use more loft compared to older technology. With the previous club, higher launch would mean too much spin. However, with the advanced technology TaylorMade’s R&D team was able to deploy into the Stealth fairways that takes so much spin out of the club, Scottie can use more loft to make the club more playable and versatile.
Scottie Scheffler Stealth 3-Wood Set Up
Scheffler has had the P·7TW irons in the bag since the 2021 American Express, while previously playing TaylorMade’s P·730 irons. After seeing the P·7TWs being played by many of his competitors, Scheffler expressed interest in late 2020 about playing the irons to be able to hit more types of shots with the capability the Tiger Woods inspired irons possess. Since putting them in the bag, Scheffler has 12 Top 10s, three PGA TOUR wins and a Ryder Cup.
“Scottie is such a good iron player and he tested the Tiger irons by himself with his coach and then we made adjustments and he was good to go and he’s never looked back since. The sole geometry of the blade is very important in the delivery of the club. Tiger’s design is similar to what a lot of pros including Scottie played growing up. With the soles being a precision production milled grind, we have the ability to make the sole identical club after club after club because of the process we follow.”- Adrian Rietveld, TaylorMade Senior Tour Manager
Scottie Scheffler P·7TW Irons Spec Sheet