You can learn a thing or two about gear trends and intriguing club builds that are potentially worth trying out by looking at gear played on the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour. But what about an NBA champion? Besides being arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history, Steph Curry boasts an impressive golf resume with multiple starts on the Korn Ferry Tour. Curry’s game moves from the field to the course.
During the American Century Championship, GOLF.com got a preview of Curry’s Callaway gear. As you’d expect, weekend golfers can still learn a thing or two about gear by looking at the setup used by an accomplished athlete who doesn’t own a Tour card.
Curry signed a multi-year partnership with Callaway in 2019, so access to new gear is always just a phone call away. That being said, I have to give the sniper credit for sticking with Callaway’s Mavrik driver and 3 woods. With heavy brush marks and paint chips visible around the skirt, it’s clear Curry loves the look and performance of the Mavrik.
Another thing worth pointing out is the OptiFit loft sleeve adjustment. The “D+1” means Curry adds one degree of loft – 10 degrees of actual loft – with a draw bias to his driver setup. Typically the draw adjustment is used to help straighten a slice, but I guess it tries to get closer to the head. Curry has no trouble straightening the face at impact, so adding a bit more curvature will induce topspin with a lower trajectory. The 10 degrees of loft allows it to maximize carry and spin.
The variety of shaft markings and flex in Curry’s setup gives off a Tour vibe. There’s Fujikura’s Ventus Blue in the driver (7X) and 3 wood (8X), the KBS Tour 130X in the utility iron, the Project X 6.5 in the irons, and the 6.0 in the wedges. Looking strictly at the shafts, it’s easy to see that he spent a lot of time at the Ely Callaway Performance Center dialing in for every club in the bag.
The best players understand the importance of matching the head and shaft to the club delivery. Treat this note as a reminder that everything golfers should undergo a custom fit to get the best value – not just NBA superstars and Tour pros.
Fairway woods, hybrids and utility irons all serve valuable purposes, but when it comes to the gap between Steph Curry’s mighty lofted Mavrik 3 wood and the Apex Pro 4 iron, it’s the iron. team utility. The X Forged UT is a popular option on the Tour with a profile that pairs well with its long iron. And with 18 degrees of loft, Curry doesn’t have to sweat a potential gap between the 3-wood and the 4-iron at 13.5 degrees. He has more than enough speed to send a utility iron.
Tools not jewelry
The scratches and hits on Curry’s Apex Pro irons give you an idea of the rounds he’s clocking up in the offseason. With a membership to the famous California Golf Club in San Francisco, Curry has a good reason to play as much as possible.
“Sometimes I feel like I play too much golf, and sometimes I feel like it’s not enough,” Curry said.
Based on wear marks, Curry sticks rarely, if ever, collect a layer of dust.
Roger Cleveland, master corner craftsman, is one of the best in the business, so where he shares some sound advice, you listen. “Bounce is your friend,” he told me. If you’ve never heard of the term “bounce” or bounce angle, it’s the angle formed by the leading edge, ground, and sole when the shaft is perfectly vertical. Depending on your delivery and the course conditions you typically play, having more or less bounce can be a good thing.
In Steph Curry’s case, he’s about as popular as it gets. Its three Callaway Jaws scoring tools have the company’s standard S-Grind, including the lob wedge. The mid-width sole is a good option for many different playing conditions, which comes in handy when jet-setting around the world playing a wide variety of courses. Think of it as the cheeseburger in Callaway’s grind line – it usually satisfies most golfers.
Curry’s Odyssey Toulon Las Vegas winged putter is one of the most recognizable head shapes. But let’s forget about the putter model and focus on the double bend hosel. Assuming Curry was fit for his current wand, it’s very likely that he has a straight back and through shot with minimal neck-based face rotation. The double bend shaft is designed to accommodate golfers with a limited arc in their stroke.
With three lineouts on the crown, as well as the section between the wings that helps frame the ball, Curry relies on visual aids to help him locate the line.
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