Marc Leishman’s win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational provided a significant boost for Callaway with the 33-year-old specifically crediting two flagships of the Callaway range as being particularly important in securing his second PGA Tour title.
Leishman switched to the Callaway GBB Epic driver earlier this year and, as he stated after his victory, a combination of added length off the tee and improved accuracy was crucial in his one-shot win at Bay Hill.
“I got a new Callaway driver [GBB Epic] in the bag at the start of the year and it's really been a game changer,” the Victorian said. “I've been driving it better than I ever have. “Which, it's funny, the game's a lot easier out of the fairway [laughing],” added the Warrnambool native. “So that's been probably the biggest difference and then just the putter [Odyssey Versa 1W (Black-White-Black)].
“The putter's been amazing this year. The stats probably show that, especially this week. But I feel like all year it's been really close and I just haven't played how I wanted to on Sundays, but today was great.”
MARC LEISHMAN'S NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER WINNING ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
Below is a list of the equipment Leishman used to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational (courtesy of the PGA Tour).
Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution II X shaft), 9 degrees
3-wood: Callaway GBB Epic (Fujikura Motore Speeder VC Tour Spec 9.2X shaft), 15 degrees
7-wood: Callaway GBB Epic (Fujikura Motore Speeder VC Tour Spec 9.2X shaft), 21 degrees
Utility Irons: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees; Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X shaft)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '16 (4-PW; Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X shafts)
Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (54-10C degrees; Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X shaft), Titleist Vokey SM6 (58-08M degrees; Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X shaft)
Putter: Odyssey Versa 1W (Black-White-Black) Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
The Arnold Palmer Invitational provided another boost for Callaway and its new driver series with fourth-placegetter Rory McIlroy, who uses Callaway’s GBB Epic Sub Zero driver, leading the driving distance statistic for the week with an average of 314.7 yards.