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January 07, 2014

Callaway signs Stenson, English, Manassero

Posted at 11:30 AM by Michael Chwasky


Henrik Stenson at the 2013 Tour Championship. (Credit: Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated)

Already boasting an impressive array of staff players, including Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland, Jim Furyk, and Nicolas Colsaerts, among others, Callaway Golf announced the addition of Henrik Stenson, Harris English and Matteo Manassero for 2014.

Stenson, who had a massive year in 2013 that included winning the Race to Dubai, the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, played Callaway irons and fairway woods en route to pocketing over $15 million. His formal agreement with Callaway should see him play an even wider variety of the company's gear going forward.

"After having the best season of my career to date in 2013 using Callaway irons and fairway woods, the option of extending my relationship with Callaway Golf was a very natural progression, and I look forward to continued success in 2014 being back as part of the Callaway family." -- Henrik Stenson

24-year-old Harris English enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 with two Tour wins including the FedEx St. Jude Classic and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. A former four-time All-American at the University of Georgia, English will play a full bag of Callaway and Odyssey gear this season.

"I've been really happy with the new Callaway clubs. And the team at Callaway has been fantastic. In a short period of time I've been able to take advantage of the resources they have and I'm excited about the start of the 2014 season." -- Harris English

Matteo Manassero, the youngest addition to the Callaway team already has four European Tour wins at the ripe old age of 20, including the '13 BMW Championship. Manassero first made his presence known as a teenage amateur in the '09 Open Championship at Turnberry, where he tied for 13th.

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September 23, 2013

Winner's Bag: Henrik Stenson's equipment at the 2013 Tour Championship

Posted at 9:41 AM by Robert Sauerhaft


DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR (10.5°) with Grafalloy Blue X-flex shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Diablo Octane Tour (13°) with Grafalloy Blue X-flex shaft; Callaway X Hot Pro (17°) with Grafalloy Blue X-flex shaft

IRONS: Callaway Legacy Black (3-PW) with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 120X shafts

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 RTX (51°, 58°) with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 120X shafts

PUTTER: Piretti Cottonwood II Prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo: Fred Vuich /Sports Illustrated)

September 03, 2013

Winner's Bag: Henrik Stenson's clubs at the Deutsche Bank Championship

Posted at 11:26 AM by Michael Chwasky


DRIVER: TaylorMade R1 (9°) with Grafalloy Blue X-flex shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Diablo Octane Tour (13° 3-wood) with Grafalloy Blue X-flex shaft, Callaway X Hot Pro (17° 5-wood) with Grafalloy Blue X-flex shaft

IRONS: Callaway Legacy Black (3-PW) with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 120X shafts

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 RTX (51°, 58°) with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 120X shafts

PUTTER: Piretti Cottonwood II Prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo: Stan Badz / Getty Images)

May 05, 2010

My Bag: Henrik Stenson for TPC Sawgrass

Posted at 2:57 PM by David Dusek

"I'm trying to get a little piece of everybody. Actually, I have a contract with TaylorMade for my driver and the bag, and a ball-shoe-glove deal with Titleist FootJoy. I stick with what I like. The way I'm playing lately, I might have to start looking around. You can see the dings on my putter from where I've pounded on it I'm very happy and proud to have won at Sawgrass. I'm going to try to come back and be in decent shape so I can put up a strong defense. It feels as if I have been hit-or-miss for the last couple of years. It gets frustrating. In the past, in 2005 or '06, I was consistent, but I didn't win. I've win the last two years, but the consistency hasn't been there. You can't have everything."


DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (10.5°) with a Grafalloy Blue X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Big Bertha (12.3°, 16.6°) with Grafalloy Blue X shafts
IRONS: Srixon I-506 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (51°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Yes! C-Groove Donna
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Stenson keeps plenty of other interesting things in his bag:


Banana Case: "I found it in a  supermarket in Japan. I had been complaining to my caddie, Fanny [Sunesson], about the squashed bananas in my bag. It was more of a fun thing when I bought it, but then we realized it isn't bad. It's practical, and it works."

Key Chain: "It says KISS MY ASS in Gaelic. That's the only phrase I've learned from Padraig [Harrington]. A few years ago I played a pro-am with a couple of Irish guys, and I repeated the saying. I saw them at the dinner table this year, and they gave me the key chain. They found it in the Dublin airport, so they bought it and gave it to me. I put it in the bag and kind of forgot about it. It's for good luck, but it hasn't been working too well so far."

Energy Bars: "I like BumbleBar, and the other I use is Green+. They're good for energy and come in lots of flavors."

Swedish Coins: "I've been marking  y golf balls with one-krona coins for the last few years. It's the coin you usually end up with when you get change back, so I chucked a few in the bag."

Tees: "I just use tee pegs to repair greens instead of a divot tool. I'm a master craftsman with a peg. Plus, you can always find one. I don't like walking around with a bog metal thing in my pocket."

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Srixon, TaylorMade, Titleist, and Callaway clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

(Photos by Fred Vuich/SI)
April 13, 2010

Gear Notes: 2010 Masters

Posted at 1:47 PM by David Dusek

Phil-Mickelson-Callaway-Driver_450x600 Callaway
Phil Mickelson cracked the crown of his Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic driver at the Shell Houston Open. (A nearly identical driver, the FT Tour, is now available to the public.) Like a patient in critical need of an organ transplant, the club was flown to San Diego on Easter Sunday, where it was met at the airport by the head of Callaway's R&D team, Dr. Alan Hocknell.

According to Callaway, the company, "performed an 'unprecedented repair,' removing the body from the clubface while never taking off the shaft in order to ensure that the loft and lie remained secure."

Hocknell said, “We decided to remove the carbon composite body from the face, and we’ve never done that before, so everyone was a bit nervous. But through a lot of teamwork, we had a new body and weights installed by 1:30 p.m. on Monday."

Meanwhile, back in Augusta, Mickelson texted Hocknell: "How bad is it, Doc? Is she gonna make it?"

Needless to say, the patient made a full recovery, was flown back cross-country, and helped Mickelson win his third green jacket. For the week, Phil hit 60% of the fairways and averaged 297 yards per drive.

YE-Yang-TaylorMade-Putter TaylorMade
Y.E. Yang, winner of the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine, pulled his Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter out of his bag before the start of the Masters and used a TaylorMade Monza Spider Vicino (right) during the championship. Yang took 115 putts at Augusta and averaged an impressive 1.6 putts per green in regulation.

Mike Weir, Henrik Stenson and John Rollins all put new TaylorMade Burner SuperFast drivers in the bag for the first time at the Masters. Sergio Garcia became the first player to put TaylorMade's yet-to-be-released R9 SuperDeep driver into play. He hit 68% of the fairways for the week and averaged 285 yards per drive.

Adam Scott, whose tie for 18th marks his best performance at Augusta since 2002, had been playing a Titleist 909 D2 driver this season. But in order to get more roll on the firm fairways at Augusta National, the Australian decided to play a lower-flying 909 D3 driver instead.

Matteo Manassero, who at age 16 was the youngest player to ever compete in a Masters, also finished as the tournament's low amateur with a final score of four over par. Manassero, who has a bag filled with Titleist clubs, swapped out his AP2 3-iron in favor of a higher-flying hybrid club, a Titleist 909H (21°), so he could stop the ball more quickly on Augusta's firm greens. The young Italian star plans on turning professional in less than three weeks, so look for him to become a Titleist staff player soon.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway/Odyssey, TaylorMade, and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

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(Photos by Mickelson: ; Yang:John Biever/SI, insert Harry How/Getty Images)

May 11, 2009

Henrik Stenson's Winning Clubs

Posted at 10:23 AM by David Dusek

Henrik-Stenson It's a tradition at the Players Championship for the winner to donate a club to be mounted on the wall inside the Sawgrass clubhouse. After leading the field in driving accuracy last year, Sergio Garcia handed over his TaylorMade Burner driver.

The most appropriate club for Henrik Stenson to donate would be his 2004 Big Bertha 3-wood. He used the club frequently off the tee and hit 73% of the fairways.

"It’s a course that sets up nicely for my 3-wood," Stenson said.  "I didn't hit many drivers here this week, and I don't think I really had to."

One of the longest hitters on the European Tour, Stenson hit several 3-woods more than 300 yards. On the par-4 15th hole Sunday, he hit the 3-wood 302 yards — without a tee.

"It's 13 degrees, and I hit it far," he said jokingly Sunday evening. "I hit a good one down 18 the other day, and I think [ShotLink] said 318 or 313 or something like that. When you get one going on these fast, firm fairways, it can run on."

Stenson said his stock 3-wood typically flies 270.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Stenson used ton win the Players:
DRIVER:                      Callaway FT-3 (9.5°) with Grafolloy Blue shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:     Callaway Big Bertha (13°, 19°) with Grafolloy Blue shafts
IRONS:                        Srixon I-506 (3-PW)
WEDGES:                    Callaway X Tour Vintage (52°, 58°)
PUTTER:                      Yes! Donna
BALL:                          Srixon Z-Star

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

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