Getting their hands on the latest golf equipment is very simple for players on the PGA Tour and the majority of them are paid a pretty penny to put the newest model in their bag, but for Scottie Scheffler, one club has been irreplaceable for the past 10 years, despite the benefits of modern technology.
PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Scheffler has been one of the most in-form players over the past year and despite not having a PGA Tour title to his name yet, he's climbed to 32nd in the world rankings and finished 5th in the Tour Championship last September.
Scheffler, 24, has been using a Nike VR Pro 3-wood that came out in 2011 which helped him through his college years and remained in his bag when he turned professional.
Last week, Scheffler competed in the first PGA Tour event of the year, the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, but he was forced to put a new 3-wood in play after he broke his trusty Nike VR Pro at a driving range in Dallas.
Nike are no longer in the golf equipment game, so getting his hands on a replacement wasn't an easy option, especially not a few days before travelling to Kapalua.
“My trusty 3-wood cracked on Saturday on the range at Royal Oaks,” Scheffler said. “It was a Nike VR Pro. I think it came out in, like, 2011.”
“I had my wife pick up about 10 3-woods from the house that were all backups and she brought them to the range, and we found something that could work for the week… and right now I got a Callaway one in there. We'll see how it goes.”
Well it went pretty well, with Scheffler finishing in T13 at 17-under par.
“I put it away for a couple years in college, but I've used it the whole time I turned pro, most of my senior year, and pretty much all of high school. I only wasn't using it for two or three years in there,” he explained.
“The way that the club setup it was really square, it was really clean, not a lot of loft so I was able to flight it down pretty easily and it was softer than the new 3-woods and for me that's important.
“And when I wanted to hit it far, I just teed it up a little higher, hit it higher on the face. I got to know the club really well and for me I knew exactly what I needed to do with it each time.”