Xander Schauffele will have a new shaft set up this week at the HERO World Challenge. Schauffele, who has been a loyal Graphite Design user for the bulk of his career has opted into Mitsubishi Chemicals Kai’li White profile in all of his woods.
The shaft switch came in response to the strength gains Xander has made over the past 18 months. X has gained upwards of 4 MPH of clubhead speed which now hovers in the 119-120 range with ball speeds in the low to mid 180’s.
If you recall, there have already been some gear tweaks in response to Xanders speed gains, going into a Mavrik Sub Zero 7-wood and the late Driver switch he made after the TOUR Championship. It was a study of a player slowly adapting to the ball simply flying faster than ever in both cases. Callaways Tour Team has worked around flipping Xander out of beloved Graphite Design set up (BB 7X in the driver, AD DI 7TX in 3-wood, and 9X in 7-wood) because in many cases when a player knows a shaft that well, it’s a variable that doesn’t need to be switched and most tweaks to ball flight can be remedied with the clubhead itself.
According To Kellen Watson:
Xander has had a ton of success with the Graphite Design parts, but in this case, at his speed, he needed something with a bit more stable of a tip and midsection to lock in a more consistent starting line, shot shape, and launch regardless of the shot type.
In some cases, players get locked in on a feel of a shaft, but as speed goes up, you can more or less outgrow a profile. That’s what happened here. He’s now hitting the spin and launch windows he likes, and the ball is starting and flying on the lines he sees in his head. At this level, the ball flight has to match up with what a player draws up in his head. X has been swinging well all year, and I think we found a shaft setup that will match up consistently with his feels, mind, etc.
Xanders Driver Numbers:
DRAW (Starting 5 yards right, drawing 5 yards to center): 2200-2400RPM
FAIRWAY FINDER: 2600-2700RPM
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Kai’li is based on the ever famous Diamana Whiteboard profile used by Tiger, Phil, and many others in the late 2000s.
According to Zane Nuttall of MCA:
“Kai’li White has truly been engineered to meet the demands of the modern athlete through incredible advancements in tip strength and torque reduction. Utilizing MR70 and an innovative super-low resin content prepreg, we have created the most stable white profile in our history while achieving the feel and responsiveness typically associated with smoother, more active profiles. With undeniable dispersion control and efficiency, players are seeing an entirely new level of playability on the course.”
It will be interesting to see how this plays out this week in the Bahamas and over the winter; this is the time of year players start to test the waters. I’ll keep you posted as I learn more:)