Golf equipmentApril 17, 2016

Winner's Bag: Branden Grace, RBC Heritage

Low-spin driver assists in win
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 17:  Branden Grace of South Africa tees off on the third hole during the final round of the 2016 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 17, 2016 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 17: Branden Grace of South Africa tees off on the third hole during the final round of the 2016 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 17, 2016 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

A recent driver change has assisted RBC champion Branden Grace. The South African put Callaway’s then-prototype XR16 Sub Zero driver in the bag at the WGC-Dell Match Play and has kept it in since. According to Callaway, Grace was drawn to the club’s shape, finish and particularly its sound. Grace also felt like he could shape the flight off the tee as well manipulate the trajectory up or down—all helpful traits at a course such as Harbour Town, where he used the club on the final hole to hit the longest drive of the week on the hole at 312 yards. Grace typically prefers low spin drivers, and prior to the Sub Zero had been playing the Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond, which he won with earlier this year on the European Tour.

This week Grace also changed to a 16-degree Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 3-wood due to the course conditions. The club had a softer shaft profile and was tipped less than his previous gamer to produce more carry.

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Driver: Callaway XR16 Sub Zero (Fujikura Six Tour X), 8.5 degrees

3-wood: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816, 16 degrees

Irons (3): Callaway Apex UT; (4-PW): Callaway X Forged ’13

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind (52, 56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Odyssey Versa V-Line White/Black/White