MY LOVING LOOPERTons of guys have their wives travel with them from event to event. But Justine is there, stride for stride with me. It meant a lot to have her there when we won our first PGA Tour event. She's one of the hardest workers I've ever met. Every practice session, every lesson -- she's always there. Last year, we'd drive for hours to Monday qualifiers. I'm truly blessed.
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MIDSEASON SWITCHNot too many guys out here switch equipment companies in the middle of the year. But I can say my transition to Callaway this May played a huge role in my success. From the time I started playing Callaway clubs at the Byron Nelson, I recorded three top-10 finishes before winning in August. It shows how important it is to find the right equipment for you. My success is a combination of my hard work and that of Callaway's tour staff.
DRIVERThe Callaway Optiforce 440 (9.5 degrees, 44.25 inches, Aldila Rogue shaft) gave me more distance as soon as I put it in the bag at the John Deere Classic.
FAIRWAY WOODI'm a big tinkerer, so I'll switch between this Callaway X Hot Pro 3-wood (UST Mamiya Proforce VTS 8X shaft, 41.875 inches) and an extra 2-iron, which is bent to 1-iron loft. I put that in the bag when I won in Greensboro, and I used that club off the tee on six to eight holes every day.
IRONSMy 2- and 4-iron are Callaway X Forged, while my 5-iron through pitching wedge are Callaway RAZR X muscle-backs (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
WEDGESI'm an aggressive player, so I tend to short-side myself often. That's when I'll use my 61-degree for every type of shot. Two of my Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedges are bent, so the gap between each of my wedges is 5 degrees.
PUTTERThe Odyssey guys did some extra customization to make a putter that fit my eye. I find the blue alignment aid on my Odyssey White Hot Pro #3 (33.125 inches) more soothing to look at than a typical black line.
ON THE NUMBERI always use a quarter from the year Justine was born -- 1986 -- to mark my ball on the green. She helps me a ton reading putts and has given me some reads that allowed us make to the cut on the number.
THREE'S COMPANYI wouldn't say I'm too superstitious, but this is one thing I'm particular about: I'll play only No. 3 Callaway HEX Chrome+ balls. It applies only to tournaments -- I'll practice with any ball.
MY BEAT ON REPEATFrom the range to the first tee, I'm always wearing earbuds, and I listen to only one song: "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons. It's the perfect tempo to swing to -- and it pumps me up.
MY DIVOT-REPAIR TOOLis from Conway Farms Golf Club, outside Chicago, where I reached the semifinals of the 2009 Western Amateur. This year, I got to play there again when I qualified for the BMW Championship.
OUR TEAM COLORSJustine and I are the definition of a team. We'll often wear the same color clothes, like teams do in other sports. And we usually play better when we do. Team Reed had a pretty great 2013.