Michelle Wie has hailed 'accommodating' equipment manufacturer Callaway as her 2017 resurgence on the LPGA Tour continued in the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open.
The 27-year-old, who hadn’t touched anything other than a Nike club since she was 14, signed a multi-year contract with Callaway in January after enduring a horrendous 2016, where she had just one top ten finish in 25 events and saw her world ranking plummet to No.182.
Now back inside the world top 50 after five top fives on the LPGA Tour this season, Wie surged clear with a course record eight-under-par 64 at Kingsbarns and has been full of praise for the brand.
“Callaway have been amazing,” Wie, who signed with the brand in January after Nike’s exit from the golf equipment industry last summer, told bunkered.co.uk at last week's Ladies Scottish Open. “They’ve supported me in every capacity. We’ve worked really well together on finding the right clubs for me and having not hit anything other than Nike since I was 14, it was a big change.
“Thankfully they’ve been so helpful and coming over here and needing different clubs for different conditions and they’ve been very accommodating.”
Those different clubs include a 9-wood and an 11-wood – yes, an 11-wood – with Wie explaining after her opening round that the changes came after the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship a few weeks ago.
“The 11-wood replaces my 5-iron and the 9-wood replaces my 4-hybrid,” she said. “Callaway had to look back into their archives to find me an 11-wood. But I have an Epic 9-wood and I think XR 11-wood.
“I definitely had to cut it down, and I've never played such a high-lofted wood before, so they've done a great job of working with me and making it work.
“The 11-wood goes the same distance as my 5-iron, so 180, and it's a lot easier than hitting a blade 5-iron! Then the 9-wood, it's the same as my 4-hybrid, so 190, 195. But it doesn't go that far in these conditions.”