WITB: Francesco Molinari
WITB: Open Champion Francesco Molinari has signed a multi year equipment deal with Callaway, find out what’s in his bag
Francesco Molinari will be using a complete line up of Callaway equipment when he tees up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week, including an Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver, an Epic Flash Sub Zero Fairway Wood, Apex MB 18 Irons, Mack Daddy 4 Wedges, an Odyssey Toulon Madison Putter with a new Stroke Lab Shaft, and a Chrome Soft X Ball.
“I am joining Callaway because I’m so impressed by their equipment,” said Molinari. “More than anything, I’m looking forward to playing the new Epic Flash Driver and the Chrome Soft X Golf Ball. The ball speed gains that I’m getting from the driver are unbelievable. And this golf ball is the best one that I’ve ever played. The performance from tee-to-green, especially the feel and control, is exactly what I want.”
A native of Turin, Italy, Molinari is coming off a remarkable 2018 campaign, highlighted by his first Major win at The Open Championship. He won the BMW PGA Championship and the Quicken Loans National last year, and he posted a perfect 5-0 record for the victorious European Team at the 2018 Ryder Cup, capping a stunning season by winning the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. He enters this week as the 10th ranked player in the world.
“We are so proud to welcome another European Major winner to #TeamCallaway, joining Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett" said Neil Howie, Callaway’s Managing Director and President Callaway Golf EMEA "Francesco was testing equipment from various manufacturers over the winter break, and we are therefore incredibly excited to see what Francesco can achieve having chosen to use Callaway and Odyssey products. If his performance gains in testing are an indication of what is to come, 2019 is set to be another stellar season for one of Europe’s finest golfers. Welcome to the team, Frankie."
For an exclusive look at the team behind Molinari, and how he got fitted for his new clubs, click here.
Molinari said that one of the biggest factors for choosing Callaway all came down to the ball. He’d already determined that he wanted to use their clubs, but said finding the right golf ball was ‘the biggest priority’.
“It was the biggest priority when it came to decide where to go and it was a pleasant surprise,” said Molinari. “I was impressed with the ball speed and the spin was where it was supposed to be.
”The ball speed was up with the driver then I tested the spin off the irons, because that is a very important factor to me to keep control of the ball and keep it in the right window. Around the greens it felt a little bit softer than my previous ball, so it was a bit of a no-brainer for me. I was gaining ball speed, feel and it was behaving with my irons so it was an easy switch to make.
"With Callaway, it was pretty much a dream start from the beginning,” added Molinari. “The performance that I got with these clubs was clearly the best."
He’s also switched from a Bettinardi putter to an Odyssey Stroke Lab, which he complimented for it’s stability.
"The Stroke Lab Shaft has been really great for me. It’s really stable throughout the putting stroke and that’s helped me a lot.
"When you're making putts and you're controlling your speed, that's all you want to see."
WITB: Francesco Molinari
Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Fairway Wood (13.5*)
Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges (50, 56, 60)
Odyssey Toulon Madison Stroke Lab Putter