I’ve never been a gearhead and I’m still far from one. I didn’t test any new equipment, and have never compared Callaway to Titleist or TaylorMade or anything like that. So I can’t definitively say that Callaway stuff is the best. But I can advocate that the stuff is the best that I’ve ever played by an incredible long shot.
The Epic still doesn’t seem real to me. I didn’t know how much I was missing out on by playing a driver that was 5-6 years old. The fact that I could adjust it based on conditions, lowering the loft for links courses and raising it for parkland courses is an underrated benefit. I’ve only played one round with the Rogue, but somehow it really did feel noticeably different than the Epic. I was hardly enthused about its release because of how much I love my Epic, but it took one strike for me to commit to it as my gamer. Before we even shoved a camera in his face and asked him to repeat it, Branden Grace was telling us all about how he picked up 4 MPH ball speed immediately when he switched to the Rogue from the Epic. What Callaway has done on the driver front has been remarkable, both from a marketing and a performance standpoint.
The Epic three wood is similar. Easily the best three wood I’ve ever hit. And they say the Rogue one is even better (Jailbreak!). Haven’t tried it yet, but I’m especially excited to.
The Apex Pro irons I put in the bag in January transformed my iron play, most notably with the 3-5 irons. They’ve got some sort of tungsten sole that helps me launch long irons at a height I’ve never been able to reach previously.
The wedges, I’m still looking for a good match. It’s definitely a me problem, and I’ve determined I’m just WAY too steep on them and need to shallow out my path. My wedge play took an enormous step back in '17 and in no way can I blame the equipment, but it’s what held me back from actually improving my scores despite almost all parts of my game improving.
I was playing an Odyssey putter prior to switching to the O-Works, but it was also outdated. I had a horrible tendency to open the face and miss putts comically far right. That seems to be gone with the microhinge insert, and a more appealing alignment system.
So to answer the question, almost every change I made in '17 (first change in at least 5 years) was remarkably for the better. Hoping '18 it translates into actually shooting lower scores.