Akshay Bhatia WITB 2021 – After 18 Out Of 18 Greens At Pebble Beach

Akshay Bhatia became the latest young golfer to turn heads when he hit 18 out of 18 greens in his first round at the AT&T Pebble Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.

He became only the 7th player on record to achieve this feat at the Jack Neville course. The last professional to nail a 100% green in regulation in that tournament was Ryan Palmer back in 2008.

In this post we are looking at what clubs Akshay Bhatia carries in his bag, to see how this wunderkind manages to maintain his accuracy.

 

Akshay Bhatia Quick Facts Table

Birthday

January 31, 2002

Birthplace

Northridge, CA

Age

19

Year Turned Pro

2021

Tournament Wins

0

Best Finish

Silver Medal 2018 Summer Youth Olympics

World Ranking

818

Equipment Sponsor

Callaway

Breakdown Of The Bag

  • Driver – Callaway Epic Speed Driver – 8.5 degree loft

  • Fairway  Woods – Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero 3 – wood – 15-degree loft

  • Irons – Callaway X Forged UT Proto (3- Iron)

  • Irons – Callaway Apex MB ’21 (4-PW)

  • Wedges – Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw – 50, 54, 60 Degrees Loft

  • Putter – Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Armlock 7

  • Ball – Callaway Chrome Soft X

 

Callaway Epic Speed Driver – 8.5-degree loft

The Epic Speed driver is fitted with a Jailbreak Speedframe designed to enhance your ball speed and keep your clubhead in the correct position at impact. Furthermore, The head of the driver was crafted to be more aerodynamic, enhancing your swing speed and reducing drag off the tee.

Overview

Callaway built the Epic Speed to deliver faster ball speed, leading to increased distance. The team also covered large portions of the toe and the crown of the club with an additional Triaxial patch. Prompting a draw bias off the tee, hand helping you gain more distance.

Key Features

  • Jailbreak Speedframe for added ball speed
  • Enhanced aerodynamic head design
  • Triaxial carbon is added to the crown and toe of the driver for added forgiveness

Shafts

The Epic Speed Driver is available in two shafts. The Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L) and Project X Hzrdus Smoke Im10 50g (R, S) · 60g (S).

Lofts

Unfortunately, smashing an 8.5-degree driver is a pipe dream for us average golfers. Luckily Callaway offers the Epic Speed in 9, 10.5, and 12 degrees of loft.

Pros

  • Faster ball speed
  • More aerodynamic for longer carry
  • Helps to increase your swing speed
  • Forgiving

Cons

  • Produces a medium level of spin
  • The semi-draw bias may not be suitable for players who prefer a fade or straighter flight path

Overall Score 96/100

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Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero 3 – wood – 15-degree loft

The Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero was created for superior golfers who are looking to work their 3-wood shots. The sub-zero 3-wood features the smallest head in the Mavrik range. However, it offers golfers the lowest level of spin.

Overview

Designed using AI, and fitted with the Jailbreak technology, the sub-zero will give you added ball speed off the tee or from way back in the fairway. The Sub-Zero offers lower launch and low spin, which is not ideal if you struggle to get the ball airborne with more lofted clubs.

Key Features

  • Jailbreak technology for enhanced ball speed.
  • Compact clubhead
  • Fitted with interchangeable weights to adjust your launch angle and rate of spin
  • Titanium twist face offers faster ball speeds

Shafts

You can acquire the Mavrik Sub-Zero 3-wood in two different shaft options, Project X Evenflow Riptide and Aldila Rogue White 130 Msi.

Lofts

Callaway only offers the Sub-Zero in 15 degrees of loft, which may make it challenging for some slower swinging golfers to get strikes with this club airborne.

Pros

  • Enhanced ball speed off the tee and the deck
  • Amplifies your total distance due to increased carry
  • Forgiving fairway wood

Cons

  • The 3-wood does not offer a progressive leading edge for added launch
  • The low launch makes it difficult for slower swinging golfers to get the ball airborne

Overall Score 94/100

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Callaway X Forged Utility Driving Iron (3-iron)

Akshay opts for a 3-iron in his bag, over a hybrid or another fairway wood with a weakened loft. The X-Forged UT irons were designed to offer performance, feel, and distance for the superior player, while providing control and forgiveness.

Overview

The X Forged UT irons are a hollow body construction for a  players iron appearance. Callaway’s proprietary urethane microspheres are sandwiched between the face and the aft of the clubhead, providing a smooth feel at impact. Finally, the CG has been accurately positioned in the iron to ensure optimal launch, trajectory, and carry.

Key Features

  • Flash Face Cup technology
  • Urethane microspheres inserted into the clubface
  • Metal Injection Molded Tungsten weighting injected into the sole
  • Longer blade and broader sole for added forgiveness

Shafts

Shafts

There are two shaft options available for the Callaway  X Forged UT. The True Temper ProjectX U-Steel and The True Temper Hzrdus Smoke Black 80 – Graphite.

Pros

  • Promotes accelerated ball speed
  • Smooth feel
  • Forgiving
  • Enhanced launch to help you get the ball airborne

Cons

  • Not suited to higher handicap players
  • The wider sole and longer blade may be off-putting to lower handicappers.

Overall Score 94/100

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Callaway Apex MB ’21 (4-PW)

Overview

While the Callaway Apex MB’s are an exquisite creation, they were made for the best golfers around. It provides the feel and performance better players want from their irons. But, if you are looking for forgiveness this is not the club for you.

The Apex MB irons are a traditional blade, featuring a compact clubhead with a thin top line, and a chrome finish. High-performance grooves feature on the face of the irons to deliver consistent spin. The spin delivered helps the ball to bite quickly, even out of the rough.

Key Features

  • Players iron appearance
  • 20V grooves for added control and spin
  • Excellent feel
  • New weight added to the center of the clubhead without impacting the CG

 Shafts

Callaway Apex MB irons offer you a variety of shafts to choose from. KBS, Nippon, Project X, and True Temper are the manufacturers.

Pros

  • Good looking set of irons
  • Smooth feel
  • Advanced level of spin
  • Perfect for lower handicap players

Cons

  • Limited forgiveness
  • Not suitable for beginners or high handicappers

Overall Score 94/100

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Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw – 50 Degrees, 54 Degrees, 60 Degrees

The MD5 Jaws Raw wedges are renowned for their aggressive grooves designed to enhance your level of spin around the greens. The wedges not only offer a smooth feel, but their raw finish also reduces glare, which can be off-putting for any player.

Overview

The design of the club was the brainchild of legend Roger Cleveland, who has crafted clubs for greats like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The grooves on these wedges were created with sharp edges to amplify the club’s spin capabilities. Finally, the wedges contain a higher CG for controlled ball flight.

Key Features

  • Jaws groove design
  • Raw finish
  • Higher CG

Shafts

The MD5 Jaws Raw wedges are available in shafts from KBS, Nippon, Project X, and True Temper. I have listed the applicable shaft variations below.

Lofts

The MD5 Jaws Raw wedges are available in the following lofts between 50 and 62 Degrees.

Pros

  • Reduced glare due to raw finish
  • Offers controlled ball flight
  • Provides enhanced spin
  • Increased control over your shots

Cons

  • The raw finish can result in rust on the clubface over time

Overall Score 94/100

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Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Armlock 7

The Stroke Lab Armlock putter is renowned for its multi-material shaft that helped Odyssey to save 40 grams of weight. This weight is then redistributed to the head of the putter to offer more pleasing acoustics at impact.

Overview

The extra weight removed from the shaft is put back into the head, to provide you with consistency in your putting stroke. The face of the putter contains micro hinge star inserts that amplify the sound at impact while ensuring forward roll.

Key Features

  • Double bend putter
  • Lighter shaft
  • Stroke lab weighting
  • Microhinge star inserts

Pros

  • Extra weight in the head offers a more consistent forward roll
  • Multi-material shaft helps you gain consistency in your stroke
  • A rich black coat gives the putter a clean finish

Cons

  • The elongated shaft may be uncomfortable for some players who have a traditional putting setup.

Overall Score 96/100

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Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

The Callaway Chrome Soft X is a premium golf ball that provides a soft feel, a high level of forgiveness, and a workable flight.

The Chrome Soft X provides increased ball speed and enhanced aerodynamics for more distance.

Overall Score 96/100

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