‘I could hit any shot I wanted’ – Nelly Korda explains switch to TaylorMade Qi10 Max driver

Nelly Korda hits from the 14th tee

TaylorMade have to be happy with how the professional seasons are going fon both the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour with their top reps Scottie Scheffler and Nelly Korda looking dominant.

Korda and Scheffler both use Qi10 family drivers, with the LPGA Tour’s top money winner opting to use their Max variation so far this season.

She switched to the Qi10 Max driver and TP5X golf ball at the start of the year and is having her best season ever with record wins including the first major of 2024 at the Chevron Championship.

Korda felt the Max gave her the greatest workability to make all the shots off the tee she needs to stay at the top of her game.

“The reason why I picked the Qi10 Max driver is the look of it compared to the other models. When I put it down and look at it I feel like I can hit any shot I want with the subtle blue face and silver topline. Once I put the Qi10 Max down and teed it up, I feel like I could hit any shot I wanted to.”

Korda also made some adjustments with her irons as she aimed to reduce the spin she was getting to get more distance.

TaylorMade presented a great solution with a change in ball and other club adjustments getting Korda dialled in for this incredible season.

“Nelly was looking to bring the spin down, especially on her driver, so we did some testing in September,” said TaylorMade Senior Tour Manager Ressa. “We saw the benefits of TP5x in her driver and irons bringing the spin down a couple hundred RPMs.

“Then, around the greens, her launch on chips was a little bit lower and she generated more spin around the greens with TP5x than TP5. She produced a lot more check in a preferred trajectory coming off of the TP5x versus the TP5. She’s been happy with the ball ever since.”

When it comes to her irons Korda has played a combo of P·770 and P·7MC sets since joining TaylorMade at the outset of the 2023 season going with an initial array of a P·770 5-iron and P·7MC in 6-PW.

Korda opted for the P·770 because of the height and spin it produces and P·7MC for more workability and shotmaking in the shorter game.

In initial testing with her long irons (5-6), Korda aimed to add height to hold greens from distances of 180-200 yards.

Her P·770 5-iron seamlessly answered this requirement, providing an additional 15 feet in height and delivering inch-perfect carry distances.

The pairing with P·7MC irons delivered the women’s world No 1 tighter dispersion and precise distance control.

A crucial change to Korda’s irons came at the 2023 LPGA Drive On Championship in Phoenix when TaylorMade tour reps hard-stepped her irons to minimize the draw and stiffen them slightly and she has been on fire since.