Nelly Korda’s driver and ball change powering her brilliant season

Nelly Korda

Perhaps the only golfer in the world who can claim to have had a better 2024 than Scottie Scheffler is Nelly Korda, who has gone three from three in her last three outings.

Korda has made a few key changes to her bag from the tail-end of last season and her most recent win.

She has made a change to her driver with her old TaylorMade Stealth 2 now supplanted by a new TaylorMade Qi10 Max.

“The reason why I picked the Qi10 Max driver is the look of it compared to the other models,” Korda said of that choice.

“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. When I look down at it I feel like I can aim it realy well and I know where the centre of the clubface too. For a golfer, if you don’t like the look of the club, you’re never going to be able to it hit. Once I put the Qi10 Max down and teed it up, I feel like I could hit any shot I wanted to.”

Korda has dropped her 7-wood from her bag but still uses the Stealth 2 fairway woods that have served her well.

Ryan Ressa, TaylorMade Senior Tour Manager, said: “As we look to create new shapes in our driver heads, we found something with the shape of the Qi10 Max that was a little deeper front to back and a slightly more heelward centre of gravity.

“She instantly set that club down and loved the way it looked. Nelly was able to start the ball on her intended line and loved seeing the ball fall left and be able to move it how she wanted in addition to hitting different flights and windows. She also notices on mis-hits that the spin stays really consistent. The window it takes off on is great and the shot shape is very repeatable for her.”

The addition of a Ping G425 hybrid is an interesting choice for Korda but one that seems to be working well for her.

Her irons remain the TaylorMade P770 (5) and TaylorMade P7MC (6-PW) split selection that she has used for some time.

Korda has made a ball change too swapping out the TP5 from TaylorMade for her sponsors TP5x.

“Nelly was looking to bring the spin down, especially on her driver, so we did some testing in September,” said 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.”

Nelly Korda’s updated bag

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 Max (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana GT 60 S
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 7 S
5-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 S
Hybrid: Ping G425 (26 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue HB 7 S
Irons: TaylorMade P770 (5), TaylorMade P7MC (6-PW)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber i80 cw
Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 (50-09SB, 54-SB), Vokey Design WedgeWorks (58-T)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber i95 cw
Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Squareback 2 Prototype
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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