Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the passing of Henrik Stenson’s beloved Callaway Diablo Octane 3-wood with Grafalloy Blue shaft.
The reigning Champion Golfer of the Year had been wedded to the 12.5-degree money-making machine since 2008. The relationship has now drawn to a close.
That’s right, folks. Henrik “I can’t hit my drive but sure can hit the hell out of this 3-wood” Stenson has moved on from the club that won him more than $20 million on the PGA Tour alone. Much to the delight of his sponsor, Callaway, you’d suspect, as the pressure on players to put the latest models in play is more intense than a Smylie Kaufman hangover.
If you’ll recall, the Iceman was icing himself out of a decent game off the tee, coming down with a serious case of the driver yips. The solution? A strong-lofted 3-wood, which he can mash significantly farther than us mere mortals could ever dream.
But now, it seems Stens’ has laid his beloved Diablo to rest (where its demonic powers simply too great?), returning it to the underworld from whence it came.
In its place: A 15-degree Callaway GBB Epic fairway wood with the same shaft. As you would hope with technology nearly a decade newer, Stenson is reportedly seeing a significant increase in ball speed.
Henrik Stenson opened with a four-under 68 at the Dubai Desert Classic in his first action since kicking the Diablo Octane out of bed.