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Tiger Woods WITB 2012

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Tiger Woods strode to another of his electrifying victories while wearing the highly anticipated Nike FREE-inspired TW ’13 shoes that will be available at retail on June 5th. His 73rd PGA Tour victory tied Jack Nicklaus’ career total at the Nicklaus hosted Memorial Tournament — on the same weekend that the Nike Golf ad for the Tiger-inspired shoe aired for the first time.
With 14 Nike clubs in his bag, Woods’ ball striking was a key to his success. Using Nike VR Pro Blades, Woods led the field in greens in regulation with 53 of 72. Woods finished T14 in driving accuracy, hitting 13 of 14 fairways in the final round.

“Every shot was exactly the shape, the trajectory, the distance control,” said Woods. “I had it all today, shape off tees, whatever club I wanted to hit, I could hit. That was fun to have it when I needed it.”

No doubt, the highlight of his final round was a challenging chip shot that he was faced with on the par-3 16th hole. After he magically holed out for birdie with his Nike VR Pro 60-degree wedge, the vintage “Tiger roar” erupted.

“I had to take a cut at it because the lie wasn’t as great,” said Woods. “I went for it. I pulled it off.”

With a one-shot lead going into the 18th hole, Woods ignited yet another “Tiger roar” after sinking a 10-foot putt for birdie with his Nike Method 001 putter. Soon after, he was hoisting the trophy.

Driver: Nike VR Tour 8.5-degree (Graphite Design DI 6X tipped 1.5″)
Fairway Wood: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood/15-degree and Nike SQ II 5-wood/19-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW)
Wedges: Nike VR Pro 56-degree and 60-degree
Putter: Nike Method 001
Ball: Nike ONE Tour D
Footwear: Nike TW ‘13
Apparel: Nike Golf Tiger Woods Collection

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  1. michael burton

    Dec 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    tiger wood’s is one of the world’s greater of time golfer’s

  2. Lee

    Jun 7, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Thought Tiger played traditionally lofted clubs with the 3 iron at 22/23 his PW at 49 and the wedges bent up at 55 and 59. The way he hit it on Sunday he could have been using Happy Gilmore’s clubs and still won. Awesome!

  3. Dane

    Jun 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    According to PGA.com, Tiger’s PW is 48 degrees. So yes, there is a pretty large gap. But there guys have their wedges bent, etc…

  4. phil

    Jun 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    jump to 56 i meant to write

  5. phil

    Jun 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    think tiger uses irons with weaker ‘traditional’ lofts. heard somwhere that his pw plays 51 or 52 degrees so the jump to 52 wont be so large

  6. chris

    Jun 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    It’s probably a 9 degree gap. Many better players would rather knock down a pitching wedge than have to take a long game club out of the bag. I find that I use my 2 hybrid more than my gap wedge, and I don’t mind gripping down on my pitching wedge for those in between shots.

  7. Bob

    Jun 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I’m just getting back into the game from a long layoff. I find it interesting there isn’t anything between the PW and 56? I wonder what the PW loft is? Is this a common thing for the pros?

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Patton Kizzire’s Winning WITB: 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii

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Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue TX-Flex

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-Flex

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4 iron), Titleist 718 CB (5 and 6 iron), Titleist 718 MB (7-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Sm7 (48, 52 and 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Dustin Johnson’s Winning WITB: 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions

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Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec X-Flex

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (HL, 16.5 degrees)
Shaft:Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 (95X)

Irons: TaylorMade P-790, TaylorMade P-730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 60 degrees), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Black 130X

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black (with “T-line” on the crown)

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Related: See why Dustin Johnson changed irons this year

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Why Dustin Johnson has a 64-degree TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge in his bag

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A 64-degree wedge, DJ?! But why…

To answer this question, and others about his equipment changes heading into 2018, I recently spoke with Dustin Johnson and his fitter, Keith Sbarbaro (VP of Tour Operations at TaylorMade). Since DJ currently has some unreleased TaylorMade drivers and woods in the bag, we discussed his long-awaited official switch from his Tour Preferred MB 2014 irons into the new P-730 DJ Proto irons, his decision to put in a P-790 3 iron, and his new 64-degree TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge — a club he plans to use throughout 2018. I also asked if he has any plans to switch out his Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 shaft in the near future.

See what Dustin and his fitter had to say about each of the changes below. Also, if you’re interested in hearing more from DJ, tune into our 19th hole podcast this week where he makes a guest appearance (or listen to the embed below).

The driver shaft

DJ says: “I don’t change driver shafts. I’ve had this shaft since I came out on Tour basically. I just like it.”

Keith says: “We mess around sometimes, but there’s just nothing better for him. And if it’s not broke… So when we do driver testing, we basically just have one variable to deal with.”

P-790 3 iron

DJ says: “I’m probably gonna go 4 thru pitching wedge [this year], then have a P-790 3 iron in the bag too. I got four wedges in the bag now, so I gotta get rid of either the [P-730] 3-iron or the 5 wood.”

Keith says: “He hits the P-790 3-iron about 260 yards, so it fills that yardage gap of his 5 wood.”

P-730 irons

DJ says: “I just got these blades in; they’re prototypes that are more like my Tour Preferreds. [The original DJ protos] were actually raw, but I waited for them to plate it. I’ve always played a chrome iron, and I prefer to look at that. But yea, these are gonna be in the bag (for 2018).”

Keith says: “The original [DJ protos] were milled and raw, and he was spinning them too much. With the chrome plating, he likes em way better.”

64 degree Hi-Toe TaylorMade wedge

DJ says: “I put this 64-degree wedge in play, and the 60-degree Hi-Toe too. I really like them. I just have a different face and grind than the normal ones. I like the more raw finish and can get more spin. The soles sit a bit closer to the ground… I’ve always had to manipulate my technique in the bunker, so the extra loft [on the 64-degree wedge] helps.”

Keith says: “The 64-degree helps because he’s a shut-face player. He’s had to manipulate his wrist to open the face [in the past]. Now, he can use a natural backswing… Rose was liking the 62-degree [Hi-Toe wedge] and was able to spin it so we kinda copied it for Dustin. He was hitting it from 50 yards and spinning it back 10 feet. I compare the Hi-Toe wedge to the Spider putter; it’s the one putter that everyone loved and it’s one of our best putters. This wedge reminds me of the Spider putters in that way. I think it’s the high CG. We could never get [the launch] low with spin because the ball would always shoot up the face. Now it doesn’t. I think it’s the high CG… [the face of his wedge] is more blasted.”

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