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Report: Tiger to use Bridgestone B330S golf ball, Monster Energy golf bag

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All eyes will be on Tiger Woods this week in the Bahamas, where the 14-time major champion will make his return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge. Speculation is rampant about how Woods will play, and also what he will play given Nike’s decision to shutter its golf equipment business in August, making the most famous golfer in the world an equipment free agent.

Woods has had months to test the latest gear, but it’s still not clear if even he is certain what he will use come Thursday. Based on reports, the smart money is on Woods using TaylorMade woods (driver, 3 wood and 5 wood), Nike irons (3-PW), Nike wedges (56 and 60) and the Scotty Cameron putter he trusted for 13 of his 14 major championship wins. We’ll wait to confirm those changes until we arrive at Albany later in the week.

There are two switches, however, that are appear to be locks this week.

The first is Tiger’s decision to use Bridgestone’s B330S golf ball, reported by Steve DiMeglio of USA Today. Woods was previously using Nike’s RZN Black golf ball.

Bridgestone's B330S golf balls sell for $44.99 per dozen.

Bridgestone’s B330S golf balls sell for $44.99 per dozen.

The B330S, also used by Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau, is one of two Bridgestone golf ball models played on the PGA Tour. It’s a four-piece design that has a slightly higher-spinning construction than Bridgestone’s B330, which is played by Brandt Snedeker.

The other change is Woods’ golf bag itself, which according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell will be branded with a Monster Energy Drink logo.

While it’s hard to imagine Woods chugging Monsters on the course, energy drink endorsements are nothing new to professional golf. Rickie Fowler, arguably the most well-known golfer outside the sport after Woods, has an endorsement with Red Bull. Jim Furyk has also been an endorser of 5-Hour Energy since 2012.

Related: See the clubs Woods in 2015

Woods has had six previous bag sponsors: Titleist, Buick, AT&T, Nike, Fuse Science and MusclePharm. MusclePharm was the latest, and disclosed in SEC filings that it paid Woods $7 million to carry the bag for two years, and paid the golfer an additional $2.5 million to terminate the deal in May.

According to Woods’ website, the golfer’s current sponsors include Nike, Hero, Kowa, Upper Deck, Rolex and a partnership with the PGA Tour.

Join the discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Woods’ equipment changes in our forum.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Sean

    Nov 29, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    No surprise. Bridgestone manufactured the Nike golf balls.

    • David Labbe

      Nov 30, 2016 at 8:18 am

      They were made in the same plant and Bridgestone had nothing to do with the design of the ball itself. Both companies have their own R&D department. This is very typical for not just golf balls but many products in many industries.

      • Ryan Butryn

        Nov 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        I understand what you are saying, but I think he was trying to say that Tiger has been perticularly picky about the ball he uses. So picky that most of the time, his ball never makes on to store shelves because a ball that spins that mich isn’t very marketable. So, since Bridgestone manufactured balls for Nike, Bridgestone knows the exact specifications of the ball Tiger uses. So now, Toger is using the same ball he has used for a while but now with a Bridgestone logo slapped on the side. It’s a win win for both sides, Tiger gets the ball he wants and Bridgestone gets great marketing.

  2. Matt

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

    LOL! Perfect! Go Tiger!!!!

  3. Taylor

    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Laddie.

  4. TM SOLD

    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    TIGER, JASON DAY, & 3 BACKERS ARE BUYING TM.

    • Tony Lynam

      Nov 29, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Bad time to be buying a golf equipment company. The amount of your own money that goes into it can destroy your wealth.

  5. HoselRockets INC

    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Hardly surprising. Fred Couples would have nudged him to this ball.. And its a putters ball for sure too..

  6. jlukes

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Golf Channel keeps showing a graphic that has Tiger playing the Bridgestone RX – that can’t be right, can it?

  7. setter02

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Hopefully the older version in the One Tour D era. Last time Nike made a good ball and was the best 330s’.

  8. HennyBogan67

    Nov 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    If he quits on the front 9 on Friday, Bridgestone will be blamed.

  9. Jack Nash

    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I heard years ago that Tiger was using a Bridgestone ball with a Nike swoosh on it. He was on the range with Couples at the time and hit some and liked the feel. Nike didn’t have anything like it at the time, so this was an interim fix.

    • Moretti

      Nov 28, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Bridgestone made Nike golf balls for a number of years. Nike hired Bridgestone’s head golf ball engineer when they started making the balls themselves.

  10. Real Logo

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    He’s just going back to the ball that won him all those majors. At least now he doesn’t have to hide the logo with a Nike one lol

  11. Hook Whisperer

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Great ball around the green and off the tee.

  12. Uhit

    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    The picture shows the old 2014 version of the B330S…
    …I thought all the mentioned players use the 2016 version – no?

    • Uhit

      Nov 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you – now, the picture is showing the 2016 version…

  13. Dave R

    Nov 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    OUCH. The trunk

  14. Andy C

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:59 am

    He should try to use Costco’s Kirkland’s balls. 🙂

    At least he can return the balls, if he is not completely satisfied with the performance (i.e. not winning the tourney)

  15. ooffa

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:42 am

    They will look great in his trunk after the withdraw.

    • drkviolet

      Nov 28, 2016 at 11:48 am

      oooooh good one

    • Branson Reynolds

      Nov 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      And we’ll get a good view of it since 100 reporters will follow him to his car

    • Jamie

      Nov 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      you love this joke.

    • Tony Lynam

      Nov 29, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Yeah, but he gets them for free and free is good. But you and I will always be paying for our golf balls.

  16. Branson Reynolds

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:05 am

    WITB is such a better topic when players have unique input. So boring when a WITB has the player gaming the latest equip from the sponsoring mfgr, Kevin Na style

  17. drkviolet

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:19 am

    first

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