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Tiger Woods signs multi-year equipment deal with TaylorMade

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Tiger Woods announced that he has signed an equipment deal with TaylorMade to play the company’s driver, fairway woods, irons and wedges.

“After several months of testing and all brands to choose from, the choice is clearly [TaylorMade], Woods said on Twitter. “Proud to join the family!”

Tiger Woods’ New Metal Woods

Driver: TaylorMade 2016 M2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 70TX
Specs: 44.5 inches, D4 swing weight

3 Wood: TaylorMade 2017 M2 Tour (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 90TX
Specs: 42.5 inches, D4 swing weight

5 Wood: TaylorMade 2017 M1 Tour (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 90TX
Specs: 41.5 inches, D4 swing weight

Woods was first spotted using TaylorMade golf clubs in the weeks prior to his return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge in early December. During the tournament, he used TaylorMade’s 2016 M2 driver (9.5 degrees) and two TaylorMade 2016 M1 fairway woods (15 and 19 degrees).

According to a TaylorMade representative, Woods will use use a TaylorMade driver and two fairway woods this week in 2017 PGA Tour debut this week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. While he has a 13-club contract with TaylorMade, he will not change to TaylorMade irons and wedges this week.

“For irons and wedges, I’m going to work closely with the team at TaylorMade,” Tiger said in an email distributed by TaylorMade. “For my irons, we will be developing a new custom set. Over the coming months, we will take you along the development journey, from the initial design concepts all the way through the process until they make it into my bag. Finally, the new MG Wedge is absolutely beautiful, and we’re working to dial in the exact grind for me. There’s no doubt it’s fun to have some new weapons, and the confidence I have in my new TaylorMade equipment makes me excited for the season.”

Tiger is currently under contract to use Bridgestone Golf balls (he uses the company’s B330S model) and says he will continue to use the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter that he has had in the bag for 13 of his 14 major championship victories.

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  1. ooffa

    Jan 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Looks like they should have only signed a multi day contract. See Ya

    • Jim

      Jan 30, 2017 at 9:53 am

      OK…having undergone several ortho surgeries I’ll give him 5 or 6 months for rehab – but after another 6 months of hard work only 4 falrlways hit?…How’s that TM driver workin now… try a bonded Honma, Tour Edge or – buy the old (pre Nike deal) Titleist or Cobra molds and make a hundred for himself. They were the last two drivers he could hit the planet with.
      I wish him no ill-will, just tired of the incessant BS coverage. Golf’s moved on, he’s welcome to keep working to catch the train. Let us know when he finishes top 5 this season. Then maybe there will be something to pay attention to…

  2. Tony Rich

    Jan 26, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Welcome to duck hooks and block rights Tiger.
    The most inconsistent drivers on the market. Poor
    people in the gallery today, they are getting buzzed on both sides of the fairway.

    • Jack's Hit

      Jan 27, 2017 at 2:46 am

      Yeah he should’ve signed with Callaway he would have found more fairways 50 yards behind DJ

      • Tony Rich

        Jan 27, 2017 at 9:58 am

        Jack he was still 50 yards behind DJ….9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15th holes…..were you watching? It only took him 3 holes to start throwing his M2. Watch out today. Fore!!

    • Jim

      Jan 30, 2017 at 9:59 am

      True. There’s half a dozen better small shop Japanese heads no ones even heard of here.

      with his bank account & resources he should have spent a month over there – WITHOUT his damn agent – and found the right stuff the old fashion way….hard work, trial & error

  3. lco21

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    How come when Rory is set to change from Nike everyone points out that he still gets his Nike contract less what he is paid from someone else. Tiger’s deal with Nike was huge and I doubt Taylormade could match that, so then it wouldn’t exactly be “All about the $$$$$$$$” would it?

  4. Craig McMahon

    Jan 26, 2017 at 4:38 am

    So he tested all the brands and it “had” to be TM even though he’s not using the irons yet as he’s helping them build a set??? All about the $$$$$

  5. Dave R

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Hey when Trump rewrites all the laws clubs will made in USA . Then watch the costs go up……..

    • COGolfer

      Jan 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      Sad

    • MM

      Jan 26, 2017 at 5:56 am

      The executive branch writes laws? Sounds like you need a remedial civics class.

      • gunmetal

        Jan 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

        That’s how it’s supposed to work. Given the past few President’s love of Executive Orders, it seems like they’ve become the way for the commander in chief to circumvent the executive branch. Looks like he might tax Mexican imports to pay for his wall, lol. In other news, Callaway is now rethinking it’s move to Mexico for metal wood construction.

        • ld

          Jan 26, 2017 at 9:16 pm

          The Commander in Chief (President) is the executive branch. Congress is the legislative (lawmaking) branch.

  6. Dave R

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Yo ya all weeniewhistle was his cat real all fat . Put that puppy on ya all diet then he will get better, ya all know. Thanks for all ya knowledge ,do ya golf with a bango buddy. Or a fiddle ?

    • QuiteConfused

      Jan 25, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Do what now?

      • Feel the Bern

        Jan 26, 2017 at 10:46 am

        I think I can translate..See comment below from “weeniewhistle” for context:

        “Hey weeenwhistle, was your cousin’s diabetic call really fat? Put it on a diet then it will get better, right? Thank you for your knowledge, do you golf with a banjo, buddy? Or a fiddle”

        The last part is presumably a reference to the syntax of weeniewhistle’s using and a jab at the fact that he is seemingly a Republican, having made a joke about voting for Hillary.

        • weeeniewhistle

          Jan 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

          Thanks for that interpretation “feel the Bern”. At last, someone can understand my kind and let the world know what I am really saying!

    • weeeniewhistle

      Jan 26, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Dave R. Like I said some of ” you all” Better? are complete idiots. Yes, the word “Y’all” is an actual word. Its when you put two words together and make one. But you need to know how to spell first, and that’s simply not the case with you sir. Stick to making pancakes at your local IHOP.

  7. Dave R

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Oh goodie another “set” of new irons from TM for TW.

  8. MrPoopoo

    Jan 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Looks like Miura knockoffs are coming to the TM iron family.

  9. Golfho

    Jan 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Tigger who??

  10. Mike Ryan

    Jan 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ He’s done!

  11. Boobsy McKiss

    Jan 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    TM is like TW with the ‘M’ flipped upside down. Conspiracy theory!

  12. Forsbrand

    Jan 25, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Excellent news! It’s time for Tiger to move on to another phase in his life now, a different endorsement deal along with Bridgestone is what he needs. We all need changes in out life at times heaven knows tiger has been to hell and bak with his life his game the lot. All the best Tiger!

  13. George

    Jan 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    What happened with Nike deal? He’s been with them for so long.

    • Mike

      Jan 25, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Uhhhh….

    • Dr Troy

      Jan 25, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Ummm…George my man….In case you werent aware, Nike hard goods are gonzo. This happened months ago.

  14. chinchbugs

    Jan 25, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Where’s the “Your Reaction” “Neutral” button?

  15. Mark

    Jan 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    So that explains all the price hikes. If TM think this will revive their fortunes then dream on.

    • Mike

      Jan 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      I’d guess that a signing like this will move a lot of merchandise for them, regardless of price hikes. Especially if he starts winning again.

  16. chinchbugs

    Jan 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    He is gaming the ’16 model driver but wasn’t that the ’17 model driver in the video….LIES!!!
    (just an observation)

  17. David Montgomery

    Jan 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Good for Tiger. Now when will he be more than just an ambassador. I feel like he is going to buy TM outright.

  18. Tony Rich

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    His best golf was with a full Titleist set of clubs….period.
    Good luck TW with more inferior equipment.

    • Steve

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Yet his best golf had NOTHING to do with the clubs… period.

  19. Jay

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    The most laughable comment about any Tiger news is “Who cares”. Do you realize how stupid that comment is? Basically the entire golfing world cares (outside of a small percentage of Tiger haters) and people outside of the golfing world care about Tiger far more than any other player. Those are #Facts, not #AlternativeFacts.

    • weeeniewhistle

      Jan 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you Jay, at least a few in here with some sense….

    • Bob

      Jan 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      So true. They’re all hypocrites saying “who cares” and then read an article about Tiger and leave a comment lol. No one forced you guys to click on the article.

    • Dr Troy

      Jan 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      +50 Jay. Couldnt have said it better.

    • Jay

      Jan 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      It’s crazy because Tiger is literally the tide that lifts all boats in the golfing industry – so if you care at all about the golfing industry, shouldn’t you care about what Tiger is doing – even if you don’t like it? It just doesn’t make any sense. The only reason that makes sense is that they’re being a hater holding on to some bitterness from the events of 2009, which is laughable. Completely ridiculous.

  20. Gary Moore

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Who cares….. all that does is make TaylorMade clubs more expensive for the consumer so they can pay the millions of dollars that they’re going to dish out for Tiger I never really understood why consumers would jump on a brand of clubs just because the pros play them. the consumer doesn’t play anywhere near as well a pro , so what’s the point of getting the clubs that they play

  21. weeeniewhistle

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Some of y’all really woke up this morning thirsty for the “Haterade”. Y’all sound like idiots. I’m sure most of you are ten times the golfer that Tiger is, that’s how you opinions became so valid right? Or maybe its because you voted for Hilary, probably both. However the case, while Tiger is collecting checks from a company that “wants” to pay him, you’ll still be going home every night from a job you hate, stroking your diabetic cat and wishing someone would “want” to pay you.

    • Ian

      Jan 25, 2017 at 11:57 am

      wow thanks for saying that – i didn’t know cats could be diabetic.

    • BM

      Jan 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      If an individual is employed, then someone “wants” to pay them, regardless if they hate their job or not. I can tell you’re not a big fan of logic.
      Oh, and the correct phrase is “whatever the case”.

    • Dr Troy

      Jan 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Another well said comment. The guys that just have to click on an article and say something ignorant just to get their rocks off, are ummmm…fill in the blank here…

  22. Jack Nash

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:34 am

    It’s official Woods has gone to the Dark Side. Is there a part in his contract where he would get a percentage of driver sales when they start coming out in 3 month intervals?

    • frank

      Jan 25, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      When was the first M1 line introduced. Nov. 2015. When was the next line of M1 launched. December 2016. When can you actually buy. 1-27-17. Where does 3 months come from.
      Have a blessed day.

    • Pat

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      Dude, that joke’s getting old…

  23. Jason

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Are they going to build him a bonded driver now that he is on staff?

  24. Tom

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

    roflmao..all the speculation, Mizuno, Muira, Titleist…. and TaylorMade picks up the contract. Sometime we look like fools.

  25. GMatt

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Nothing to see here….especially if he misses cuts

    • Gary Moore

      Jan 25, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Gmatt…. Perfectly said…
      Here is a way tiger would Impress me.
      Choose a company but do it for free… Take no money and choose because it works best for his game. He doesn’t need the money.. And if he truly is staying around for the love of the game and the competiveness, then do it “pro bono”
      Then I’m all in for Tiger.

  26. Lee

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:44 am

    For my irons we will develop a new custom set, what like take a set of unbranded Miura’s, loft, bounce and lie to Tigers liking X100 shafts then stamp TM on the back. (in reality they don’t have to be Miura as there are plenty of quality forging houses in Japan and China to choose from)

    Hush my mouth!!!

  27. tlmck

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Darn. And I thought he was going to play Maltby blades and be sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

  28. Brian

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Was really hoping he’d trot out a set of Mizuno irons….disappointed.

    • Brian P. Martin

      Jan 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Agreed. Much more interesting story. He’s about the money – that’s all.

  29. JJVas

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

    My question is why Tiger and Rory, who are both worth eleventy billon dollars, need to sign exclusivity deals with ANYONE??? Why not just play whatever you want? Tiger couldn’t slam that Nike driver fast enough once he put the M2 in his hands, so why get into all of that again? They could have huge apparel deals and then do whatever they want. Totally don’t get it.

    • tlmck

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Endorsement deals are how you keep your “eleventy billon dollars”.

    • Barry

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Great point. Why lock yourself into anything at this point?

    • Dat

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Its all about $$$$$$ to anyone playing the game as a pro.

    • Donald Quiote

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:47 am

      If someone is willing to pay you lots and lots of money to play their clubs and build you exactly what you want why wouldn’t you let them pay you? I have never heard anyone say… “nah I don’t want to make money” Don’t kid yourself. Companies will pay big money for these big names and they would be crazy to not accept that money.

      • JJVas

        Jan 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

        I’d would play with anything anyone was willing to pay me to play, but I can’t buy my own island. I think it’s fair to say that Tiger’s driver alone cost him strokes compared to the M2 product. Why open that can of worms again? Just go play Dubai and get $10M if you’re getting short on hundies to light your cigars with…

    • Jay

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:58 am

      If you believe in the company, their equipment and the R&D behind it, why wouldn’t you sign and get paid for using their equipment? You’ve had months to test everything, you find what works for you – there’s no need to waffle. Make the decision and run with it!

  30. Quint

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:27 am

    As long as consumers keep buying new clubs because they are just that, new, companies will continue to sign pros that make them money. They will keep jacking the price of clubs up, the bigger the names they sign. No discredit to TM, they make good stuff, but I’m a Callaway guy myself. As far as Tiger goes, he’s not stupid, he will sign for the right price tag. Whether your a Tiger fan or not, he is still a draw for ticket sales, and equipment sales.

  31. Tazz2293

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Not that I would play TM products but this seals the deal that I would not touch a TM product

  32. ooffa

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I hope the new clubs easily fit in his trunk for quick exits after he WD’s

    • Dr Troy

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:58 am

      There are lots of joke books, pick up a new edition.

  33. Gary

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

    From a company being put up for sale by Adidas.

    • Travis

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:21 am

      That’s because Tiger is probably the one that’ll buy Taylormade. There were rumors speculating that he might pick the brand up, and this now makes it seem even more likely.

      Change the name to Tigermade and can keep all the brand logos haha

  34. Joekelli

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Why does he need to custom design irons? He should be able to take the new 770 or 750 irons and tweak the grind and weight a little and just play. I think he needs to quit thinking about being perfect and just go out and play golf.!

    • Ron

      Jan 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Because he can. If you could, you’d do it too. It’s fun to have stuff custom made for you.

  35. BM

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Now we know why they are charging $1600 for a set of irons.

  36. chinchbugs

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I don’t like to brag but I got a personal email from Tiger this morning letting me know about this…

  37. JustTrying2BAwesome

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Big Cat’s gone over to the dark side.

  38. Smith

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Love the ad.

  39. Dr Troy

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Surprised actually

  40. Barry

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Why does he need an equipment deal with gimmicky Taylormade??

    • Dat

      Jan 25, 2017 at 10:46 am

      TM is not as bad as they used to be, but still pretty bad.

  41. eric

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:01 am

    don’t know if you got your “personalized” email from “tiger” announcing his new endorsement but my favorite part of the letter is that they actually included a signature on the bottom like he actually works there.

    Tiger Woods
    staff professional | pga tour

    hahaha

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Driver: Ping G410 Plus (10.5 degrees at 10 degrees, neutral)
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