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Check out Tiger’s new golf swing and prototype “TGR” blade irons



The “smooth iron shots” tour continues! Tiger Woods tweeted a video Tuesday afternoon showing the 14-time major champion and Kevin Chappell hitting iron shots at an exhibition for Woods’ TW Invitational (a fundraiser for the Tiger Woods Foundation).

Woods appears on the range with Chappell hitting what looks to be a stock mid-iron shot.

Interestingly, as ESPN’s Bob Harig tweeted

So, regardless of what type of “partial golf activity” he has been cleared to engage in, the video is the second morsel of swing footage TW has tweeted since October 7.

Kevin Roman, Director of Instruction at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, where Woods’ event was held, captured some additional swing video.

Roman also snapped this awesome shot of Woods’ bag, which features some things we haven’t seen before, to say the least: new prototype irons with TGR stamping and logo, TaylorMade PSi and UDI irons. Many thanks, Kevin!

Screenshot-2017-10-11 Kevin Roman on Twitter GolfWRX Here is a look inside Tiger Woods bag https t co H2uf3Vi8Ub


Vote now on what manufacturer you think made Tiger’s “TGR” irons

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  1. Mike

    Oct 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Look like they were made by Dawoo!

  2. leo vincent

    Oct 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Really admire Tiger and hope he can play again but isn’t it time for him to try a cavity back iron> He played ping irons in his teens why not go full circle and maybe regain some youthful magic

  3. Steve N.

    Oct 11, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Mark Steinberg won’t be happy until Tiger is paralyzed or dead. My god some people will do anything for a buck. Run away, Tiger! Save yourself!

    • Michael

      Oct 11, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      It seems incredibly naive or just plain stupid that you think Steinberg is controlling Tiger and making key decisions for him.

      What are the specific things you can point to in order to give some credibility to your ridiculous assertion.

  4. Love That Miura

    Oct 11, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Apparently, after all Tiger is still using with Miura irons. Tiger really never left Miura irons from Titleist 680 days. Exact same shape. It never changed.

  5. Tyler

    Oct 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

    A lot of Tiger hate on here. He doesn’t bad after multiple back surgeries.

    Tiger’s does more for golf than anyone regardless of what he brought upon himself with his off the course BS.

    • Mr. Replier Guy

      Oct 16, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      No Tyler, he doesn’t bad at all.

  6. Tyler

    Oct 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Monster? C’mon tiger

  7. LaBraeGolfer

    Oct 11, 2017 at 9:41 am

    That first shot was hit so thin why do they keep replaying it. The second one was pure, but he (Kevin?) was talking over it.

  8. Jack

    Oct 11, 2017 at 5:29 am

    That’s just an unstamped VR Pro Pitching wedge. Good clubs.

  9. Steve Sands

    Oct 11, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Looks like the ’02 Nike blade. Very clean and very nice forging.

    Hope he can stick in it long enough to make some events and play the farewell tour for us. Swing looks so robotic now, it’s tough to watch. Get better Tiger.

  10. MB

    Oct 11, 2017 at 2:39 am

    That’s a real high toe muscle area. Must be made by Miura. lol

  11. Andrew

    Oct 11, 2017 at 1:33 am

    So Tiger thinks he’s Prince now? I hope his doctors are in full CYA mode. The court jester has lost his mind.

  12. smitty

    Oct 11, 2017 at 1:13 am

    The ‘TGR’ irons are classic muscleback blades.
    Whoever provided him with the irons simply didn’t stamp the forgings with their OEM logo… obviously at his request and expense.
    The rest of the long irons are TM stock stuff.
    Anything on the driver and fairways? I suspect the driver is a TM M1/2 and the fairways are his old trusty Nike junk.
    Tiger’s WITB looks like a hodge-podge of clubs with no recognition factor.

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Strokes gained surprise: More distance off the tee doesn’t pay for pros



Writing for, strokes gained inventor/guru, Mark Broadie, filed an interesting (as you would expect) look at driving distance gains on Tour.

No, no, don’t worry. This isn’t a diatribe on the ball going too far, but rather, a look at the players who picked up the most yardage in 2016-2017. Even more interestingly, however, Broadie then examines how the increase in distance translated into a player’s improved performance in strokes gained: off-the-tee…or didn’t as the case seemed to be.

Broadie, “compared driving stats for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, looking at all tee shots on par-4 and par-5 holes,” adjusting for course effects. Check out the professor’s chart.

Broadie’s conclusion: “Added distance doesn’t necessarily lead to lower scores, if too much accuracy is sacrificed” (unless you’re Kyle Stanley).

You can check out Broadie’s full piece and explanation for that conclusion here.

By the way, if you’re wondering how Chappell picked up 10 yards off the tee, his coach, Mark Blackburn, told Broadie it was

“A perfect storm of equipment, ball and a swing change,” Blackburn replied. “He switched drivers, changed to a less ‘spinny’ ball, and lengthened his swing. More hip turn around the trail leg allowed him to load more efficiently and then explode into his lead leg.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

And if you’re wondering about the equipment in question, here’s Chappell’s WITB. He switched to a 2016 TaylorMade M1 from a Nike Vapor Flex 440, it seems, but was pictured most recently with a 2017 M1.

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Tiger Woods’ extreme competitiveness, not surprisingly, extends to H-O-R-S-E



Tiger Woods is competitive. Tiger Woods doesn’t like to be beaten at anything. These are eternal truisms in the Tiger Woods story.

If you play the 14-time major champion in, say, ping pong, don’t expect to win. If you face off against the 79-time PGA Tour winner, however, if you have the skills of Air Joe LaCava, you could notch a victory, or nine, but don’t expect it to sit well with the Big Cat. And certainly don’t expect him to feed you!

Here’s what happened, according to Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, who recently appeared on the “Inside the Ropes” podcast on Sirius XM.

Squaring off in everyone’s favorite equine-named playground game, LaCava beat Woods in nine straight games of H-O-R-S-E. La Cava, reportedly, relied on a smooth mid-range game to take down Tiger, who was jacking up threes.

“He did not talk to me the rest of the day. I didn’t even get the old text, ‘Dinner is ready,’ because I stay across at the beach house. I didn’t even get that text that night. I had to get takeout,” LaCava said. “He didn’t announce he wasn’t [talking to me], he just didn’t. And I’m telling you, it was nine games in a row. I’m telling you, he’s so competitive, even at something like that.”

Cold. But would you expect anything less? You don’t win the U.S. Open on one good leg in excruciating pain fueled by an average blend of competitive juices. In fact, if we learned Woods had softened in his old age and, say, let LaCava win, that’d be serious cause for concern.

Check out the clip below.

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Phil Mickelson has been ranked in the OWGR top 50 for 24 years. Impressed?



Animalgolfs points out an interesting end-of-the-season factoid: Phil Mickelson has been ranked inside the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the past 24 years. Also interesting: Mickelson has never been ranked No. 1.

It’s an impressive accomplishment, even allowing for the fact that the ranking wasn’t invented until 1986, right?

Most GolfWRX members think so.

Grm24 writes

“It’s an amazing number. As with the number total number of weeks Tiger was ranked #1 in the OWGR that will likely never be touched, I do not for foresee any current player finishing in the OWGR top 50 for the next 24+ years. An excellent tribute to Phils longevity and overall play.”

Bye agrees

“That’s seriously impressive, especially when you add in how much the equipment has changed during that time.”

JerseyBoy says

“He’s in my top 5. Love to watch him. And he is doing all that with an Autoimmune Disease which is amazing in and of itself.”

However, not everyone is impressed by the left-hander’s achievement. Ferguson, who is not a member of the Phil Mickelson Fan Club, says (pulled from several posts)

“And this statistic, while worthy of a mention, is not that outstanding when considering it is based on a world ranking system that started in 1986.

“He (Phil) had the skills but never had the potential. He lacked the mental capacity to stick to a consistent game plan week after week, and execute. He made a lot of bad choices.

“Phil was a circus act, replete with pompous showmanship. Sure, he was good for the TV audience – we all like to watch a guy with no self control. He could have been number one had he stopped trying to be so darn fabulous all of the time.”

Eventually, Ferguson says that Mickelson is a great player, one of the top-25 of all-time, but that he sees little value in this particular achievement.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Is Mickelson’s achievement closer to Tiger Woods’ cut streak or “who cares?”

Check out the forum thread and have your say.


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