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

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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!

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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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Both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth laughed at Phil Mickelson’s 13th hole antics

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The image of 48-year-old Phil Mickelson jogging after his golf ball on the 13th green at Shinnecock, Saturday, was bizarrely comedic. Even if you condemn Mickelson in the strongest of terms, taken on its face, the scene is a silly one.

That said, it’s interesting that two of the biggest names in the game had the same response: laughter.

Speaking before the Travelers Championship, Rory McIlroy said

“I saw what happened…and honestly, I laughed. I felt there was a massive overreaction to it. Knowing Phil, he knew what he was doing, and as a player who has been in that head space before in a tournament, I can see it happening.”

Jordan Spieth voiced similar sentiments earlier in the week

“I laughed, I thought it was really funny…Phil knows the rules…There was a chance it was going to go back behind the bunker and he’s got to chip back, or he was going to play off the green anyways, so he was potentially saving himself a shot. So if that was the intent, then what’s the harm in that? He’s playing the best score he can.”

There are a couple of widely different perspectives (and plenty in-between) here.

One: Thank goodness Spieth and McIlroy aren’t uptight dogmatists when it comes to the rules, and they appreciate the humor in an absurd situation.

Two: Spieth and McIlroy, as significant figures in the game, ought to stand up for the integrity of the rules of golf, condemning Mickelson’s behavior…and perhaps question whether disqualification was in order (as Jason Day and other pros have done).

Which camp you find yourself in likely aligns with how you view the Mickelson incident: A humorous and well-deserved middle finger to the USGA or a reprehensible act for which Mickelson was not sufficiently punished?

Beneath Mickelson’s behavior and the responses of McIlroy and Spieth is the ever-growing rift between the USGA and PGA Tour players–as well as a level of annoyance with/disdain for the organization’s Rules of Golf.

Remembering how Mickelson spearheaded the overhaul of the PGA of America-run U.S. Ryder Cup team and its procedures when he called out captain Tom Watson in 2014, it was the same sort of situation: “Is this calculated, or has he lost his mind?” everyone seemed to be asking.

In the wake of those remarks, players rallied behind the veteran, and he assumed a leadership position in the reform effort. Whether we see something similar with respect to the pros and the USGA/U.S. Open, it certainly looks like the political will for change is there among Tour players, as McIlroy and Spieth’s remarks suggest.

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In other Phil Mickelson news…robot-delivered food

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Not an Onion story; real thing that is actually happening here. Phil Mickelson and his manager/business partner, Steve Loy have signed a deal with Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc. and its flagship subsidiary, Reis & Irvy’s, to open 30 yogurt locations in San Diego.

We’ll just quote directly from the press release, because, who can paraphrase language like this?

“Reis & Irvy’s-branded signature robot characters of the same name can dispense servings of frozen yogurt, ice cream, gelatos and sorbet topped with a selection of six delicious toppings in under 60 seconds. With self-checkout touch screen ordering and payment options, video animation, music and delicious frozen dessert provided exclusively by Dannon, robot vendors meet consumer demand for convenience, entertainment and a superior quality product.”

Mickelson and Loy are reportedly keen to challenge the status quo in food retail.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of such transformative industry change,” says Mickelson. “I’ve pushed boundaries my whole career and that mindset carries over into the business world. The energy and passion from the Generation NEXT team to both deliver a quality product and disrupt food retail is exciting.”

Reis & Irvy’s has awarded $130 million in franchise and licensing contracts since its launch in 2016.

Dress shirts on course. Robo froyo. What will Phil do next, indeed.

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Greg Norman is appearing in ESPN’s Body Issue, like he told us he would

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As he said he’d consider doing when asked by Michael Williams on our 19th Hole podcast, Greg Norman is set to appear in the ESPN “Body Issue.”

The 63-year-old will follows in the footsteps of Gary Player, as well as number of other golfers, including Camilo Villegas, Belen Mozo, Carly Booth, Sandra Gal, Suzann Pettersen, and Christina Kim.

Here’s what Norman told our Michael Williams when asked about appearing in the annual corporeal showcase

“Would I do it? Of course I’d do it. I think I like being fit. I think on my Instagram account I probably slipped a few images out there that created a bit of a stir..And I enjoy having myself feel good. And that’s not an egotistical thing, it’s just none of my, most of my life I’ve been very healthy fit guy and if somebody like ESPN wants to recognize that, yeah of course I would consider doing it.”

Well, folks, he’s doing it. Never change, Shark, never change.

Click here for a full list of the athletes to appear in this year’s issue.

 

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