With Tiger Woods being back in the full swing of things, it’s only right for the world of GolfWRX to take a look at what clubs he’s using.
Based on a picture Tweeted at us from @kevinromangolf, Tiger has quite a mixed bag including TaylorMade PSi, TaylorMade RSi2 and TaylorMade UDI irons, as well as Nike VR Forged wedges. But most of the talk revolves around the “TGR” blade prototype irons he has in the bag… what are they?!
After speaking with a variety of industry insiders, the best insight we received was from a former representative at Nike who was around when the company still offered hard goods. Our source speculates that they are old Nike irons — we assume the source is referencing Nike’s VR Pro blades that Tiger used as recently as 2017 — but re-stamped with Tiger’s “TGR” company logo. Another interesting tidbit from the source includes Tiger’s testing process; he says when testing equipment coming off a long break, Tiger goes back to all of his old equipment to get “baseline” numbers and seeks improvement in relation to those.
But we still did not find a concrete answer for who exactly manufactured the irons, but rather, simply speculation from a former Nike representative. So we put the question to GolfWRX members, who are endlessly knowledgable about equipment and have followed Tiger’s equipment decisions for years.
Below are the results from our forum poll, answers from GolfWRX members in the forums, and Twitter responses. Make sure to check out the full thread here.
Other (5.10 percent of votes)
Golfingfanatic: Mike Taylor at Artisan Golf is my guess.
From_Parts_Unknown: My guess would be Endo (Thailand) finished by Mike Taylor.
Mizuno (8.28 percent)
Look like the new mizuno mp18s.
— Chris Parkhurst (@cpark29) October 11, 2017
MP-29 nickel plated OG.
Go get em’ Tiger!
— trippinthejar (@trippgolfpro) October 11, 2017
That’s a mizuno https://t.co/CZn3NICtba
— RodMau5 (@RodPiece) October 11, 2017
Looks very mp33 like
— James Grimes (@ripjsg) October 11, 2017
TaylorMade (17.20 percent)
Nard_S: They are Taylormade’s based off the Rory prototype.
HDTVMAN: Look like a custom version of the new TM P Series.
Probably custom TMs, considering his contract with them.
— Bryan Armstrong (@barmstrong1516) October 11, 2017
Miura (29.30 percent)
seetoo: Made for Nike by Miura.
DatSliceDoe: The original source is Miura, then Nike, then someone else who did the stamping.
J13: Miura for Nike For TGR for Tiger.
Nah I think those blades are Miura
— Tyson Marostica (@azsportsclinic) October 11, 2017
Look like MP18’s to me.
— Brandon Price (@Brandoni311) October 11, 2017
Nike (35.67 percent)
ago33: Old nikes because of the stamping.
Neverfaze: I mean the font on the 6 iron is straight from the VR series.. so..
KeithM38: Yeah they look like straight VR copies.
dalton044: Probably just some unstamped Nike heads he had.
PARthur: Guessing Miura, possibly TM or Titleist. Look like copies of his Nike blades. I imagine any mfg with great forgings could make them.
Kylekoz17: Definitely Nike heads, most likely finished by Mike Taylor at Artisan at the open Oven. Muscle and number stamps are identical to VR Pros.
Look like Nike to me.
— Robert Montgomery (@rmontgom826) October 11, 2017
— ? (@corioz) October 11, 2017
Nike blades, number stamps are straight from a VR blade. NO manufacturer who makes those style blades currently has underline on the 6 & 9.
— Ronnie (@Retbanker) October 11, 2017