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GolfWRX Members Vote: “Which manufacturer made Tiger’s TGR prototype irons?”

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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)

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.

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.

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.

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  1. Realist

    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Based on the P stamp on his wedge, it is identical to the Nike VR series stamping. That has my vote

  2. Jack Nash

    Oct 13, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Ummm, who cares?

    • LenG

      Oct 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      You obviously do to read and comment here.

    • Jim

      Nov 6, 2017 at 8:44 am

      ‘Zactly… so done with it/him.

      He’s done. No one captures lightning in a bottle twice, no one’s afraid of him & he finally grew up. Tigger’s fini. It’s the Eldrick show now.

      Maybe a win or two on SENIOR Tour down the road – if he stops that stupid squat move that ate his back in the first place…TKR before he’s 50…

      I wish him no ill-will; go in peace my brother. Be happy, be well. I just don’t need or want to hear about it.

  3. Mike

    Oct 13, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    There’s a guy out the back of K Mart putting them together
    Why bother the tour has moved on and we are better for it

  4. Jer

    Oct 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    They must be Spalding

  5. Buck Futter

    Oct 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Hattori Hanzo’s for sure

  6. JR

    Oct 13, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Who cares? They would need to be forged by God himself if he’s ever to win again.

  7. mw

    Oct 13, 2017 at 12:30 am

    those are rejects. the real new Tiger irons are labeled Cheetah.

  8. shuttleston

    Oct 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    My WITB::
    9.5* GBB Epic w/ RT Technologies Zeus 75g
    16.5* Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 w/ RT Technologies Zeus 85g
    20* Itobori Hybrid w/ RT Technologies Midas 88g
    Itobori Black Copper Blades w/ AMT DG X100 4-PW
    Itobori Custom Grind 51* & 56* w/ AMT DG X100
    MannKrafted Yaupon
    Vice Force Stand Bag
    Vice Pro Plus

    • MB

      Oct 13, 2017 at 2:27 am

      And your handicap is 34? Amazing. Well done to you.

      • LenG

        Oct 17, 2017 at 3:07 pm

        He doesn’t play, he only owns his saxy clubs!

  9. Jill

    Oct 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    You “guys” are silly. These are Wilson Staff blades for sure.

  10. Thomas A

    Oct 12, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Basically everyone is commenting on who the wish made these clubs. “They’re Endo because I love that factory!”
    “They’re Mizuno because everyone wants to play Mizuno because I play Mizuno!”
    “They’re old Nike’s because now that they stopped making clubs Nike is retro cool!”

    • Bill Cunningham

      Oct 12, 2017 at 11:25 am

      In marketing circles it’s called “tribal product syndrome”.
      People become the product name they advertise on their body.
      I only associate with golfers who wear a Ping cap or Titleist cap.
      You get the point. You are your ‘sign shirt”.
      “I am Nike, hear me roar!!!!”

      • shuttleston

        Oct 12, 2017 at 8:53 pm

        Humanity is so pathetic. I never wear the logos of the products I use, unless they pay me. Just imagine what weak minds wear the name of products. They have the pride and intelligence of a 10 year old child.

  11. RG

    Oct 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Straight Endo action. Just like his “Nike” irons. They used the old stampings the y had at Miura to put “TGR” on them. Tiger has always played Miura clubs, although they were dressed up like Nike. Why would he change now? If you get a taste for a Miura forging there’s no going back.

  12. The dude

    Oct 12, 2017 at 3:36 am

    ENDO

  13. Jim

    Oct 12, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I would say just ask Tiger…but then again he would not mention a company name without someone handing him a check.

  14. 2putttom

    Oct 11, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    so whats the end run? Will they be marketed or the consumer? Will they be affordable?

  15. UnclePhil

    Oct 11, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Looks like 3 Christmas Trees to me! Eldrick…..GO AWAY DUDE! Golfwrx, get off this guys jock strap!

    PLEASE

  16. Andrew

    Oct 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Does it really matter?

  17. etc.

    Oct 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Tiger’s TGR line of muscleback blade irons will go into competition with PXG and will top their price too.
    “No Screws or Foam Here — Just Pure Muscleback Power for Real Golfers” !!!!!!
    Lotsa WOOOOOO in these clubs!!!

    • larry

      Oct 12, 2017 at 1:00 am

      First model: The Good Wood Club

      • shuttleston

        Oct 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm

        You know what they say — if you can’t get it up you can’t get it in.

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Full details on Ping’s new i500 and i210 irons, and Glide Forged wedges

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In recent weeks, we’ve spotted a number of different Ping irons and wedges. We saw Tony Finau testing an i500 driving iron, we saw Bubba Watson using Glide Forged wedges, and we also spotted photos of a new i210 iron. The problem was, Ping wasn’t giving up any information on the new clubs, so we didn’t know when or if they’d would be released to the public, or what was different about the new products.

Now, we have all of the info on the Ping i500 and i210 irons, and the Ping Glide Forged wedges. We were lucky enough to have Marty Jertson, Director of Product Development at Ping and a recent 2018 PGA Championship qualifier, on our Two Guys Talking Golf (TG2) podcast to explain the designs and technology for the three different product releases. Snippets from the full podcast are embedded below. Additionally, we provide all of the necessary spec and pricing information.

All of the products are now available for custom fitting or pre-order at authorized Ping shops around the United States.

Click here for comparison photos against PXG, Artisan and P-790 clubs.

Ping i500 irons

The Ping i500 is actually quite similar to the G700 iron, which also has a hollow-body construction, but yet the i500 has a sleeker-shaped profile. The i500 irons are built with C300 maraging steel faces and 17-4 stainless steel bodies; Ping says this design increases ball speed, lowers spin and creates higher-flying shots.

Available in 3-PW and UW, the Ping i500 irons will sell for $175 per club with a steel shaft and $190 per club with a graphite shaft. Stock steel shafts will be the True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), stock graphite shafts will be the UST Mamiya Recoil ES SMAC (760A, 780R, 780S), and a number of aftermarket shafts are also available at no upcharge. The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet (Blue -1/16 inches, Red -1/32 inches, Aqua -1/64 inches, White Std., Gold +1/32 inches, Orange +1/16 inches).

In-hand photos of the new Ping i500 irons

Ping i210 irons

Replacing the i200 irons, the new i210 irons are made from 431 stainless steel, and they have a larger and softer elastomer insert. The bigger insert is said to not only increase perimeter weighting for greater forgiveness, but also to help fine-tune swing weight and create an overall softer feel. The shaping of the irons have also been refined, according to Ping.

Available in 3-PW and UW, the Ping i210 irons will sell for $137.50 per iron with a steel shaft, and $152.50 per iron with a graphite shaft. The stock steel offering is a True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), the graphite offering is an Alta CB (Soft R, Regular, Stiff), and there are a number of aftermarket options with no upcharge.

In-hand photos of the new Ping i210 irons

Ping Glide Forged wedges

Forged from 8620 carbon steel, the new Ping Glide Forged wedges have a “sleek, high-spinning blade-style design with a soft, pleasing feel,” according to a Ping press release. They’re the product of Louis Oosthuizen, Stan Utley and Todd Anderson working with Ping Engineers to develop a wedge with greater feel and versatility, says Ping. Like the Glide 2.0 wedges, the new Glide Forged wedges have wheel-cut grooves, which have a sharp edge radius to increase friction for more spin and trajectory control.

The new Glide Forged wedges are also customizable with different graphics, stamping and paint fills, which are highlighted below.

  • Graphic Options: Mr. PING logo, American flag, Arizona desert scene, Boomerang
  • Stamping Options: 1) Up to three characters (A-Z, 0-9) in one of three locations (toe, center or heel); 2) Two characters applied in scattered fashion; 3) Mr. PING logo scattered.
  • Paint-fill options: Black, Gold, Brown, Orange, Purple, Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, White, Silver, Maroon

Check out ping.com/glideforgedcustom to design your wedges.

Ping’s new Glide Forged wedges are available in 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degree lofts, and they will sell for $217.50 per wedge with a steel shaft and $232.50 per wedge with a graphite shaft. The stock steel shaft will be a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300, the graphite shaft will be an Alta CB (Soft R, Regular, Stiff), and there are more aftermarket shafts available at no upcharge.

Listen to the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

In-hand photos of the new Ping Glide Forged wedges.

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Tiger Woods spotted testing new “TaylorMade GAPR LO” driving iron at Carnoustie

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Ahead of the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie, Tiger Woods was spotted by social media testing a “TaylorMade GAPR LO” driving iron.

The GAPR LO has been on our radar here at GolfWRX with photos recently popping up on our forums; our Two Guys Talking Golf podcast investigated the photos extensively. Follow the links above to learn more about the iron.

Below are the photos from social media that suggest Tiger is testing the TaylorMade GAPR iron.

Based on the photo above, it appears Tiger is going with a Mitsubishi Tensei Orange shaft, at least in his early-week testing. We’ll follow this closely as the week continues.

Do you think Tiger will use the new iron during competition at the Open Championship?

Join the discussion about the GAPR LO iron in our forums.

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Tony Romo’s Winning WITB: 2018 American Century Championship

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Note: We are still confirming specs on the clubs and shafts that Tony Romo used to win, but here is what we have so far. 

Driver: TaylorMade M3
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Blue

Fairway Wood: Callaway Rogue (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White

Hybrid: Titleist 818H2 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White

Irons: Mizuno MP-18 MMC (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (50, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Putter: Nike Method 001 (Tiger’s old putter)

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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