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Former employee at “The Oven” confirms Nike made Tiger’s TGR blade irons

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The only equipment story that has mattered over the past few days is Tiger Woods’ new “TGR” blade prototype irons. Tiger showed up to his clinic in California with irons we had never seen before, and we asked our GolfWRX Members which manufacturer they thought made the irons.

As it turns out, GolfWRX Members may be even more knowledgeable than we thought. Based on the back cavity, the finish, and the font of the numbers stamped on the soles, 40 percent of GolfWRX members said the TGR irons were made by Nike.

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Our inside source, who worked in Nike’s “The Oven” in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed that the TGR prototype blades were in fact made by Nike.

“Those TGR blades are sweet,” our source told us. “Yes, I do know what they are. We made them for him before we were done at Nike. They are special and it was a tough project emotionally to give them the focus and passion that we always had while wondering if these would be the last we might make for him ever.”

Since Nike Golf got out of the hard goods business, it is likely those were the last irons ever made for Tiger by Nike.

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  1. Situs Judi Domino Terpercaya

    Oct 31, 2017 at 6:12 am

    It’s genuinely very difficult in this full of activity life to listen news on TV, thus I only
    use internet for that reason, and take the latest news.

  2. baba booey

    Oct 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

    He needs GI Pings (7-pw) with soft graphite senior shaft, not those old skool, will bust his back. Rest of the bag sb hybrids.

  3. Scott

    Oct 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Yawn

    • Doug

      Oct 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      I would advise you to avoid clicking on articles in the future that are boring to you or make you yawn. You’re a bad person.

  4. Vvictoria Washington

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    “If this is it, he (Woods) doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone,” McIlroy said, via golfchannel.com . “He can walk away from this game with his head held extremely high and he’s done wonders for this game. I don’t think there’s a single figure in golf who did more for the game in terms of bringing different age groups of people into the game, different ethnicities, different age groups and made golf cool in the ’90s, when it really needed an injection of something.

    • Jack

      Oct 27, 2017 at 4:25 am

      Successful people like Tiger never did it for others. His drive is only for himself and thus he just wants to show himself that he can still do it. It’s the confidence and self belief that drove him to the mount rushmore of golf. He fell off track becoming the greatest ever but he’s close.

      Of course I’m just guessing, but this is a common trait for success.

  5. Harvey Weinsten

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

    When are you going to make me a set, Eldrick?

  6. The dude

    Oct 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Please take down this article……..please 🙂

    • Doug

      Oct 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      You’re an awful person. Don’t click on articles you don’t want to read.

  7. Mr Muira

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Will they fix his knee?…no….thanks for the memories.

  8. JT

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I agree that there has been no other equipment news that mattered. I’m thrilled to hear they were made by Nike but I wonder: why didn’t/hasn’t TM made any clubs specifically for Tiger? Were these clubs made before/during/after the announcement?

    Absolutely beautiful clubs.

  9. UnclePhil

    Oct 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

    And this is relevant why?! Eldrick’s new irons will not see the light of a cut day! GO AWAY!

  10. TigersArmy

    Oct 14, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Get a life guys. No importance who ever did these clubs for Tiger.

  11. Jer

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:26 am

    No wonder they’re so fugly

  12. Sims

    Oct 14, 2017 at 12:53 am

    I thought the better one was the golfer that gave his endorsement money back to Callaway and went back to his Taylormades. Was missing to many cuts with his Callaways and lost his card, Callaway should be toasting with champagne after “Loosing” that guy…..with his attitude he will be an also ran on the Dot. Com tour…

  13. rymail00

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I’m not saying they are not the same clubs, that’s for sure. But it seems the muscle on the toe is much higher than the 6 iron pic. I suppose maybe the higher muscle on the PW is higher to promote lower launch…? Like I said I’m not saying it’s not the same, but the lines do look a little different…

    Regardless interested to hear some official details eventually.

    • rymail00

      Oct 13, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Looking again maybe it’s the angle the pic of PW and 6 iron, that makes the toe muscle look higher?

    • Dj

      Oct 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      That’s how the vr pros are—the muscle progressively gets higher in the shorter irons

      • rymail00

        Oct 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        Cool thanks for clarifying it for me. I was never really up on all of Nike’s clubs, especially their blades.

  14. Andrew

    Oct 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    And exactly why do we/I care……? To me the “only equipment story that mattered over the past few days” was Sergio leaving TM.

  15. MB

    Oct 13, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    So they’re Endo forged

    • The dude

      Oct 13, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Exxxxxactly……

    • tom1

      Oct 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

      with Surin ore, mined by Bangladesh man, smelted in Guangzhou, by a Manila refugee and then off to Endo.

  16. OB

    Oct 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    I weep for Tiger and Nike …. boohoo boohoo …. 🙁

    • tom1

      Oct 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Tiger is heavily invested in Nike. Stands to reason that the equipment partnership still stands

      • Jack

        Oct 15, 2017 at 1:44 am

        It make sense only cuz he’s not back yet. Why make clubs when he’s not playing? And it’s unlikely he will get his signature line if he won’t be playing as he never established himself playing TM on tour.

    • Vvictoria Washington

      Oct 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Please don’t boohoo, right now.
      Tiger’s return will command all of your applause & boohoos

    • Vvictoria Washington

      Oct 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Wow!???? That’s absolutely what I was thinking when I read his post!
      If he doesn’t care… why post or even comment?

  17. M. Vegas

    Oct 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Bud light usually makes my ball marker

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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The hottest blade irons in golf right now

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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