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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. joe

    Mar 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I love that Tiger is back. But Tiger will never win a major ever again. Too many great players and he can’t keep a driver in play. Today’s professional venues require long drives for the most part, it’s sad but a major for Tiger not ever going to happen.

  2. judi cepat kaya

    Jan 8, 2018 at 11:34 pm

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

    http://www.judicepatkaya.com & ceritabecek.com

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Harvey Weinsten

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

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

  8. 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.

  9. Mr Muira

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:44 am

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. TigersArmy

    Oct 14, 2017 at 5:32 am

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

  13. Jer

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:26 am

    No wonder they’re so fugly

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

      • 4under68

        Mar 19, 2018 at 10:24 pm

        Bam. You called it. Where’s the haters at now!? Back is good to go. Tiger in contention the last couple weeks. Vegas has him to win the Masters. Life could only get better if he does in fact win the Masters! He’s hunting. And hungry. Tiger on the prowl.

    • 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?

  19. M. Vegas

    Oct 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Bud light usually makes my ball marker

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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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