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Tiger Woods WITB 2018 (updated as of PGA Championship)

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 PGA Championship.

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80TX

Driving Iron: TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI (2 iron)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Irons: TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Ardmore 3

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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  1. doug

    Aug 13, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Whoa….the more things change, the more they remain the same.
    Those irons look almost identical to the old MP14s that Woods used for a while in the late 90s.

    (I’ve recently resurrected my old set of 14s, and they’re gorgeous to hit. A bit shorter than my Ping 25s, but cleaner to hit and far more precise).

  2. ski_co

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Taylormade should pay him to not use their driver.

  3. Kevin

    May 12, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Pretty sure Tiger uses the PP58 grip, not the “Ping Pistol,” heck I don’t even know what that is.

    • joro

      May 16, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      On a closeup it was a PING pistol. He used to play a std. because he could feel the Putt batter with a thinner grip. The PING used to be blacked out but the one he is using was not.

  4. 2putttom

    May 7, 2018 at 10:55 am

    there must be a break in period for Tiger and his new equipment….how long some people are impatient.

  5. Chuck Barkley

    May 4, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Yeah Miss. Diana Krall, T-34 day one!! Eldrick is on Firrrrrrrrre!!! Yeah, he’s got a chance at this one, for sure! Uhhhhh yeah right!

  6. Miuralovechild

    May 2, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Nice Miuras!

  7. Kiwi hacker

    May 2, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Interesting he still has Nike wedges in the bag. I thought wedges were the clubs even us weekend warriors are meant to replace every year. No TM wedges he likes or just loving the Nike wedges til the grooves wear out?

    • Gorden

      May 19, 2018 at 12:06 am

      Safe bet those groves have been re-cut a few times, or he had extra heads/clubs in storage?

  8. MBA-J

    May 2, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    The real key would be to look at the score lines. The VR Pro irons (as well as the entire VR line) had more score lines on the face to increase spin. If these are an entirely new iron design, then the score lines would presumably be different. However, if these are indeed “re-stamps,” then a major clue would reside in those score lines.

    • Benny

      May 8, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      Didn’t they also have an extra groove or two? either way I suspect he has dozens available.

  9. Man

    May 2, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    They are like shiny MP-18s

  10. joe

    May 2, 2018 at 8:16 am

    If Tiger cannot get a driver in play, it does not matter what equipment he has, he will never win again. Look at the score Reed put up at the Masters, every major seems to have a guy come out and shoot an amazing score. I want to see Tiger back winning a few majors, but highly unlikely. The driver should be the best, most comfortable club in the bag!

  11. Dan

    May 2, 2018 at 7:42 am

    They resemble Mizuno MP 29’s

    • Tim Armington

      May 11, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Exactly what i thought. Clicked on the comments thinking everyone would be saying how they looked like the 29’s!

  12. RGT

    May 2, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Will all the Eldrick fanboys please stand up and jump off the cliff

    • Mower

      May 2, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      That’s like saying, “Will all the Ben Hogan fanboys please stand up and jump off the cliff.” Dear god man.

  13. blue

    May 1, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Retro irons ….. 😛

  14. Gman

    May 1, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    anyone know if he is still using the same lofts which are weaker than most modern irons?

    • professor

      May 2, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Great question, but is anyone else trying to figure out the gap between his pitching wedge (presumably 45*) and his sand wedge (56*).

  15. orangeology

    May 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    sick of those ‘looks like WTF 101 blades blah blah’ comments. what’s the point of bringing circa 1893 memories? we all know well enough what Tiger’s been using. #moveon

    my bigger problem is seeing a 5W in his bag therefore 15 clubs listed here. haven’t seen he swings a 5W. is it a Tueday marketing gesture for TM or is he actually contemplating to 2i? #interesting

    • the dude

      May 1, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      ……o.k….settle down….

    • M. Coz

      May 1, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Actually he has a 5 wd in his bag quite a bit before this. It is his “optional” club going back to Nike. He hasn’t had it much recently because he “loves” that “2 iron” which has become a “pet” club.

    • Betablockers

      May 1, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Ok…it should say ping where it says tiger and anser where it says woods….ps not sure what you were trying to say, but doesn’t Tiger use a 5 wood half the time…assume he liked his 2 iron in windy conditions.

      Ps…would be interesting to see photos of all Tiger’s irons over the years to see how they were all really the same iron.

  16. JJ

    May 1, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Those irons look stunning..even if similar to TW blades of the past. Curious to see if fellow Nike VR player Tommy Fleetwood gets himself a set of these from TM! A swish of those locks and a wink I’m sure he’d get himself some haha!

  17. The Truth

    May 1, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Title should be Tigers old Nike VR PRO irons with Taylormade logo

    • kdevli

      May 1, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      Made by Mike Taylor who worked for NIKE and made all his irons, wedges and all the clubs for all the NIKE athletes. Now has his own custom shop, Artisan Golf, in the old NIKE building in Fort Worth. Best club maker in the business.

  18. Tiemco

    May 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    So I thought he was a TM guy, these look a lot like the Mizuno MP-18’s, a little too much.

  19. Troy L Rambo

    May 1, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Wow, those look remarkably like his Nike Oven irons and his former Titleist 681 MB’s. Things that make you go …hmmmmmmmmm?

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Tiger Woods’ Winning WITB: 2018 Tour Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty CameronNewport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Sangmoon Bae’s Winning WITB: 2018 Albertsons Boise Open

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Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 60X

Fairway Wood: Callaway Rogue (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (20 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95X

Irons: Callaway MB1 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 125X

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (52, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red #7 CH

Golf Ball: Titleist

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Do you actually understand “Strokes Gained” stats? Here’s a breakdown

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In 2011, the PGA Tour introduced ShotLink, which is a real-time scoring system that captures data points on all shots taken during PGA Tour events. ShotLink measures the distance from the hole, as well as categorizing shot types like tee, fairway, rough, sand, and green.

Mark Broadie, a professor at Columbia Business School, took the data from ShotLink and helped develop a new way to analyze putting performance. This new statistic was called “strokes gained: putting,” and it measures the number of putts a golfer takes relative to the PGA Tour average from that same distance. Strokes gained putting recognizes that sinking a 20-foot putt represents a better performance than sinking a three-foot putt, even though they both count as a single putt and a single stroke on the scorecard.

This was revolutionary because golfers no longer had to rely on the number of putts per round to understand their putting performance. Strokes gained also provided a unified way to measure an individual golfer against his opponents on the PGA Tour.

In 2016, the same concept used for strokes gained: putting was applied to other areas of the game. The PGA Tour developed new statistics including “strokes gained: off-the-tee,” “strokes gained: approach-the-green,” and “strokes gained: around-the-green.” This expansion allowed a PGA Tour golfer to precisely see where he excels and where he needs to improve.

What is strokes gained

In the most simple terms, “strokes gained” is a way to measure a player’s performance compared to the rest of the field. It also allows you to isolate different parts of a player’s game. In order to understand the statistic, you have to know that the PGA Tour has historical data from ShotLink that has calculated the average number of strokes needed to hole out from every distance and location on a course. Below I have included four scenarios to better illustrate the idea of strokes gained.

The scenarios below show how strokes gained could work on a single hole. Remember most strokes gained statistics are the aggregate of all the holes for a players round.

Scenario No. 1: Driving

You are playing a 450-yard par 4. The PGA Tour scoring average for a par 4 of that length is 4.1 strokes.

You hit a drive that ends up in the fairway, 115 yards from the hole. The PGA Tour scoring average from in the fairway, 115 yards out is 2.825 strokes. In order to calculate strokes gained: off-the-tee you use the formula below

(PGA Tour average for the hole) – (PGA Tour average left after your drive) – 1 = strokes gained: off-the-tee

Next, plug the numbers from the scenario above into this formula to calculate the strokes gained: off-the-tee

4.100 – 2.825 = 1.275 – 1 = 0.275 strokes gained: off-the-tee

Since you hit your drive in the fairway 115 yards from the hole you gained .275 strokes off the tee from the average PGA Tour player.

Scenario No. 2: Approach Shot

Let’s take the same drive from the first scenario. You hit a drive on a par 4 that ends up in the fairway, 115 yards from the hole. The PGA Tour scoring average from in the fairway 115 yards out is 2.825. You hit your approach shot on the green 10 feet from the hole. The PGA Tour scoring average from on the green 10 feet from the hole is 1.61 strokes.

(PGA Tour average from your approach) – (PGA Tour average for your putt) – 1 = strokes gained: approach-the-green

2.825 – 1.61 = 1.215 – 1 = .215 strokes gained: approach-the-green

Since you hit your approach shot to 10 feet you gained .213 strokes from the average PGA Tour player.

Scenario No. 3: Putting

Continuing the scenario from example scenario No. 2. You have a 10-foot putt left for birdie which you make.

(Your # of Putts) – (PGA Tour average from that distance) = strokes gained putting

1 putt – 1.61 = .61 strokes gained putting

Since you made that 10-foot putt you gained .61 strokes from the average PGA Tour player.

Scenario No. 4: Total for the hole:

To calculate strokes gained total use the formula below:

Strokes gained off-the-tee + Strokes gained approach-the-green + strokes gained around-the-green + strokes gained putting= strokes gained total

0.275+.215+0+.61=1.1 Total Strokes Gained on that hole

This makes sense because the PGA Tour average for the hole was 4.1 and you made a 3.

Definitions of Strokes Gained Statistics

  • Strokes gained: off-the-tee: Measures player performance off the tee on all par 4s and par 5s. This statistic looks at how much better or worse a player’s drive is then the average PGA Tour player.
  • Strokes gained: approach-the-green: Measures player performance on approach shots and other shots that are NOT included in strokes gained: around-the-green and strokes gained: putting. It does include tee shots on par 3s.
  • Strokes gained: around-the-green: Measures player performance on any shot within 30 yards of the edge of the green without measuring putting.
  • Strokes gained: putting: Measures how many strokes a player gains (or loses) on the greens compared to PGA Tour average.
  • Strokes gained: tee-to-green:  Strokes gained: off-the-tee + strokes gained: approach-the-green + strokes gained: around-the-green
  • Strokes gained: total: Strokes gained: off-the-tee + strokes gained: approach-the-green + strokes gained: around-the-green + strokes gained: putting
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