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Tiger Woods explains the origin of his famed stinger



Tiger Woods’ stinger: you know it, you love it.

TW has flighted the ball down off the tee a couple of different ways in his career, and he’s still smacking low, boring shots off the tee. If you need a refresher on the glorious stealth swipe, check out the video below.

Anyway, per Mike McAllister of, Woods learned how to hit the shot as a youngster, and it had something to do with this club.

Well, not this beryllium copper Ping Eye 2 1-iron in particular, but with a 1-iron of that variety in general. Woods copped it from his father, Earl.

“He couldn’t hit it anyways,” Woods said, Tuesday. “He had no speed, so he couldn’t hit it in the air. I said, I’ll take it off your hands. So I used it for a number of years…the longer the ball stays in the air, the longer time it has to go crooked, so get that thing on the ground. So I started chipping and hitting these 1-irons, and it worked out. And then eventually, it started to basically cross over into other parts of my game.”

Woods continued

“That 1-iron was probably the start of learning how to hit the ball down, and plus we had balata balls back then, so learning how to take spin off of it was a big thing.”

There you have it, folks: the origin story of an iconic Tiger Woods’ shot involves an iconic golf club. Good stuff.

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  1. ‘Ol Stiffy

    Jun 15, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I heard Tiger’s stinger originated in a hotel room in Vegas. He used it frequently on his prey. Low and hard so the story goes!

  2. henry

    Jun 10, 2018 at 6:09 am

    This is some solid advice. Though I dont know if I would ever throw a $20 on the ground for missing a putt on the practice green. I like the basis though. I keep a towel under my lead armpit for just about every swing, and the second I feel tired, I take it to the putting green. But i improved a lot by using this product.

  3. TeeBone

    May 25, 2018 at 2:02 am

    In 2018, the word “Stinger” has reached the status that the word “Cougar” reached in 2012…way over-used.

  4. dlygrisse

    May 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Well this would make sense on why Tiger likes the driving iron now, very similar type of club at least in terms of eras. I used to be able to hit similar shots with a 3 iron, but with the new ball and may aging body they just don’t stay in the air long enough. Now all my shots are stingers…..never called it a stinger though, just a knock down.

  5. tlmck

    May 14, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Stingers are nothing new. I used to watch Lee Trevino hit one with a variety of clubs.

  6. Johnny Penso

    May 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Took me 40 years to discover the “stinger” and I just learned how to hit it over the winter but it’s come in handy in a couple of rounds so far. Whenever I lack confidence in hitting the driver on a hole or where it absolutely cannot go awry, I’ve hit the 3 wood stinger and kept it in play. You learn something new every day in this game!

  7. Mat

    May 9, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Don’t understand all the hype around this shot. You play out of the trees as much as I did in Jr High this is one of the 1st shots you perfect.

    • KAndyMan

      May 13, 2018 at 1:58 am

      EXACTLY!!! For me it was always either the 4 iron or 5 wood. Just your standard swing it hard “punch shot”. I too got really good at hitting it. Even learned how to identify some trees all the time i spent under/in them. Still practice it frequently to this day…

    • Brent

      May 13, 2018 at 8:21 am

      The hype is the distance and accuracy they can hit it. A punch out from the trees is a far cry from a full stinger on tour.

  8. Ray Bennett

    May 9, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I loved watching Greg Norman practice low draw shots with a 3-iron. He would stick a 4 ft stake about 25 yards out and try to clip the top of the stake.

    Cameron Smith is another who plays the low shot as good as Tiger.

  9. Robert Parsons

    May 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Wouldn’t that 1 iron in reality only be like a current 3 iron? Meh…
    Not a big deal. And a waste of another article.

  10. Eric

    May 9, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I have that same shot I use with a 1980 Hogan Apex 1-iron.

    I call it the Stinker.

  11. Dave r

    May 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Well we learnt something might have been a 1 iron or a 2 iron . What and who really cares. Nothing to report about these days .bla bla bla bla.

  12. Jack Nash

    May 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    In the immortal words of Alex Liefson on Rushs entry into the Rock & Roll HoF…Blah, Blah, Blah (stinger), Blah, Blah, (knock down), Blah, Blah Blah, Blah.

  13. Dad

    May 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    6 very short sentences that say nothing + one quote = trash “article”

  14. Tom

    May 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Do you get to review your own article these days then ?

    “Good stuff”

    Your readers will be the judge of that me


  15. Phil

    May 8, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    So he used a 1 iron, it may have been a bc Ping Eye2 or it may not and that’s that. Rubbish article.

    • Brian

      May 9, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Agreed. Waste of disk space to store this HTTP document.

  16. steve

    May 8, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I remember the young John Daly going from his Driver to a Ping Zing 1-iron…. no fairways, no hybrids…. just the 1-iron and then into his set of 3-PW irons.
    I train with my Ping Zing 1- and 2-irons before I swing my driver on the range. Works great!!

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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs



The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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Tweets of the Week: Best golf posts from Twitter over the last week



Louis Oosthuizen cried tears of joy after winning the South African Open, while Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman triumphed at the QBE shootout. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Uncanny Bubba Impression

He’s nailed impressions of Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the past, and now Jack Bartlett turned his talents to the mercurial Bubba Watson. The result is both hysterical and scarily impressive.

“Mud Ball!!”

Because the original “mud ball” moment is just as hilarious.

The Turf Chopper

A look into the future of golf on the fairways?

DeChambeau’s New Bag

Bryson showed off his slick new golf bag while in action last week. What do we think GolfWRXers?

Please Replace Divots

A squirrel at the QBE Shootout this week showing more etiquette on the course than some golfers do.

Open Championship Mania

An 11-year old’s mother showed just how much her boy enjoyed his experience at this year’s Open Championship…

…leading to The R&A and Open Championship combining to provide the kid with an experience that he will never forget.






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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 2. Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal



In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part One of our Exploring Ireland series, we focused on County Wicklow and showcased Woodbrook Golf Club. Now it’s time for Part Two, and we’re taking a trip to the far northwest corner of the island, and into County Donegal.

While it may not be the most accessible destination, Donegal is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Ireland. Voted number one on The National Geographic Traveler’s ‘cool list’ for 2017, Donegal is like no place you’ve ever seen. Full of breathtaking beaches, incredible walking trails, cosy pubs and of course, excellent golf courses, you’re guaranteed to have a great time here.

Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal


My pick for the top golf course to visit in the county is the Old Tom Morris Links, situated within the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort.

In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews decided to visit Donegal, and in typical Tom Morris fashion, he believed that it was the ideal location to build a championship course. What Morris created was a course with wide rolling fairways and magnificent greens that have stood the test of time.


The course was renovated twice before a new Strand Nine opened in 2009 which now plays as the front nine of the Old Tom Morris Links. The addition gives the course a wonderful mix of a traditional and modern links feel.

The challenging course plays over 6,900 yards from the back tees, and only offers up the relief of three par-fives. The challenge can also become even more daunting should the wind blow, and being situated along “The Wild Atlantic Way,” you should expect nothing less.


While you will no doubt enjoy the stern test and the natural feel of the golf course, visitors will have even more to look forward to should they take the trip here. The course runs along Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay and offers up sensational views no matter what hole you are on during your round.

The rates to play 18 holes at the Old Tom Morris Links begin at $40 in winter, and $60 during the summer months.

Food & Drink – The Olde Glen Bar, Carrigart


A 10-minute drive from the course will take you to The Olde Glen Bar a few minutes from Carrigart, which Ulster’s very own Hollywood star and golf fan Jamie Dornan (The Fall, 50 Shades of Grey) called the “best bar in the world.”

The bar first opened in 1768, making it one of the oldest bars in Donegal. The Olde Glen Bar has kept its very traditional feel, and when you get there, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Wooden floors, big open-lit fires, low ceilings and door frames add to the charm of this little bar where there is always something going on.


There is live traditional music playing in the bar every weekend, and along with the music, The Olde Glen Bar boasts an excellent craft beer, whiskey and gin selection. The bar prides itself on its Kinnegar beer, brewed just up the road, and it’s well worth a try if Guinness isn’t your thing.

The bar also features a highly acclaimed restaurant, offering up dishes such as seatrout, venison, supreme of chicken and plenty of other delights.


Where To Stay

The obvious choice is the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort itself. This luxury establishment will cater to all your needs and is the ideal place to stay when in the area if you have the money to splash out. A classic double room will set you back around $200 a night, or you can go for the stay and play option which provides you with two nights bed, and breakfast along with a round of golf at both the Old Tom Morris and the Sandy Hills Links for around $300 per person.

If you’re looking for somewhere less expensive or more traditional, then there are plenty of cottages in the area that will add even more character to your adventure. Here’s what you can expect should you wish to stay in an Irish cottage in the area, and it will give you a feel for true Irish life out on the Atlantic Ocean.


Donegal has lots to offer should you manage to pull yourself away from the course or the bar. Fishing, walking trails, surfing and scuba diving are all favorite activities to do while visiting Donegal. One must visit, however, is Glenveagh National Park, which is a nature reserve with beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. The highlight of the park though has to be Glenveagh Castle, built in 1870.

How To Get There

The lack of quality public transport in the area makes it a little trickier than other spots to get to, but if you’re driving, then there’s no issue at all. The Old Tom Morris Links is a 3 hrs 30mins drive from Dublin City Centre, 4hrs 10mins from Galway City Centre, and 1hr 15mins from Derry City Centre. If you happen to be flying into Donegal Airport, then it will take you around an hour to get to the area.

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