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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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Dad

    May 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm

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

  10. 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


  11. 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.

  12. 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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Ricky Barnes DQd at the Byron Nelson



Ricky Barnes took a trip to Dairy Queen at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Barnes was disqualified following his second round 1-over 72. He signed for a three at the par-4 sixth hole, when in fact he had made a par.

Ultimately, he won’t rue his impromptu trip to get a Blizzard: Barnes was 3 over and was in no danger of making the cut.

Because this is the world we live in, Barnes apparently found out about the DQ via LuckyTrout Golf Pool on Twitter.

Of course, no scorecard error will ever top “What a stupid I am,” Roberto De Vicenzo signing for 66 when he shot 65, handing the green jacket to Bob Goalby at the 1968 Masters. Such an unfortunate legacy for a man who won hundreds of tournaments around the world.

Also unfortunate: Ricky Barnes is on the way for being remembered as a man who never lived up to the promise he showed at that same tournament, The Masters, as an amateur.

Let’s hope that changes.

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WATCH/LOOK AWAY: Jordan Spieth misses a 15-inch putt



Aren’t you glad there isn’t video of all the 15-inch putts you’ve missed? I certainly am.

Unfortunately for Jordan Spieth, his failed attempt from little more than a foot at the Byron Nelson was captured on video, and it will exist on the internet for all eternity.

Spieth, who has struggled with the flatstick lately, stood over a short par putt at the par-4 15th hole, and well…

Spieth is currently 183rd on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained: putting, losing .412 strokes per round to the field on the greens.

But at least he hit the hole, right?

Here’s the offending weapon: Spieth’s trusty Scotty Cameron 009.

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GolfWRX members debate: What should the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria be?



There have been a couple of controversial inclusions on the World Golf Hall of Fame. This isn’t to rehash, say, Fred Couples earning a spot, but rather, take a look at entry criteria.

More specifically, GolfWRX member playar32 writes

“I know the actual criteria is 15 tour wins, or 2 majors/Players championship. But what’s YOUR minimum?…For example, if a player won a “B” tournament every year (the one opposite a WGC event), every year in a row for 15 years, but missed the cut in every other event, would you still considered them HOF?”

It’s an interesting point. Specifically, the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria for an active male golfer is as follows.

“A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.”

Further, a player must be at least 50 or five years removed from competition.

Here are some other WRX members’ takes.

Bladehunter says

“15 tour wins and 2 majors for me. Otherwise almost every 1 major winner out there is in.”

McCann1 says

“If we won’t remember your name without the HOF in 50 years I think you shouldn’t be in.”

Fowlerscousin says

“If any of these three criteria are met: 3 or more majors. Minimum 5 Ryder cup appearances. 15 tour victories.”

Hawkeye77 says

“Whatever the criteria are, don’t ever think about it unless someone whose speech I want to hear gets in.’

Golfer929 has more stringent standards

“20 Wins. 3 Majors. 2 Ryder Cup/President Cup appearances. 100 total weeks inside Top 50 OWGR.”

Golfgirlrobin says

“I’d like to see them go to some sort of point system like the LPGA uses. Factor in everything that’s important and let the chips fall where they may.”

You’ll want to check out the rest of what GolfWRX members have to say in the thread.

There are a ton off questions to consider when thinking about which current/recent players should make the HoF.

A few…

1. Should the standards be on par with other sports? If so, what does that look like?
2. If the WGHOF should be more/less stringent, why?
3. How important are major victories? Why two and not three?
4. Why 15 wins and not 10? Or 20?

All important questions, and ones which the golf fans of the world should be able to weigh in on, rather than merely a selection committee of 16 people.

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX members!

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