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Tiger Woods explains the origin of his famed stinger

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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 PGATour.com, 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. https://bit.ly/2HAGq7v

  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

    #prettyaveragestuff

  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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