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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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Hungover Eddie Pepperell is the real winner of The Open



Eddie Pepperell is never dull. The Englishman’s candor, articulateness, and skill with a pen make him a great follow on Twitter and beyond.

But even given standard Peperellian forthrightness, it was surprising to hear this: Pepperell was hungover during the final round at Carnoustie…a round in which he fired a 4-under 67.

Pepperell finished tied for sixth at 5-under, three strokes behind Francesco Molinari, and he offered this admission in his final-round press conference.

“I was a little hungover…I had too much to drink last night. And I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn’t say a write-off, but I didn’t feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn’t have been heartbreaking. But as it happens, I shot 67. So, you know, it’s a funny game.”

Hitting the course before the winds kicked up, Pepperell birdied the third, fifth, sixth, and 14th holes before rolling in another at the 17th.

He clarified that he’s no wino.

“Listen, I wouldn’t always have a drink the night before. Sometimes I have a few drinks. Tiger is minus-7, he didn’t have a drink last night, I bet. Proper athlete…I didn’t really have that much to drink, just I’m a lightweight, yeah.”

Pepperell clarified that he felt okay this morning, but woke up in the middle of the night feeling poorly. he said. Then it was time to sit back and watch as the leaders battled Carnoustie’s back nine.

Proper athlete or no, Pepperell finished tied with Woods at 5 under.

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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”



Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon



Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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