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Spotted: Tiger Woods testing a TaylorMade Ardmore 3 putter (updated w/ in-hand pics)

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Using the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS, which he’s won 13-of-14 majors with in his career, Tiger Woods is 89th in Strokes Gained: Putting in 2018. He’s also T37 (28.59) in putts per round and 118th in Total Putting. Not good.

With putting stats that poor midway through the season, it’s no wonder why Tiger was spotted on Tuesday at the 2018 Quicken Loans National testing out a new putter; it’s a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3. This is also one of the few times throughout his career that Tiger is testing a mallet putter, or a putter with an insert. From the photos, it appears Tiger has 2.5 gram weights on the toe and heel sole ports.

Check out photos below of the Ardmore 3 putter, and click here for more photos and discussion.

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Listen below for further speculation on Tiger’s testing.

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  1. Peter Boz

    Jul 21, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Does not matter which putter he uses. His career is over. I heard he may join the Navy Seals after all.

    • sandy1966

      Aug 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      I agree new putter will never help, maybe he should try Web.com tour…

  2. Ryan Michael

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Only Tiger knows what is best for Tiger but if anybody here has 15 plus majors I’m sure he’ll be glad to take your advice!

  3. faq

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    HALLELUJAH !!!! Tiger been resurrected!!!! Praise be to TM Ardmore 3 !!!!

  4. orangeology

    Jun 28, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    as of 120pm Thu, TT just confirmed that the Scotty is in the bag. it was a TM marketing gesture after all. #scottyorbust

    • orangeology

      Jun 28, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      never mind, my bad misleading. TT meant Don Cameron himself. not the putter. he seems with the mallet.

  5. Kevin Arnold

    Jun 27, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    It’s the Twin Pod Cloud Car…..Empire Strikes Back….Taylor Made R&D is up to date on their Star Wars knockoffs.

  6. Dennis Clark

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    If the stroke has changed and the new putter fits the new stroke, great idea. If lack of confidence is the problem, not sure it will help. I hope it does. He’s the best pressure putter Ive ever seen…

  7. ben jones

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    #7 kicked my Scotty out of the bag. Much easier to putt with and with more confidence. Also, I didn’t have to bend over to pick up the ball. Saving my back.

  8. A. Nal

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Would drive me crazy to look at a banged up putter head. Surprised he doesn’t take better care of the putter.

  9. ogo

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Perusing the top view of the putter, I bet that fanged flange has been sized to easily scoop up the ball…. without Tiger having to bend over and strain his wonky back… to pick up the ball on the green when conceding the hole.

  10. f3h

    Jun 27, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Looking at the amount of wear on that putter, this testing has been going on for quite some time

    • ogo

      Jun 27, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      If Tiger rejects the TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3 and reverts back to his old trusty Scotty, that will destroy the marketability of the TM putter. Seems he will have to play the Ardmore to support his sponsor – TM.

  11. dlygrisse

    Jun 27, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Surprised that he went with a site line on the flange as opposed to a dot on the top rail. That is a huge difference visually! Then again maybe that is what he is going for, drastic change in order to reboot.

  12. Chuck Barkley

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Ooooooooooh!!! Now who’s nutty for suggesting Eldrick consider game improvement equipment?! Wasn’t it moi that got bashed around here for suggesting that the former and never again great one make a move towards GI gear? Irons are NEXT!! Put the blades away dude, you do not have the precision to manage those either! I saw this coming 20 minutes ago! Soon to be 43 dawg, the game is moving down the tracks with or without your blades, or the GI putter.

    • Matty

      Jun 27, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      obviously you have not been watching him play lately, not to many people striking the ball better than he is with blades…………… however, a new putter and some confidence with it, not a bad idea….

      • Chuck Barkley

        Jun 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        Oh jeez, here we go with the “You obviously have not been watching him play lately……bla bla bla,” nonsense! Did you add your Joe Buck, Mr. Radio Deep Voice when you wrote that? Next you’ll be making excuses when he dons the latest GI irons from TM. You guys crack me up with your Die Hard love of the former great one!
        Dude is trying to WIN, not be leader in greens in regulation! WAKE UP ELDRICK fans!!

      • Chuck Barkley

        Jun 27, 2018 at 2:30 pm

        My radio voice to Matty; Uhhhhh…….he’s really a leader in ball striking with blades?! Lol! To use your intro; “obviously you missed the US Open and his missed cut!!

    • The Truth

      Jun 27, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      You Sir are an Idiot

  13. Alex

    Jun 26, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Whoever had the idea of showing Tiger putters at Taylormade needs to be fired immediately.

  14. Travis

    Jun 26, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    He needs to change something on the greens. Do you want to be remembered by the iconic Scotty of the past, or how many Majors you win by the end of it?

    His ball striking has been so phenomenal in his return, but his putting has arguably cost him two wins this season already. Something HAS to change for him, good move!

  15. dat

    Jun 26, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Change was desperately needed. He hung up the rest of that lifestyle (afaik) and needed to hang the ol’ Scotty up as well.

  16. roger

    Jun 26, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Tiger Testing 1-2-3 …. Tiger Testing 1-2-3 …. Tiger Testing 1-2-3

  17. PJ

    Jun 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Good move!

  18. Dr Troy

    Jun 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Hell hath frozen over

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Driver: TaylorMade M6 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
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