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Looking for a change: What Tiger Woods said about his new TaylorMade putter

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The golf equipment world was in a tizzy today when Tiger Woods showed up to the practice green at TPC Potomac with a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3. He put the club in the bag during his Tuesday practice round with Harold Varner III, Billy Hurley, and Rod Pampling, leading many to speculate he could, perhaps, make the switch from his vaunted Excalibur.

Woods told reporters he began practicing with the putter recently.

“I’ve been down in the Bahamas the last week, so I’m really gonna give it a good test today and tomorrow because it’s not Bermuda (greens)… I just want to see how it rolls out here. Put it through its paces.”

Could this really happen? Could he shelve his legendary Scotty Cameron Newport 2?

“I’m trying something out. The way I’ve been putting, I wanted to look for a change. That’s all it is. It rolls good. You never know.”

The way he’s been putting, of course, is not very well. The 14-time major champion is No. 89 in strokes gained: putting this season, and he had a particularly poor performance at the U.S. Open in his most recent action, needing 58 putts across 36 holes.

The Ardmore 3 has 12 degrees of toe hang, so it’s anything but the face balanced putter it might appear to be at first glance.

“It has a little more swing than my (Cameron) putter does. It feels good. I wanted something with more swing than mine…I feel like the toe is moving and swinging. It has a fraction more swing than mine does.”

Woods, who won 13 of his 14 majors with the Cameron, has used a mallet a few times in competition, most notably gaming a Nike mallet at the 2011 Masters.

Woods said he doesn’t feel pressure to put the club in the bag merely because he’s a TaylorMade staffer.

“It’s at my discretion,” Woods said. “If I find something that helps me play better, so be it. If it doesn’t, then it’s not going in the bag.”

Whether he plays the Ardmore 3 in his opening round will be a game-time decision, it sounds like. Woods is paired with Marc Leishman and Bill Haas for the first two rounds. They tee off at 1:20 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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  1. TONEY P

    Jul 30, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Even Jack changed putters.

  2. gif

    Jun 28, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Tiger: — “It puttsputtsputts the ball really really gooder… 😛

  3. ogo

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Putting skill is solely contained within the design and style of the putter… because they are made of exotic metals machined to very high tolerances and designed scientifically. It’s the putter, stupid … 😛

  4. Ben Jones

    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Looks a little beat up. After using a blade style putter, these are like cheating. I switched from a Scotty to one and immediately started holing putts again.

  5. Lee

    Jun 26, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    That putter has 40* of toe hang since it has the flow neck not the plumber neck.

  6. Phil

    Jun 26, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    That putter looks so much better than the red one.

  7. Jeff

    Jun 26, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    “More swing”
    Does the Ardmore 3 really have more toe hang than the Newport 2?

    • The Dude

      Jun 27, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      sometimes I wonder if Tiger even knows what he is saying….

      • Bobby

        Aug 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

        Yeah it has more toe hang and swing than his Newport 2 because it’s a slant neck ( I play a #9 it’s similar) vs Newport 2 is plumbers neck and just 1/4 toe hang. He can feel the toe more on this as its heavier, hence the “more swing” he is feeling.

  8. John

    Jun 26, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    His putting has been atrocious, so changing it up a bit may be a good idea. Bench the scotty if necessary and bring it back out once its been in timeout…….Big Tiger fan and if he can get his putting to catch up to his ball striking, I think he will win again (not a major). If he switches to this taylormade putter, wonder how long before he starts playing the taylormade tp ball? The Tour B XS is a good ball, so maybe not, but who knows.

  9. gif

    Jun 26, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Ima gonna get one a those TM Ardmores to feeel wat Tiger feeeeels… oooºººh

  10. Lee

    Jun 26, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Welcome to Team Headcase TDub. You are this week’s honorary President.

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Charles Howell III’s winning WITB: 2018 RSM Classic

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65

Fairway woods: Titleist TS2 (15, 21 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 8X, Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 9X

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4-iron, Titleist 718 AP2 (5-7), Titleist 718 CB (8-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Vokey SM7 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (proto)

SEA ISLAND, GA – NOVEMBER 17: Charles Howell lll tees off on the eighth hole tee box during the third round of The RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort Seaside Course on November 17, 2018 in Sea Island, Georgia. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)

RELATED: See what members are saying about CH III’s equipment in the forums.

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Danny Willett’s Winning WITB: DP World Tour Championship

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Driver: Callaway Rogue (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana W 60x

3-wood: Callaway Rogue Fairway Wood (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana W 70X

Irons: Callaway X Forged Utility Irons (18, 21, 24 degrees), Callaway X Forged 18 Irons (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Superlite

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged PW (48 degrees), Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges (54, 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Putter: Odyssey Prototype (Stroke Lab)

Ball: Chrome Soft X

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Danny Willett spotted with new Odyssey prototype putter, putter shaft

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You may have seen Danny Willett’s name near the top of the leaderboard at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. At 10 under, the Englishman sits one stroke behind fellow countryman Matt Wallace.

You may not have seen, however, that the 2016 Masters champ has a new Odyssey prototype putter in the bag.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

(Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

All the company would say

“Willett first put in his new gamer last week at the Nedbank Challenge. Willett’s prototype putter also features a new prototype Odyssey shaft to help improve the consistency of the putting stroke.”

Willet has historically favored his blade-style Odyssey O-Works #1 W. More recently, at the Turkish Airlines Open, we spotted him with an Odyssey Versa Jailbird Black. However, the prototype in question is clearly a heel-shafted mallet with a different insert than the 1 W or the Jailbird. The insert looks to be the White Hot Microhinge. Obviously, the two-tone, potentially multi-material, shaft, and the technology therein, is notable as well. Also apparently two-tone, the putter head, which looks similar in shape to a Tank Cruiser and similarly has a pair of sole weights.

Do we need the TG2 to break down the few photos we have like the Zapruder film? We’ll continue digging, in the meantime, let us know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

 

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