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Tiger Woods’ Winning WITB: 2018 Tour Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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  1. big jones

    Oct 10, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I can relate to the LPGA WTIB, but not this one. Wasn’t it Mickelson who said he needed better sticks?

  2. J.R.

    Sep 26, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Can you say Mizuno MP-9s?! I believe the Phase 1 happened back in 1990… lol

  3. Yogi Bear

    Sep 26, 2018 at 4:01 am

    oh, I could’a swore his driver was 44.874 and 1/3. 3 wood, 42.23 and 1/8. 5 wood 40.3 and 1/4. Hahahaha!! you guys kill me with this nonsense.

  4. Lee

    Sep 26, 2018 at 12:37 am

    I find it interesting that Tiger had a Ping grip on his putter…did anyone else notice this?

    • Tony

      Sep 26, 2018 at 10:29 am

      This is the grip he’s been using since his amateur days. Despite all of the different grips that have come out over the last decades, he likes this one the best. And he has always blacked out the PING logo with a sharpie to keep it low key for his sponsors.

  5. Bob

    Sep 24, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    The best players use Taylormade. It’s interesting but no one wins with Callaway on tour. What does that tell you?

    • Thomas A

      Oct 3, 2018 at 9:19 am

      2017/2018 winners using Callaway: Aaron Wise, Patrick Reed, Brice Garnett, Phil Mickelson.

    • WAGs all day

      Oct 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Tells me you have no idea wtf you are talking about

  6. Curt

    Sep 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Shouldn’t it be illegal for other golf companies to just copy clubs?

    • John Bennett

      Sep 24, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Like everything titleist and Cameron put out?

  7. Rock

    Sep 24, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I’m gonna get Tiger’s exact set of clubs… so I can feeeel what he feeeels… booyah!!!

  8. Ricky J Tomes

    Sep 24, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I wonder who really makes those TW proto-type irons? Could it be Miura?

    • namnam

      Sep 25, 2018 at 4:34 am

      A very interesting article on the topics. Please keep posting more on this. For more info/

  9. JP

    Sep 24, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I like how he abuses his putter. The thing has won him a ton and earlier this year I saw him jamming it in the holes on the practice green scooping golf balls out. I’m worried about scratching my $179 putter. He doesn’t GAF. It was great seeing it.

  10. Steve Cantwell

    Sep 24, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Probably a stupid question, but why do people care what shafts Tiger Woods uses? Do they expect the same results if they were to use the same product?

    • MacAttack67

      Sep 24, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      He uses Dynamic Gold in his irons. The members here love to trash Dynamic Gold for hundreds of reasons yet it is still the #1 shaft on Tour by a mile and is played by the best players. Maybe Phil should switch back?

    • Ricky J Tomes

      Sep 24, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      The funny thing is people do expect the same results from using the same equipment he uses. Along, with the rest of the buying industry. That very thing is what drives the industry. Look how they market clubs and shafts and balls. Funny I Know.

    • Benny

      Sep 29, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Would you also like to know what car he drives? Or maybe what he eats for lunch? Follow them on Twitter? Color of his underwear… wait what?

  11. Andrew Tursky

    Sep 24, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Many people are questioning Tiger’s wood shafts. We’ve confirmed directly through Mitsubishi and Darrell that he’s playing Mitsubishi’s “Diamana D+ White” 70 gram in his driver and 80 gram in his fairway woods.

    • Jon

      Sep 25, 2018 at 7:08 am

      Andrew – can you use the power of Golfwrx and the Golfnerdery gods to get the details of the loft/lie of his irons – in fact I think this would be a welcome addition to all WITB. Thanks.

    • Tim

      Sep 25, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      He had Tensei orange or white prior, do we know why he switched?

  12. Andy

    Sep 24, 2018 at 6:26 am

    What loft is his PW? What’s the gap between it and his 56?

    • JuannyBravo

      Sep 24, 2018 at 10:25 am

      lol. Tiger doesn’t need a gap wedge

    • Karl

      Sep 24, 2018 at 11:56 am

      I believe it’s 50 degrees for his PW. Old school lifts.

    • Jon

      Sep 25, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Great question. Also, 3-PW means nothing these days, it would be nice if they could list the loft/lie so we could know in much the same way as woods and hybrids are listed.

      And then of course change them to his lofts then we will all play like him 🙂

  13. travis

    Sep 24, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Well, this might be one of those clubs that does not fit for everyone, I might be lucky enough to be in the general targeted audience. Although it may not be the greatest club, but it’s not too bad either

  14. D Mack

    Sep 23, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    It’s the D+ LTD, I have one n my diver (S) flex. Smooth feeling shaft that I know. Long too.

  15. Fred

    Sep 23, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    It’s the df series not the d+

  16. Travis

    Sep 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    HE’S BAAAACK!!!

  17. Ryan Michael

    Sep 23, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Wrong shafts he uses the newer line not the old school ones that are 73 and 83 grams.

  18. dat

    Sep 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Was the Cameron sent in for refinishing work? How current is that photo?

  19. Ben

    Sep 23, 2018 at 10:09 am

    What´s about the length of the wood shafts? He has far less clubhead speed than at the beginning of the season.

    • Kevin

      Sep 24, 2018 at 11:39 am

      I’m curious about shaft length too, but I don’t think that is why his clubhead speed is down a little. this week he FINALLY brought is ‘range swing’ to the course. Just watch video of his smooth, controlled swing while warming up then he gets to the 1st tee and comes out of his shoes and sprays it all over the place! You would think he’d have figured that out a long time ago but he did this week. Hopefully he keeps it going at the Ryder Cup.

  20. Matt

    Sep 23, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Driver is Diamana D+ LTD 70 TX
    3 wood and 5 wood are Diamana D+ LTD 80 TX

    • Jim

      Sep 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Yea they kinda really really messed up that one.

  21. Marius Bjone

    Sep 23, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Are you sure he’s not playing the Diamana DF-series?

    /MB

    • Matt

      Sep 24, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Forsure the Diamana LTD D+ graphics

      Typically he has been 44.75″ driver
      roughly 42.5 and 41.5 in the fairways

      • Matt

        Sep 24, 2018 at 5:41 pm

        Correction: It was 44.875″ for the driver… not 44.75… my bad

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club in the bag that you use regularly?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 14max who asks WRXers what’s the oldest club in the bag that they regularly use. Our members list the clubs that have been playing the longest and their reasons why – with trust often playing a significant role behind their decision.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • el_rousso: “I’m still regularly playing an old (about 25+ years old) American Open 56* wedge, the grooves on it are likely too worn to be of any use but it’s still pretty much the club I trust the most around the greens, the rest of my bag is around 2005ish (irons) or 2011ish (woods and other wedges), but I recently pulled the trigger on a driver upgrade…”
  • SecondandGoal: “Odyssey White Steel Tri-Ball SRT. Made in 2007, got it for $25 on Craigslist about 4 years ago. I’ve changed every other club in the bag at least twice since then. Going to be hard-pressed to get this out of the bag.”
  • lefty1978: “I don’t always bag this club anymore. But I have a 17° Controller driving iron from around 1999. I like it because it hits low running bullets.”
  • James the Hogan Fan: “Putter- 65ish years old, Irons from 2003, Woods from 2008, Driver from 2014, Wedges from 2016, but, one from 2002. Quite the mix I’d say.”
  • ChipNRun: “A few years ago, it was a Ping Pal putter from circa 1973. I sent Ping a photo of the clubhead for verification: they said it was legit, they just couldn’t tell what batch it came from due to primitive data markings. Until about a year ago, I played Callaway X20 Tours (2008 origin); CPreO sold me a display set in 2011. Right now, the Tour Edge XRail 7W (2012) – and sometimes its brother 4W – hold the record.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest club in the bag that you use regularly?”

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2020 Odyssey Golf launches new Bird of Prey and Stroke Lab Ten putters

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Odyssey Golf is taking Stroke Lab technology and innovation further with the release of the all-new Stroke Lab 10 putters along with the introduction of the Bird of Prey putter for 2019 and 2020.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Ten Bird of prey putters golf 2020

2020 Odyssey Bird of Prey, Stroke Lab Ten putters: The details

To say Odyssey Stroke Lab putters, along with the revolutionary mass-shifting Stroke Lab shaft, have been a success both on tour and with regular golfers would be a huge understatement. On the professional side—since their introduction at the beginning of 2019 as a prototype product, Stroke Lab putters have become the number one putter on all tours and won more professional tournaments (65 to be exact) than any other brand on all tours combined.

Now, Odyssey’s General Manager Sean Toulon and his design team are looking to advance designs again with what many would call familiar shapes but with unconventional advantages.

Odyssey Stroke lab ten putter golf 2020

First off, we have the Stroke Lab Ten. And, yes, even Sean Toulon himself is willing to admit it shares similarities to a particular arachnid-style putter that he helped originally design at another OEM many years ago. But, as a modern equipment historian, I believe it’s important to point out that as much as the “arachnid” style has been popular for quite some time.

There was another putter that predates it (released in 2005), which offered an extremely high MOI design but without the catchy name: the Ping UG-LE. The UG-LE pushed mass way back and to the corners of the head to create (at the time) the highest MOI putter on the market.

But here’s the thing: Putters and material design have come a long way since the introduction of the UG-LE and the original arachnid designs, and Odyssey is here to prove golfers just how much better with the Stroke Lab Ten.

The Stroke Lab Ten’s frame is made from ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene…don’t worry, I had to look it up too). Here’s a further explanation

“It is an amorphous polymer comprised of three monomers, acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. ABS is most commonly polymerize through the emulsification process or the expert art of combining multiple products that don’t typically combine into a single product. When the three monomers are combined, the acrylonitrile develops a polar attraction with the other two components, resulting in a tough and highly durable finished product. The different amounts of each monomer can be added to the process to further vary the finished product. The versatility of ABS plastic properties contributes largely to its popularity across several industry sectors.” (Thanks, Adreco plastics)

According to Sean Toulon, what the ABS material allows is maximum distribution of metal (heavy) mass parts to the back and extreme perimeter of the putter to blow past other putters’ MOI (Moment of Inertia: a measurement of forgiveness) but also in sound and feel.

“The sound and feel of this putter is special (thanks to the material advantage of ABS)”  Sean Toulon, Odyssey Putters General Manager

Beyond just the shape of the putter, the sole has been meticulously crafted to help the head aligned square when grounded towards the target in the playing position. Sean continues

“We got these putters to the point where ( with the alignment on top ) they have become point and shoot” 

There truly is a lot going on to make sure these putters do everything they can to help both regular golfers and touring professionals align properly and get the best possible result when putts are not hit absolutely perfect.

The Stroke Lab Advantage

Considering the MOI of these designs, you would think that the highest of high handicappers would be the target market, but in that assumption, you couldn’t be more incorrect. The designs of both the Stroke Lab Ten and the Bird of Prey were entirely driven by the tour and player desire to get every last bit of performance out of their putting games.

These putters will all come stock with the Stroke Lab shaft, which pulls mass from the shaft and redistributes it under the grip and into the head for even greater stabilization. Odyssey has proven that the shaft alone can help stroke consistency across the board, and the most notable stat is the 13 percent increase in face angle delivery at impact. This increases the make putt percentage, which when you think of a round of golf, equates to strokes saved.

If there is one more thing Odyssey knows about putters, it’s roll and inserts. With the new Stroke Lab Ten and Bird of Prey designs, the company is using an all-new Microhinge Star insert to increase the sound for better player feedback. Generally, inserts are used to decrease the sound, but in the case of the New Microhinge Star, engineers at Odyssey wanted to recreate more of the original sound and feel of the White Hot putter but with the added benefit of the Microhinge to increase forward roll.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Putter Insert roll Ten Bird of prey

This new Microhinge Star insert improves the correlation between the sound and expected distance a player will hit the ball—firmer means further. This is just another step in the design process put in place to help players of all abilities putt with greater consistency since without audible feedback, all players will have a more difficult time controlling distance.

The new Stroke Lab Ten and Bird of Prey putters will be available starting November 1. For more information check out OdysseyGolf.com

 

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2020 Cobra Golf T-Rail iron hybrid set

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Cobra Golf T-RAIL

New for 2020, the Cobra Golf T-Rail (Transitional Rail) super game improvement iron—the company’s first all hollow iron hybrid set.

Cobra T Rail irons fuse a hollow, hybrid shape with an iron face and topline, with the iron-hybrid design aiming to provide golfers with the perfect blend of distance, forgiveness, and accuracy.

According to the company, the hollow body construction creates a lower, deeper CG than traditional cavity-back iron designs. The lower, deeper CG aims to aid golfers in getting the ball in the air and on line easier than conventional cavity-back irons.

Speaking on the new T-Rail irons, Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D, Cobra Golf, stated

“T-Rail irons make it easy for beginners and golfers who have lost some distance and control to gain the confidence needed to play better and have more fun. Players who need max forgiveness and are looking for more distance will be amazed at how far and straight they hit these, even being able to get them airborne from tough lies.”

The irons feature the brand’s Baffler Rails technology which seeks to provide players with more speed and stability out of every lie through its turf interaction.

The irons also contain a high-strength, forged steel face designed with E9 technology, which includes a thin pocket from heel to toe which is intended to offer maximum ball speed and forgiveness on off-center hits.

Cobra Golf T-RAIL

The new additions from Cobra arrive in a hollow, iron-hybrid construction in the 5-PW with a 4-hybrid to make a 7-piece set. The irons, which come in a black/blue colorway for men and black/lilac colorway for women, come equipped with Cobra Ultralite 50g graphite shafts (Stiff, Regular and Lite) and Cobra Lamkin REL midsize grips.

Both the Men’s and Women’s T-Rail sets will be available beginning November 1, 2019, and cost $899.

Cobra Golf T-RAIL

 

 

 

 

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