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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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2 GolfWRXers put 4 Miura iron models to TrackMan test

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and WRXer Jackson Elliott had a chance to put four Miura iron models to the test.

See their thoughts on the Miura club testing below, as well as their TrackMan data. For all heads, Knudson used the Project X 6.0, and Jackson used the Ping AWT 2.0. Knudson is an 8.8 handicap, and Jackson is a 16. All clubs were 6-irons.

MC-501

 

BN: I love the look of blades, but know they don’t fit my skill level. These looked great with a small footprint, topline, and squared off toe. The back “muscle” has a great look that grabs your attention. The feel of the 501 is Miura soft and very solid. Responsiveness is phenomenal, you can really tell where on the face you made contact. For some reason this was the iron I had the tightest dispersion with, we couldn’t figure out what made that happen!

JE: I thought the 501s looked pretty good, they seemed a little boxier than I’m used to, but the top-down view was by no means a turn-off. The ball exploded off the head when I managed to find center face, but I hit more bad shots than good. Definitely a far cry in terms of forgiveness compared to my game improvement irons, but the extra distance I gained almost makes me think the decreased accuracy is worth it.

IC-601

BN: This is the iron that I was not sure of its identity. It is overall a small profile but has a good amount off offset. Ball speed was great and it might have been the longest of the bunch. I was surprised that the feel was so soft as most hollow designs have a bit of clickiness to them. These were the longest for me by a slight margin and were one of the higher launching heads.

JE: The top ridge of the head looked a little too thick and boxy to me. It was a little distracting at first, but I got used to it after a few swings. I thought the club performed very well. The carry was longer than I was expecting, and I was able to put it near the middle fairway more times than not. In terms of performance, I think this would be the most likely to find its way into my bag.

CB 1008

BN: I have hit these irons previously and they are a great feeling iron. I was very impressed with how soft these irons are, maybe even softer than the MC-501. These irons are great looking as well with the sharper toe and slightly larger footprint than the MC-501. These didn’t blow me away with wild distance or ballspeed numbers, but that isn’t what they were intended for. They are just a really good players iron. The only negative thing I could say would be that they mute a little too much and you have a harder time deciphering where you made contact on the face.

JE: I thought both the 1008 and 2008 looked great, and I’d willingly put either set in my bag right now. I had a very hard time feeling any major differences between the two, but both clubs felt good in my hands. The 2008s seemed to be a bit more forgiving when it came to mishits, and the trackman numbers tended to corroborate that. My carry numbers for both clubs were nearly identical, but a few yards longer than I expected them to be.

CB 2008

BN: These are the big brother to the CB-1008 and they have a slightly more rounded shape. I actually like a slightly more rounded toe, so these fit my eye well. Upon the first impact you can tell these have way more power than the 1008, ball feels like it flies off the face. Forgiveness is far better allowing much better numbers on off center hits. Feel is a slight bit lacking, but for a club of its design really good.

JE: (See previous response)

Dispersion plots, trajectories

Knudson’s dispersion

Knudson’s trajectory

Elliot’s dispersion

Eliot’s trajectory

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best 3-wood of the newest releases?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Kaexo, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel is the best 3 wood of the recent releases. Described as the “hardest spot in the bag to settle on” by one of our members, an array of different 3 woods get a mention in Kaexo’s thread.

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.

  • Phil6380: “Cobra F8 is the best I’ve hit. Something about those rails when hitting it out of the turf. I have no fear of hitting down when needed. It’s also my most consistent club off the tee BY FAR! I give up a little distance, but when I need to hit a tight fairway, or I’m not hitting my best, that’s the club I’m grabbing.”
  • calfan36: “King LTD is great if you have some speed/launch. Very low spin, very forgiving, and an amazing feel. Also, I love that I can play it shorter and easily add weight via the space port.”
  • aussieb: “The two best fairways of recent releases are the G400 and Epic SZ for different reasons. G400 for forgiveness and great launch conditions from just about any lie, plus it sounds extremely solid.  Might still make my bag if I can find the right shaft combo, the Epic SZ is better for me than the Rogue for adjustability, ball speeds and head shape.  I found it worked off the short grass better than anything, and if I miss the fairway, it’s more likely to be the hybrid or a layup.”
  • ChipNRun: “Reality check: for many golfers, the best 3W is a 4W – slightly shorter shaft for better control, and extra loft to enhance launch.”

Entire Thread: “Best 3 wood of the newest releases?”

 

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Bargain Challenge 2: Putting together a $500 set of clubs for a mid-handicapper

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Last week, I posted about what clubs you can get with $500. I built a set that I would use myself to show that even golfers with particular specs can find what they want for a decent price. Overall the feedback on the post was good, but I did want to follow up since one of the commenters put me up to a challenge. See below.

Well alright James, challenge accepted.

Challenge: A set of mid-handicap clubs with stiff shafts for less than $500.

Driver

Since I was going to be building a set of a mid-handicapper, my goal was to find a driver that got solid distance, but was also forgiving. I found this R9 460 in 10.5 degrees for $65. While the paint has seen better days, this should perform exactly how we want it to. Plus it is adjustable.

Wood

The 3-wood search stumped me for a bit. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to go with. I knew I didn’t want a strong three wood and I knew I needed something with forgiveness. After some searching I found a Ping K15 16 degree with a stiff shaft. While the loft is higher, I have found that many higher handicap amateurs can find good use out of a higher lofted 3-wood. On top of that, the K15 is an incredibly easy to hit and forgiving head.

Hybrid

I knew what most mid-handicappers would have a hard time hitting a 2 or 3-iron, so my mind immediately went to a 3-iron hybrid. After some searching, I stumbled on this Ping Rapture V2 with a stiff shaft. Historically, the Raptures have been really easy to hit which makes this a great addition to the bag.

Irons

I had the hardest time in this entire process finding irons. There were just too many to choose from. You had great player irons like the Ping S57 and you also had the super game improvement Adams irons. To find something slightly more in the middle, but still easy to hit, I went with the 2012 TaylorMade CBs. A great year for TaylorMade irons and easy to hit with the irons only going down to the 4. This is where someone can have some fun with their choices if they want.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was still hard this time around. Since the PW in the iron set was strong, I knew I needed a stronger gap wedge. I found a Callaway X-Jaws 50-degree for $24. Really, the entire point of the 50 is to have another iron and bridge the gap to the sand wedge. Speaking of the sand wedge, I went with the 56-degree Ping Gorge SS wedge. It has good grooves and will get the job done around the greens. For the lob wedge, I went with the Cleveland RTX 2.0 60 degree: A really solid wedge with good groves to give you the zip you need around the greens.

Putter

And finally, I went with another great blade putter for $55. Honestly, there were a lot of different options in the range from mallets to blades, so don’t be afraid to search around.

Total

In summary, anyone and any skill level and swing speed can find something in the used market. In fact, it was even easier to find clubs in stiff than X-stiff because most X-stiff clubs are custom and are in less demand making, them more rare and expensive than stiff clubs. Take a look, you never know what you may find.

Related: Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

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