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Tiger Woods puts a new grip on the “Elder Wand”



Yes, it’s just a putter grip, but hey, it’s Tiger—and the most famous putter in the world.

We spotted TW at Winged Foot this morning with a fresh (but super old) Lamkin Deep Etched Pistol grip to replace his trusty Ping Blackout, which he has played for the majority of his professional tenure (although Woods has opted for the non-blacked-out version in recent years).

Users on social media cited Woods using the grip in combination with an Odyssey Dual Force 660 putter while at Stanford and early in his career. Interestingly, while we’re used to seeing a Blackout grip in Woods’ hands, he used multiple cord and etched grips in his pre-Elder Wand days.

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As our Gianni Magliocco pointed out earlier this month, the world No. 21 is in the midst of the worst putting stretch of his career.

Woods tried a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Timeless Prototype at the PGA Championship, but ultimately that experiment was short-lived.

Woods plays Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord grips on his woods and irons.


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  1. The Hammer

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    We call his putter Excalibur.

  2. BigG

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Do you guys ever stop with this garbage. What next?
    Tiger is eating a sandwich.
    Tiger is tying his shoes.
    Tiger is taking a crap.
    Tiger is taping his finger.
    Give it a rest.

    • John Wunder

      Sep 16, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      I think its fun. The guy doesn’t move the needle, he is the needle. If the guy changes shoe laces people care. You may not which is fine but if a poll was taken, I would bet money that anything the guy does is interesting to most.

  3. DB

    Sep 16, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Main change here is the weight. PING is 58 grams, the Lamkin Deep Etch cord is usually 80-85 grams. That makes a big difference, most prefer a heavier putter head with the heavier grip.

  4. Jordan

    Sep 15, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    He probably should give the greatest putter grip of all time a try: The Scotty Cameron Studio Design

    • John

      Sep 16, 2020 at 8:55 am


    • Bobby

      Sep 16, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      The Pingman Blackout is basically the same exact grip as the studio design, just 2 grams heavier but very little difference between the two!

  5. Gianni's dad

    Sep 15, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Give is a few more starts, he’ll be in a super stroke 5.0 and left hand low.

  6. Adult

    Sep 15, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Is there anything cornier than calling his putter the “elder wand?”

    • Chris

      Sep 15, 2020 at 7:42 pm

      Only your name

      • Adult

        Sep 15, 2020 at 8:32 pm

        OK guy who thinks calling a putter “elder wand” is cool

        • John

          Sep 16, 2020 at 8:56 am

          What a sad comeback to a great post from chris.

          Mike Dropped.

          • Adult

            Sep 16, 2020 at 9:03 am

            OK guy who thinks calling a putter “elder wand” is cool

            • Ryan

              Sep 16, 2020 at 10:56 am

              guy’s name is Eldrick. It sorta works and, since you asked, you probably cannot come up with anything cornier for his putter. You definitely nailed a cornier comebacks though!

              • Adult

                Sep 16, 2020 at 11:01 am

                OK guy who thinks calling a putter “elder wand” is cool

          • Mike

            Sep 16, 2020 at 8:04 pm


    • Funkaholic

      Sep 16, 2020 at 8:53 am

      You must be a blast at parties.

    • John Wunder

      Sep 16, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      Nothing corny about the Elder Wand…. watch Harry Potter, that stick was a world-beater.

  7. Gene Kennedy

    Sep 15, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    It takes SO long for pro’s to change anything and they have access to Everything! Please, Don’t say superstition, or TW would’ve kept his original SWING~~

  8. Delbert

    Sep 15, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    There’s feel in them old cords.

  9. stanley

    Sep 15, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    this is a big change. putter grip isn’t anything to laugh at. i wonder if he is uncomfortable with his putting at this time.

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila NV 60 TX

3-wood: Ping i25 (14 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 125 MSI 80 TX

5-wood: Ping i25 (18 degrees)
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Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

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Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1


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