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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.

      • gwelfgulfer

        Sep 29, 2020 at 1:00 am

        No John, if Tiger changed his shoe laces, no one other than the wrx ‘writers’ would care…

  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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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: Z1ggy16



Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of Z1ggy16.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Z1ggy16

Z1ggy16 WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z Xtreme 465 M4 (Tipped 3/4”)

4-wood: TaylorMade SIM (19 degrees opened to 17 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana B 80X

5-wood: Cobra Speedzone (18.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra FX 2.0 380

Irons: TaylorMade P760 (4-PW)
Shafts: Modus 120x

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (50,54,58 SS grind)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Toulon San Diego or Cleveland Huntington Beach #1

Putter Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout or Golf Pride Tour Tradition

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: MCC

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about stronger players using a 7-wood



In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy behind playing a 7-wood. WRXer ‘Sabzor’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“Lately I’ve been interested in possibly swapping the hybrid for a 7-wood and wanted to see if there were any stronger players who did the same? Often you hear of it going too high, but I feel that even the 4w is pretty optimal for me.

 My thought process is mainly around having 2 versatile distance woods starting around 250yds down – I figure off the tee if I need more than 250 I’m hitting driver anyway. Just curious with some of the pros we’ve seen lately doing the same thing.”

And our members have been having their say on the subject in our forums.

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.

  • demeeksDC: “Big fan of the 7-wood. Main thing is to get the right shaft — stiff enough — as they often come with softer shafts. Easy to hit and easy to stop. I have landed many 7-woods on greens that stopped dead.”
  • uglande: “I’ve got a TS2 7 wood with a Ventus Blue 7x shaft, and it’s phenomenal. Nice height but no ballooning. Shaft is important, but so is the clubhead. Brands that are more game-improvement focused have 7-woods with COG that are too low, and you can get high spinny flights. But the Titleist 7-woods (esp. TS2) have not been a problem for me. And obviously, some of the TaylorMade guys are doing well with the SIM 7-wood.”
  • VNutz: “I’ve played the 7w on and off for quite some time, SS is probably around 110 nowadays so a bit behind you. For me, it plays like a 5w and was better than a hybrid for my game as those tend to hook on me. I’ve since taken it out of the bag in favor of the modern more hittable driving irons, but I wouldn’t hesitate to put it back in the bag.”
  • L29: “I love the 4w, 7w combo. Still have the Cally xr16 in both and can’t get them out of the bag. My only issue with the 7w is when there is a significant amount of headwind. I do have a little bit of difficulty flighting it down. This problem, however, is nowhere near bad enough to have me thinking of any kind of change. That 7w lands like a raindrop on the green.”
  • Chazb: “The Callaway heaven wood has been my go-to club for over a year, and it’s been a Scoring difference. I even use it to tee off at times as it has very good distance and direction.The people I play with call it my magic club because it always puts me in a good place on the course.”

Entire Thread: “7-wood for stronger players?”

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GolfWRX Classifieds (09/29/20): Raw Miura irons, lefty Ping G400, Titleist T100s blackout set



At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Baroo – Titleist T100s “Blackout” irons

The theme for today is “reduced glare” and you’re certainly going to get that with this set of Titleist T100s irons. Going from 4-iron through 48 degree, the only thing more stealth than these would be a camo set.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: T100s Blackout

Member Techgolfer61 – Raw Miura CB1008 irons

A little rust means no glare and a very unique look. Considering the price of these Miura’s, don’t expect them to last long on the open market.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Raw Miura irons

Member LeftyCabe – Ping G400 LST

I’m going to call this the LLST (Lefty Low Spin Technology). This driver head is in fantastic shape and ready for a shaft. Did I also mention it’s going for one heck of a price?

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Lefty G400 LST

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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