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Tiger Woods is back… to hitting full shots



According to multiple reports, Tiger Woods was seen hitting full shots (including driver), over the weekend at his home course in Hobe Sound, Florida.

The TW sighting at the Medalist GC invites speculation as to whether he’ll be ready for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in five weeks. Woods, of course, was dominant last time the tournament was contested there in 2006 en route to his third Open Championship title.

Love him or hate him, the fact that Woods is good for television ratings and attendance (and thus, sponsorship dollars) is undeniable. Even though Martin Kaymer put together a flawless weekend of dominant golf and totaled the third-most strokes under par in U.S. Open history, ratings were down nearly 50 percent from last year’s tournament (in which Tiger participated).

It’s worth noting that Tiger’s tournament, the Quicken Loans National, is next week at Congressional, although it seems profoundly unlikely he’ll be able to tee it up in Maryland. Regardless, the news marks significant progress in Woods’ recovery: At the end of last month there was no timetable for his return and he was limited to chipping and putting.

Woods hasn’t played a competitive round of golf since March 9th, and injuries have kept him out of five majors since 2008, including the first two this season.

It seems there is a glimmer of hope that he could tee it up at the third.

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  3. Purist

    Jun 19, 2014 at 5:42 am

    I appreciate golf because it is a sport I like. I liked it before Tiger and will be no different after the Tiger era. A thought comes mind: if I told someone 6 years ago Tiger wouldn’t win any of the next 24 majors……..people would have thought me to be insane. Eventually time conquers all and Tiger is no different. Seeing a great athlete in decline is never a fun thing to watch but hopefully as an avid golfer I hope this is respected. I am sure Tiger is trying his best.

  4. Jay

    Jun 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I have never been much of a Tiger fan, but I will admit that golf needs him. I hope he takes his time recovering and returns healthy and ready to play.

  5. Jeremy Beale

    Jun 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Where I would love to see Tiger tee it up in these next up and coming events, I believe that date is far in the future. I think his absence far extends past his injury now. Since his leave he has picked up so many different projects that we probably won’t see him for a while.

    Also, it is funny how being the face of a sport changes both competition and viewers a like. When a person like Tiger is in the mix the sport of golf isn’t that anymore–it’s history.

    It’s chance for players to prevent it and viewers to witness it.

    I think that is where golf is at a loss right now. Golfer’s like Arnie, Nicklaus and Tiger are far and few. We started to see it in Rory and we started to see it in Speith, but eventually those players lose that glorified history appeal and then we are left with golf.

    Fans are left with watching a recreation sport and golfer’s are left with good ole-fashioned competition. Golf needs a hype man.

  6. Rich

    Jun 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Who cares………

    • Cris

      Jun 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Obviously, you and the rest of us whom cared to post.

      • Rich

        Jun 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

        I cared enough to tell people that I don’t care about TW. I should have been more clear so you could understand perhaps………….

        • BILL

          Jun 18, 2014 at 3:50 am

          You defnitely care, enough to post idiotic comments and make a fool out of yourself!!

          • Rich

            Jun 18, 2014 at 4:02 am

            Sorry, you’re right. I must have made a fool of myself because you said so. Please tell me, do you think I should apologise too? I’ll do/think whatever you say.

  7. Mitchell

    Jun 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    The World Cup is on and the matches were at the same time. It’s not that surprising that people were watching this instead

  8. bd59

    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Tiger not playing in the majors or any tournament for that matter kills ratings and interest. PERIOD!! We all know it and everyone on the tour knows it too. There’s just a different vibe when Tiger is in the field. Kaymer’s huge lead definitely took away from the interest heading into the weekend.

  9. jeff

    Jun 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    ratings were down because a player had a 8 shot lead over the others after two rounds

    • Jeremy

      Jun 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Agreed. Ratings were down because a very boring player with a flatline personality put on a clinic for two days and then parred everyone to death over the weekend. Take Kaymer out of the picture and you have a 25 year old media darling in an 18-hole playoff against a virtual unknown who’s on his third heart. I suspect the ratings for that would have been pretty good.

      None of this is to discount Tiger’s contribution to the game or deny his impact on ratings. But I suspect if Tiger had been playing for second along with everyone else you wouldn’t have seen much change in the ratings. He’s only a ratings boost when he’s in the mix for a victory. I’ve heard several analysts talk about this year’s Open like Tiger would have saved the ratings, and I think it’s a bit tone deaf and makes me wonder how those charged with making the game interesting to viewers will do their job once Tiger really is no longer able to do his.

    • Mike

      Jun 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Don’t mean to sound like an echo but totally agree with you guys. My usual Father’s Day routine is church then parked in front of the TV for our national championship. I hadn’t watched at all due to work and Kaymer’s big lead. Made it through five holes then actually fell asleep. I’m not a Tiger fan but I am more interested when he is in the hunt. Unless he was challenging for the lead even he wouldn’t have saved this yawner.

    • +4

      Jun 17, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      So if tiger was the one with the 8 shot lead, the rating wouldn’t be thru the roof? Come on now

      • MHendon

        Jun 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

        Of course the ratings would have been much higher had it been Tiger with an 8 shot lead. First off he brings all the Tiger fans to the TV which in most cases aren’t true golf fans and will all be gone when he is. But secondly Kaymer isn’t chasing Nicklaus record so it’s not quite the same thrill with him in the lead like it is with Tiger.

        • Forsbrand

          Jun 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

          Any tiger fan should be a true golfer and respect all players if they really appreciate good golf. There are some fans out there who won’t watch a tournamnet without tiger, there are others who will make a point of viewing it as you get to see most of the “other players”. When tiger is in a tournament you very rarely get to se other players in the tournament as the camera is constantly on tiger, unless some random makes a hole in one. I think if tv coverage. Was fairer and showed an equal amount of shots from other competitors there wouldn’t be this issue over “who cares if tiger is playing”

          • Jeremy

            Jun 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

            I’d say it the other way around. Any true golfer should be a Tiger fan because he’s the best we’ve seen in a couple generations and, love him or hate him personally, there’s so much to learn from and appreciate. But Tiger has plenty of people who enjoy watching him (and only him) who’ve never really played the game. He’s one of the rare few that transcend the sport.

            And, yeah, the cameras follow the players people want to see. If other players want more coverage it’s simple: all they have to do is consistently win 20% of the tournaments the play in for 15 years. Easy.

      • Jeremy

        Jun 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        Of course. But the presumption among many analysts seems to be that just throwing Tiger into the field is enough to save the ratings. In fact, I think there are more than a handful of players who could have run away with the tournament and not tanked the ratings in the process. Phil, Rory, Scott, Fowler, Keegan, even Stenson could have pulled off this week of “flawless” golf and still been interesting. Kaymer just isn’t that much fun to watch for anyone other than those who can truly appreciate the difficulty of his accomplishment. And that’s not the casual fans or non-golfers.

  10. +4

    Jun 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Cmon tiger! Fans of greatness (like myself) want to see you resume your quest for 19 majors. Hopefully kaymer’s performance inspired your competitive fire again. He looked like you out there draining EVERYTHING for par… Anyway glad to hear your back out there swinging the club… Nice article Ben

    • Rich

      Jun 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      I guess it depends on how you define greatness………………

      • LTP

        Jun 19, 2014 at 8:56 am

        How about winning 14 majors?

        • Rich

          Jun 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm

          Greatness is not just about the golf. It includes the character of the person and I think that with TW, it is severely lacking. Just ask the mother of his children. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t think he’s great despite the 14 majors. Like I said, it all depends on how you define greatness.

  11. Josh

    Jun 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Great! I can’t wait until he gets back!

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GolfWRX is live this week from The American Express at PGA West in La Quinta, California as the PGA Tour begins its West Coast Swing.

We got an in-hand look at the new Mitsubishi MMT Putter Concept putter shaft (as well as the inside story here), Fujikura Ventus TR Blue shaft (story here), Vokey SM9, new Cobra drivers, new TaylorMade putters, as well as plenty of peeks inside player bags.

Check out links to all our photos below!

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Spotted threads 

WITB threads

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Patrick Reed on PXG driver deal, new Grindworks “Barrett” wedges (plus 2022 WITB)



Prior to PXG’s recent announcement, Patrick Reed was an equipment free agent and had the freedom to play with any driver he wanted.

Without any mandates from a particular OEM, Reed was free to test and use different drivers from various manufacturers. And, throughout the majority of 2021, that’s what he did. Seemingly every week, Reed was using a driver from a different company, searching for his right fit.

By the end of the year, he finally found it. Starting in October 2021, Reed used a PXG 0811X Gen4 driver (equipped with his usual Aldila Rogue 125 MSI shaft) for the remainder of 2021.

Three months was an eternity in Reed’s 2021 free agency world of ever-changing driver choices, so it was no surprise when PXG announced the endorsement deal at the start of 2022. He was already using the company’s driver for a relatively extensive period, so the deal happened organically.

Following his T-15 finish at the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui – his first event as a member of the PXG Troops – I briefly caught up with Reed on Tuesday at the 2022 American Express in Palm Desert to ask him about the driver and the deal.

“The driver’s been amazing,” Reed told GolfWRX. “Being in that free agency market, I’ve been able to use whatever I want. I’ve tested every driver from Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, Ping, PXG, and this one I feel like gives me the best opportunity to make my golf swing and hit the shot I want to, and at the same time have the speed I’m looking for. So, for me, the driver’s unbelievable.”

While the PXG driver has been in his bag for months now, he did show up to the 2022 American Express with a few new clubs.

In addition to the Grindworks irons that he’s been playing the last few years, Reed now has new Grindworks “Barrett” signature collection wedges in the bag (Barrett is the name of Reed’s son). As per the company’s website, the wedges are officially called “Grindworks + Patrick Reed – The Barrett Wedge Collection.

Designed by Niimi Kiyonari, the same craftsman who designed Reed’s irons, the Barrett wedges are the result of two years of close work with Reed to get exactly what he wants out of his wedge.

“We’ve been working really hard on designing the wedges through Grindworks,” Reed told GolfWRX on Tuesday. “They’ve been really good. It’s still a work in progress, trying to tweak them a hair here and there, but for me, it’s going to be a game-changer, because, let’s be honest, you have to be perfect from 130 yards-and-in nowadays on Tour, because that’s where you score every time.”

On the company’s website, Kiyonari writes the following about working with Reed on the wedges, and how they’re different:

“The idea of creating Mr. Reed’s wedges intrigued me. When Mr. Reed asked me to design his new wedge, I immediately realized that Patrick was after feel and nothing else. Feel permeates Patrick’s game through the core and is not to be compromised ever.

“So, the next question entered my mind… how do you go about designing a wedge that is unparalleled in the market and that you can only describe through feel at impact? Patrick had absolute faith in my ability to take his words, direction, and his eye for the aesthetics of the clubs and develop and synthesize all of the information and create what would be the perfect set of wedges.

“At first, I was tempted to dismiss the project, only because the feel is so subjective. How would I know from person to person what feel people want to be achieved? But in working with the irons with Patrick, I realized his aptitude for knowing what feeling people as well as the best players in the world are looking for… as well as what they were not looking for. It took us well over a year and a half just discussing the details with Patrick. The alloy to use, the shape to forge, how many grooves to cut and not once during all this time did Patrick waver about the technology or processes, all he wanted to achieve were his grinds….the grinds he had been trying to duplicate with each win, with each practice, wedges that would no longer need grinding and lead tape, he wanted his wedges and he wanted me to create his ‘go-to’ set of wedges, no grinding or lead tape necessary, ready for game- time.

“It took over two years of prototypes, discussions, changes, and sacrificed so many samples to achieve exactly what we all wanted. As a surprise to Patrick, we named his signature Wedges ‘Barrett’ after his only son.”

Reed had three Grindworks Barrett wedges (51, 57, and 61 degrees) in the bag on Tuesday at The American Express, although he appears to still be testing out the 61-degree version against Titleist Vokey SM9 and SM8 lob wedges.

As a side note, I also asked Reed about the relationship with Grindworks and how it started in the first place.

“Justine,” Reed said. “Justine (Reed’s wife) contacted them whenever I was trying to figure out what direction I was trying to go with clubs when I was in free agency. We just asked them if they’d build us a set of clubs, and I’m thinking they’re just going to send a blade that they’ve already made with my specs and just send ’em to me. After about 500 emails and 8 different CAD designs, we designed the entire set from scratch.”

Below is an in-hand look at each of the new Barrett wedges and a company description of each new design.

Grindworks PR-B51

“The Grindworks Barrett 51 wedge is all about ‘smooth transitions.’ This wedge is intended to give you the shotmaking from the fairway giving players optimal spin, with the ability to control trajectory, and create the shot you want or need into the greens.”

Grindworks PR-B57

“The Grindworks Barrett 57 grooves are stamped lower and also closer to the leading edge giving it an overall straighter look but also keeps the forgiveness needed not to ‘dig.’ The intention with this 57-degree wedge was to give heel and toe relief, a wider sole, and smooth transitions from the heel to the toe.”

Grindworks PR-B61  

“A ‘High-Toe Look,’ but not a high toe. The 61-degree wedge has a nice straight leading edge, but transitions to the bounce smoothly so it does not dig. The grooves are stamped lower and are set deep into the wedge for optimal spin and performance. The bounce of this wedge is lower with heel and toe relief which allow for play on multiple surfaces and different lies and gives a player a multitude of shots, enhancing playability anywhere around the greens or from the fairway.”

Below is everything that Reed had in his bag on Tuesday ahead of the 2022 American Express. To see what GolfWRX members are saying about Reed’s equipment, and see all of our photos, check out the full Patrick Reed WITB 2022 forum thread here.

Driver: PXG 0811X Gen4 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 125 MSI 70 TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees), TaylorMade Stealth Plus (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 MSI 70 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Phenom Hybrid 100 TX

Irons: Grindworks PR-202 (4 iron), Grindworks Patrick Reed Forged 101-A  (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Grindworks Barrett (51, 57 and 61 degrees), Titleist Vokey SM9 (lob wedge), Titleist Vokey SM8 (lob wedge)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3

Click here to see all of our photos of Reed’s equipment.

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Most interesting photos from Monday at the 2022 American Express



GolfWRX is live this week from The American Express at PGA West in La Quinta, California as the PGA Tour begins its West Coast Swing.

We got an in-hand look at the new Mitsubishi MMT Putter Concept putter shaft (as well as the inside story here) as well as plenty of peeks inside player bags.

Check out some of the most interesting photos below as well as links to all our galleries.

Mitsubishi MMT putter shaft (LINK)

Jason Dufner’s new 2022 Cobra LTDx driver spotted (LINK)
New TaylorMade Spider GT putters spotted (LINK)
From Michael Thompson’s WITB- Ping i525 3 iron (full WITB link)

Prototype Scotty Cameron Newport Buttonback (LINK)

Prototype Scotty Cameron T7.2 Prototype with a welded neck (LINK)

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