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Tiger spotted testing new driver shaft at St. Andrews



Tiger Woods was spotted testing a new driver shaft during a practice round at St. Andrews, site of the upcoming 2015 Open Championship.


From what we can discern in the photo posted in the forums, he’s testing a Matrix TP7HDe. Sources say the shaft is an X-Flex that weighs 78 grams un-cut and measures 44.5 inches in overall length with no tipping.

Most recently at The Greenbrier Classic — where he finished T32 — Woods had a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue Board Prototype 70X shaft in his Nike Vapor Speed Prototype driver.


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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.



  1. Sargio_Gercia

    Jul 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Cut the driver down to about 40 inches 🙂
    Smile a little and actually mean it
    Be nice to people
    Exhibit gratitude
    You can only blame circumstance for so long in your life
    Chill the funk out
    Then just grip it and rip it…

    • Brian

      Jul 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Agreed. Be genuine. I think Tigers dad created a winner, but not a Champion (Think Jack Nicklaus arm around Tom Watson after Tom won at Turnberry in 77, honestly happy for Tom). If Tiger never wins another tournament, but becomes a great father to his children, he will have acheived success.

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  3. Bar

    Jul 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Could be wrong but the last time he won at St Andrews he never hit a wood all week. What makes him think he needs to change now .

    • JT

      Jul 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      He said publicly a few days ago that the course is completely different from the last time he played it, and conditions are softer requiring more carry shots, so even more important to hit quality tee shots.. you probably are wrong about never hitting a wood and winning the British open..

  4. Dunn2500

    Jul 15, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I am not a huge woods fan but funny to me how people who will never be near his status can comment about him……stick a camera in your face every second of every day and see how you would react……have all these reporters talk trash on you and see how you would treat them…..none of you have an ounce of his golfing ability but you have audacity to critique his golf game ( and you can’t even break 90)…..he is human and has made same mistakes everyone here has but he is less than you?…….have the media publicize all your dirty laundry and see how well you take it…….nobody here knows how to do what he has done both good and bad in front of whole world and still be standing…… guess is 99% would have folded like Appalachian lawn chair in any of his successes or failures. …….that’s why he is who he is……..I am not a huge fan of woods but I have respect for what he has done and had to go through while the whole world is watching. ……I know I couldn’t have done it…….as far as his golf game I can’t comment as he is far better than me so really what could I possibly have to say ……I shot 80 today with dbl and a trple……pretty sure he would have wiped my a$% had he been there playing in my group, lol

    • ooffa

      Jul 15, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I dunno, Would he have to give you strokes? Sounds like you would have beat him pretty badly and taken him for a few presses as well.

    • Skip

      Jul 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Well said.

    • FTWPhil

      Jul 16, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      You wasted a lot of strokes on ………….’s

  5. FergMan

    Jul 14, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Tiger Woods is Golf, people. The hardcore fan may not give a damn but the weekend hacker who watches major tourneys only wants the headlines which is Tiger Woods. I can’t wait to follow every shot come Thursday morning and if you have a problem with all the headlines, simply avoid clicking on the story. You searched and came here and read the article so quit hating. We’ll see you all when his reign of terror on tour returns. He is too great to not come back.

    • Cyd

      Jul 15, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Tigger is not golf. The game is bigger than eldrick. You sir are a maroon!

    • FTWPhil

      Jul 16, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Last time I checked we have the freedom to express our opinions without the need to qualify ourselves as experts of anything except our thoughts. So deal with that before you jump on your high horse. The world has vast amounts of perception that differs from your life experiences, and sometimes they can be enlightening. So accept the fact that we all don’t feel the way you do.

      P.S. Anything to help him win is good.

  6. ooffa

    Jul 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    He should just test out a senior flex shaft and be done with it. He’ll never win on the regular tour again anyway.

    • Mat

      Jul 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      yeah, like you’ve ever won anything great. Troll.

      • ooffa

        Jul 18, 2015 at 5:09 pm

        See, told ya so. Another missed cut at the Open. It’s not trolling if you’re right.

  7. Booger

    Jul 13, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Who cares. I’m sick of the fake smile on all his press photos. Miss the cut so I can enjoy watching this weekend !!

    • Josh

      Jul 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      If so sick of him why click the link to a story about him?

    • Mat

      Jul 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      hey Booger Troll, stop complaining and lets see u make a title of an article here

  8. Ballstrikka

    Jul 12, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Phil Pickleson would. Sergio Garcia would. Just face it, Eldrick hates his fan base and treats them accordingly. Live a little and splurge on a PGA Tour ticket and watch his behavior towards young fans and kids that show up dressed like him. He all but ignores them and can be quite rude. His attitude at his own tourney location in Los Angeles was atrocious and left a lot to be desired. This, and how he dumped his family is WHY the reactions are the way they are. This is what he signed up for, so he
    has to weather the ^@*t storm at every turn of his life until his retirement day on the Senior errrrrrr,
    Champions Tour. More than a handful of us will not be won back with a simple flash of his pearly whites and tip of his cap. Feeling sorry for THIS guy, uhhhhhh, no and *@ll no!

  9. Chuck

    Jul 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    My gosh; it occurs to me that any other player on the PGA Tour could demo a new driver, a new driver shaft, a new putter — whatever — and the general reaction might be interest in the new equipment, curiosity about what the player is looking for technically, and maybe even whether they should try that product themselves.

    I see a lot of the reactions here, and I actually have some sympathy for Tiger.

    It is personal to Tiger, right? Is there any other player who would get this reaction?

  10. Ballstrikka

    Jul 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    While he’s at it, let’s test some new “putting” strokes! My friends, this guy has become pedestrian at best from 6-12 feet. He’s pulled his whatever generation golf shoes out of retirement, let’s dust off
    the 2000 putting stroke too.

  11. Greg

    Jul 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Might help him shoot 75 instead of 80????.

  12. JuNiOR

    Jul 12, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Indian or Arrow?

    • Jeff

      Jul 13, 2015 at 2:55 am

      Oh dude. That’s racist.

      • Lane

        Jul 13, 2015 at 9:26 am

        It is the Indian, not the arrows. And if you seriously think is racist you need to get a life.

        • other paul

          Jul 14, 2015 at 8:03 am

          Is it the white guy or the rifle….? Less racist? Or equally racist?

          • FTWPhil

            Jul 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

            Yeah, we all know Indians use fake American names at customer service call centers, not arrows.

  13. Christosterone

    Jul 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

    It’s an aertech fairway wood shaft….can’t believe people are not seeing that.
    It is hard to believe Tiger would play a $59 shaft but that’s what it is:

    • Chuck

      Jul 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      I would love it if this were actually true.

    • MHendon

      Jul 14, 2015 at 12:43 am

      No its a Matrix

    • Dan Nichele

      Jul 14, 2015 at 4:47 am

      Yeah cos the guy taking the photo and talking to tour reps knows less than you about what’s in tigers bag. Tool.

  14. Matto

    Jul 12, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I hope he’s just testing it with no intention of using it. 3wood all the way at St. Andrews please, Tiger!

  15. Dude

    Jul 12, 2015 at 12:29 am

    What happened to the AD-DI? He should go back to that.

  16. Jeff*

    Jul 12, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Every half inch that comes off that driver, he hits it straighter. He’s absolutely my golf hero but I think he chases numbers he think he needs to be relevant and the numbers, spin rate, club head speed, smash factor, the numbers have nothing to do with fixing a fault when he’s nervous, facing pressure.

    His club specs are for perfect conditions in a launch bay, for maximum ball-speed, every time he sacrifices “potential” or “hypothetical” club head speed, for control, by trimming his driver down closer to the length of his other 13 clubs, he hits it better and better.

    His swing looks oily sweet and smooth on the range, if he ever did have the guts to put a 43.5″ steel shaft on that Vapor Driver, even painted like graphite, he’d be world #1 again in a few months.

  17. Kyle

    Jul 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Looked fine to me at greenbrier.

    • Jim

      Jul 11, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      I have a broken watch that is right twice a day too.

      • Pat M

        Jul 12, 2015 at 10:40 am

        What is he ranked? 215th in the world? Journeyman golfer.

      • Kyle

        Jul 12, 2015 at 11:14 am

        Just a brutal reply. Swing changes take time.

  18. Slimeone

    Jul 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Apparently it features space-age new anti-left/anti-right/anti-yip technology.

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Troy Merritt WITB 2023 (March)



Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees @9.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 70 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees @ 14.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana 80 TX

Hybrid: Titleist H2 818 (19 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 105 S+

Irons: Titleist T200 (2-5), Titleist T100 (6-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (50-12F, 54-14F, 58-08M)
Shafts: KBS Tour 120 S

Putter: Yes! C-Groove Mollie Tour
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Sam Burns’ winning WITB: 2023 WGC-Dell Match Play



Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond S (9 degrees @10.3)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 TX (45 inches, tipped .5)

3-wood: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond T (16 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (21 degrees @19,9)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 125 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Apex TCB (AW), Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw (56-10S @55, 60-12X)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (AW), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works #7S Black
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Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

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The current average driving distance of men and women amateur golfers by age and handicap



Distance in the game of golf is one of the hottest topics currently in the sport, especially with the USGA and R&A’s recent announcement that a plan is in place to roll back the golf ball for professional players.

When it comes to the amateur game, just how far are you hitting the ball compared to those in your age and handicap group?

Thanks to Arccos and their recently published study, you can find that out.

Per the report, which used data based on over 20 million drives – using Driver only – from the Arccos dataset, the numbers show that men’s numbers have increased on the previous year’s study but are down on the 2018 data. At the same time, women’s distance trends are continuing a downturn.

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