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Former employee at “The Oven” confirms Nike made Tiger’s TGR blade irons

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The only equipment story that has mattered over the past few days is Tiger Woods’ new “TGR” blade prototype irons. Tiger showed up to his clinic in California with irons we had never seen before, and we asked our GolfWRX Members which manufacturer they thought made the irons.

As it turns out, GolfWRX Members may be even more knowledgeable than we thought. Based on the back cavity, the finish, and the font of the numbers stamped on the soles, 40 percent of GolfWRX members said the TGR irons were made by Nike.

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Our inside source, who worked in Nike’s “The Oven” in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed that the TGR prototype blades were in fact made by Nike.

“Those TGR blades are sweet,” our source told us. “Yes, I do know what they are. We made them for him before we were done at Nike. They are special and it was a tough project emotionally to give them the focus and passion that we always had while wondering if these would be the last we might make for him ever.”

Since Nike Golf got out of the hard goods business, it is likely those were the last irons ever made for Tiger by Nike.

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  1. joe

    Mar 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I love that Tiger is back. But Tiger will never win a major ever again. Too many great players and he can’t keep a driver in play. Today’s professional venues require long drives for the most part, it’s sad but a major for Tiger not ever going to happen.

  2. judi cepat kaya

    Jan 8, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Get a life guys. No importance who ever did these clubs for Tiger.

    http://www.judicepatkaya.com & ceritabecek.com

  3. Situs Judi Domino Terpercaya

    Oct 31, 2017 at 6:12 am

    It’s genuinely very difficult in this full of activity life to listen news on TV, thus I only
    use internet for that reason, and take the latest news.

  4. baba booey

    Oct 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

    He needs GI Pings (7-pw) with soft graphite senior shaft, not those old skool, will bust his back. Rest of the bag sb hybrids.

  5. Scott

    Oct 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Yawn

    • Doug

      Oct 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      I would advise you to avoid clicking on articles in the future that are boring to you or make you yawn. You’re a bad person.

  6. Vvictoria Washington

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    “If this is it, he (Woods) doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone,” McIlroy said, via golfchannel.com . “He can walk away from this game with his head held extremely high and he’s done wonders for this game. I don’t think there’s a single figure in golf who did more for the game in terms of bringing different age groups of people into the game, different ethnicities, different age groups and made golf cool in the ’90s, when it really needed an injection of something.

    • Jack

      Oct 27, 2017 at 4:25 am

      Successful people like Tiger never did it for others. His drive is only for himself and thus he just wants to show himself that he can still do it. It’s the confidence and self belief that drove him to the mount rushmore of golf. He fell off track becoming the greatest ever but he’s close.

      Of course I’m just guessing, but this is a common trait for success.

  7. Harvey Weinsten

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

    When are you going to make me a set, Eldrick?

  8. The dude

    Oct 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Please take down this article……..please 🙂

    • Doug

      Oct 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      You’re an awful person. Don’t click on articles you don’t want to read.

  9. Mr Muira

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Will they fix his knee?…no….thanks for the memories.

  10. JT

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I agree that there has been no other equipment news that mattered. I’m thrilled to hear they were made by Nike but I wonder: why didn’t/hasn’t TM made any clubs specifically for Tiger? Were these clubs made before/during/after the announcement?

    Absolutely beautiful clubs.

  11. UnclePhil

    Oct 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

    And this is relevant why?! Eldrick’s new irons will not see the light of a cut day! GO AWAY!

  12. TigersArmy

    Oct 14, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Get a life guys. No importance who ever did these clubs for Tiger.

  13. Jer

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:26 am

    No wonder they’re so fugly

  14. Sims

    Oct 14, 2017 at 12:53 am

    I thought the better one was the golfer that gave his endorsement money back to Callaway and went back to his Taylormades. Was missing to many cuts with his Callaways and lost his card, Callaway should be toasting with champagne after “Loosing” that guy…..with his attitude he will be an also ran on the Dot. Com tour…

  15. rymail00

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I’m not saying they are not the same clubs, that’s for sure. But it seems the muscle on the toe is much higher than the 6 iron pic. I suppose maybe the higher muscle on the PW is higher to promote lower launch…? Like I said I’m not saying it’s not the same, but the lines do look a little different…

    Regardless interested to hear some official details eventually.

    • rymail00

      Oct 13, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Looking again maybe it’s the angle the pic of PW and 6 iron, that makes the toe muscle look higher?

    • Dj

      Oct 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      That’s how the vr pros are—the muscle progressively gets higher in the shorter irons

      • rymail00

        Oct 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        Cool thanks for clarifying it for me. I was never really up on all of Nike’s clubs, especially their blades.

  16. Andrew

    Oct 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    And exactly why do we/I care……? To me the “only equipment story that mattered over the past few days” was Sergio leaving TM.

  17. MB

    Oct 13, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    So they’re Endo forged

    • The dude

      Oct 13, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Exxxxxactly……

    • tom1

      Oct 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

      with Surin ore, mined by Bangladesh man, smelted in Guangzhou, by a Manila refugee and then off to Endo.

  18. OB

    Oct 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    I weep for Tiger and Nike …. boohoo boohoo …. 🙁

    • tom1

      Oct 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Tiger is heavily invested in Nike. Stands to reason that the equipment partnership still stands

      • Jack

        Oct 15, 2017 at 1:44 am

        It make sense only cuz he’s not back yet. Why make clubs when he’s not playing? And it’s unlikely he will get his signature line if he won’t be playing as he never established himself playing TM on tour.

    • Vvictoria Washington

      Oct 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Please don’t boohoo, right now.
      Tiger’s return will command all of your applause & boohoos

      • 4under68

        Mar 19, 2018 at 10:24 pm

        Bam. You called it. Where’s the haters at now!? Back is good to go. Tiger in contention the last couple weeks. Vegas has him to win the Masters. Life could only get better if he does in fact win the Masters! He’s hunting. And hungry. Tiger on the prowl.

    • Vvictoria Washington

      Oct 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Wow!???? That’s absolutely what I was thinking when I read his post!
      If he doesn’t care… why post or even comment?

  19. M. Vegas

    Oct 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Bud light usually makes my ball marker

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Top 5 insider takeaways from Hideki Matsuyama’s 2021 Masters WITB

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When it comes to players on the PGA Tour, there are few as detail-orientated as Hideki Matsuyama. His equipment testing sessions are non-stop week to week in his tireless pursuit of accomplishing greatness on every swing.

Even as recently as two weeks ago, Matsuyama was spotted at the WGC Matchplay testing no less than 5 different putters. He eventually settled on the one that ultimately helped him win the Masters—but what about the rest of his clubs?

Earlier this year GolfWRX got an insider look at Hideki’s “what’s in the bag” including the how and the why and these are the top five most interesting notes.

He plays a heavy driver shaft

The general rule in club fitting is golfers with smoother tempos can use lighter weight options since their load profile puts less stress on the shaft—we’ve even seen some extreme examples of lightweight options being testing on tour by other players.

For Hideki, using a Graphite design DI 8 goes against that even though he has a fairly smooth tempo and a tiny pause at the top of his swing, but it should be noted he also swings his driver between 115 and 120 mph. It just goes to show the importance of player preference and feel when it comes to finding what’s right.

Srixon tour team – “Hideki is constantly testing driver shafts, including lightweight options. He has found that heavier shafts allow him to generate more clubhead speed with his swing. Hideki also believes that heavier shafts help create and support his unique tempo.”

He prefers a more “game improvement” look to his driver

Even with his ballstriking ability, Hideki—like many other players on the PGA Tour—prefers to use a driver that offers a higher MOI to increase ball speed and forgiveness on shots hit around the face. That means choosing the Srixon ZX5 over the ZX7, even though he has used both with great success.

Srixon tour team – “We had success with both the ZX5 and ZX7 drivers. Hideki played both models in numerous PGA tournaments this year. The deciding factor for Hideki to choose the ZX5 over the ZX7 was distance. The ZX5 setup generated more ball speed and carry distance. The ZX7 setup allows him to maximize his control. During a tournament, Hideki played the ZX7 and hit over 80 percent of his fairways, but it was not carrying as far as the ZX5. He went back to the ZX5 mid-way through that event.”

Hideki is very specific about lead tape

Some golfers just slap on lead tape until it feels right, but not Hideki. He takes his lead tape and testing seriously to the point where he uses precut pieces around iron heads to get things just right.

Srixon tour team – “We travel with pre-cut lead tape in half-gram and one-gram increments, and Hideki will apply the tape to different areas of the club (muscle, flange, hosel, shaft), depending on how the club feels while testing. When iron testing, Hideki likes to have a full set built rather than just a few lofts. We do this because if he likes the iron while testing, then we have the full set ready to go for him to test right away.”

He players softer iron shafts than his wedge

Much like his heavier driver shaft, Hideki’s shaft of choice in his wedges goes against conventional fitting wisdom. He uses True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 wedge shafts compared to S400 iron shafts and for most players on tour, it would be the other way around.

According to the team at Srixon, he prefers the stiffer profile to help with flighting the ball down and controlling his launch window.

He is always tinkering with his highest-lofted wedges

With course conditions varying week to week, Hideki is always working with different bounce variations to maximize the efficiency in his short game. Even though he does play with his bounce combinations, the overall sole shape stays constant along with the look he prefers from address.

Srixon Tour team – “Hideki doesn’t change his 52-degree sole often, but he is constantly tinkering with his 56 and 60.  All three soles have a subtle C-grind shape. The 56 and 60-degree have an aggressive heel relief. Hideki also utilizes a similar subtle leading-edge grind that is in his irons. He plays his 60 and 56 weaker to help remove the offset and maintain a very straight, smooth transition from the hosel to leading-edge.”

Read the full GolfWRX Insider piece here.

Full Matsuyama WITB here.

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How to gap your clubs with Rapsodo MLM

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When it comes to improving your scores on the course, there are few things that are going to help more than gapping your clubs using a launch monitor. Knowing your yardages with each club allows you to make confident decisions on the course and hit it closer to your targets.

This is the reason you see professionals at the highest level on the range every week dialing in their distances using launch monitors.

Now, up until recently, access to a launch monitor has required you to book time at a coaching or club fitting facility with the right equipment, or in extreme cases, investing thousands of dollars into a high-end photo or doppler radar system that costs about the same as a new mid-range 4-door car.

These systems are great but certainly don’t fit the mold of something affordable and portable for personal use—this is where the Rapsodo MLM comes in.

What is the Rapsodo MLM?

The Rapsodo MLM (mobile launch monitor) is a personal launch monitor device that utilizes the camera in your phone or tablet in conjunction with an internal radar to track your golf ball after impact.

The resulting culmination of data gives you ball speed, clubhead speed, smash factor, launch direction, launch angle, and most importantly in the discussion of gapping: distance.

Beyond the provided ball data, the Rapsodo MLM’s app offers a shot tracing function and video capture of each swing, and when sharing your GPS location, also provides an overhead shot map of your dispersion—an endlessly useful tool to have at your disposal on the range. The best part is for those looking to get into the personal launch monitor market, the Rapasodo MLM is only $499.

How to best use your Rapsodo MLM to gap your clubs

You should think about your set of clubs is like a toolbox with each club serving a function and having a purpose in your bag. The more often you are able to test, the more knowledgeable you are going to be, and the quicker you are going to improve.

Here is a quick guide on how to gap your clubs.

  1. Go through the whole bag – Once you have taken the time to warm up, start with the highest-lofted club, and work your way up to the longest. You want to hit at least 7-10 shots with each club to build an average. A cool feature of the MLM app is it not only gives you your averages but creates an easy-to-understand graphic that also showcases your minimum and maximum ranges.
  2. Pay attention to any overlap – As mentioned off the top, you want each club within your set to serve a purpose and when two clubs are overlapping in distance you need to make adjustments. On a basic level, bringing this data to a club-fitter can make getting your lie and loft angle adjusted easily and with a purpose, or on a more advanced level it could demonstrate the need to change up some of the clubs in your bag.
  3. Put your new knowledge into action – Now that you are armed with this newfound information and confidence in your clubs take it to the course to see how it can be put into play. Need to stay short of a dogleg? Making the right choice off the tee has never been easier. Have to carry a hazard? Play the club you know will cover the carry distance.

One of the greatest skills better players have is knowledge in their game and no matter how much you play – the more good choices you make on the course when it comes to club selection the better you are going to play.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/12/21): Copper Goodwood putter

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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, including equipment or, in this case, a custom milled putter.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Goodwood custom plated in copper.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Copper Plated Goodwood custom 

This is the most impressive current listing 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

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