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TaylorMade comments on Tiger’s new TW-Phase 1 irons

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Update (5/1/18 at 3:00 pm): Click here for in-hand photos of Tiger’s new TW-Phase1 irons

So far throughout 2018, Tiger Woods has played TGR blade irons, leaving GolfWRX Members wondering when he would switch to TaylorMade P-730 irons… or some variation of “TW Protos,” following in the footsteps of the Rors Proto, Rose Proto and DJ Proto irons.

Now, we have the answer. In a post on Instagram, Tiger Woods announced he will play TaylorMade “TW-Phase 1” prototype irons this week at the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.

Here’s what TaylorMade had to say when asked about the TW-Phase 1 irons.

We have been working closely with Tiger on the development, creation and refinement of a set of TaylorMade irons that meet his precise standards and preferences.

As we continue to develop future iterations of Tiger’s prototype irons, “TW·Phase1” marks Tiger’s initial transition into a TaylorMade set. This set was built to his meticulous specifications. Based on the positive feedback and excitement expressed by Tiger regarding upcoming prototypes, we are encouraged by the ongoing creation process and look forward to what’s in store for the next phase of Tiger’s irons.

As we work toward finalizing Tiger’s new irons, there will be more information to come, including a release date for golfers everywhere.

Here’s a side-by-side look at the TW-Phase 1 irons and the TGR blades Woods had been gaming.

See in-hand photos of Tiger’s new irons here

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  1. Peter

    Jul 13, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Thanks for the great manual

  2. Travis

    Jun 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Taylormade couldn’t develop an iron that met his expectations, so whoever built the TGR irons sent Taylormade blanks that they could badge and chrome. Easiest way to get Tiger into a TM branded iron set while they continue to “refine” the irons, a.k.a. actually build and perfect a new set.

  3. rex235

    May 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Phase 1?

    Very Clean. Personally like them, but built under the TaylorMade umbrella, so they’re a very customized version of the P-730 model.

    RH Only.

  4. Kurt

    May 3, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Too Many Experts on this site to comment !! ????????

  5. A.Dante

    May 2, 2018 at 8:40 am

    One word…..MIURA

  6. Funky Critter

    May 1, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Rebranded Tomy Armours #FACT

  7. TigerArmy

    May 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    He will always and ever play some Mizuno clones. Probably also these ones manufactured by Mizuno. Doesn’t matter what they stamp on them. Go Tiger go.

  8. Scott Francis

    May 1, 2018 at 11:49 am

    I liked the satin finish on the TGR blades better.

  9. 2putttom

    May 1, 2018 at 11:32 am

    oh this will arouse wrxer’s to a new level.

  10. ogo

    May 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Solid traditional muscleback blades for Tiger…. super game improvement rube golfberg clubs for the rest of us gearhead/duffers …. 😮

  11. Tourgrinder

    May 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

    First off, Tiger Woods never played an entire set of Mizuno MP-29s. It’s been documented – for the ’97 Masters and those years he played those clubs, he carried an MP-29 two iron, three iron and maybe four-iron. I can’t remember off the top of my head. For the four iron (maybe) and all other iron clubs, he carried MP-14s. He was using Cleveland wedges at the time. More to the point, it doesn’t really matter what name or model # is on the back plate of any of his irons. From Mizuno to Titleist, from Titleist to Nike, from Nike to TGR, from TGR to Taylor-Made, Woods has a very clear, detailed set of specs for his clubs, especially his irons. That includes, leading edge grind, camber of sole, toe grind (look), overall weight, etc. etc. The name on the back plate of any of these clubs is almost irrelevant; definitely the least telling aspect…other than the fact that each company was boat-loading cash to his account in each relationship.

  12. SoCalSlicer

    May 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Nike VR Pro Blades. Only development was how to put a TM logo on them.

    • NorCalDrawer

      May 1, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Er, no, Mizuno MP-29s. He wanted to get away from the Nikes as fast as possible, and go back to what he started with

      • Jamie

        May 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

        Have you ever seen a set? The muscle and CG are entirely different. Please don’t name drop Mizuno here. There are too many others who know what they’re talking about and will call you on it.

      • Brayden Weiss

        May 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

        Haha you think that he ever played Nike irons that’s kind of funny. He has never played Nike in his life and it wasn’t Mizuno rebrands during the Nike days. Those are miuras that have been rebranded for him by Nike and now taylormade too. The old TGR blades are the exact same clubs as the new Tiger phase ones.

        • Jens Eriksson

          May 1, 2018 at 11:29 am

          Please don’t speak…

        • DB

          May 2, 2018 at 8:53 am

          Wrong! You should read the forum. This has been discussed at length, lots of photo evidence and even people who personally know the crew/guy who has been making Tiger’s irons.

    • hurrrr

      May 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Yeah because it would’ve taken this long to develop that alone….

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Tour Rundown: Matsuyama’s triumphant return | 4 means 1 for Ko

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A scary week lies ahead, culminating in a time of remembrance and spooky fun in the USA and some parts of the world. A round of golf is a treat to steal as the colder temperatures return to the northern portions of North America. A pair of golfers returned home this week to claim championships, after a season of play on foreign soil. Two other champions were recognized as four events featured in this week’s Tour Rundown. Grab a mug of warm cider, a donut, and pull up a chair as we recall the mighty efforts on display as October marches toward its conclusion.

ZOZO Championship on the PGA Tour: Matsuyama returns to triumph

There is much to be written when the wandering child returns home a decorated hero. Such is the case for Hideki Matsuyama, first male major champion from Japan and 2021 Augusta Spring Invitational (aka The Masters) titleist. When Odysseus returns and triumphs on home soil, it is even more cause for celebration. Such is also the case for Matsuyama-sama, who eclipsed a strong field with strong and versatile golf to claim his seventh career PGA Tour title, and first since spring in Georgia.

Countryman Hiroshi Iwata caught the golf world’s attention with his opening 63, which featured a birdie-birdie-eagle finish. Iwata would ultimately tie for 18th position, under the bright lights of expectant home fans. Lurking with a Thursday 64 was Matsuyama, who followed with 68-68 to seize the lead, then closed with a two-eagle 65 on Sunday. The tournament was in doubt until the closing stretch: Matsuyama stood at 14 under on the 17th tee, while Cameron Tringale checked in at -12. Matsuyama’s bogey on the penultimate green would have been excruciating, had Tringale not made one of his own.

Needing a miracle at the last to force a playoff, Tringale added another bogey, falling into a tie with Brendan Steele for 2nd, at ten-under par. Able to breathe, Matsuyama posted a mighty eagle to finish at 15-deep, five clear of his pursuers. Yuriwaka had returned home to defeat the would-be pirates, to the delight of all.

BMW Championship on the LPGA: Four mean one for JYK

On Thursday morning, Nelly Korda was the top-ranked golfer on the Rolex Women’s WGR. On Monday morning, she will switch places with Jin Young Ko, the Korean champion who has been on an absolute tear since early July. Ko won in Texas, Oregon, and New Jersey, before returning home to Busan for the BMW Championship. Her goal on Sunday, she said, was to play with no regrets. Eight birdies later, including two, three-birdie tears, brought her to 22-under par and a tie with overnight leader (and countrywoman) Hee Jeong Lim.

For Lim, the week had to seem like a dream. She played 72 holes with 22 birdies and 50 pars. She made zero mistakes. And still, she found herself in overtime with her decorated colleague. After a bumpy first round, Ko was brilliant, nearly beyond compare. She had 21 birdies over the closing 54 holes … make that 22 birdies over the closing 55 holes. The playoff between the two mighty Koreans concluded quickly. The new world number one ripped her approach inside three feet at the first extra hole, then banged the putt home for the 200th-ever triumph for Korean golfers on the LPGA Tour.

Mallorca Open on the European Tour: It’s a Balearic Winther Wonderland!

Knowing that two 62s were posted this week, both by Jeff Winther, one would have advanced the notion that low scores would be in abundance on day four. Knowing that the aforementioned Winther clung to a delicate, one-shot advantage after 54 holes, one might have concluded that Winther would still need something in the high to mid 60s to have a chance at the title. Looking in the rearward mirror after Winther’s final round 70, in which he amassed 16 pars, one bogey, and one birdie, one might have guessed that the Dane had remained winless on the European Tour. That, dear readers, is why they play the tournaments on turf, and not paper.

Jeff Winther did nothing that he needed to do on Sunday, yet he still won. Laurie Canter posted the low round on this Sunday, but that 64 only moved the Englishman to the top five. Sebastian Soderberg had his fellow norseman on the ropes on Sunday, but closed with plus-two over the final half-dozen holes to finish an excruciating shot out of a playoff. Pep Angles and Jorge Campillo tried to emulate their country’s Open championship win by countryman Rafa Cabrera-Bello, but they came up one shot shy as well. The three-week, Spanish Salsa came to a close with a maiden Tour win in the loving arms of Winther.

DEC on the PGA Tour Champions: Playoff Says … 42 for Bernhard

Steve Flesch was the overnight leader in Richmond, but Sundays in the chase haven’t been kind to the southpaw. He lost a playoff earlier this season to Darren Clarke, and could not overcome a four-pack of bogeys on day the last. His one-over 73 brought him home at -12, two shots out of a playoff, in third place by his lonesome. Not a bad week of work, but, oh, what might have been!

It was left to Doug Barron (68 for 202) and Bernhard Langer (69 for same) to settle matters in extra time. Both playoff participants made birdie four at the last in regulation, and it was to that dramatic hole that they did return for the overtime session. All that was needed was one playing; the ageless Langer made another 4 at the par-five closer to secure his 42nd career Champions Tour title. Langer now trails Hale Irwin’s 45 career senior titles by just three. Is that number within reach? You betcha! Irwin’s final title came at the age of 62. Langer has won just once each of the past two seasons, but he has notched two runner-up finishes in each. If he can maximize his in-contention starts, he might reach Irwin at the top.

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Bubba Watson shows off an unreleased pair of Air Jordan 4 Retro “Red Thunder” shoes

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Bubba Watson had fans envious with a recent social media flex of a hyped pair of Retro Jordans in a classic “Red Thunder” colorway, which debuted in 2006.

It’s cool to see a pair of non-golf Jordans given to the accomplished lefty, signifying a milestone in his relationship with the Jordan brand — and perhaps MJ himself.

Watson has been wearing Air Jordans more often than not on the golf course throughout most of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

A photo we snapped of Bubba wearing a pair of the Air Jordan 5 Retro Low Golf “Grape” on tour this year.

Bubba Watson is an official ambassador for the Air Jordan brand, adding to the company of a select few golfers working with MJ like Pat Perez.

We first saw Bubba having an exclusive relationship with the Jordan brand in November 2020, where he flexed off his early access to a pair of the Air Jordan 5 Retro Golf “Lucky and Good”.

Bubba Watson dancing on TikTok with the Air Jordan 5 Golf “Lucky and Good.”

The Florida native has been seen wearing Jordans on the green that “aren’t for sale to the public” — like this yet-to-be-released model seen in July 2021.

“I know MJ pretty well and we wear the same size so I get a lot of his old shoes,” Bubba told a local Detroit news station when asked about the pair above, which he wore during the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July.

This recent tease of the Air Jordan 4 Retro “Red Thunder” is part of the Jordan brand’s highly anticipated holiday season collection and is set to be released sometime in December 2021 at a retail price of $190.

 

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Pat Perez and his lavish obsession with Air Jordans

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If you follow Pat Perez at all on his social media, his love for the Air Jordan brand will become apparent pretty quickly.

This love affair, which has evolved into the Phoenix native having a dedicated Jordan shoe room full of over 1,000 pairs, had humble beginnings: the first Jordans Pat got his hands on were a beat-up pair out of a trash can in high school.

“To go from pulling a pair of cement gray Jordan IVs out the trash when in junior high—unable to afford such a luxury—to MJ telling me last summer in Monte Carlo that he would make that for me in a golf shoe…never in my wildest dreams.”

Double P is now living his wildest dreams as he has become an unofficial bridge (but official brand ambassador) for Air Jordans in the golf world: He gets early access to unreleased Jordan golf shoes, most recently the Air Jordan 4 Bred in a golf version back in July of 2021.

Based on the comments on his IG post, these will likely sell out and trade at a premium on the multi-billion dollar sneaker reselling market.

Pay more attention to Pat’s feet on tour, and you’ll see he wears Jordans more often than not.

Here are some pictures we snapped on the PGA Tour this year. Perez is wearing Air Jordan 5’s in black metallic and wolf grey.

Pat’s collection off the golf course will inspire insane levels of envy in any serious sneaker collector. Living in his vast collection are several pairs of rare shoes worth five to six figures apiece.

He recently flexed a Friends & Family only release of the Board of Governors Jordan 1’s.

At only 88 pairs with none currently on the market at the moment, these are estimated to have a resale value of $20,000-$40,000 based on a Friends & Family release of the same model in a similar colorway.

StockX listing of the Jordan 1 Retro Fragment Friends and Family at $34,000+.

Pat’s favorite shoe is the Jordan IV, specifically the Wahlburg IV, which recently sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $33,000.

The 45-year-old is all about sharing his passion: he recently gave away part of his collection to his Instagram audience.

We don’t blame you if you’re starting to consider an upgrade of standard spikes to Jordan golf shoes after hearing about the level at which Double P loves and flaunts the iconic brand.

Additionally, you can even make money owning and trading Jordan golf shoes. For example, the Jordan 11 “Concord” golf shoe retailed at $220 in 2019 and now trades consistently between $350-$700 per pair on StockX.

And we wouldn’t be surprised if Pat Perez comes out with a shoe that will appreciate in value in a similar fashion.

You can learn more about this market at Six Figure Sneakerhead, a top educational resource for sneaker resellers worldwide.

Featured image: Double P holding a pair of 1999 Air Jordan 4 White Cement in front of his massive Air Jordan collection

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