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Tiger Woods’ Winning WITB: 2018 Tour Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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  1. big jones

    Oct 10, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I can relate to the LPGA WTIB, but not this one. Wasn’t it Mickelson who said he needed better sticks?

  2. J.R.

    Sep 26, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Can you say Mizuno MP-9s?! I believe the Phase 1 happened back in 1990… lol

  3. Yogi Bear

    Sep 26, 2018 at 4:01 am

    oh, I could’a swore his driver was 44.874 and 1/3. 3 wood, 42.23 and 1/8. 5 wood 40.3 and 1/4. Hahahaha!! you guys kill me with this nonsense.

  4. Lee

    Sep 26, 2018 at 12:37 am

    I find it interesting that Tiger had a Ping grip on his putter…did anyone else notice this?

    • Tony

      Sep 26, 2018 at 10:29 am

      This is the grip he’s been using since his amateur days. Despite all of the different grips that have come out over the last decades, he likes this one the best. And he has always blacked out the PING logo with a sharpie to keep it low key for his sponsors.

  5. Bob

    Sep 24, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    The best players use Taylormade. It’s interesting but no one wins with Callaway on tour. What does that tell you?

    • Thomas A

      Oct 3, 2018 at 9:19 am

      2017/2018 winners using Callaway: Aaron Wise, Patrick Reed, Brice Garnett, Phil Mickelson.

    • WAGs all day

      Oct 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Tells me you have no idea wtf you are talking about

  6. Curt

    Sep 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Shouldn’t it be illegal for other golf companies to just copy clubs?

    • John Bennett

      Sep 24, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Like everything titleist and Cameron put out?

  7. Rock

    Sep 24, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I’m gonna get Tiger’s exact set of clubs… so I can feeeel what he feeeels… booyah!!!

  8. Ricky J Tomes

    Sep 24, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I wonder who really makes those TW proto-type irons? Could it be Miura?

    • namnam

      Sep 25, 2018 at 4:34 am

      A very interesting article on the topics. Please keep posting more on this. For more info/

  9. JP

    Sep 24, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I like how he abuses his putter. The thing has won him a ton and earlier this year I saw him jamming it in the holes on the practice green scooping golf balls out. I’m worried about scratching my $179 putter. He doesn’t GAF. It was great seeing it.

  10. Steve Cantwell

    Sep 24, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Probably a stupid question, but why do people care what shafts Tiger Woods uses? Do they expect the same results if they were to use the same product?

    • MacAttack67

      Sep 24, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      He uses Dynamic Gold in his irons. The members here love to trash Dynamic Gold for hundreds of reasons yet it is still the #1 shaft on Tour by a mile and is played by the best players. Maybe Phil should switch back?

    • Ricky J Tomes

      Sep 24, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      The funny thing is people do expect the same results from using the same equipment he uses. Along, with the rest of the buying industry. That very thing is what drives the industry. Look how they market clubs and shafts and balls. Funny I Know.

    • Benny

      Sep 29, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Would you also like to know what car he drives? Or maybe what he eats for lunch? Follow them on Twitter? Color of his underwear… wait what?

  11. Andrew Tursky

    Sep 24, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Many people are questioning Tiger’s wood shafts. We’ve confirmed directly through Mitsubishi and Darrell that he’s playing Mitsubishi’s “Diamana D+ White” 70 gram in his driver and 80 gram in his fairway woods.

    • Jon

      Sep 25, 2018 at 7:08 am

      Andrew – can you use the power of Golfwrx and the Golfnerdery gods to get the details of the loft/lie of his irons – in fact I think this would be a welcome addition to all WITB. Thanks.

    • Tim

      Sep 25, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      He had Tensei orange or white prior, do we know why he switched?

  12. Andy

    Sep 24, 2018 at 6:26 am

    What loft is his PW? What’s the gap between it and his 56?

    • JuannyBravo

      Sep 24, 2018 at 10:25 am

      lol. Tiger doesn’t need a gap wedge

    • Karl

      Sep 24, 2018 at 11:56 am

      I believe it’s 50 degrees for his PW. Old school lifts.

    • Jon

      Sep 25, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Great question. Also, 3-PW means nothing these days, it would be nice if they could list the loft/lie so we could know in much the same way as woods and hybrids are listed.

      And then of course change them to his lofts then we will all play like him 🙂

  13. travis

    Sep 24, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Well, this might be one of those clubs that does not fit for everyone, I might be lucky enough to be in the general targeted audience. Although it may not be the greatest club, but it’s not too bad either

  14. D Mack

    Sep 23, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    It’s the D+ LTD, I have one n my diver (S) flex. Smooth feeling shaft that I know. Long too.

  15. Fred

    Sep 23, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    It’s the df series not the d+

  16. Travis

    Sep 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    HE’S BAAAACK!!!

  17. Ryan Michael

    Sep 23, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Wrong shafts he uses the newer line not the old school ones that are 73 and 83 grams.

  18. dat

    Sep 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Was the Cameron sent in for refinishing work? How current is that photo?

  19. Ben

    Sep 23, 2018 at 10:09 am

    What´s about the length of the wood shafts? He has far less clubhead speed than at the beginning of the season.

    • Kevin

      Sep 24, 2018 at 11:39 am

      I’m curious about shaft length too, but I don’t think that is why his clubhead speed is down a little. this week he FINALLY brought is ‘range swing’ to the course. Just watch video of his smooth, controlled swing while warming up then he gets to the 1st tee and comes out of his shoes and sprays it all over the place! You would think he’d have figured that out a long time ago but he did this week. Hopefully he keeps it going at the Ryder Cup.

  20. Matt

    Sep 23, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Driver is Diamana D+ LTD 70 TX
    3 wood and 5 wood are Diamana D+ LTD 80 TX

    • Jim

      Sep 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Yea they kinda really really messed up that one.

  21. Marius Bjone

    Sep 23, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Are you sure he’s not playing the Diamana DF-series?

    /MB

    • Matt

      Sep 24, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Forsure the Diamana LTD D+ graphics

      Typically he has been 44.75″ driver
      roughly 42.5 and 41.5 in the fairways

      • Matt

        Sep 24, 2018 at 5:41 pm

        Correction: It was 44.875″ for the driver… not 44.75… my bad

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2021 Callaway Epic Speed Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about the new equipment from Callaway

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It’s the official launch day of the all-new Callaway Epic Speed line of metal woods, which includes both driver and fairway wood models—Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic LS. To summarize the newest releases, Callaway engineers are taking their artificial intelligence as far as they ever have by using it to optimize both the face and body of the driver to deliver forgiveness and distance increasing ball speed across the face like never before.

If are looking for in-depth information, on the ins and outs of the new designs and the technology that makes them possible, check out our full launch pieces below.

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

The Epic Speed is the fastest swinging driver Callaway has ever made. The elevated Cyclone Aero Design gives players a clubhead that gets through the air and down into impact faster creating even more ball speed opportunities.

2021 Callaway Epic Max driver

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Max driver is a heater, but more than anything, it’s forgiving. Using all the tech bells and whistles from Epic Speed (AI-designed Jailbreak and Flash Face), Callaway made the Epic Max crown lighter with even more triaxial carbon, saving 19 grams of discretionary weight, which allows them to create an even deeper CG and higher MOI. A rear sliding 17-gram weight in the trunk to tune in launch and shape and the OptiFit hosel provides up to 20 yards of shot shape correction.

2021 Callaway Epic Max LS

Out with the Sub Zero and in with the most playable players driver Callaway has created. With a neutral shape and weight configuration that is the more fade bias of the Callaway family, the new LS has a very high MOI (8,400+) for a tour-inspired driver. The idea was to give high speed players something fast all while mitigating the big miss better players fear. Yes, we all fear a big miss, but at high speeds, the foul ball is, well, a bit more foul. The new triaxial carbon crown saves 13 grams of weight, which was redistributed to increase MOI and lower CG.

Perspectives from the GolfWRX forums

  • bcflyguy1 – I’ve also found the Max head to be excellent when lofted down and weight pushed to the toe; becomes surprisingly neutral when configured as such. Obviously can see where many will prefer the more muted sound/feel and compact footprint of the Speed head or may need the greater fade bias from the Max LS and its Trip Diamond-ish shaping. However, the Max offers a VERY rare combination of tons or horsepower but with sufficient traction control to keep even me from figuratively wrapping it around a light pole.
  • noodle3873 – Just got back from hitting balls. My local Pro was breaking in his Epic LS 9° against his Mavrik SZ TD 9°. Both heads were built/hotmelted to the same weight. He was using GC Quad and brand new Srixon range balls (not ideal but numbers are like for like). On average he was getting more launch, more ball speed and a couple more yards out of the LS.
  • mtp –  I hit the whole lineup today. Not a fitting.  Just trying them out. Was using the HZRDUS Smoke Green. LS was best for me. Prefer the shape, sound and feel over my current Sim Max.
  • zeke66 – This thing is a beast. Hit it with a Paderson ballistic tp. I was swinging awful with all 3 drivers I was hitting including gamer, and wouldn’t leave the hitting bay until I started hitting it better. So I grabbed the Max Ls 9.0 and worked through it. Average ball speed was around 177 low 120’s with spin around 2100-2200, launch 12-15. When you catch one on the screws… it goes as good as anything I think.

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GolfWRX’s resident equipment tester, Brian Knudson of the Club Junkie podcast, had this to say

Epic Max driver: A lot of draw bias, but easy to launch high and takes some right side out even with a neutral weight. Sound and feel are improved over Mavrik, much more muted and solid feeling. Center strikes are hot, and even misses carry some good ball speed.

Epic Speed driver: The best looking of the Epic drivers. Offers the most penetrating flight. Seems to be pretty low spin and easy to work the ball in either direction. Misses don’t stay online as well with more curvature. It is long and going to be a really good option for skilled players.

Epic Max LS driver: Very forgiving and offering a straighter flight than Max. Slightly lower trajectory as well. Toe misses hold their line better than the other two. Shots low on the face don’t get up as high as expected but still carry. Misses off-center still have good carry distance

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Best utility iron of 2021 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing 2021 utility irons. WRXer ‘Krod10359’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“Just want to know your opinion on what new utility iron you have hit this year. Looks like a lot of solid offerings out right now from Ping, Srixon and Callaway. Let me hear what you have to say about these clubs.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

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.

  • hypergolf: “This…(photo above)”
  • TigerInTheWoods: “Sim Udi is a beauty. Launches a bit higher and is a bit more forgiving than the P790 UDI which was really the benchmark for this kind of club.”
  • craz-e: “Hard to go past the Srixon for performance and value. The current offerings from Titleist (u500 & u501) and Mizuno (HMB) are also great options and worth trying.”
  • Golfingfanatic: “The new Callaway one is pretty good.”

Entire Thread: “Best utility iron of 2021”

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2021 Callaway Epic driver: Epic Speed, Epic Max & Epic LS drivers

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Callaway Golf introduces new Epic driver lineup for 2021—Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers—giving us the best of everything.

When it comes to a hot face, Callaway Golf has been at the top of the heap since its introduction of Jailbreak Technology back in 2017. In simplest terms, Jailbreak allowed Callaway to vertically stiffen the face, which allows the face to absorb a ton of energy and release it right back into the golf ball.

When Epic hit the market, it was instantly the driver of that year due to its ball speeds and forgiveness across the face, but most importantly for Callaway, it gave the company a strong foundation to build from for models to come.

In 2020, with the help of artificial intelligence, Callaway engineers were able push that idea a bit further with the successful Mavrik line. This time, artificial intelligence took Jailbreak and found ways to make it even more efficient with the addition of the Flash Face.

Now, in 2021, using every piece of tech at its disposal, Callaway officially launches the new 2021 Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers.

The new AI-designed, carbon-loaded, MOI machines are the culmination of now four iterations of Jailbreak technology, and in my opinion, Callaway has its fastest but more importantly—most golf-course friendly—driver ever.

Let’s dive in…

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

New 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

The Epic Speed is the fastest swinging driver Callaway has ever made. The elevated Cyclone Aero Design gives players a clubhead that gets through the air and down into impact faster creating even more ball speed opportunities.

New 2021 Callaway Epic Speed Driver, Cyclone Aero Shaping

In addition, the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and the new look Jailbreak Speed Frame create stiffness not only vertically across the face but east and west as well. The result? Speed, stability, and a ton of forgiveness.

The new 2021 Callaway driver, face on

“Spin robustness” is another key term in the 2021 Callaway campaign. What this means for us is giving players spin where we need it (i.e. off the heel spin stays down, off the toe spin stays up, out of the middle the ball goes forever).

Another key aspect to notice across the line is the enhanced composite crown. The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver has a triaxial carbon crown that covers even more real estate allowing Callaway to redistribute 16 grams of discretionary weight. The larger carbon surface area also innately created a way for Callaway R&D to make the Epic Speed a bit more draw friendly without having to add external weight to the heel.

Callaway Epic Speed driver, address

2021 Callaway Epic Max driver

Sole view of the new Callaway Epic Max driver

Yes, the new 2021 Callaway Epic Max driver is a heater, but more than anything, it’s forgiving. Using all the tech bells and whistles from Epic Speed (AI-designed Jailbreak and Flash Face), Callaway made the Epic Max crown with even more triaxial carbon, saving 19 grams of discretionary weight, which allows them to create an even deeper CG and higher MOI. A rear sliding 17-gram weight in the trunk to tune in launch and shape and the OptiFit hosel provides up to 20 yards of shot shape correction.

The New 2021 Callaway Epic Max Driver, Sliding weight

The New 2021 Callaway Epic Max Driver, Address

2021 Callaway Epic Max LS

Incorporating the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and Jailbreak technology, Callaway has created a new more forgiving profile in a players driver.

Out with the Sub Zero and in with the most playable players driver Callaway has created. With a neutral shape and weight configuration that is the more fade bias of the Callaway family, the new LS has a very high MOI (8,400+) for a tour-inspired driver. The idea was to give high speed players something fast all while mitigating the big miss better players fear. Yes, we all fear a big miss, but at high speeds, the foul ball is, well, a bit more foul. The new triaxial carbon crown saves 13 grams of weight, which was redistributed to increase MOI and lower CG.
Like Epic Max, LS also has a sliding weight to tune in adjustability.
Inspired by the Triple Diamond tour heads of the past, Callaway decided to go away from cranking spin down to oblivion and offer a driver that was actually closer to what the tour leans towards. Yes, they love a low spin head, but not too low spin. The Triple Diamond heads were basically a Sub Zero shape in a higher MOI profile. If you go through our tour photos, you will see more Triple Diamonds than anything. Obliterating launch and spin sounds good for Trackman, but it’s hard to play that way on the golf course all the time.

Initial Tour Reaction

I had a chance to chat with  Callaway’s PGA Tour Manager Jacob Davidson on the early response and this is what he had to say.

JW: In early testing, what is the first thing players are seeing with Speed and LS?

JD: Early feedback from the tour guys has been a noticeable difference in an increase in ball speed across the face but more importantly the dispersion has tightened down range. Many guys have also quickly fallen in love with the sound of the new metal woods.

JW: What most excited you with the new line?

JD: We knew early on with this product launch that we had an exceptional driver. To start- the look of the heads and the shaping allows the clubs to sit beautifully at the address position. From there the overall feel and sound matches exactly what tour guys prefer. The guys we have worked with have converted into the new woods extremely quickly with very positive feedback. For us, we are excited to have some great starting lines, a competitive ball speed advantage, and an increase in forgiveness.

We are constantly studying what makes world class drivers of the golf ball world class. After much research, we determined the ideal spin/ degree of launch and worked closely with our R&D team to reach these numbers. We were absolutely amazed to see what they came back to us with. Using AI they were able to figure out how to increase the MOI in this line of drivers while also focusing on more ball speed. It truly is remarkable the new frontier of technology we are using in our drivers to help our players play their best golf.

Overall Thoughts

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Epic Flash (acoustics), and Mavrik was solid but didn’t blow me away. This new 2021 Callaway Epic line of drivers is exactly what players want: a golf club that is playable all while providing the distance and performance we have gotten used to over the past few years. It’s a new trend in the market that I’m loving. Drivers are becoming golf course friendly again. We tried to kill spin—when ultimately it was our best friend in the long run.

Specs

At Retail: 2/18

Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees (Epic Speed) 9, 10.5 degrees(Epic Max & Epic Max LS)

Price: $529.99

Stock Shaft Offerings

  • Epic Speed Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g – S)
  • Epic MAX Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g -S)
  • Epic MAX LS: Mitsubishi MMT (60g – S,X. 70g – S,X)
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