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#TigerTuesdays: Every 2-iron Tiger Woods has ever used

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A lot of golfers can hit the stinger, but when Tiger Woods was in his absolute prime there wasn’t a golfer on the planet that did it better. It’s part of the reason many still refer to the shot as “The Tiger Stinger” because of the way it took off and the trajectory it produced.

Beyond The Open Championship, the 2-iron has become a thing of the past in Tiger’s bag, and it has since been replaced with a much more user-friendly and versatile 5-wood. But over the years, Tiger used a number of different clubs to execute the shot. Here’s a look back at every 2-iron Tiger ever played.

Ping Eye 2 (1-iron )

Naturally, the very first 2-iron isn’t a two-iron at all, although the argument could be made about modern lofts and hotter club faces. During his junior career, Tiger used Ping Eye 2 irons and with that carried the matching 1 and 2 iron from the set. In this piece; History of the stingerTiger explains the origin of the club and how he learned to hit the now-famous shot.

Mizuno MP-29

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Through college and leading up to his first Masters win, it is well documented that Tiger played a mixed set of Mizuno MP-29 and MP-14 irons split 2-4 (MP-29) and 5-PW (MP-14).

The MP-29’s were included in our Greatest Mizuno Blades of all time, and compared to the MP-14’s, offered lower offset to help with trajectory control.

Titleist 681 T

Once Tiger signed an equipment deal with Titleist he set to work to build his ideal set with their club maker Larry Bobka. The set became the Titleist 681 and the story behind them is quite fascinating: The real story behind Tiger’s 681T irons. This is right around the time the “stinger” started to gain real notoriety as Tiger used it to help rack up major wins.

To be fair, the shot featured in the video below isn’t a stinger, but it still makes for a great excuse to show Tiger hitting a 260-plus yard 2-iron.

Various Nike Blade 2-irons

Once Tiger made the switch to Nike equipment, things is his bag began to change, but the one constant was still a 2-iron and it came in many shapes and forms over the years. There were the original blades (pictured above) and then all of the following models including the VR TW and VR Pro Forged.

(VR Pro 3-iron pictured)

It was also with Nike that Tiger began to really experiment with 5-woods, which ultimately led him to make the permanent switch, with the first being the Nike T40, but as you will see next the 2-iron did go through a technology upgrade.

Nike VRS Cavity

I can’t imagine the team at Nike expected their most forgiving forged iron to end up in Tiger’s bag, but that’s exactly what happened when he decided to use the VRS Forged (from a spec note it was a black sole 3 iron bent to 2 iron loft). It was one of the only Nike cavity back irons that Tiger ever put into action.

TaylorMade UDI

When Tiger made the switch to TaylorMade, golfers got very excited to see what would eventually end up in his golf bag. He was experimenting a lot before settling since the above picture was taken at a clinic not long after he officially signed the deal, but the one club that stuck around was the UDI (Ultimate Driving Iron).

TaylorMade GapR LO

It was shorted lived, but a short life well lived, is better than no life lived at all – right?

It was the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie where Tiger Woods was spotted testing a TaylorMade GAPR LO long iron replacement. The GAPR series was available in HI, MID, and LO, and the one Tiger used was a tour only prototype with a fixed hosel compared to the eventual retail versions that offered adjustability.

TaylorMade P790

The Open Champion is where a number of OEM generally launch driving irons and 2019 was no different. The TaylorMade P790 UDI was launched and Tiger was spotted testing one early in the week at Royal Portrush. He had it in and out of his bag the remainder of the season but mostly stuck to his trusted 5-wood.

 

 

 

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  3. Delbert

    May 20, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Lord I wish I could still hit my Apex II 2 iron!

  4. Give it break please

    May 19, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Wow another Daily Tiger Woods story ????

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VRST Golf unveils new clothing line for 2023

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This week, a new golf clothing line was announced by VRST Golf.

The brand launched in 2021 and is a men’s apparel line that brings style and versatility to both the athlete and everyday man, where pieces can be worn for training to casually getting around town.

With the Golf season right around the corner, their first-ever golf collection brings modern style that can be worn on-course and off. You can find all of the available items here: VRST

VRST Golf offers versatile and trendy golf tops, bottoms, and layering pieces. The line provides styling options for the versatile golfer with gear that goes beyond the course. The collection is now available online and at select DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy locations and will be expanding to over 180 store locations by end of February.

Check out VRST’s launch video here:

 

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Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K lineup now includes mallets

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What you need to know: In January 2022, in the name of creating a blades with the MOI of mallets and forward CG, Odyssey threw everything at the wall with the Tri-Hot 5K family of blade putters: stainless steel, tungsten, 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. A year later, the company is bringing the same technology package to mallets with the Rossie and Seven models. The Tri-Hot 5K lineup now stands at seven putters (four with multiple necks).

2023 Odyssey Tri-Hot putters: Features and technology

Engineers applied the “Tri-Hot formula” utilized in blade putters in 2022 to move CG forward and raise MOI for a more forgiving mallet design — and a 5,000 IZZ inertia level (hence “5K”). Golfers will see improved speed and spin control, as well as consistency on off-center hits, according to the company, resulting in golf balls that finish closer to the hole when sub-optimally struck.

Stainless steel front: Odyssey touts the side-spin reducing capabilities of the 303 stainless steel hosel and face area for off-center putts. Tighter dispersion and putts that a more likely to go in results. Acting in a complementary fashion, the rear of the mallets are milled for tighter shape and weight tolerances that allows the CG to remain forward.

Tungsten front weights: Up to 120 grams of tungsten is positioned behind the face in the heel and toe sections of the putter heads. The resulting forward CG improves roll and increases inertia.

Interchangeable front weights: Available in 5, 10, 15 and 20 grams to dial in head weight and performance.

White Hot insert: 2023 Tri-Hot 5K putters add the iconic two-part urethane White Hot insert, which was originally developed using the same material as Callaway’s Rule 35 golf ball. White Hot, with its “firm but soft” properties has been a long-time favorite of Callaway staffers and recreational golfers. According to Callaway, “They’ve been asking for us to bring these technologies back and we’ve listened.” Can’t argue with that.

Stroke Lab shaft: The newest generation of Callaway’s multi-material Stroke Lab shaft features a shortened steel section and reduced weight (seven grams). Additionally it is stiffer. All of this leads to more stability and consistency.

Additional model details

Full lineup details — and who they’re for — including 2022 releases, via Callaway. 

One: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation

Two: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation. Less rounded than the One.

Three: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a flow neck hosel yielding more toe hang making it suitable for strokes with more aggressive swing arc and face rotation

Double Wide (CH, CB): CH: A wide blade with a crank neck hosel yielding moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes with moderate swing arc and face rotation. CS: Face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation

Triple Wide (DB, CS): DB: A face-balanced double bend wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation. CS: A face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation.

Rossie: (DB, S): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S: A mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation.

Seven (DB, S, CH): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S:  mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation. CH: a mallet with a crank hosel, suitable for strokes with moderate arc and face rotation.

Pricing and availability

At retail: March 2, 2022

Price: $399.99

Standard grip: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Pistol

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Best players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best ‘Players’ irons of 2023. WRXer ‘odshot68’ kicks off the thread saying, “Looking to get a new set of players irons this spring and wondering what you guys like. Distance control is very important; I’m not a fan of irons with hotspots,” and our members have been selecting their favorites from recent releases 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.

  • noodle3872: “Titleist T100/T100S should be in the conversation.”
  • sadclevelandsports: “I love my T100s, but recently tried the new Cobra CBs, and they are just as high quality.”
  • edwelly: “I have been fortunate enough to have several nice sets of irons. A couple of Maura sets and, most recently, the Bridgestone J40s. Today I took out my new Srixon ZX5/ZX7s, and they are phenomenal irons. I cannot recommend those enough. “
  • KevCannon: “T100 should be on the shortlist to try.”

Entire Thread: “Best Players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss”

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