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SPOTTED: Tiger Woods is testing a new TaylorMade iron at the 2022 PGA Championship (UPDATED)

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Note: This story is still developing and we will update as more news and photos become available. The featured image is credited to TaylorMade. 

Update: 5/17/2022

Our new in-hand photos of Tiger Woods’ 2022 WITB at the PGA Championship revealed more than we originally reported below.

In addition to adding a TaylorMade P-770 3-iron to the bag to replace his P-7TW 3-iron, it appears that Woods will also be adding a P-770 2-iron to replace his former 5-wood. Each of the new P-770 long irons are equipped with True Temper Dynamic Gold MID Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Should his bag setup stay the same during competition as it looked on Tuesday, Woods will play the 2022 PGA Championship without a 5 wood.

Read below for the original report, or click here to see Tiger’s full WITB.

Original story post below 5/16/2022

Early Monday morning, Tiger Woods played in a practice round at Southern Hills ahead of the 2022 PGA Championship. Thanks to photographs taken during his Monday session, GolfWRX members began speculating that Woods was trying out a new TaylorMade driving iron.

As it turns out, the speculation was not misguided.

We confirmed with TaylorMade on Monday afternoon that Woods is indeed testing a new TaylorMade P770 3-iron that would replace his former P-7TW 3-iron.

Unlike Woods’ P-7TW iron, the P-770 model has a hollow-bodied construction and a thru-slot speed pocket in the sole to boost ball speed across the face.

In addition to the new head, Woods’ P770 3-iron is equipped with a True Temper Dynamic Gold MID Tour Issue X100 shaft, rather than the standard X100 Tour Issue shaft he had in his P-7TW 3-iron head. True Temper’s new “MID” version is designed to increase launch and spin, providing a higher peak height and steeper landing angle.

Here’s an educational sheet on True Temper’s MID Tour Issue shaft for reference:

According to a TaylorMade rep on Monday, Woods is finding the P770 club to be “more forgiving” and he “can hit it further/higher, as well as can hit the stinger.”

We will provide an in-hand Tiger Woods WITB update as soon as possible. We’ll keep you informed on any further changes once we know.

Check out the “Tiger Woods’ new long iron at the PGA Championship” thread in our GolfWRX forums for more speculation. 

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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.

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  1. Jim

    May 19, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    He had it in the bag and should have left it in the bag. Hit it very poorly in round one.

  2. Bob

    May 18, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Wonder if those distance irons keep the ball down for those low punch out shots from the woods?

  3. 2putttom

    May 17, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    wonderful, nothin’ ventured, nothin’ gained.

  4. Horschels Lisp

    May 16, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    It’ll be out of the bag by Wednesday night. He’s done this before. Save your money WRX’ers.

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Tony Finau’s old Nike driving iron sells for ABSURD money on eBay

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While on-site at the 2022 Travelers Championship, I took photos of Tony Finau’s full WITB setup. My biggest takeaway was that he plays ridiculously large grips (Lamkin mid-size, with loads of wraps underneath; check them out here).

I also noticed he had two different putters in the bag; both are PLD Anser 2D models. According to Ping putter rep Dylan Goodwin, one of the models has about 5 grams of lead tape on the sole to help Finau with face awareness, and the other is his gamer, which features sharpie lines on the hosel section to help him with alignment and setup.

But those weren’t the most interesting points of note in Finau’s bag, or the reason I’m writing this story.

While going through Finau’s clubs, I noticed he’s still using an old Nike Vapor Fly Pro 3-iron, equipped with a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105x Hybrid shaft and loads of lead tape on the back cavity.

The Vapor Fly Pro irons first hit the market in 2016, but PGA Tour players such as Finau and Brooks Koepka continue to use the long irons as a driving iron years later.

Speaking to Finau on Tuesday at the 2022 Travelers Championship, he said that he got 6 years of use out of the original head he put in the bag in 2016 before it finally caved. The driving iron he has in the bag now is a replacement, and he says he has only one backup now.

“I got about 6 years of use out of the first one, and I’m hoping to get about 6-7 years out of this one,” Finau told GolfWRX at the Travelers. “I only have one backup, but I’m hoping I’ll get 6-7 years out of that one, too.”

Obviously, Finau has no plans of using a driving iron that’s not a Nike Vapor Fly Pro anytime in the near future. And if he acquires another backup, he’ll probably be able to play one until he’s 50 years old.

While discussing the old Nike driving iron on our latest Two Guys Talking Golf podcast episode, my co-host Brian Knudson was curious about how much they’re selling for on eBay.

That’s when we realized how ridiculously expensive (and sneaky hard to find) the Nike Vapor Fly Pro long irons are.

Check out how much they’re currently listed for on eBay!

OK, so those are listed prices, but what are they actually selling for? Here’s a look at a few recently sold versions:

Those are new driver type prices! Wow.

I guess when you consider that the iron is still being played on Tour six years after they released, and given the fact that Nike doesn’t make golf clubs anymore, and there’s a limited supply, it does make sense. Still, though, $400+ for a driving iron is a tough pill to swallow.

That being said, I absolutely need to get my hands on one to test and see what the hype is all about. Maybe I’ll start a GoFundMe page so I have some extra cash to make a competitive eBay bid.

(Check out the video version of our latest podcast below!)

Check out Finau’s full WITB from the Travelers here.

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Conner Godsey WITB 2022 (June)

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Driver: Titleist TSi2 (9 degrees @ 8.25 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Lin-Q Gunmetal 7F5 78 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (16.5 degrees @ 17.25 degrees), Titleist TSi3 (15 degrees, 0.75 degree flat lie)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White 80 TX, UST Mamiya Lin-Q M40X White 7F5 75 X

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees, 0.75 degree flat lie)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (3-4), Titleist T100 S (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 105 X (3-4), Project X 6.5 (5-PW)

Wedges: Ttileist Vokey Design SM9 (52-08F), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (60-10S)
Shafts: Project X 6.0

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Garett Reband WITB 2022 (June)

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Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX 60 TX

3-wood: PXG 0311 XF Gen5 (16 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green RDX 75 TX

Irons: PXG 0311 X Gen5 (18 degrees), PXG 0311 T Gen5 (4), PXG 0211 ST (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II (46-10, 54-10, 58-10, 60-04)
Shafts:  True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46),  True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (54-60)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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