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What you need to know about Tiger Woods’ new Graphite Design Tour AD-VF driver shaft

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Tiger Woods is making his PGA Tour return at the 2023 Hero World Challenge this week, which marks the first time we’ll see him tee it up in competition since the 2023 Masters.

On Tuesday, we spotted Woods in the Bahamas using a new, unreleased TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver prototype equipped with a new Graphite Design Tour AD-VF 6 X red and black shaft.

Back in September, if you remember, Justin Thomas switched into a Graphite Design Tour AD-VF 5 X shaft in his Titleist TSR3 driver. Thomas wanted a longer driver option, and he found 15 more yards thanks to the new 45.625-inch driver.

This week, Woods showed up with the same shaft model (just slightly heavier and stiffer, due to the shorter length compared to Thomas).

So, what is it about this AD-VF shaft that’s attracting top names such as Thomas and Woods?

According to Graphite Design’s website, the AD-VF metalwood shafts have a “FIRM+” butt section, a “STIFF” mid-section, and a “VERY STIFF” tip section.

The “VF” stands for “Victory Force,” and the design promotes a low/mid launch, with low spin. The shafts, which are designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan Factory, use “TORAYCA M40X” pre-preg material in the butt section, and “TORAYCA T1100G” pre-preg in the mid/tip sections to produce better control, stability, and feel.

Here’s how the AD-VF shaft compares to other shafts in the Graphite Design family, according to the company’s website, and as you can see, it’s as stiff as anything Graphite Design offers across the butt, mid, and tip sections. Reductively, you could call it the “stiffest shaft in the lineup.”

As a reminder, Woods most recently gamed the Fujikura Ventus Black with a TaylorMade Stealth Plus head at the Masters in April.

Woods is set to tee off on Thursday at 11:52 a.m. EST alongside Justin Thomas.

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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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    Nov 29, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    What you need to know is it’s like the orange ADDI with a lot lower trajectory.

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Why Tiger’s new clothing brand is called ‘Sun Day Red’ and not ‘Sunday Red’

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This week, TayorMade and Tiger Woods released their new clothing line, called “Sun Day Red”.

The promotional video was fantastic, but golf fans were a bit perplexed by the fact that “Sun Day” was two words rather than one.

While speaking to the New York Times, TaylorMade’s CEO, David Abeles, explained the meaning.

“Sunday red is the color that Mr. Woods has made very famous on Sundays, but Mr. Woods plays golf on more than just Sundays.”

Abeles also talked about the importance of “three’s”

That clears it up, right?

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Tony Finau’s wife is ‘selling’ his golf clubs for 99 cents (including a free Foresight launch monitor!)

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Early this week, Tony Finau’s wife, Alayna, decided to sell Tony’s golf clubs.

In a TikTok video, Alayna explained, “It’s Feb. 12 and he hasn’t asked me to be his Valentines yet … ”

“Golf Clubs for sale, 99 cents. Hits far, thick grips, custom leather, head covers, Foresight launch monitor included,” Alayna added.

While speaking at his pre-tournament press conference for this week’s Genesis Invitational, Tony said,

“I’m not on TikTok but yesterday one of the equipment reps said to me, ‘Your wife is so funny. I can’t believe she’s selling (your clubs) for 99 cents.’ I just went along with it and smiled but in my head I was thinking, ‘I don’t really know what he’s talking about,’ “Then I went on Instagram and saw a post about it and I had a good laugh. It’s too funny.”

This is an important reminder out there to make sure we all remember our significant others on Valentines Day!

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Will your scores suffer if you play clubs from 10 years ago? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the impact (if any) playing clubs from 10 years ago will have on scores. WRXer ‘theothertwo’ kicks off the thread asking:

“Will your scores suffer if you played with your driver, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putter?  If so, how many strokes more?  

The advantage of new clubs will be technology of course.  The advantage of old clubs is familiarity and mastery.”

And our members have been weighing in with their thoughts on the matter 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.

  • TheDominator273: “Probably a couple strokes improvement with a well fit current driver, and if the wedges have been used for a decade, fresh wedges (not necessarily needing to be current line stuff) are probably worth at least a stroke a round as well just by having new grooves.”
  • GHIN n Juice: “Nah.  2013 I was probably playing an SLDR or Cally Optiforce440 and a set of mp53s. I could easily put any of those back on the bag and not miss a step today.”
  • PARETO: “Suffer? Not even a little in the irons or putter. My low round last year was with 23 year old irons and a 16 year old putter. Driver / shaft on the other hand is where gains lie over the past 10 years. Oh and fresh grooved wedges.”

Entire Thread: “Will your scores suffer if you play clubs from 10 years ago? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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