Tiger Woods What’s In the Bag for 2017
As millions of golf fans awaited Tiger’s return at the Hero World Challenge at the start of the 2017 PGA season, gear-nerds could not wait to see what clubs he would carry for the event. While we found out a bit before the actual tournament began, it was still great to see Tiger not only bagging new woods, a new putter, and a new ball, but to actually see him play well.
This WITB article has been updated as of the Hero World Challenge, and will remain updated following each of Woods’ appearances this season.
Driver: TaylorMade M2 at 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 70TX
So, Tiger moved from a Nike Vapor Speed with a Matrix Ozik shaft to the M2 with a Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 70TX. I’m partial to the M2, because it’s the driver I bag. I love the look, and love that it doesn’t have the customizability that the M1 has. The Mitsubishi Rayon shaft is not an available add-on, but I know (at least in my case) the Adila Rogue Silver produces very similar results. If you aren’t particular about the shaft, other than flex, Global Golf has M2’s starting at $169.99 at the link below.
3 Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue Board 103X
For the Hero World Challenge, Tiger elected to go with the M1 3 wood at 15 degrees and the M1 5 wood at 19 degrees. We were actually able to zoom in on a frame from the coverage of the Hero to grab the blurry screen shot to the right. For those of you unfamiliar with the M1 weight system, this setup is to hit a fade, which makes sense as often times when Woods struggles it’s when he can’t keep the ball from going left.
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
When we lost saw Woods, he was carrying a Nike VRS Forged 2 iron with his set of VR Pro Blade irons. It’s no surprise to see Woods stick with these blades as he has hit them for years, and as far as blades go, they are still amongst the best on the market. With a beautiful aesthetic and smart technology, these clubs are aimed towards highly-skilled players. The forged blades help the ball glide effortlessly through the air, while Modern Muscle geometry helps to keep the CG at just the right spot for lightning fast ball speeds. With Nike no longer producing clubs, these are quickly turning into a collectors item, but we found a somewhat affordable used set on Global Golf.
Wedges: Nike VR Forged X3X (56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Golf Tour Issue S400
Designed to help out with those tricky short game shots, the VR Forged X3X wedges feature clever sole grind technologies to help you lift the ball into the air, while also providing high levels of spin. These clubs have been created to do everything you want your wedges to do, delivering impressive results time after time. The next time your ball gets stuck in the sand, you’ll want one of these in your bag.
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
We were a bit surprised to see Tiger change putters, but the selection of a Scotty Cameron putter is anything but a surprise. Easily the most popular brand of putters on tour, this is one of those custom Scotty Cameron putters that are extremely hard to find and run from $3,000-$5,000. For those wondering, yes you can buy a ‘stock’ Newport 2 from about $349 new to used on Global Golf from around $159.99.
Golf Ball: Bridgestone B330S
While not a Pro V1, the Bridgestone B330S is one of the more popular golf balls on tour. Like his shaft selection on his driver, these balls are all about max distance and low spin. The B330S also feature their SlipRes cover which provides additional control around the green. A dozen of these balls generally run around $40-$45.