The 14-time major winner uses TaylorMade woods, irons and wedges, and has a new TaylorMade GAPR LO utility iron in the bag
Tiger Woods What’s In The Bag?
Here we take a look at the gear Tiger Woods is using this week at the Open Championship.
To combat the firm and fast fairways at Carnoustie, Woods has opted to put a new TaylorMade GAPR LO utility iron in the bag. You can read more about this club here.
It is set to 17° but he said in his press conference on Tuesday that he may add some loft to it if the conditions change.
Woods doesn’t change his gear very often, especially when it comes to his irons and wedges, but has found a relatively consistent setup as a TaylorMade staffer.
The 14-time major winner currently has the TaylorMade M3 driver in the bag as well as the M3 3 wood.
He has the 460cc M3 driver head in 8.5 of loft and pairs it up with the Mitsubishi Tensei Orange shaft, which he also has in his 3 wood.
He has had both in the bag since the turn of the year and has had the M3 5 wood in the bag, but this will likely make way for the GAPR LO.
He has recently had his old 2-iron re-shafted, taking out the Project X PXi 7.0 shaft for a graphite Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 100. It’s unclear which shaft is in his new GAPR LO model.
Prior to the recent Wells Fargo Championship, Woods unveiled a new set of TW Phase 1 bladed irons.
They were his first TaylorMade irons since signing with the company last year, having previously used a set with his company logo on that were rumoured to be Nikes.
Once again, they look to be a classic ultra-thin blade, similar to his previous models. They’re stamped with just the Taylormade ‘T’ and TW Phase 1, it will be interesting to see how these develop over the season and whether we’ll see a ‘Phase 2’ anytime soon.
“I’ve spent time with the TaylorMade R&D and Tour teams on the creation and testing of several new sets of irons for me. I am excited to put my first set of TaylorMade proto irons in play this week,” Woods said after putting the new Phase 1 irons into play.
“Every set I have ever put into play is slightly different than the previous. It’s a meticulous process and this is the first phase of that process with TaylorMade. Getting the shape just right, the sole, the topline, grooves, grinds…everything.
The 14-time major winner recently relinquished his final Nike clubs in the form of his VR Forged wedges. He now has two TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges in the same 56° and 60° lofts he previously carried.
He appears to be lacking a gap wedge but his sand wedge may be stronger than the 56° it says or his PW may be a touch weaker.
The lack of gap wedge allows him more options at the top end of the bag, hence a set of irons from 2-PW.
Woods looks set to continue with his TP Collection Admore 3 putter. He says the grooves on the face help get the ball rolling faster, ideal for the slower greens he will experience at Carnoustie.
Tiger had been testing a TaylorMade Ardmore 3 mallet at the Quicken Loans National and he ended it up putting it in the bag.
Related: More images of Woods’ new putter
His previous Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter, which he won all but one of his 14 majors with, is one of the world’s most famous putters – an old backup he had made by Scotty Cameron in 2001 recently sold for $44,000 at auction.
For the 2018 season he continues to use the Bridgestone Tour B XS golf ball after signing with the company in December 2016.
Tiger Woods What’s in the Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade M3 460, 8.5°,Mitsubishi Tensei Orange TX shaft
3 wood: TaylorMade M3, 15°,Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX
2 iron: TaylorMade GAPR LO, 17°, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 100 shaft
Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade ‘TW Phase 1’ Prototypes, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 56˚ and 60˚, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade Ardmore 3
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS
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