Throughout the 2021-22 PGA TOUR season, GolfWRX.com has been hard at work on the Equipment Report, keeping PGATOUR.com readers informed of the latest gear releases, deals from player staff, “What’s in the bag?” (WITB), custom tour designs and the stories behind them.
Last week in the Equipment Report, we published the first part of our Top 10 Gear Stories of the Seasonwhich included five stories: 1) John Daly’s wild WITB, 2) Tiger Woods’ “Tiger Slam” irons go up for auction, 3) Tony Finau’s comforting golf ball marks, 4) Golf clubs from celebrities at Pebble Beach, and 5) Tom Hoge’s custom winning putter.
This week, we’re highlighting five more stories to round out the top 10. Enjoy the throwback and we’ll see you next week at the 2022 Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa for more gear coverage.
Tiger Woods makes big kit changes in 2022
Woods only made it three times on TOUR, including the Masters, PGA Championship and Open Championship. However, with every appearance he made, Woods made headlines in the gear world.
At the Masters, Woods showed up with basically the same club setup which he used during the 2021 PNC Championship, but he shocked the world by changing his shoes.
For decades, Woods was the face of Nike Golf shoes, but due to his past injuries and surgical repair, he wore FootJoys at the Masters instead. He explained the surprising change during a press conference:
“I have very limited mobility now,” he said. “Just with the rods and plates and screws that are in my leg, I needed something different, something that allowed me to be more stable. That’s what I went for. Nike summer fantastic over the years of providing me with equipment…and…we’ve been working to try and find something that allows me to do that and swing again.We’re going to keep doing that, and hopefully we’ll have something soon.
At the PGA, Woods arrived with new irons and wedges in the bag. He started Thursday using two new TaylorMade P770 irons (2 and 3), each with True Temper’s new Dynamic Gold MID Tour Issue X100 shafts. The MID shaft was released in 2022 and is designed for slightly higher spin and launch angles than the True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts it uses in its TaylorMade P-7TW (4-PW) irons.
During rounds two and three at Southern Hills, however, Woods played with only one of the P770 practice irons, opting to put his usual TaylorMade M3 5 wood back in the bag. He also used two new TaylorMade MG3 Raw wedges (56 and 60 degrees), which were newer designs than the MG2 wedges he used at the Masters.
Then, at the 2022 Open Championship in St. Andrews, Woods made four changes to its bag configuration:
1) He changed to a Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X shaft in his TaylorMade Stealth Plus 9 degree driver.
2) He switched to a True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft in his TaylorMade P770 3 iron.
3) He continued to use a 60 degree MG3 Raw corner, but reverted to a 56 degree MG2 corner.
4) He added lead tape to the back cavity of his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter.
Check out Woods’ full WITB since we last saw him in action at The Open Championship in St. Andrews:
Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (9 degrees)
Tree: Fujikura Ventus Black 6X
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees)
Tree: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70T X
5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Tree: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX
Irons: TaylorMade P770 (3-iron), TaylorMade P-7TW (4-PW)
Trees: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Number X100
Corners: TaylorMade MG2 (56 degrees), TaylorMade MG3 Raw (60 degrees)
Trees: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Number S400
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS 2022
Handles: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord