Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship completing the most dramatic career comeback since Ben Hogan. His presence boosted ticket sales by 170% and the final round viewership by 206% from last year. Woods victory was an emotional high for his millions of fans with Golf Channel and NBC coverage showing little of the other 29 players on Sunday.
Woods signed an equipment deal with TaylorMade Golf in 2017 after his former supplier Nike left the club business. As he worked his way back to the winner circle the exact composition of his bag has continued to evolve, most significantly going back to the Scotty Cameron putter he used for most of his 14 majors and 80 tournament wins.
His other departure from all TMaG is the Bridgestone ball his chose, the spinier version of the Tour B line.
Woods clubs used for the Tour Championship win:
Driver: TaylorMade M3 8.5˚ (Mitsubishi Diamana White 70+)
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 13˚ & TaylorMade M1 (Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 90TX)
Irons: TaylorMade prototype TW Phase 1 3 through pitching wedge (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 56° & 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Looking at what equipment was used by the winners over the 48-event PGA Tour season ending with the Tour Championship as in past years shows domination by Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls and by TaylorMade Golf’s M3 and M4 drivers.
Every week of the year Titlesit was the most played ball and those using it accounted for 29 wins. TaylorMade TP5 players won 9 times, Bridgestone–6, Srixon–3 and Callaway Chrome Soft–2.
Again this season, TMaG drivers were in the bags of the largest number of players and they were used in 21 victories. Next was Titleist with 10, Ping with 6, Callaway with 4 and Cobra with 3. Bridgestone, PRGR, PXG and Wilson each had one win.
Flight Tuning from Tour Edge: Tour Edge is touting their new EXS driver, a precursor of a whole new club family, as being loaded with technology and a Flight Tuning System so users can customize it to fit their swings. Weight saved from using a carbon fiber crown and section of the sole along with a thinner lighter variable thickness face meant two weight screws could be added. These are the heart of the Flight Tuning System and along with an adjustable (+/- 2°) hosel give golfers a real chance to have a driver with a draw bias to compensate for a left to right ball flight. We also like the idea of their slice-fighting RollFace with added bulge and roll towards the toe and a new lower-drag head shape. Add to all this wider speed slots in the sole to help preserve ball speed when impact is low on the face. The EXS is quite a package but the best feature is the price $300 meaning this is a latest-in-technology driver $100 to $200 less than the competition.
EXS fairway woods:
-Locate the 11-gram heel weight & 3-gram rear weight to lower spin, reduce slicing with medium launch or switch positions for medium spin, neutral shot shape and higher launch
-Carbon fiber toe to save weight
-Wider channels in sole for more clubhead speed
-Carpenter steel variable thickness face
-$229.99 with stock Mitsubishi Tensei shaft
-Adjustable weight in sole
-Wider sole channels for more clubhead speed by reducing turf contact
-Steel variable thickness cup face to increase forgiveness
-Forward center of gravity to reduce spin
-$199.99 with stock Mitsubishi Tensei shaft
Garcia’s Ryder Cup Flat Stick: Sergio Garcia was conspicuous in his absence from the Tour Championship but his play since wining the 2017 Masters has not been very good. Moving from TaylorMade to Callaway may be part of the reason, it almost always takes time to get the feel of new clubs plus getting married and starting a family can divert a player’s attention as well. He hopes to change that with some better play at the Portugal Masters this week and switching putters to a Ryder Cup themed Odyssey Toulon Atlanta. It is a mid-size mallet, fully milled with a multi-material aluminum sole plate and short-slant hosel.