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Tiger Woods made 3 gear adjustments — however 1 is not straightforward to identify

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Tiger was noticed with a brand new TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver and Graphite Design Tour AD-VF shaft.

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It’s been some time since Tiger Woods strolled the fairways at a PGA Tour occasion. Seven months, to be precise. The media members gathered at Albany within the Bahamas on Tuesday peppered Woods with questions on his well being, TGL and the way forward for the PGA Tour, but it surely wasn’t till the 15-time main winner took to the course that one other essential query — assuming you’re a gearhead — obtained a solution.

Certainly, Tiger does have some new toys within the golf bag which can be unattainable to overlook. Two weeks after Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood debuted TaylorMade’s Qi10 LS driver in Dubai, Woods turned the most recent staffer to vet the Qi10 LS driver in competitors.

As we highlighted when the driving force hit the USGA conforming driver checklist, the sliding weight observe on Qi10 has been reimagined together with the general shaping of the top.

The phrases “Carbon” may also be seen on the face, all however guaranteeing a continuation of the “Carbonwood” line TaylorMade began in 2022 with Stealth. The silver line seen on the higher portion of the face appears to be like eerily much like the laser alignment system TaylorMade added to its Stealth fairway woods a number of years in the past as an alignment software.

The LS on the driving force little doubt denotes it’s the “Low Spin” mannequin within the lineup, however don’t anticipate TaylorMade to cease there. A second model with a devoted heel weight landed on the conforming checklist this week that’s doubtless designed to assist induce a draw for golfers who battle to include a slice.

However there’s extra to Woods’ driver change than a easy head change. Look above the hosel and also you’ll discover a Graphite Design Tour AD-VF shaft that every one however confirms his return to a shaft producer he used for giant stretches in his profession. Solely as a substitute of going again to the orange Tour AD-DI, Woods seems intent on attempting one thing that’s designed to advertise a decrease launch, when in comparison with AD-DI.

What’s fascinating about Woods’ shaft change is it simply so occurs to be the identical mannequin Justin Thomas just lately added to his “longer” Titleist TSR3 driver in Napa. Thomas initially hinted the longer driver (45.625 inches) might see just a few tournaments throughout the 12 months, solely to make use of it for each begin since Fortinet, together with the Ryder Cup.

“It’s an prompt 2 or 3 [mph] membership pace and it goes fairly a bit additional,” Thomas mentioned. “It was simply one thing I wished to have.”

Tiger and Thomas are good pals who discuss commonly, so it’s attainable the 2 mentioned the shaft upfront of Woods making a change on the Hero World Problem.

After which there’s the gear change few will doubtless decide up on — a return to steer tape on Woods’ famed Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter. Gearheads are used to seeing Woods add lead tape to the cavity yearly throughout the Open Championship. A 1-inch strip of lead tape, which weighs about 2 grams, has been added to the putter to extend total head weight in an try and get the ball rolling to the outlet, one thing he’s struggled to do on slower greens.

“Usually after I’ve come over right here and nearly nearly each single Open I’ve performed in, I’d put lead tape on my putters to attempt to get it a bit bit heavier and get the ball rolling,” Woods mentioned in 2019.

It’s a small gear change that isn’t straightforward to identify — until you’re in search of it.

Then once more, every thing Woods does to his instruments is magnified when he’s on the course, even the tiniest of tweaks. Whether or not these tweaks can elevate Tiger’s recreation stays to be seen. We received’t have to attend lengthy to seek out out.

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Jonathan Wall

Golf.com Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Journal and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Gear. Previous to becoming a member of the employees on the finish of 2018, he spent 6 years masking tools for the PGA Tour. He could be reached at jonathan.wall@golf.com.



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