Between Augusta and the PGA Championship this week in Tulsa Tiger Woods has been busy. Justin Thomas revealed that the Tiger had simply granted himself a day off on his return from the Masters and the TaylorMade teams made him proposals for the evolution of his equipment which the former world number 1 tested before the second major of the season.
Rarely does Woods make such big changes to the lineup of his bag as the one between the Augusta Masters and the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club. On his return from Georgia in mid-April, his equipment supplier TaylorMade submitted a proposal for an upgrade, which the Tiger welcomed with great pleasure.
The idea was to replace his 5 wood with a long iron capable of carrying the ball further with a higher trajectory. The Carlbad brand engineers started with a P 770 whose “Cavity Back” design increases forgiveness and promotes higher ball speeds.
Various P 770 3-irons and 2-irons as well as P 790 models were sent to him in Jupiter, Florida. After extensive testing, Tiger showed up in Tulsa last Sunday with both P 770 irons in his bag. These carry the ball between 5 and 8 meters further, their take-off angle is greater and the spin is around an excellent 4,000 rpm.
More comfortable with these irons than with his 5 wood, Woods will therefore begin his first round this Thursday at 3:11 p.m. with a major change in the composition of his bag. The goal is to increase his level of precision while maintaining the high trajectories and reach of his fairway wood.
Tiger Woods' bag in detail
Driver Stealth Plus 9°
SIM 15° Wood 3
P 770 Irons (2-3)
Irons P 7TW (4-PW)
Wedge MG2 Tiger Grind (56° and 60°) "What didn't work today was that I didn't hit a lot of good iron shots.
I drove well, but my iron shots weren't very good. I couldn't get close to the flags. I got off to a good start but didn't follow through and had few birdie opportunities. My irons escaped me in both directions. A frustrating day"