Some athletes challenge the father. Tiger Woods is one of them, Taylor Mead writes.
It’s only been a short time since the 15-time lead champ flew 3 irons over 240 yards to stun the TaylorMade Tour crew.
It was especially impressive when you consider the poor loft and the fact that it was hitting a butter knife with the rebar attached to it.
For all of Tiger’s defiant forces, things are different with this return. Don’t get me wrong, we’re just amazing humans and appreciate that he’s able to play golf at this point, not to mention compete in the top companies.
After his trip to Augusta earlier this year, Taylor Mead’s tour team took notice and reached out to Woods with a simple question.
“Will there be any benefit from 3 irons that rose higher and farther?”
His answer: “It will be of great benefit …”
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Knowing that the P 770 offered plenty of performance in a compact, blade-like form, TaylorMade started there.
Powered by a hollow body structure filled with SpeedFoam™ Air and a Thru-Slot Speed pocket on the sole, the design is all about added tolerance and faster ball speeds.
With these ideas in mind, TaylorMade built several P 770 irons and 2 irons (even a couple P 790) and sent them to Jupiter, Florida.
After a major test, Tiger showed up to Tulsa with both P 770 irons as his bag. As expected, the P 770s carry 8-10 yards farther, shoot higher and spin around 4,000 rpm — which is optimal.
TaylorMade has been seeing it for the past 25 years, but Tiger’s Iron has been ordered. He hits the yardage accurately and controls the distance gap at the long end of his bag with the help of the P 770.
In addition to, Replace 5-wood with 2-iron It will help him keep the ball trajectory and the trajectory he is looking for (sting anyone?) with an added element of control.
The tiger rarely changes its bag, but this one is noteworthy.
If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait to see the results in live competition. Is today Thursday?
Tiger Woods Whitb
- Stealth Plus 9 degree driver
- SIM 15 ° 3wd
- P 770 irons (2-3)
- Iron P 7TW (4-PW)
- Tiger MG2 Mill Wedges (56° and 60°)
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This week, Rory McIlroy comes with an unreal track record in this tournament, having won it twice and amassed five of the top 10 finals. Although this is his first time competing on the court, don’t bet against a Northern Irishman.
“We called Rory where he was taking both shots with his driver freely. The one who pesters him and lets him fade a little bit into the right track. Then the ones that are loud and that turns that’s part of his DNA,” said senior tour representative Adrian Rietveld.
“When he’s in control of those two hits, he can go around any track in the world and win.”
Rory’s driver specifications have been closed since early in the season, when he blasted out of the gate in two DP World Tour events (T12 and 3rd).
For the fast player Rory, the focus is always on distraction and accuracy. To achieve this, the TaylorMade team shortened the length a bit for more control. He didn’t lose anything in the front distance.
On the Monday of the 2022 first major, Taylor Meade met him at the range and recorded a ball speed of 189-190 mph.
Inside the specification
- Stealth Plus 9° (actual loft 8.25°)
- lie 59 degrees
- Swing weight: D4.5
- Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X
The Number 7 oscillates globally between Stealth and SIM 3 woods, but both models have similar specs.
The lofts check in about 14.25 degrees, which is up from the 13 he’s played in the past. The increased loft allows him to see a slightly larger portion of the face in the title, while spinning at 3200 rpm.
Giving him a club that can take off a tee or get off the deck with extreme confidence, ball speeds reach 179 miles per hour and carry 300 yards.
Rietveld calls Rory: “the best 5-wood player I’ve ever seen,” and his 19° Stealth Plus 5-wood side just might be the most interesting club in his portfolio. why? Because it is one of the most diverse. Rory is pushed 3 wooden blocks to increase the distance and highlight his game power – hitting the ball much farther than anyone else. This creates a huge yardage gap when you jump from his 3-timber to his tallest iron. Enter 5-wood. It’s a club that needs to cover 250 yards or 290 yards — and every number in between.
“It’s really a club that is unique to Rory because of this diversity,” says Rietveld. “It’s shorter than regular 5-degree wood and has a slightly stronger loft at 17.5 degrees. It’s like watching an artist at work seeing all the different shots he can hit it with.”
Rory’s switch to the new TP5x Ball has been a huge factor in improving his impassable jungle performance.
For him, that ball was spinning less, but more importantly, it was “grabbing” the spin. As Rietveld describes it, every player at this level has a high-spin roof and low-spin floor with each club.
The best way to judge the performance of a golf ball is to measure the amount of spinning jumps in its high spin swings. When that jump is small, or “caught,” that’s when the ball is right.
He continues to play Rory Proto irons and his specs have not changed over the past few years. The lofts are close to standard in increments of 4 degrees between irons, while the reclining angles change by 0.5 degrees. They weigh at D4.5 with Project X Rifle 7.0 and 6.5 shafts in its wedges (note: Tour pros generally use softer shafts in their wedges for added feel).
Earlier this year, he made the decision to switch to high-rebound soles on all of his MG3 wedges and immediately noticed less and more controlled ride. He also noted how much better the club glides through the grass, especially from 50-75 yards. Each club top is in black multi-format on a black two-roll grip.
Rory McIlroy Whitb
- Stealth Plus 9 degree driver
- Stealth 15° 3-wood
- Stealth Plus 19° 5-Wood
- p 3 770 iron
- Proto-Ross (4-PW) Irons
- MG3 wedges (54° and 58°)
- Spider X Hydroblast Racket
- TP5x golf ball
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