What's in the Bag: Tiger Woods - Masters '19
Tiger Woods shocked the golf world in 2019 as he managed to overcome the odds and put his hands on the fifth green jacket of his illustrious career. This victory, coming 11 years after his last major championship, was unexpected, to say the least.
Rumors have been swirling around Tiger and a possible entry in the 2022 edition of the event. Ahead of the upcoming Masters, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to take a look at the clubs that helped Tiger secure his 2019 victory.
- TaylorMade M5 Driver
- TaylorMade M5 Fairway Wood
- TaylorMade M3 Fairway Wood
- TaylorMade P7TW Irons (3-PW)
- TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedges
- Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS Putter
TaylorMade M5 Driver
At the top of his bag, we find the TaylorMade M5 driver. Growing up with persimmon woods and living through the different ages of the metal woods, Woods has always privileged precision out of his clubs as he’s always been able to create enough speed with his swing to make up the loss in distance.
It’s then no surprise Tiger opted for this TaylorMade model as the M5 was designed to cater to the needs of players who already have a lot of power off the tee, but are looking for more control over the ball flight.
TaylorMade M5 Fairway Wood
The fairway wood version of the same driver, the TaylorMade M5, also features an adjustable weight mounted on a rail to adjust the club according to Tiger’s needs or his feel for his swing at the moment.
Much like its driver version, the M5 is designed to maximize the player’s control over the golf ball as weight is added to the front of the clubface. Its clubhead is slightly heavier and smaller than its M6 counterpart, which was designed for players who need additional forgiveness.
TaylorMade M3 Fairway Wood
Tiger is well known to stick to what works when it comes to his golf clubs, despite newer technologies being available to the pros. This was the case with his TaylorMade M3 fairway wood, as Tiger used this club through the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The M3 also features an adjustable weight on the sole as it’s also designed for players looking for added precision on their strikes. Tiger was outrageously accurate with this one, even opting to turn to this club off the tee on tricky par-4s.
TaylorMade P7TW Irons (3-PW)
The TaylorMade P7TW irons were specifically designed to the standards of Tiger Woods, hence the “TW” letters in the name of the model. A few months before the Masters, Tiger won the 2018 Tour Championship with his TW Proto irons. The P7TW irons are the culmination of this prototype set.
As you can imagine, Tiger irons are also designed to maximize his control of the golf ball, which makes for very thin irons with minimal forgiveness. Perfect strikes, something Tiger knows a lot about, will produce reverberating feedback through the shaft up to your hands.
Make no mistakes, however, as mishits on these irons will result in poor strikes and possibly discomfort in your hands if the impact is not right on the sweet spot. New golfers or players will a limited skill level might want to stray from this highly skilled if they want to enjoy their time on the course.
TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedges
A magician with the wedges, Tiger has relied on the TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges for a long-time already. Those wedges had been in his bag since 2017, which allowed him to develop a superior feel for the ball coming off these wedges' faces.
Featuring his signature TW wedge bounce, Tiger used both his 56 and 60-degree wedges to make his way around the treacherous alleys of the Augusta National golf club. Simplistic, yet efficient, these wedges are still relevant despite the newer versions from TaylorMade.
Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS Putter
The “Elder Wand” as it is often referred to (a nod to the Harry Potter books), is Tiger’s faithful Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter which he used to win 14 out of 15 major championships. It’s a typical blade putter, but it’s been customized to Tiger’s liking a long time ago.
As you can imagine, getting your hands on one of these is extremely difficult, but there’s a solution if you’re looking to get a putter that looks as close as possible to Tiger’s.
Scotty still produces its Special Select Newport 2 putter, which is modeled after Tiger’s blade putter, safe for a few visual details.
There’s no doubt that the contents of Tiger’s bag will look mightily different than the bag he used for his 2019 victory. Since we haven’t seen him play since the PNC Championship in December 2021, it’s hard to say what clubs will be in his bag, but if we had to guess, here’s what Tiger’s bag would look like at the 2022 Masters:
Until next time,
The Golf Avenue Team
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