Toy Box Notes: Tiger’s club tweaks

Tiger Woods watches a tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge.

Tiger Woods picked up his first victory in two years at the Chevron World Challenge using Nike equipment exclusively.

His bag: VR Tour driver (8.5 degree), VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood (15 degree), VR Pro 5-wood (19 degree), VR Pro Blades (3-PW), VR Pro wedges (56 and 60 degree), Method 001 putter and One Tour D ball.

At the Australian Open, Woods removed the 5-wood from his bag and substituted a VRS forged 3-iron bent to 2-iron loft. The VRS strong-lofted 3-iron has become the club of choice for Woods’ “stinger” iron shot. Nike’s new VRS irons, which are cavity-back forgings, will be available in February.

The driver shaft used by Woods is still the Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6X, which weighs 68 grams.

How long is his driver? Nike won’t say, but insiders report the length is 45.25 inches, up one-half inch from the 44.75 he used most of last year. By contrast, when Woods won his final U.S. Amateur in 1996, he used a 43.5-inch Cobra driver with a 130-gram steel shaft.

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McIlroy wins with Titleist

UBS Hong Kong Open winner Rory McIlroy carried all Titleist clubs: 910D2 driver (8.5 degree with Fujikura Rombax 7V05x), 906F2 3-wood (13.5 degree), 906F2 5-wood (18 degree), 712 MB irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (46, 54 and 60 degree), Scotty Cameron GSS Newport prototype putter and a Pro V1x ball.

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Westwood carries all Ping clubs

Lee Westwood earned a victory for Ping at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Westwood’s bag: G10 driver (9 degree), i15 3-wood (15.5 degree), Rapture V2 5-wood (19 degree), i10 irons (3-PW), Tour-W wedges (54 and 58), Redwood Anser putter and Titleist Pro V1x ball.

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Short shots: Chevron runner-up Zach Johnson carried all Titleist gear except for his SeeMore FGP putter. . . . Woods wore Nike’s TW Free-Inspired prototype shoes, while McIlroy and Westwood wore FootJoy FJ Sport shoes.

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