At The Players Championship, Tiger Woods didn’t need his driver much with firm course conditions permitting him to boom his 3-wood and 5-wood prodigious lengths. But to better tackle a tight TPC Sawgrass course, he switched to a heavier driver shaft, 73 grams (Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73-X).
His previous three victories in 2013 came with a shaft 10 grams lighter in his Nike VR Tour driver (8.5 degree). In general, heavier driver shafts translate into improved accuracy. The rest of Woods’ all-Nike bag: VR_S Covert fairway woods (15 and 19 degree, with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue Board 103-X shafts); VR Pro Blades (3-PW, with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts); VR Pro wedges (56 and 60 degree, with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts); Method 001 putter. He played a Nike One Tour D golf ball.
It was a strong week at TPC Sawgrass for Mitsubishi Rayon, which won the driver-manufacturer shaft count. In addition to Woods, other top-10 finishers using Mitsubishi driver shafts were Sergio Garcia, Ben Crane, Rory McIlroy and Casey Wittenberg.
Roberto Castro, playing a Mitsubishi Diamana ’ilima 70-X in his TaylorMade R11 driver, tied the course record with a 63
in the opening round.
Meanwhile, Garcia employed an unconventional wood-shaft setup at The Players, using 103-gram Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 103-X shafts in his TaylorMade R1 driver and his two RBZ Stage 2 fairway woods (14.5 and 19.5 degree). Garcia is one of a few touring professionals to play the same shaft in his driver and fairway woods.