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 watches a tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, May 12, 2013

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. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.