Tiger Woods employs Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft

Monday, January 20, 2014

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.

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