October 11, 2017
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Tiger Woods was seen hitting some new clubs Tuesday during a practice session with Kevin Chappell. (Photo c/o Kevin Roman/Twitter)
Tiger Woods' timetable for a return to competitive golf remains unclear. One thing that is certain is that the 14-time major winner has been busy behind the scenes adding new equipment to the bag.
Woods, who was recently cleared by his doctor to work on his short game, took part in an exhibition on Tuesday for his foundation in California. During the practice session with TOUR winner Kevin Chappell, Woods tweeted a short video of him hitting what appeared to be a mid-iron.
At the time, it was unclear what iron model Woods was using in the video clip, but thanks to photos posted on Twitter by Kevin Roman, the director of instruction at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, we now know Woods has some new gear.
Based on the photos, Woods is currently using TaylorMade's PSi cavity-back, Tour Preferred UDI driving iron, and a set of prototype blades with his "TGR" logo stamped on the muscle pad. The prototype appears to have a very similar shape and look to the Nike VR Pro Blade model Woods used for a portion his time with the Swoosh.
It's unclear if the irons were rebadged with Woods' logo, or if they are indeed a new prototype that's currently in the works. When Woods signed on with TaylorMade in January, the equipment manufacturer said the 41-year-old would co-create with club engineers and play a significant role in the design and development of a "new, personalized iron model."
Shortly after inking his deal with TaylorMade, Woods was forced to withdraw from the Dubai Desert Classic with back spasms. He underwent a fourth back surgery in April.
In addition to the new TaylorMade clubs and prototype blades, Woods also had TaylorMade woods and two Nike VR Forged wedges (56 and 60 degrees) in the bag.