November 28, 2017
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- A look at the clubs Tiger Woods will use at the Hero World Challenge. (Mike Wolfe/PGATOUR.COM)
Tiger Woods' first competitive start since February will be with a mixed bag of equipment — at least for one week.
The 14-time major winner signed a 13-club equipment deal with TaylorMade in January but never had the opportunity to work his way into the company's current lineup before undergoing lower right back fusion surgery in April.
With the winter break approaching, Woods will likely take time after the Hero World Challenge to assess his equipment setup and begin the testing process. For now, Woods' setup remains almost identical to what he had in the bag last month during a driving range exhibition in California.
For this week, Woods will use TaylorMade's M2 (2016 driver and 2017 3-wood) and M1 (5-wood) woods, along with a Tour Preferred UDI driving iron. Woods was also spotted with a traditional 3-iron in the bag on Monday, so it's possible he's still determining if he'll go with a driving iron or traditional long iron at Albany.
Woods' prototype irons are reportedly a set of Nike blanks with his "TGR" logo stamped on the muscle pad. The head shape appears to be nearly identical to the VR Pro Blade model he used for a portion of his time with the Swoosh.
Rounding out Woods' bag is a pair of Nike VR Pro Forged wedges (56 and 60 degrees and a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter. Woods' ball of choice is Bridgestone's Tour B XS.