Tiger Woods doesn't just move the needle in golf; he IS the needle.
The most famous golfer to have ever played the most impossible of games is an obsessive perfectionist when it comes to his golf clubs.
Tiger's attention to detail and tinkering is legendary, with fitting sessions for new equipment stretching multiple days until he finally commits; it might break a few club technicians in the process but it's a major-winning formula.
Bottom line is, if it doesn't feel right, it ain't going in Tiger's bag, so the clubs that do make the cut almost become celebrities by association themselves - like a Hemsworth brother of the non-Liam variety.
What clubs does Tiger Woods use?
WITB UPDATE 22/10/2020: Fairway Wood - TaylorMade SIM Ti Fairway Wood (ZOZO Championship)
WITB UPDATE 20/08/2020: Putter - The Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS is back in the bag. (Northern Trust Open)
WITB UPDATE 10/08/2020: Putter - Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Timeless prototype. (US PGA Championship)
Let's take a look what's inside Tiger Woods bag:
TIGER WOODS DRIVER
Tiger has slipped the new TaylorMade SIM driver in his bag this year, debuting it at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January.
It has 9° of loft and he’s found a little extra distance off the tee compared with his previous TaylorMade M5 driver.
The TaylorMade SIM driver features an slippery new head shape that boosts club head speed, particularly in the final stages of the downswing when acceleration reaches a peak.
And a redesigned Inertia Generator on the sole, which shifts more weight to the rear of the driver to increase forgiveness, has been angled to optimise aero performance through the air.
A sliding weight on the SIM’s sole offers up to 20 yards of draw of fade bias, but Tiger has it firmly set in the neutral position.
Like the previous M5, the SIM driver features TaylorMade’s renowned Injected Twist Face technology.
It ensures the face of every SIM driver is on the COR threshold to maximise ball speed while straightening up heel and toe strikes, although Tiger probably doesn’t venture to that part of the face too often.
Tiger has paired the SIM with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX shaft.
TIGER WOODS FAIRWAY WOODS
TATYLORMADE SIM Ti 15° FAIRWAY WOOD AND TAYLORMADE M3 19° FAIRWAY WOODxx
Like most golfers, Tiger has two go-to fairway woods in his bag - a 3 and a 5 wood.
He upgraded to a 15° TaylorMade SIM Ti fairway wood at the ZOZO Championship at Sherwood Country Club in October, 2020. It features a titanium body, steel sole and carbon fibre crown that is designed for high-launching distance, but Tiger has it set at 14° to produce a slightly lower and more penetrating flight. It is matched to a 42.5 inch Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX shaft.
Tiger's TaylorMade M3 fairway wood dates back a couple of generations before the current SIM fairway wood line-up. Tiger’s trusty 19° M3 model is easy to launch and features fade and draw shaping bias through a sliding weight on the sole. It is paired with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft.
His OLD 15° TaylorMade M5 fairway wood has a titanium and steel body with a carbon fibre crown and has twist face tech like the M5 driver. There is also a 65g sliding sole weight that can be positioned to produce a draw or fade bias.
TIGER WOODS IRONS
Tiger's precision iron play is reliant on exceptional feel and control, qualities his TaylorMade P7TW irons exude.
They're muscleback blades that are made specifically for Tiger, to his exact specifications. Tiger 's P7TW iron set consists of 3-PW.
Irons this highly-strung won't suit everyone but TaylorMade thought it would be cool to give everybody the chance to feel what Tiger feels, at least prior to swinging them.
TIGER WOODS WEDGES
Tiger put the TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 60° wedge in his bag for October's ZOZO championship in Japan, where he clinched his record-equalling 82nd tour win.
He introduced the 56° wedge prior to the Open Championship in July and the wedges seem to have resonated with Big Cat.
With consistency one of the buzzwords Tiger seems to utter before and after every round, TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedges are engineered for said consistency through a CNC-milling process.
They feature classic sharp lines and milled soles, laser-etched faces for extra spin and two grinds: a low bounce or standard bounce.
Tiger's exact grind pattern has relief taken out of both the leading and trailing edges and out of the heel.
TIGER WOODS PUTTER
SCOTTY CAMERON NEWPORT 2 GSS with PING PP58 BLACKOUT GRIP
It's holed the putts to win 14 of Tiger's 15 majors and there seems to be no stopping Tiger's love affair ... err, special relationship, with his 20-year-old Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter.
He's also remained loyal to the PING PP58 Blackout grip on the putter, which has become almost an extension of Tiger himself.
Putters come and go but Tiger's Scotty Cameron Newport ain't broke and it certainly doesn't need fixing.
NOTE: Tigers SC Newport 2 GSS Putter is custom made just for him and not available to the general public. The SC Newport 2 is the closest production model available.
WITB 20/08/2020: The Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS is back in the bag. (Northern Trust Open)
WITB 10/08/2020: A new putter went into Tiger’s bag at the 2020 US PGA Championship at Harding Park, replacing the Scotty Cameron Newport he’s used to win 14 of his 15 majors.
The new putter is a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Timeless prototype, which is similar to his trusty old putter but features weight ports in the sole that can be adjusted to suit different green speeds.
The new putter has also been fitted with a longer shaft, primarily to ease the strain on Tiger’s back and help him to practise for longer periods of time.
How long the new putter lasts in Tiger’s bag will ultimately depend on its performance but the cherished major winning Scotty Cameron putter isn’t going anywhere – Tiger is so enamoured with it, it’s believed he won’t even let his 11-year-old son Charlie use it.
TIGER WOODS GOLF BALL
Tiger won the 2019 Masters using a Bridgestone Tour B XS ball and like everything that goes into his bag, it's been tested and tweaked to suit Tiger's strengths.
The new 2020 TOUR B XS model is the highest compression ball out of the three Bridgestone Tour B balls (the other variants being the RX and RXS).
Higher compression complements Tiger's high swing speed, with the Tour B XS recommended for players who can swing over 105mph to maximise distance.
However, elite performance also demands short-game spin and flight consistency. Considering Tiger's recent form, the Bridgestone Tour B XS appears to have also covered those bases quite nicely.