Tiger's iconic equipment from down the years
No more attention has been paid to golf equipment than the gear used by Tiger Woods over the years.
A Tiger equipment change sent shock waves through the industry.
Tiger first signed a professional deal in 1996 but at that time Nike were only making golf shoes and clothing so he dabbled with clubs from a variety of manufacturers.
During the height of his success Woods played Titleist golf clubs but gradually started switching to Nike.
Then when Nike pulled out of the hardware game in 2016, he signed a deal with TaylorMade.
What Tiger equipment has found it’s way into your bag over the years?
1. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter
Arguably the most significant piece of equipment used by any player in the history of the game.
Woods used the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter for 13 of his 14 major victories. However he always favoured a Ping grip.
He did switch to a Nike Method putter and found his way back to the top of the world rankings but never won a major with it.
Woods switched back to the Scotty as soon as Nike stopped making hardware.
2. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: King Cobra Deep Face driver
The driver Woods used for his first major – the 1997 Masters.
The King Cobra was an iconic driver of the early 1990s used to great effect by former world number one Greg Norman.
The model Woods used had a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 steel shaft.
3. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: Mizuno MP-14 and MP-29 irons
Woods was ahead of his time when it came to his equipment. He had a combo iron set back in 1997 as he preferred the lack of offset in the MP-29 longer irons.
He used the same True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 steel shaft that was in his driver.
4. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: Titleist 975D driver
The 975D was the driver which Woods had the most success with.
He switched to it in 1997 before putting a Nike driver into play in 2002 which he used to win the Masters and U.S. Open that year. He returned briefly to the 975D in 2003.
5. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: Titleist 618T irons
Woods used the Titleist 618T irons (2-PW) during his most successful period from 2000 to 2001.
But they were eventually replaced when Nike finally made a set which suited his eye – the Nike Forged Blades.
6. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: Titleist Vokey 200 series wedges
One of the first wedges designed by master craftsman Bob Vokey, these were also in Woods’ bag during his dominance.
Woods used a 58˚ and 60˚ model which would surely have fitters shaking their heads citing too small a distance gap between them.
7. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: Nike Tour Accuracy TW golf ball
This was the first Nike golf ball used by Woods after he switched from the Titleist Professional 90 model.
There was also a DD model for David Duval who was battling with Woods for the number one spot at the time.
Woods used Nike golf balls right up until last year when he signed a deal with Bridgestone to play the B330s.
Bridgestone made Nike golf balls for a number of years according to Woods himself.
8. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: Nike VR Pro irons
Woods used these from 2010-2014 and won five times with them in 2013. Rory McIroy also used them to great success.
Woods kept these in the bag until as recently as the 2016 Hero World Challenge.
9. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: Nike SasQuatch driver
One of the most unusual pieces of golf equipment – some said it looked a bit like a toaster.
He used this driver for his last major victory at the 2008 US Open.
10. Iconic Tiger Woods equipment: TaylorMade 2016 M2 driver
Alright, it’s hardly iconic as it was only released in 2016 but this could go down as one of TaylorMade’s best.
Woods used this driver at the end of 2016 and then after a lengthy injury lay off he still had it in the bag at the end of 2017.
And that was despite TaylorMade bringing out a 2017 version of the M2.