Each tools change Tiger Woods has revamped the course of his profession has been thrown beneath a microscope and hyper-analyzed. That’s a part of the gig once you occur to be probably the most recognizable golfer on the planet.
With all eyes on Woods each week, it’s not usually an tools change goes unnoticed. However every now and then, one tweak slips by way of the cracks, as was the case with Woods’ current driver and Three-wood shaft change.
Woods went again to Mitsubishi Chemical’s Diamana D+ White Board shaft in his driver, Three-wood and 5-wood on the 2018 Northern Belief Open following a six-month run with the corporate’s Tensei CK Professional Orange.
For Woods, previous historical past with Diamana performed an element within the resolution to modify. Through the 2014 season, Woods used the White Board profile earlier than transferring on to Diamana Blue Board, Matrix TP7HDe, Tensei CK Professional White and Tensei CK Professional Orange.
“It’s a sense that I do know and I used to make use of it for a variety of years,” Woods stated of the shaft. “I do know the graphics have modified a bit bit but it surely’s mainly the identical shaft. Went again to one thing that I knew and had success with, and it’s turned out fairly good.”
On the time Woods made the change, his driver shaft was at 73 grams, together with his Three- and 5-wood coming in at 83 grams.
The shaft weights remained the identical till this 12 months’s Gamers Championship, the place Woods opted for a lighter 64-gram Diamana in his driver and 73-gram profile in his Three-wood (the identical weight he beforehand utilized in his driver).
So what’s behind Woods’ resolution to go lighter with driver (73 to 64 grams) and Three-wood (83 to 73 grams) shafts? The stats inform an attention-grabbing story. Woods’ measured membership head velocity on the PGA Tour has gone from 120.24 mph (2018) to 118.40 mph (2019) — a lower of just about two miles per hour during the last 12 months.
The pattern measurement for this season is small (solely 4 tournaments), however Woods is probably going going lighter in an effort to choose up some velocity on the prime of his bag. A lighter shaft additionally doesn’t damage once you’re making an attempt to keep up again well being.
Earlier than the Gamers Championship, Woods final utilized in a sub-70 gram driver shaft in 2015 with Matrix’s (now recognized at LA Golf) TP6HDe that weighed 65 grams.