Tiger Woods Is Changing 1 Major Piece Of Gear For The Match

Tiger intends to go the space and use Bridgestone’s Tour BX ball for upcoming occasions.

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Tiger Woods has been extra prepared to make changes on the gear lately. But when there’s one piece of apparatus he is not often touched, it is the golf ball.

Going again to Woods’ time with Nike within the early 2000s, when he made the swap from a rolled ball to a strong development β€” Traditionally, you’ve got performed a softer ball with extra spin in an effort to maneuver the ball in each instructions and get the pace you want across the inexperienced.

It is a golf ball recipe that has served Woods properly for greater than 20 years, however in keeping with Bridgestone Golf, all indicators level to the 15-time Grand Slam winner altering the recipe and transferring away from the Tour B XS and on Tour BX for a minimum of The Match and PNC Championship.

β€œThat is extra of a show-type scenario, and I feel that elements into their choice,” Elliot Mellow, Bridgestone’s golf ball advertising and marketing supervisor, advised GOLF.com. β€œSo he shall be a BX Tour participant a minimum of for the subsequent few occasions. He has been wanting on the distance and the greenside spin is the place he must be.”

Woods’ present Tour B XS has his title on the facet. It stays to be seen if his Tour BX balls have the identical marking.

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Within the run as much as the subsequent version of The Match, which pits Woods and Rory McIlroy in opposition to Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, Woods started testing the BX Tour on his dwelling simulator and observed a rise of just about 10 yards of additional carry, which equates to a couple of membership much less within the gap by getting nearer. pictures (The Tour B and Tour B XS are three-piece balls designed for swing speeds above 105 mph, however the firmer X is designed to cut back flight and spin.)

From there, Woods examined the ball across the inexperienced, to make sure it nonetheless had the required spin for the capturing recreation, earlier than taking it to the Bahamas for subject testing within the wind.

“The true check was [in the Bahamas during Hero week] the place he hit it with completely different winds and preferred the ball flight,” Mellow stated. β€œThe suggestions we have heard from Tiger and his crew is that he is nice that if he is in search of one thing completely different, we do not have to exit and construct him a particular ball. He can simply go to one thing that we’re already doing that is on the shop shelf.”


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Actually, Woods plans to play the identical retail Tour BX discovered on retail cabinets. The one factor that might set the Woods ball other than the retail mannequin is the addition of a “TIGER” facet stamp, however even that’s up within the air.

Mellow confirmed that they’re at present within the means of getting Woods sufficient balls along with his normal facet stamp and 1 recreation quantity for each occasions.

β€œWe’re attempting to determine that out as we communicate,” he stated with a smile. β€œHe simply performs balls with a 1-play stamp and Tiger on the facet. Proper now it’s precisely like what you’d discover on the shelf. After we obtained all the data and understood what was happening, that was really considered one of our first questions. Do we’ve sufficient balls? After which can we make the ball look the way in which he needs them to look? That is creating rapidly, so we’re attempting to determine if we are able to make Tiger’s stamped balls a actuality in time for Saturday.”

As for Woods’ plan for the BX Tour after The Match and PNC, Bridgestone would not anticipate he’ll take the firmer supply. Assuming Woods returns to Augusta in April, he expects him to have his normal Tour B XS in tow.

β€œThe Tour B XS continues to be a ball that he helped co-design, and it’s a ball that he’ll doubtless return to in these conditions the place he wants extra playability and workability on the golf ball,” Mellow stated. β€œWe do not have the impression that that is one thing everlasting. It is extra situational. He is chasing distance greater than spin for all the plain causes.”

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Jonathan Wall is the Managing Editor of Tools for GOLF Journal and GOLF.com. Earlier than becoming a member of the employees in late 2018, he spent 6 years overlaying groups for the PGA Tour.

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