Tiger Woods has told GOLF's Jonathan Wall how he was forced into putting his old grooves back into his new TaylorMade P-7TW irons during testing as he was hitting them too far.
While increased distance from new irons might not be something 99% of golfers around the world would be complaining about, this is Tiger Woods, a man who has not only single-handedly dominated the sport for years but a man who has more often than not led the strokes-gained approach shots statistic during his completed years on the PGA Tour.
Woods led this stat with his irons in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013, and came third in 2018.
"They wanted me in a different metal, and I found that I was hitting the ball too far," Woods told GOLF's Jonathan Wall.
"You know, with all this technology I kept hitting the ball too far. I don’t want to do that. I want to hit the ball at my numbers.
"So, we worked them, put my old grooves back into these irons, and then I started hitting my windows, my numbers, and everything was good to go so, I put them in the bag."
Woods also delved deeper into his testing with the new TaylorMade M5 driver, which he simplycan't stop talking about.
The former World No.1 said he moved to TaylorMade metalwoods for increased distance, and that he hasn't been disappointed since making the switch three years ago.
Woods claims he’s been impressed with just how much yardage he’s picked up after testing out the new M5 and M6 metalwoods this season.
“Usually, I come to a testing and there’s like 50 drivers, up on a tee, I hit each single one about three times or so, and then we sort them out that way. Then we re-test them again. That takes two days and I’m so friggin’ tired. Now it’s like click, back in and hit again. ‘Let’s go this way, let’s go that way.’ And all the sudden I have a new driver in 20 minutes.
“That was a bit of an adjustment for me, trying to understand that. That whole side of how the hosel works, and how all the weights can play a big difference in my spin rate and my launch conditions,” he told Wall.
“So I had to learn a lot of that. I either talked to the players that we have – like DJ, Rory. They were instrumental in helping me understand that. And then, working with [TaylorMade Tour rep] Keith [Sbaboro], trying to understand the time that I had a glued hosel to what we have now. So that was a bit of an adjustment, but I was able to make it.”
TIGER WOODS: IN THE BAG FOR 2019
Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees; Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX)
3 Wood: TaylorMade M5 Titanium (15 degrees; Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80TX)
5 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees; Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80TX)
Irons: TaylorMade P-7TW (3-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (TW-12 56 degrees and TW-11 60 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype
Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS