Little has changed in the clubs and balls Tiger Woods has carried in his golf bag in the last 12 months, culminating in his third US Masters title.
Since his college days he has used Titleist irons and fairway woods, though he has switched to a driver developed by his main sponsor, Nike and a ball made specially for him by the California-based equipment makers.
He is currently testing a set of Nike forged irons and wedges, but, as yet, has only occasionally brought them into play in his quest to dominate the game still further.
In his bag this week were:
Driver:Nike Forged Titanium
Irons (2-PW):Titleist Forged Prototype with Dynamic Gold shaft
Sand/Lob wedges:Titleist Vokey Design
Putter:Scotty Cameron By Titleist Studio Stainless
Ball:Nike Tour Accuracy TW
Shoes:Nike dri-FIT Tour TW Cap Toe
Glove:Nike Golf Tour Elite Feel
Says Tiger: "I’m really happy with my driver and the way I’m driving the ball. I’m getting extra distance and a little more control, which is great advantage on longer courses like Augusta."
Playing the Nike Tour Accuracy TW golf ball with which he has now won 15 tournaments and five majors, he posted a one-under par 71 on Sunday to claim his second successive green jacket with a 12 under par total.
Nike claims the Tour Accuracy TW ‘is perfect ball for a tournament like the Masters. It’s long off the tee, so helpful in battling those lengthened holes. Yet it’s incredibly responsive around the greens as Tiger’s chip to birdie the crucial 6th hole proved.
The ball also played its part in helping Woods lead the ‘greens in regulation’ statistic at the newly lengthened Augusta National (75%).
Woods in traditional final day red shirt wore clothing from the Tiger Woods collection throughout the week, a Nike Elite Feel glove and the Nike dri-FIT Tour TW Cap Toe shoe.
"What an incredible accomplishment, winning back-to-back Masters" said Nike Golf president Bob Wood (what an appropriate namesake!). "We’re happy that we’re able to provide Tiger with the equipment that helps him to continue to win."
At the year's first major, more players relied upon Titleist golf balls (45), irons (14), wedges (68) and putters (33) than any other brand, while Titleist Pro Titanium drivers were a close second with 21 players.
Titleist also claims that eight of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties played Titleist golf balls and more top 10 finishers played Titleist irons than any other at the Masters.
Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron putters were also the favoured by more in the top 10 finishers than any other, with five players in each category.