What Golf Clubs Does Tiger Woods Use?

Here's what's in Tiger Woods' bag

Tiger Woods' golf clubs at the 2017 Hero World Challenge included the TaylorMade M2 driver.
Tiger Woods at the 2017 Hero World Challenge, using a TaylorMade driver and wearing Nike apparel. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

What golf clubs does Tiger Woods play? What other equipment is in Tiger's bag? Woods is just getting back into tournament golf after a long layoff due to another back surgery. And while he was gone Woods' equipment sponsor Nike Golf announced it was getting out of the golf clubs business. Life comes at you fast.

And that means Tiger spent part of his most recent recovery time testing new equipment, along with testing his game and his surgically repaired back.

And he signed a couple new equipment deals, although, when he returned to tournament golf at the 2017 Hero World Challenge, Woods wasn't quite ready yet to fill his golf bag with the clubs of his new sponsors.

So what do we know about the equipment Woods played at the Hero World Challenge in November 2017, and plans to play on his latest comeback going forward?

Tiger's New Equipment Deals with TaylorMade, Bridgestone

In late January 2017, Woods tweeted the big news: He signed with TaylorMade. Woods wrote, "After several months of testing and all brands to choose from, the choice is clearly TaylorMade. Proud to join the family!"

Woods choosing TaylorMade to replace the Nike Golf clubs in his bag is not a surprise — he was playing TaylorMade woods at the 2016 Hero World Challenge, his own tournament played in The Bahamas about a month before his TaylorMade announcement.

So Woods will eventually transition from an all-Nike Golf bag to a bag that includes TaylorMade woods, irons and wedges, a Scotty Cameron putter and Bridgestone golf balls.

We say "eventually" because, nearly a year after the announcement of his signing with TaylorMade, Woods still didn't have a TaylorMade set of irons his his bag. That's because his recovery from the latest surgery set back his equipment testing and choices.

In Tiger's Bag at 2017 Hero World Challenge: TaylorMade, Nike, Scotty Cameron, Bridgestone

Given the delay in choosing his TaylorMade irons, what was in Tiger's bag at the 2017 Hero World Challenge?

Woods' bag looked like this in The Bahamas (where the Hero was played):

  • Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2016 model)
  • Fairway woods: TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-wood (2017 model) and M1 Tour 5-wood
  • Hybrids: TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI driving iron
  • Irons: Woods was using a Nike set of irons at the 2017 Hero, but they were blanks. That means they were not stamped with any identifying marks (other than Woods' own TGR logo). The most recent Nike irons Woods was known to use were the Nike VR Pro Blades, so this blank set might well have been the same.
  • Wedges: Nike 56 degree VR Pro sand wedge and Nike 60 degree VR Pro lob wedge
  • Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 GSS
  • Golf ball: Bridgestone B XS

The Newport 2 Scotty Cameron putter is the one Woods used to win 13 of his 14 major championships (all but the first). It is also the only non-TaylorMade club that will be in Woods' bag once Woods finally has his TaylorMade irons in hand.

Tiger's Previous Nike Setup

This is the last equipment setup Tiger Woods was using prior to the announcement by Nike Golf it was leaving the golf business:

  • Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour
  • *Fairway Woods: Nike VR_S Covert 3 Wood (15 degrees), Nike VR_S Covert 5 Wood (19 degrees)
  • Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades
  • Wedges: Nike 56 degree VR Pro sand wedge and Nike 60 degree VR Pro lob wedge
  • Putter: Nike Method 001

(*Depending on course requirements, Woods will carry either a 5-wood or a 2-iron, but not both, according to information on his website, tigerwoods.com.)

Tiger's Other Equipment

While Nike is out of the golf clubs business, it is still in the apparel and footwear business, and Woods still has sponsorship deals with Nike for those items. So he will continue to wear Nike products — apparel, shoes, gloves — going foward. Prior to his most-recent injury, Woods was using Nike TW 14 golf shoes and Nike Dri-FIT Tour gloves.

Tiger Woods' Club History

Woods has been with Nike Golf from the moment he turned pro in 1996. However, he hasn't always played Nike Golf equipment. Why? Because at the time Woods turned pro back in 1996, Nike was only making golf shoes - not golf clubs.

Nike had to create its golf division in order to woo Woods, and had to staff it and start designing clubs after signing Tiger.

So in the early part of his career, Woods played Titleist golf clubs and balls. The first Nike Golf equipment that Woods put into play in a tournament was the Tour Accuracy TW golf ball, which Woods began using in 2000.

Over the ensuing years, Woods gradually swapped out his Titleist clubs for Nike clubs. For example, Woods switched to a Nike Forged driver in 2003, went back to a Titleist driver, then stuck with Nike drivers for good after trying the Nike Ignite in 2004.

But it was only in 2010 that Woods finally reached an all-Nike bag. He had stuck with a Titleist Scotty Cameron putter, but in 2010 put the Nike Method putter into play. At that point, Woods had nothing but Nike Golf clubs and balls in his bag.