Tiger Woods noticed a problem with his clubs so small it's imperceptible to the naked eye


Tiger Woods might be getting longer in the tooth, but at 42 his feel for the game is as sharp as ever.

Woods tried out his new TaylorMade irons during a practice round Wednesday for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to ESPN’s Michael Collins, Woods noticed his clubs were “half of a degree off.”

While that minute difference in loft would be imperceptible to most people, it didn’t get past Tiger.

“Yesterday, during the pro-am, as he was playing, he told one of the reps for TaylorMade, ‘Hey man, these are about a half-of-a-degree off,'” Collins said Thursday on ESPN, according to Business Insider.

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“Now, we all laugh: ‘Yeah, OK, half a degree. Like you can feel that.’ The rep took them to the truck, and what were they? Half a degree off.

“Dude’s amazing.”

Woods is breaking out the new clubs this week in his first event since finishing 32nd at the Masters.

“We have been working closely with Tiger on the development, creation and refinement of a set of TaylorMade irons that meet his precise standards and preferences,” a TaylorMade representative told “As we continue to develop future iterations of Tiger’s prototype irons, ‘TW·Phase1’ marks Tiger’s initial transition into a TaylorMade set.”

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In the photo Woods posted, “TW Phase1” appears to be stamped into the irons.

“This set was built to his meticulous specifications,” the TaylorMade representative said. “Based on the positive feedback and excitement expressed by Tiger regarding upcoming prototypes, we are encouraged by the ongoing creation process and look forward to what’s in store for the next phase of Tiger’s irons. As we work toward finalizing Tiger’s new irons, there will be more information to come, including a release date for golfers everywhere.”‘

Woods was off to a decent start at Quail Hollow, tied at 1-under par early Thursday afternoon.

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It’s his first time playing there since he missed the cut in 2012.

“The golf course is much harder than it used to be,” Woods said via ESPN. “It’s longer, more difficult. Some of these holes have become a lot more stout.”

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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