Tiger Woods to play new Nike clubs

Tiger Woods returns to action this week with new Nike Vapor clubs

Tiger Woods to play new clubs
Tiger Woods to play new clubs

Tiger Woods to play new Nike clubs as he returns to action this week at the Hero World Challenge. The former World Number One has been out of competitive action since August.

Tiger Woods is set to return to competitive golf this week at the Hero World Challenge with significant changes made to his line-up of golf clubs. The 14-time major winner has been missing from top-flight competitive golf since August and is set to return using new Nike Vapor woods and irons.

Woods, who is currently ranked 24th in the world, had suffered with back problems during an injury riddled 2014 season. The American made just over $100,000 during a year that saw him finish 208th on the Fed Ex Cup rankings

Having missed the Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf in his own annual tournament that raises money for the Tiger Woods foundation

During his absence, Nike has launched new hardware for 2015. The Nike Vapor range, as used by Rory McIlroy, will now feature in the bag of Tiger Woods. Here are the clubs that Woods will be playing going into the Hero World Challenge with some insight from Nike about what the new clubs are offering the former world number one.

Tiger Woods in the bag

VAPOR Speed Prototype Driver: “Tiger will have a Vapor Speed Prototype driver in the bag this week. He's commented on improved stability and, per his request, the return of the compression channel.”

VAPOR Speed Fairway Woods: “Rounding out an all-new set of woods for Tiger is a Vapor Speed 3 and 5 wood. In testing, the 3-wood was especially promising as a weapon off the tee.”

VAPOR Pro Irons: “The Modern Muscle design insight started with Tiger, so it's only fitting that he'd game Vapor Pro irons in his return.”

RZN Black: “RZN Black has given Tiger improved feel around the greens and, along with his return to health and a new driver, increased ball speed off the tee.”

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X