You Can Buy Tiger Woods’s Exact Driver, But Should You?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 1st, 2015
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Nike Golf TW Vapor Speed Driver

Nike Golf TW Vapor Speed Driver – click to view larger version

Who do you trust more, fish oil salesmen, politicians, or golf marketing?  These “what’s in the bag?” articles and limited edition clubs setup like the pros are so funny to me.  Now you can buy a club custom fit to someone else, who has swing characteristics completely unlike yours!

The latest is a promotion by Nike Golf, where you can buy the exact driver Tiger Woods is using.  The Nike TW Vapor Speed is available for purchase today (June 1, 2015) and has the exact same specs as Tiger’s gamer driver.  What bonehead would want this club, other than perhaps a collector?  According to other marketing themes we as golfers should be getting a custom fit driver for our swings, right?  So buying Tiger’s driver would be idiotic to say the least, unless of course we have the exact same build, height, weight, swing speed, technique, swing plane, takeaway, release, tempo, launch angle, grip, head dip…. I could go on forever.

Before you make that big decision to buy a club nobody in the world could probably hit, take a look at some of these numbers below.  Tiger hasn’t played enough holes this season to qualify for the Tour stats apparently, since he isn’t even on the driving statistics listings on the Tour site for 2015.  I’ve done some analysis for you.

Driving Distance:  Tiger’s average driving distance right now is 297.1.  That would be good enough for 26th place at this point on Tour.

Driving Accuracy: Tiger’s driving accuracy is 50.71%.  That would put him at 199th on the PGA Tour in 2015.

Tiger has no ranking for total driving and it is not possible for me to calculate it.  By my guesses, it would be near or at the bottom of the entire PGA Tour’s list.

Conclusion

If you love Tiger Woods and have $399 to spend for a driver you probably can’t hit, this one is for you.

 

 


2015 Masters Sunday Tee Times and Live Coverage

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, April 12th, 2015
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Online Coverage at Masters.com

If you have not checked out the live coverage on Masters.com you are really missing out.  It is fantastic.

AMEN CORNER: 10:45AM – 6:00PMEDT
MASTERS – ON THE RANGE: 11:05AM – 1:00PMEDT
HOLES. 15 AND 16: 11:45AM – 7:00PMEDT
FEATURED GROUP 11: 2:00PM – 7:30PMEDT
FEATURED GROUP 21: 2:00PM – 7:30PMEDT
MASTERS IN-DEPTH: 3:00PM – 7:30PMEDT

CBS Coverage

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM Sun, April 12, 2015.

Tee Times and Pairings

10:00 a.m. — Thongchai Jaidee (and marker Jeff Knox)
10:10 a.m. — Darren Clarke, Vijay Singh
10:20 a.m. — Jamie Donaldson, Graeme McDowell
10:30 a.m. — Erik Compton, Anirban Lahiri
10:40 a.m. — Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker
10:50 a.m. — Mark O’Meara, Steve Stricker
11:00 a.m. — Keegan Bradley, Danny Willett
11:10 a.m. — Ryan Palmer, Matt Kuchar
11:20 a.m. — Chris Kirk, Geoff Ogilviy
11:30 a.m. — Morgan Hoffmann, John Senden
11:50 a.m. — Patrick Reed, Sangmoon Bae
12:00 p.m. — Webb Simpson, Seung-Yul Noh
12:10 p.m. — Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka
12:20 p.m. — Adam Scott, Lee Westwood
12:30 p.m. — Bernd Wiesberger, Bubba Watson
12:40 p.m. — Cameron Tringale, Rickie Fowler
12:50 p.m. — Angel Cabrera, Ernie Els
1:00 p.m. — Russell Henley, Charl Schwartzel
1:10 p.m. — Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore
1:30 p.m. — Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan
1:40 p.m. — Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen
1:50 p.m. — Zach Johnson, Jonas Blixt
2:00 p.m. — Paul Casey, Ian Poulter
2:10 p.m. — Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
2:20 p.m. — Kevin Streelman, Kevin Na
2:30 p.m. — Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy
2:40 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, Charley Hoffman
2:50 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose


2015 Masters Tournament Round Three Pin Sheet

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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For you to follow along at home, the 2015 round three pin sheet.  Some of the usual pins on holes like 13 and 16, but 12 is a little different than last year.


2015 Masters Saturday Tee Times and Live Coverage

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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The MastersFORE please. Will anyone catch Jordan Spieth?  Below is the viewing schedule for today’s Saturday Masters Tournament:

Online Coverage at Masters.com (awesome)

AMEN CORNER: 10:45AM – 6:00PMEDT
MASTERS – ON THE RANGE: 11:05AM – 1:00PMEDT
HOLES. 15 AND 16: 11:45AM – 7:00PMEDT
FEATURED GROUP 11: 2:00PM – 7:30PMEDT
FEATURED GROUP 21: 2:00PM – 7:30PMEDT
MASTERS IN-DEPTH: 3:00PM – 7:30PMEDT

CBS TV

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Tee Times and Pairings

10:05 a.m. — Steve Stricker
10:15 a.m. — Lee Westwood, Anirban Lahiri
10:25 a.m. — Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson
10:35 a.m. — Sangmoon Bae, Cameron Tringale
10:45 a.m. — Morgan Hoffmann, Jason Dufner
10:55 a.m. — Darren Clarke, Ian Poulter
11:05 a.m. — Rickie Fowler, Vijay Singh
11:15 a.m. — Jamie Donaldson, Jimmy Walker
11:25 a.m. — Thongchai Jaidee, John Senden
11:35 a.m. — Brooks Koepka, Graeme McDowell
11:55 a.m. — Chris Kirk, Hunter Mahan
12:05 p.m. — Erik Compton, Bernd Wiesberger
12:15 p.m. — Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson
12:25 p.m. — Seung-yul Noh, Geoff Ogilvy
12:35 p.m. — Ryan Palmer, Keegan Bradley
12:45 p.m. — Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy
12:55 p.m. — Jonas Blixt, Patrick Reed
1:05 p.m. — Danny Willett, Russell Henley
1:15 p.m. — Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia
1:35 p.m. — Hideki Matsuyama, Charl Schwartzel
1:45 p.m. — Jason Day, Adam Scott
1:55 p.m. — Louis Oosthuizen, Mark O’Meara
2:05 p.m. — Ryan Moore, Angel Cabrera
2:15 p.m. — Kevin Streelman, Bill Haas
2:25 p.m. — Ernie Els, Kevin Na
2:35 p.m. — Paul Casey, Phil Mickelson
2:45 p.m. — Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson
2:55 p.m. — Charley Hoffman, Jordan Spieth

All times Eastern.


Spiethgasm – Masters Thursday Commentary

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 10th, 2015
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Arnold Palmer Now Driving

Arnold Palmer Now Driving

Yesterday’s first round of the Masters was, as usual, fantastic.  As I’ve said a million times, the Masters Tournament never disappoints.  Thursday’s round had so many great stories to it.  There was the return of Tiger Woods, the resurgence of Ernie Els, and amazing play of Jordan Spieth and a few surprises like the super round of 67 by Charlie Hoffman.

Spiethgasm

Jordan Spieth was -8 going into the easiest hole on the course yesterday, the par-5 15th.  That hole is practically a guaranteed birdie and he could easily reach it in two.  He was between clubs though, and knocked his approach over the green and nearly in the water on 16.  He failed to get the chip on the green and ended up making a bogey.  He got that stroke back on the 18th with a birdie.

The low round of 63 in a major championship was in jeopardy for a while there and the golf media and social networks were blowing up into a “Spiethgasm.”

It will be interesting to see if he can keep it together for four days.

Woods

My prediction for Tiger Woods’s first two rounds has been 74-70.  Yesterday he shot a 73.  Not bad. Not good.  Nine shots off the lead.  It’s not close to over for Tiger and I expect him to make the cut.  The problem I see is massive dipping in his head during his downswing.  If that gets bad, his shot dispersion goes to hell.  You can’t spray it around August and get away with it.

What the weekend holds for Tiger should be interesting.

McIlory

Rory McIlory finished Thursday at -1.  That’s an okay start and he’s not out of it by any means.  I theorize that Rory wants to win this one so bad, it may cause him some mental issues.

Others

Others on my radar include my pick to win it all, Jason Day.  Jason’s first round was super solid, including five birdies in a row.  He’s right in the mix at -5 after day one.

So many other great stories which could be entire topics of discussion.  Ernie Els, at 45, is right up there.  And speaking of older players, how about Tom Watson shooting 71?  He’s the oldest player to break par at the Masters after yesterday.

Cant’ wait for the rest of the weekend.


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