Tiger Woods appears to be exploring some alternatives on the greens. The 14-time major champion was testing out a new “Tiger”-stamped putter during Thursday’s practice round at the Dell Technologies Championship. GolfWeek’s David Dusek posted pictures of the new blade.
Woods made headlines when he switched to TaylorMade’s Ardmore 3 mallet at last month’s Quicken Loans and has been using the same putter since. But he struggled with his putting at last week’s Northern Trust, ranking 79th in strokes gained putting of players to make the cut.
“You have to make putts,” Woods said on Sunday. “That’s the only way we’re going to shoot low rounds. I didn’t do it this week.” On Thursday, Woods was alternating practice between the Ardmore 3 and the new option, according to Dusek.
The new putter is a TP Collection Black Copper Juno with “Tiger” stamped in red on the back. The putter resembles the style of Woods’s tried-and-true Scotty Cameron, a blade-style putter with a plumber’s-neck hosel. It seemed to work, for one hole at least: Dusek reported that Woods holed a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 1 in Thursday’s Pro-Am with the new wand. Check out photos of the new putter below.
After a lousy putting week at Northern Trust, Tiger Woods practiced today using his @TaylorMadeGolf Ardmore 3 mallet AND a TP Collection Black Copper Juno. He used the blade on the first hole of his practice round to hole a 15-foot birdie putt. https://t.co/gvbUPGb8fX pic.twitter.com/frC45rKUOB
— David Dusek (@Golfweek_Dusek) August 30, 2018