Tiger Woods Putter of Choice
We take a look at Tiger Woods’ putter, one of golf’s most recognisable tools.
When it comes to the model Tiger Woods uses on the golf course, he has kept quite constant throughout his lengthy career. As a matter of fact, he has won 14 of his 15 major championships using the same model.
Tiger Woods uses what kind of putter?
Tiger Woods’ putter of choice, the Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2, has changed many times throughout the years, but it’s always returned to the same model for him. After winning all but one of his 15 majors with a Newport 2 GSS putter, a backup putter produced by Scotty Cameron in 2001 sold for $44,000 at an auction. The rear of the putter has ‘Tiger Woods’ and a red dot imprinted on it in an Anser-like pattern.
We haven’t had a chance to evaluate the putter since it’s so hard to get our hands on, but we’ve been huge supporters of Scotty Cameron for a long time because of the mix of feel, appearance, and overall performance. Despite his penchant for snatching up other models, Tiger obviously shares this sentiment. Aside from the Ardmore 3 and Juno, he’s also utilised models from Ping, Odyssey, and TaylorMade prior. Some of Scotty Cameron’s other putters include the TeI3, the Newport with Pro Platinum finish, and the controversial Scottydale, which featured an unusually long neck and was questioned by some as possibly violating a regulation that says a putter’s neck must be longer than 5 inches. This was barely mentioned for a short moment.
Putters used by Tiger Woods during his career are shown below.
Tiger Woods’ golfing equipment is the subject of the most intense scrutiny and debate in the sport. When Tiger Woods makes a putter swap, it’s a big story.
As a result, the Scotty Cameron Newport TeI3 putter that he used to win the 1997 Masters is well-known among golf enthusiasts. There is a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype in Woods’ bag that they are aware of as well, since it is what he has used in 14 of his 15 major championship wins.
Woods has used a variety of putters during the course of his career, though. He’s also used putters from Ping, Odyssey, Nike, and TaylorMade, in addition to Scotty Cameron versions. Other than the Newport/Anser-style mallets and hosels that golf fans are used to seeing, he’s also dabbled with other choices.
The putters that Tiger Woods has used in competition are listed below.
For the Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel (1994 and 1995 U.S. Amateur)
Ping was Woods’ go-to putter for the most of his amateur career, which spanned his time as a junior and college golfer. Woods’ first putter was a bronze Ping Anser, which he used in his formative years between 1990 and 1991. A silver Ping Anser 2 stainless steel was worn by him until around 1996, with the Pingman logo and “Ping” inscribed onto its heel area of the face. Ping Anser 2 was the model he used to win the 1994 and 1995 US amateur championships.
We’ll get to Woods’ 1998 revision of the Ping Anser 2 model later on in this list.
For the 1996 NCAA Championship, a journey
Woods utilised an Odyssey Dual Force 660 putter to win the 1996 NCAA Division I Men’s Individual Championships. Anser-style head shape, black face insert, and cord-style Golf Pride grip characterised this club. Definitely, the putter’s face insert made it seem softer off the face than the putter he was previously using. Later that year, he participated in the U.S. Amateur, and his putter was no longer in his bag.
Pro Platinum Scotty Cameron Newport (1996 U.S. Amateur)
A Scotty Cameron Newport putter with a Pro Platinum finish and no face insert was introduced to Tiger Woods after he won the NCAA championship in 1996. His new Odyssey putter featured a cord grip, and it didn’t stay long in his bag as his previous Odyssey putter had. He used the Scotty Cameron putter for the first time when he made his professional debut at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1996.
Scotty is a polarising figure. Cameron Scottydale is the name of this person
According to the Sun Sentinel, Woods used a Scotty Cameron Scottydale putter during his first two Tour victories, the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational and the 1996 Disney World Oldsmobile Classic. Officials were doubtful that Woods’ putter breached the restriction that the neck of the putter must exceed 5 inches. When his putter was tested for conformance at the Tour Championship, it seems that Woods switched to a different model before the event.
Regardless, the rules of golf provide that if a player uses non-conforming equipment without realising it, he or she will not be penalised retroactively.
By 1997, Woods had moved to a putter with a neck smaller than five inches, and the Scottydale appeared just briefly later that year.
a.k.a. Scotty Cameron of the Newport Tea Party
Woods won the 1997 Masters using a Scotty Cameron Newport TeI3 putter, which had a Teryllium face insert and five rows of sound-dampening white dots in the rear cavity to reduce the sound. But although though it didn’t last a long time in his backpack, it was seen by many people, including young Webb Simpson.
Even now, putter replicas, limited editions, and remakes are a huge hit. Scotty Cameron T22 Teryllium putter, which Brooks Koepka presently uses, is modelled on Tiger Woods’ original.
Not fighting the current
Shortly after Woods won the Masters, a Scotty Cameron putter with flow neck, which Titleist confirmed was the Laguna model, was utilised. The Laguna was in Tiger Woods’ bag for the 1997 Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf Club in Michigan, but it seems that it was dropped off the 14-club roster following that tournament.
Flow neck putters made a short appearance in 2018, but we’ll cover that later.
Returning to the Anser
Mark O’Meara’s backup putter, the Ping Anser 2 putter, returned to Woods in 1998. Woods almost defeated O’Meara in the 1998 Open Championship with the help of the backup, but O’Meara prevailed.
He afterwards jokingly said: “That’s my back-up putter” after the tournament. He finished one shot behind me. Why is it the backup?”
Scotty Cameron, the real deal
Woods began using the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS (German Stainless Steel) prototype putter in 1999. One of the most renowned putters in golf, it’s certain to fetch at least eight figures at an auction if it ever comes to market.
With a “cherry bomb,” “Tiger Woods” imprinted in red, a single red dot for alignment, another “cherry bomb” in rear cavity, and a Ping grip, this is one of the most iconic golf clubs of all time. He’s used the putter for so long that he’s developed a worn area on the face just in the sweet spot.
Woods has won 14 of his 15 major championships with the putter, and he used it exclusively from 1999 until 2010, when he last played with it. He hasn’t used it since.
the beginning of the age of Nike Method
Woods switched to Nike Method putters in 2010 and 2011. In this period, he switched between a traditional Anser/Newport-style putter, the 001, and a mid-mallet putter, the 003. Of course, Woods’ decision to utilise a mallet putter in competition was startling since he had never used anything like it before.
A year after switching to a mallet putter, Woods finished T4 in the 2011 Masters with the same mallet putter he used at the 2010 U.S. Open.
Although he did not compete in the 2011 U.S. Open or Open Championship, he did utilise the Ping 001 putter in the 2011 PGA Championship to great effect. As recently as 2012, Tiger Woods has been using Nike’s Method 001 putter. The six-year era in which Woods used Nike putters included his five-win 2013 season, although he failed to win a major during that time.
This is the Ardmore 3 mallet from TaylorMade.
In 2018, Woods experimented with several putters. Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS The putter was his go-to putter at the start of the year, but as the season progressed, he began experimenting with other putters.
A mallet putter, the TaylorMade TP Ardmore 3, has been Woods’ go-to putter for many years at the time of the 2018 PGA Championship. The switch was also on the verge of working. In the end, he finished two strokes behind eventual winner Brooks Koepka after shooting 64 on Sunday.
As of this writing, the Ardmore 3 was only used in 5 of of the 12 tournaments in 2018.
It was for a short moment that Tiger Woods used the TaylorMade TP Black Copper Juno putter. This year, he competed with the flat stick at Dell Technologies Championship and finished T24.
Even before he teed it off on Tour, the Juno had been demoted.
It was just a matter of time until Tiger Woods used his renowned Newport 2 GSS prototype to win both the Tour Championship and the 2019 Masters Tournaments. So long as it doesn’t break or he has another bad round on the greens, the popular putter will likely be the go-to club for quite some time to come.