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May 04, 2009

Tiger Woods Sticking With Old Shaft

Today was media day at Bethpage State Park, home of the Black Course, where the U.S. Open will be played June 18-21. My clubs were in my car, and I was itching for a chance to challenge a course that's so tough that it comes with a warning sign. Instead, we got rained out.

The day was not a total loss, however. After various USGA and government officials spoke, Tiger Woods took questions via conference call. I asked about his driver testing:

You've been experimenting with some different driver shafts. Can you explain where you are in the process of trying to find the right mix for your driver and how important that's going to be as you start your preparation coming here to Bethpage?

"I think I'm going to stick with the same shaft, my old shaft [Mitsubishi Diamana White Board]. The other shaft [an Oban Mach 4 prototype] did not quite work out for me. Wasn't what I was looking for. Felt good in the practice round, but in the tournament, I didn't quite have the same feel for it, so went back to my old driver on the weekend. Hit the ball nice; I wouldn't say great, but I hit it a little bit better. But still, this driver has done pretty well, and that's the one I'll continue working with and hopefully get my swing organized."

As I wrote earlier on Twitter, it sounds like Tiger's shaft experimentation may be over for now. Still, I'll be sure to report on what he's swinging this week at TPC Sawgrass.

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