At the Quail Hollow Championship in April Woods briefly played a different shaft in his driver before going back to his old gamer. This week at the Memorial Woods went with a driver with more loft, the result, he said, of his ongoing swing changes with coach Hank Haney.
“As my release has changed over time with Hank, I needed a little more loft to get the ball in the air,” Woods said. “Still hitting it just as far but probably a different way.”
At Muirfield Village, Woods is playing a Nike SQ Dymo prototype driver with 10 degrees of loft and a Mitsubishi Diamana White shaft. Woods said he had been playing 9.5 degrees of loft in his driver, but the Darrell Survey listed his driver with 8.5 degrees of loft at last month’s Players.
Either way, things seem to be working. For two days at Muirfield Village he’s hit 25 of 28 fairways, a dramatic jump over his 56 percent average this season. In fact, Woods has not hit more than 60 percent of his fairways his last six seasons and hasn’t ranked higher than 139th on Tour in driving accuracy.