If you watched the PGA Championship to see Tiger Woods contend for the final major of the year, you know that his driving accuracy left a lot to be desired. Well, that changed this weekend with a familiar tweak.
Playing at The Northern Trust this weekend, Tiger showed that he can still hit a ball off of the tee and into the fairway with much higher accuracy numbers than he’s put up this year.
Woods pulled out the big club more for this tournament than any other he’s participated in this season, leading to an accuracy percentage that was tied for 27th in the field. That’s a lot better than his T159 on the season, with a percentage 5% below the PGA average.
The credit for that increase in accuracy seems to lie in a change that Tiger made to the Shaft of his driver. There were rumors that Woods was testing out a new shaft during his practice shots on the driving range but didn’t confirm a change until after his third round.
The shaft isn’t really new either, as he decided to use a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Whiteboard that he used to hit with regularly.
Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee…
Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the final round of The Northern Trust on August 26, 2018 at the Ridgewood Championship Course in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
“Yeah, it’s a feeling that I know and I used to use it for a number of years,” Tiger said about his game after going back to the old shaft. “I know the graphics have changed a little bit but it’s basically the same shaft. Went back to something that I knew and had success with, and it’s turned out pretty good.”
Perhaps the strangest part of Tiger’s performance at The Northern Trust didn’t have to deal with his driver at all. After getting his accuracy off of the tee squared away, his struggles were on the greens with his putter. That has been the strongest part of Tiger’s game so hopefully, that doesn’t become a problem for him down the final stretch of the year.
It’s good to see Tiger fixing his most consistent problem and it looks like it’s just another step for him returning to dominant form. Now, all he has to do is get everything clicking at the same time and the wins will start to trickle in.
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