Sources close to Tiger Woods have mentioned that the former world number one has been testing the Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero driver. Now that Nike have pulled out of the golf hardware market, Tiger is free to test any clubs he wishes to build his bag for his much-anticipated return. Whilst this has not been confirmed as his new driver it does show that the TaylorMade M2 is not definitely going to be part of his set-up.
The Callaway GBB Epic is a highly anticipated release from the company for the new year. The club has been gaining great reviews from those who have been involved in early development and testing.
It was announced this week that Rory McIlroy will be playing the Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero as well as their irons and an Odyssey putter. McIlroy will also play Titleist Vokey wedges. He is going to be using the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball which was somewhat surprising. Rory had brokered a deal with Nike to save him 3 years worth of Nike RZN Tour Platinum golf balls.
On his return in December 2016, Tiger was using the TaylorMade M2 driver. After this outing he stated that he was happy with the M2 fairway woods. However he has been clear that he still has a lot of testing to do.
Tiger, who already announced a ball deal with Bridgestone, looks to be finalising his bag for 2017. He will play in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 16th-19th. There is also a high chance he will be playing in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (February 2nd-5th).
Rumours have surfaced that Tiger has visited the Miura factory too. Notah Begay III, a teammate of Tiger at Stanford, said ‘Every single manufacturer has sent equipment’. He reported that Tiger’s dining room looked more like a PGA Superstore with all of the stuff he’s been sent.
Nothing is confirmed yet and more testing will be carried out over the coming days. However, one certainty is that an announcement will come soon as Woods moves towards his first tournament of the year. It is probable that he will use the M2 3-wood and the Scotty Cameron Newport putter. However, other than apparel and golf ball, the rest is up for grabs.