Woods using old, lighter driver at Firestone


AKRON, Ohio – With his accuracy off the tee becoming a growing concern, Tiger Woods revealed that he brought an old driver with him to this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“I went back to my old driver from last year. Has a lighter shaft in it,” Woods said after a 2-over 72 in the third round at Firestone. “I like my driver that I’ve been using, but I didn’t want to tinker around with it and put a new shaft in and ruin the club. I figured the lighter shaft should help me out a little bit, get some speed back, because I’m just not quite as explosive as I need to be.”

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Woods confirmed that the driver has been in his bag all week, but the old weapon has failed to create the desired results through three rounds on the South Course. He hit just two of nine fairways with the driver during his third round, and has found just 42.8 percent of the fairways thus far this week.

Woods explained that the driver switch is a temporary one, as he remains at less-than-full speed following March 31 surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back.

“I’m just not quite as explosive as I need to be. As I said, I haven’t done any explosive lifting. I haven’t done any of my fast-twitch stuff yet,” he said. “As soon as I start doing my fast-twitch stuff, I can get my speed back up and then I can go back to my old driver.”