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Tiger Woods has a new driver in the bag this week

November 28, 2023
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David Cannon

Tiger Woods will have a new, yet familiar face carrying his bag when he returns to competition this week in longtime friend and confidant Rob McNamara. But one of the clubs McNamara is carrying at the Hero World Challenge will be completely different.

As first reported by Golf Channel's Todd Lewis, the 15-time major champ has a new 1-wood in the bag in the Bahamas. And it's one the golfing public knows little about.

Lewis shared a photo of Woods' TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver, which was just added to the USGA and R&A conforming lists earlier this month. Have a look:

Here's what Golf Digest senior editor of equipment Mike Stachura wrote about the club:

Finally, there’s a completely new TaylorMade driver making the rounds. The Qi10 LS features some of the similar looks of the company’s recent drivers, including the angled rear weight port, the face flex-enhancing slot in the sole (known as the “speed pocket”), and some kind of sliding weight at the front part of the sole. Given the sliding weight’s forward position, it doesn’t seem much of a stretch to suggest that the “LS” might refer to “low spin.” Like the Stealth and Stealth 2 before it, this driver includes the word “carbonwood,” a likely reference to the company’s flagship technology of a carbon composite face insert, first seen in the Stealth in 2022 and updated with this year’s Stealth 2 drivers.

And here's a better look at this new model:

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It might be tough to properly evaluate Woods' performance with the club this week based on the fact he hasn't played in a tournament since withdrawing during the third round of the Masters in April. Shortly after, Woods underwent a subtalar fusion surgery on his ankle, and the 47-year-old admitted his "game is rusty" in Tuesday's press conference.

"I'm just as curious as all of you are to see what happens because I haven't done it in a while," Woods said.

But here's a sneak peak:

Not too shabby.