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ver.indd 1 12/1/1 ver.indd 1 12/1/1 ver.indd 1 12/1/1 ver.indd 1 12/1/1 fi IN THE BAG tiger now rolling with bridgestone, swinging with taylormade No news has dominated the new golf season more than the return of Tiger Woods after more than a year away from the game due to injury. During that hiatus, Nike announced its departure from the hard goods business, so while Tiger will still wear the swoosh, he had been inundated with offers to play nearly every brand of clubs and golf balls. Ultimately, Woods signed on to play the Bridgestone B330-S golf ball just before his Decem- ber return, and added his old Scotty Cameron putter and new TaylorMade woods to his bag. In January, he officially an- nounced a partnership with TaylorMade, and will work with the Carlsbad, California-based company to design a set of irons and wedges to debut later this season. "Finding the right golf ball is extremely important," Woods said. "It's an essential part of my equipment, and the Bridgestone B330-S ball is hands-down the best for my game. About his new clubs, he said, "They're allowing me to take my time, and we're going to develop my irons and make the irons and the blades that I want and that will fit my game." • • • rory makes wholesale changes throughout Nike's exit from the golf club business also meant four-time major championship winner Rory McIlroy was in high de- mand, and he has started 2017 with three different brands rep- resented in his bag. The defending Tour Champi- onship winner is playing GBB Epic Sub Zero woods and Apex MB irons from Callaway, Titleist Vokey wedges, an Odyssey put- ter and Titleist Pro V1x balls. miXed bags New Year brings major changes in equipment and apparel for top tour pros t our players are known to be fanatical about their equip- ment – endlessly testing, tweaking and adjusting to get the most out of their games. Decisions to change equipment aren't taken lightly, but every year, as the calendar flips from De- cember to January, a handful of pros make significant changes to what's in their bags. With the PGA Tour season now in full swing, here's a look at some of the notable changes in clubs, golf balls and apparel being made by some of the bigger names in the game.

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