Tommy Fleetwood may have found a new set of irons to replace his long-beloved Nike VR Pro blades.
Fleetwood is in Abu Dhabi, preparing to defend his back-to-back titles in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour. It's Fleetwood's first start of 2019, coming off a fantastic 2018. We'll see how he does in the quest for a three-peat, as the Englishman was photographed playing new TaylorMade P-7TW irons in the United Arab Emirates.
🚨Tommy Fleetwood has new irons🚨
Take a close look and you’ll see it says TaylorMade “P•7TW” stamped on the head. Hoo-boy... 🧐 pic.twitter.com/oYsIYLbbFA
— Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) January 13, 2019
Credit where credit is due. @jonathanrwall found this before I did. But thought you'd like a little closer look at @TommyFleetwood1 using a @TaylorMadeGolf P*7TW iron, even if a bit blurred. I think we all know what the TW stands for . . . #Tiger pic.twitter.com/QV1f6YeNek
— Mike Johnson (@EMichaelGW) January 14, 2019
The TW in the name of this unreleased iron is pretty clear. It's Tiger Woods. When Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship last September for his 80th PGA Tour win, he was using TW Phase1 Prototype irons. These blades appear to be the next iteration of Woods' work with TaylorMade to develop clubs specifically for his tastes. Perhaps now the Tiger Woods take on the P-730 blades could becoming a formal part of the TaylorMade product lineup.
Obviously TaylorMade hasn't released the P-7TW irons to the public yet. We would have heard an announcement that big. However, that Fleetwood could be playing irons designed in consultation with Tiger Woods would be an intriguing development.
By the end of last summer, Fleetwood was on the look out for a new set of irons, knowing his current set would never be made again. He even asked Paul Casey about a set of VR Pros he had, although they had Casey's initials on them. However, Fleetwood eventually came around to the idea it might be time to move on from the Nike irons.
“Honestly, changing might make life easier if something went wrong with a set from another manufacturer,” Fleetwood said. “I could get them fixed and it wouldn’t be a struggle.”
So Fleetwood could be going from being one of the last pros to play a set of irons to being one of the first to play a new set of irons.