It has been precisely 19 days since Nike announced it was stopping its production of golf clubs, golf balls and golf bags.
Speculation has been rife ever since regarding which clubs the brand's big earners Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will use from the start of next season. According to reports, Tiger Woods' next move might happen sooner rather than later.
Shortly after Nike made its announcement, Woods' agent Mark Steinberg said the pair 'had an organised plan in place' for finding new clubs for the 14-time major champion.
It now appears Woods could officially start using Miura golf clubs when he makes his return from injury. Alan Shipnuck, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, revealed the info on Twitter (@AlanShipnuck).
A little bird tells me that @MiuraGolfInc is making prototype forged blades for @TigerWoods and that a deal has been in the works for months
— Alan Shipnuck (@AlanShipnuck) August 19, 2016
Shipnuck's tweet was followed a day later by one along similar lines from the Secret Tour Pro (@secrettourpro).
Tiger has approached several manufacturers to craft him a special 'TW Irons' @MiuraGolfInc, although unconfirmed, are likely favourites #STP
— Secret Tour Pro (@secrettourpro) August 20, 2016
Woods used a full bag of Titleist clubs between 1997 and 2002 before making the switch to Nike clubs. While nothing has been confirmed as yet, this is a story you need to keep an eye on.
Jaeger and the nearly 50-year-old Anser
Stephen Jaeger produced the round of his life to shoot 58 at the Ellie Mae Classic earlier this month. The score is not the only impressive thing about his round, though. He did it with a nearly 50-year-old Ping Anser 'Dalehead' putter.
According to Ping, the 'Dalehead' putters came from the original moulds the Scottsdale address putters derived from.
Henderson turns Olympics pink
Last week, it was the turn of the ladies in Rio and we saw some eye-catching gear to go with the fantastic golf.
Step forward Brooke Henderson. The Ping pro rocked up at the Olympic golf course with her new personalised Ping Vault Oslo putter.
Thanks to @PingTour for sending these images of @BrookeHenderson newly painted Vault Oslo putter she's using in Rio pic.twitter.com/prmy4twQF5
— Rick Young (@RickSCOREGolf) August 19, 2016
To celebrate the launch of its new Vault putters, Ping tweeted a picture of one of the coolest places on earth. Its Gold Putter Vault is found in the heart of its Arizona HQ and features over 2,800 putters.
The oldest one belongs to John Barnum, who won the 1962 Cajun Classic with a model 69. The Ping Anser can be found most often in the vault. It has more than 500 wins to its credit.
PING Vault putters got their name from the iconic PING Gold Putter Vault. They are inspired by a legacy of winning. pic.twitter.com/jFzJM6t7R2
— PING GOLF (@PingTour) August 15, 2016
Old school King Cobra
PGA Tour gear man Jonathan Wall was out on his travels this week and gave us one of the best gear throwbacks we've seen for a while.
Anyone own a King Cobra 97 Masters Big Cat driver? The condition of this one is unbelievable.
Don't mind me, just spending my afternoon looking at photos of King Cobra '97 Masters Big Cat drivers. pic.twitter.com/UslWtGvihU
— Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) August 18, 2016
Donald falls in love with JPX900
It has officially been a week since Mizuno revealed its new JPX900 Series irons and it looks like they've got a big fan already. Luke Donald posted this video on Instagram suggesting he's putting the new JPX900 Tour irons in play.
Nick Faldo is another Mizuno staffer to put new JPX900 Series irons in the bag this week. The six-time major champion is now combining a JPX900 Hot Metal 4-iron with JPX900 Forged irons (5-PW). He's also bagged new 54˚ and 58˚ Mizuno T7 wedges.
The Perfect set! 4 JPX 900 chromoly. 5 -PW JPX boron. 50 54 58. #nothingfeelslikeamizuno or looks like a Mizuno! ⛳️ pic.twitter.com/Md3YebP9TT — Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) August 19, 2016