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March 7 2013

7:14 PM

Woods puts new 5-wood in play

Tiger Woods is using a Nike VR_S Covert (19 degrees) 5-wood this week. (Ehrmann/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Tiger Woods opened the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship with a new Nike 5-wood in the bag, shelving his old 19-degree SasQuatch 2, which had been in play since 2007, for Nike's new VR_S Covert (19 degrees) model.

You can purchase Nike's new VR_S Covert here

The switch produced a positive result for Woods, who opened the week with a 6-under 66 on Thursday that included nine birdies and currently has him tied for the lead.

“The 5-wood that I used is the SQ, so it's, what, three versions ago,” Woods said. “I finally put one in play that I felt comfortable with. I hit it a little bit further, so there's a little bit bigger gap between the 3-iron and the 5-wood but I can hit this 5-wood a little bit higher, so I can actually take something off it and throw it up in the air, which is nice.

“So even though that gap is a little bigger, I still have the option of being able to spin it up in the air.”

The VR_S Covert 5-wood still has the Mitsubishi Diamana BB 103x shaft Woods was using in his SasQuatch 2.

Woods played TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral's back nine on Wednesday afternoon and spent time working with the VR_S Covert, as well two different Nike Method putters. Woods also had a second VR Tour driver on the range that looked almost identical to the version he currently has in the bag.

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