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July 18 2013

11:47 AM

Tiger puts new driver in play

Tiger Woods' new driver has a non-adjustable hosel. (Credit/Nike Golf)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Writer

Following several days of on-course testing at Muirfield with Nike's VR_S Covert driver, Tiger Woods officially put the club in play on Thursday. Nike Golf tweeted out a photo of Woods' bag prior to his tee time and confirmed the prototype driver was in the bag.

Whether Woods actually uses it this week remains to be seen. During his Tuesday press conference, Woods noted he "only hit a couple of drivers" during three days of practice at the course.

"This golf course is playing similar to [the 2006 British Open at Royal Liverpool]," Woods said. "It's quick. And so far I've played a couple of days now, three days, and I've only hit a couple of drivers here. I remember Jason [Day] was playing with me the other day and he hadn't hit a driver yet. A lot of irons off the tees.

The VR_S Covert prototype driver Woods is using has slight differences to the retail VR_S Covert Tour model — namely a non-adjustable (glued) hosel and a sole that lacking a weight screw.

Woods has been notoriously slow to change equipment over his career, but with the addition of the driver to the bag, the 14-time major winner needed only five months — Woods added a VR_S Covert 5-wood at the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship and 3-wood at the Masters — to completely overhaul his woods.

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