Equipment Report

July 15 2013

11:39 AM

Tiger testing prototype Nike driver

Tiger Woods may use a new driver this week at Muirfield.

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Tiger Woods replaced his Nike SQ II 5-wood and Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood with new Nike VR_S Covert woods earlier this year at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship (5-wood) and the Masters (3-wood).

Now it appears as if Woods could be on the verge of adding a prototype version of the VR_S Covert driver to the bag as well, after he was photographed using a glued version with a non-adjustable hosel on Sunday at Muirfield.

On Sunday evening, Nike officials confirmed to PGATOUR.COM that Woods was testing the driver this week. Woods is still using the same Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana WhiteBoard 73X shaft he had in his Nike VR Tour driver.

A fifth version of VR_S Covert appeared on the USGA's List of Conforming Driver Heads at the end of June that, unlike like the third and fourth versions that were on the USGA's list in February, was non-adjustable.

Based on the photos taken of Woods at Muirfield, it's safe to assume the fifth version of the driver -- the one Woods is using lacks a weight screw and an adjustable hosel -- was designed specifically for the 14-time major winner.

Woods has reportedly been working with a prototype version of the driver recently but opted to keep VR Tour in the bag. If he does decide to put the driver in the bag this week, it could see very little action at Muirfield -- a course that requires only a fairway wood or long iron to keep the ball in play.

If Woods goes with VR_S Covert on Thursday, it would mark the second time this year — Woods added a VR_S Covert 3-wood at the Masters — that he's made an equipment switch at a major championship.

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