Equipment Report

December 4 2013

2:05 PM

Woods putting Nike Covert 2.0 in play

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Tiger Woods switched drivers earlier this year at the British Open from Nike's VR Tour to a prototype version of the VR_S Covert. Now he could be on the verge of making a driver change less than six months later, after Golf Channel cameras caught him on the range at Sherwood Country Club, site of this week's Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, with Nike's new VR_S Covert 2.0 driver.

Although the original VR_S Covert and the latest version look almost identical, the VR_S Covert 2.0 driver features a white cavity-back that's visible in the above screenshot.

The prototype VR_S Covert driver that Woods put in play at the British Open was the non-adjustable version -- also known as the performance model.

It's unclear from the photo if Woods is still using the non-adjustable version of Covert 2.0, but based on his history of using non-adjustable drivers, it's safe to assume he's testing the performance model. 

Woods made wholesale changes to the woods in his bag this season. Along with the driver switch, the 14-time major winner also added a VR_S Covert 5-wood at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and VR_S Covert 3-wood at the Masters.

Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel have already had success with the VR_S Covert 2.0 driver, winning the Australian Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship last weekend with it in the bag.

UPDATE (Dec. 5): According to Woods' official website, he will put the Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 prototype driver in play this week at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Nike confirmed on Wednesday that Woods was testing the driver.

Aside from the driver switch, the other interesting piece of news is that Woods decided to use a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103x shaft in the driver instead of his usual Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana WhiteBoard 73X shaft.

The Blue Board shaft is the same version he currently uses in his VR_S Covert 3- and 5-wood. Woods stated on his site that the heavier shaft gave him better feel of the club at impact.

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