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July 19, 2013

Tiger Woods puts prototype Nike VR_S Covert Tour driver in his bag at Muirfield

Posted at 3:48 PM by Mark Dee | Categories: Nike, Tiger Woods

Say what you will about the World No. 1, but Tiger Woods is a company man.

One day after announcing his new contract with Nike -- Woods's fourth with the company -- Nike Golf tweeted out a picture (below) of Tiger's Open Championship sticks. The big (read: only) change? A prototype Nike VR_S Covert Tour driver

Woods, of course, had long been a hold out. Though the VR_S Covert driver line is Nike's flagship 2013 offering, Tiger stuck with his trusty VR Tour model through four wins so far this year. Tiger originally put the VR Tour in his bag at Augusta in 2010, which was just a couple months after its official release.

Of course, you can't exactly pull Tiger's driver off the rack. It features a glued (vs. adjustable) hosel, and a more pear-shaped head, which makes it easier to work the ball. This week, he's playing a 9.5-degree head with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X -- which, sure, you can buy for your driver, but...please don't, unless you swing like Tiger Woods.

So, he's got a new gamer in the bag. It remains to be seen if the prototype driver gets much use, though: Earlier in the week, Tiger said that doesn't plan to loose the lumber all that often at a firm, fast Muirfield. He was hitting 280-yard 4-irons in practice rounds. So he's got that going for him, which is nice.

Keep an eye out for the club this week. It'll be hard to miss: It's painted to match Tiger's Sunday shirt.

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