Tiger has been using a Nike VR Tour driver for the past three years, but Golf Week says he was using a Nike VR_S Covert Tour driver in practice rounds this week. Golf Week says the VR_S driver is a fixed-loft driver (9.5 degree) without an adjustable hosel, and that the shaft is glued into the head in traditional fashion.
Even though Tiger was practicing with a new driver, he may not find a use for one this week. Woods says the course is playing fast similar to Hoylake in 2006, which he won.
“It is playing really fast, the golf course has got a bit of speed to it. It was pretty quick and I am sure they can get it really quick by the weekend,” Woods said this week.
“I used a lot of irons (at Hoylake). I hit one driver that week. This course is playing similar to that, it is quick. I’ve played three days now and I have only hit a couple of drivers here.”
Woods also says Jason Day didn’t even use a driver in practice when they played together, so that will be something to watch. It’s quite possible that many players just play irons throughout their rounds.