AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods carried a new Nike VRS Covert 3-wood in Thursday’s opening round of the Masters, replacing the Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood he had used for more than a year.
Woods has used a series of 15-degree Nike 3-woods, from a VR Pro in 2011 to the VR Pro Limited Edition in 2012 to the current VRS Covert.
Earlier this year, at Doral, Woods switched to a 19-degree Nike VRS Covert 5-wood. This same 5-wood was adopted earlier this year by Rory McIlroy, meaning the top two players in the world have switched to the same 5-wood in 2013.
Nike makes two VRS 5-wood models, one called VRS and the other named VRS Tour. Ironically, Woods and McIlroy use the standard VRS version (retail price $199.99). Why? Because it produces more spin, creating a higher ball flight and softer landing.
Nick Watney, on the other hand, uses the 19-degree VRS Tour 5-wood for a slightly lower trajectory.