Tiger Woods and his Nike prototype driver at the Hero World Challenge in December.
Getty Images/Scott Halleran
By Brendan Mohler
Thursday, January 29, 2015

When he tees off this afternoon at TPC Scottsdale in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Tiger Woods will have a very new driver in hand. The driver is a prototype version of the Nike Vapor Speed, which hits stores tomorrow.

Woods debuted the club in competition at the Hero World Challenge in December. There, Woods finished in a tie for dead last at even par, 26 shots behind champion Jordan Spieth. Woods has never been the most accurate driver of the golf ball, but it was his abysmal chipping game that took center stage.

The Nike Vapor Speed driver.

Here’s a look at Tiger hitting the driver during a practice round at TPC Scottsdale on Tuesday, via the PGA Tour.



From our October Golf.com story on the new Nike Vapor drivers (Pro, Flex and Speed):

“The Vapor Speed features Nike’s Flex Loft 2.0 adjustable hosel system (but not the Flex-Flight adjustable CG technology) and is aimed at players simply looking for high launch and maximum distance. The deep-face Speed offers the most forgiveness in the Vapor family and also produces slightly more spin than the other models. The Vapor Speed ($300) comes standard with Mitsubishi’s Fubuki Z 50 Ultralight shaft.”

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