Wow. That’s all I can say after hitting and playing with the new VR_S Covert 2.0 driver from Nike Golf. While many new drivers are filled with technology, the Covert 2.0 uses that technology specifically to make my shots go farther and allow me to control the ball better, and that’s all I really care about.
Before I continue, let me admit I was using some old clubs before upgrading to the Covert 2.0. Like wood woods old (photo number two above). I’m an average player who now is happy to break 100 and played quite seriously as a kid and in high school. After years of casual play, I’ve started to get serious again about the game and have begun to do a bag overhaul. The first thing I replaced was my driver and have been hitting with the Covert 2.0 for about a month.
I like how Nike’s VR_S Covert 2.0 is a tour-proven club. Top players like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy use it (both use the tour model) and were influential in offering their feedback on the first Covert clubs. That feedback from players and other research led to this new 2.0 version that really does perform better
The club just hits beautifully. It’s very balanced and with the huge clubface, it’s hard to miss a shot. When I hit at the range, I am constantly impressed with how few balls I shank. The club is making me a better player with its technology but also by inspiring confidence in my shots and my game. It’s easy to line up with the ball, I like looking at that red club head with the “2.0” marked in the center to align the ball.
The golf technology starts with the shaft. It’s a 50 gram Mitsubishi Kuro Kage with a higher balance point. This replicates the faster swing speed of a longer shaft, without the extra length. The NexCOR face is larger than the previous model and gets the ball going faster because the thickness varies across the face area. The clubhead has a large space open in the rear, Nike’s High Speed Cavity Back Technology, which transfers more of the swing energy to the clubface for longer shots. The Fly-Brace technology just gives a great feel when you hit the ball and it also creates a giant sweet spot. If you hit in the center, the ball goes, but if you hit on the heel of the face, it goes, on the toe, it goes, etc. It’s a very directed energy, as opposed to just hitting the ball with a mass of solid metal or a hollow shell. That’s the most amazing thing about the club to me, is that degree of forgiveness, where shots I know I would have shanked with my previous driver go straight. And shots I do hit well go further and straighter.
Using the supplied Nike Golf wrench and their FlexLoft system, the Covert 2.0 driver adjusts easily in two ways: The clubface can be oriented to the center, to the left or to the right, and the loft can be adjusted from 8 degrees to 12 degrees. This really allows the player to customize the club to their own swing and game. I’ve kept the orientation neutral as I shoot fairly straight, and I’ve pumped the loft to 12 degrees while I get used to it.
I usually don’t mention how a club looks in a review, but the Covert 2.0 really stands out, like a hot rod. The candy apple red finish of the head, with the large white Nike swoosh, makes a statement and the performance lives up to it. The matte silver face matches the red nicely and the red head is attached to a jet black shaft that gradually turns to red near the grip. The red shaft then meets the white Golf Pride grip and creates a very cool looking golf club.
Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 driver
The VR_S Covert 2.0 driver from Nike Golf retails for $299. The VR_S Covert 2.0 series also includes fairway woods and irons. Here is my video review of the club with some close-up views.
Freddy Sherman is a golfer, world traveler and editor of the travel blog luxuryfred.com. He constantly seeks out the best golf travel experiences, new golf equipment and technology. You can follow him on Twitter -@luxuryfred and on Instagram – @luxuryfred.
More from this contributor:
Playing with a StaSof Golf Glove from FootJoy – My Review
Golf Travel: Attending the PLAYERS Championship
Golfing In and Around Tokyo