One of the biggest strategies I am trying to implement is to use my fairway wood off the tee more especially in narrow fairways and when holes fall in the 350 yard and under range. Therefore, finding a 3 wood that could reduce my side spin give me a penetrating ball flight, while maintaining my distance was a priority for me this season.
Thankfully, I was able to try the Covert 2.0 fairway wood in the Tour model, which comes with the adjustable FlexLoft system. Here’s a review of the club so far.
First of all, straight out of the box, the club looks really stealth-like. I currently game the Covert Driver in the performance model, and it just doesn’t have the same striking look as this tour model. The most eye-catching feature of the Tour model is its black face and sole, which has a new contrasting white cavity back, as well as newly implemented Fly-brace technology. The red crown is not new to me because of the previous year’s Covert that uses the same color scheme, but it has a beautiful “candy-paint” look to it. The second most eye-catching feature is the new red Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip. It’s much different than last year’s Tour Velvet grips in that one, its bright red, and two, it looks like it is made out of patent leather (it’s actually made from very tacky rubber). I also like this year’s new red headcover, which is consistent with the 2.0 line.
In terms of head size, there is a dramatic size reduction from the driver to the 3-wood. My driver is at 460cc, while the Tour head comes in at 164cc. This may be a bit dramatic for some, and admittedly it took some getting used to, but the 3-wood actually has a pretty deep face. I’ll briefly cover that a bit later.
Here is a comparison of the 2.0 to last year’s Tour model:
I would normally put the distance portion of the review further down, but one of the main points I wanted to raise with this club is the automatic distance gain I received. The Covert 2.0 Tour is very long – with the caveat that it will be very long if you really nail it on the sweet spot. Off center shots will experience a big reduction in distance, but the 2.0 provided me with 20-30 yard gains from my current 3-wood when I was flushing it. That’s an uncharacteristic experience from Nike’s assertion that it can provide up to 8 yards of gain from last year’s model (not the model I’m using), but I will take this distance for sure.
Trajectory is one thing I couldn’t nail down consistently, but the majority of my shots were coming out low especially at the 15 degree setting. Off the tee it was a different story, but off the deck it was like hitting a very low stinger-like shot. I have no idea how Rory is hitting these balloon 3 woods, but he also one of the best in the world. Opening up the club face, which is a very important part of this review, did help a bit, but I believe it is just the nature of the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 2.0 Silver shaft to produce a low trajectory.
Adjusting from a 3-wood you’ve been using for over 4 years is a difficult task. My biggest issue was getting used to the smaller, but deeper head of the Covert 2.0 Tour but there are also so many different factors that can affect accuracy from the get go. My biggest challenge was adjusting to the perception of a closed face at address when in the neutral position. A lot of my shots were heading left and the face angle produced very low shots. In order to correct it, I was thankfully able to use the FlexLoft system to keep the loft at 15 degrees, while opening up the club face.
This helped me mentally as well, in seeing a more neutral setting at address. Here’s the look at the club after changing to open.
Once I was able to dial in my settings, it was bombs away. I am still getting used to getting accurate with them, but the importance of getting the settings right for you is paramount. One big positive takeaway is the stability of the club at impact. The Tour version does a great job in getting through all sorts of lies and providing a solid feel.
Tour vs. Performance model. Notice the deeper face on the left. This photo is from Golfwrx.
The Covert 2.0 Tour is a players club. Any shots off-center will pale in comparison to ones really hitting the impact zone. I know this because admittedly I did not hit many shots in the sweet spot when I first got it. In fact, my first test drive out was in the snow and I was at a range where the balls were hard as rocks. On one particular shot I hit it so low that it hit the edge of the crown and damaged the club – all on the FIRST day!! Have a look here – how embarrassing!
I would give acoustics 10/10. It is how a golf club should sound. It’s perfect and it will definitely tell you when you’ve hit a great shot.
The VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour 3-wood is super long. The adjustability of FlexLoft is a true asset in that it provides so many choices and options for your game and your swing. The Tour model has a deeper face than the performance model which does not have any adjustability.
With all the options and the best-in-market technology that is incorporated into the Covert 2.0 3-wood, it is an excellent pick for solid ball strikers.
The Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 improves on its predecessor with a reengineered High Speed Cavity Back design for increased distance and more stability. With all-new Fly-Brace technology, the rear portion of the club is reinforced so more energy is transferred to the face at impact. And the weight of the club is redistributed from the center toward the heel and toe for increased stability. The result: even greater ball speed and up to eight yards of distance gained.
Enhanced Head Design
The new head profile shifts the center of gravity by 2.5mm and spin rate by more than 650rpms, creating flatter, farther shots.
FlexLoft adjustability, a simple pull, turn, push-and-tighten system, allows you to customize your loft and face angle positions independently of each other to optimize launch and spin conditions for maximum distance and accuracy.
The redesigned NexCOR face incorporates variable face thickness for a faster, hotter face and, subsequently, more ball speed at impact.
- Kuro Kage Silver 70 graphite shaft with Titanium Nickel fiber in the tip for more stability and lower spin
- New Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip for great feel
- Specifications: 3: 13° – 17°
- Includes head cover and instruction manual
- NOTE: It does not come with the FlexLoft tool
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.