The Covert 2.0 line of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids takes the original Covert product line’s combination of length, forgiveness and solid feel to new heights, as all clubs contain improvements on the original models. Previously I’ve reviewed the driver (review here) and 5-wood (review here), and in this post I share my thoughts on the Covert 2.0 4-hybrid:
FIRST IMPRESSION: DESIGN/APPEARANCE
The Covert 2.0 hybrid features the same bright red metallic finish on the crown as the original Covert, as well as the large white swoosh toward the heel. Like the driver and fairway wood, the alignment aid on the crown is the “2.0” from the newly redesigned VR_S Covert 2.0 logo. The sole features a redesigned sole plate with a primarily matte silver finish, new Covert logo, red swoosh and black cavity with red “2.0”.
The Performance hybrid is a glued version, it does not contain the same FlexLoft adjustability system as the Tour hybrid. The face features Nike Golf’s NexCOR face technology, which makes the edges of the face thinner than the center, resulting in a larger sweet spot. This creates faster ball speeds across a wider area of the face and results in longer shots.
The Covert 2.0 hybrid also comes with a redesigned red and white headcover with a full sock to protect the shaft. The stock shaft is the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black HBP (70 gram), and the new stock grip is a white Nike Tour Wrap by Golf Pride. Overall my first impression is that the Covert 2.0 hybrid is a great looking club that features some great updates to the technology and visual design of the original Covert fairway wood.
FIRST IMPRESSION: PERFORMANCE
Like the Covert 2.0 driver and fairway wood, the first thing I noticed in the 2.0 hybrid was its great feel at impact. The feel of the club head through the impact zone is really solid. The acoustics mirror the feel — the Covert 2.0 gives a substantial “thwack” at impact, with no tinny or “plink” sound at all.
I also noticed an improvement in the Covert 2.0 hybrid’s accuracy — the 2.0 features Nike’s new Fly-Brace technology which reinforces the back of the club head, creating more stability through impact. I notice the club head feels more stable when striking the ball, and my shots seem to go a bit straighter with this model than they did with the original Covert. The Fly-Brace technology is also designed to transfer more energy to the club face (and in turn the ball), creating more distance. I’m hitting the Covert 2.0 a few yards farther than my previous 4-hybrid (the VR_S 4-hybrid), but the improved accuracy I’m getting from the club head’s stability is more important to me than the distance I gain. For me, hitting the ball straighter is more beneficial to my game than hitting it farther, thus the improved stability and straighter shots are really helping my game.
The Covert 2.0 offers tremendous forgiveness on mishits. Shots struck away from the center of the club face go straight and far, like they did with the original Covert. The NexCOR face technology’s variable face thickness (thinner the farther you get away from the center) gives amazing distance on poorly struck shots, and the placement of the mass of the club towards the heel and toe results in great stability through impact. This perimeter weighting keeps the club more square when you miss the middle of the face, producing straighter shots from poor swings.
Overall I’ve been really happy with the performance of the Covert 2.0 hybrid. Notes on specific performance attributes follow here:
After testing Covert 2.0 4-hybrid against my previous VR_S 4-hybrid at the range, I found I hit the Covert 2.0 pretty much as far as the VR_S, maybe a few yards longer. However the improved accuracy I get with the Covert 2.0 is more important to my game than any distance I might be gaining (see below).
The Covert 2.0 has a medium to medium-high ball flight. My understanding is the Performance model I tested has a higher ball flight than the Tour model, which supposedly has a lower, boring trajectory.
The Covert 2.0 hybrid shines in this area — the 2.0 is more stable than the original Covert, and it produces more accurate shots. The 2.0 is very stable through impact, due to improved reinforcement and perimeter weighting of the club head (the club head’s mass is located more towards the heel and toe). The improved accuracy is most noticeable to me on long approach shots, where the 2.0 creates shots that fly high and land softly, allowing me to get the ball closer to the hole.
The Covert 2.0 hybrid’s terrific feel helps me to hit the ball high and low when I need to, and shape shots left or right when the situation calls for it.
The 2.0 is extremely forgiving on mishit shots. The NexCOR face gives off-center shots just about the same distance as those struck in the middle of the face. Straighter shots from less than ideal swings are the result of the club head’s perimeter weighting that keeps it from twisting on shots hit towards the heel and toe.
One of the more significant characteristics of the Covert 2.0 hybrid is its improved acoustics. It produces a distinctively solid sound (a “thwack”, almost a “thud”) at impact, the sound of a very solid shot. No tinny aluminum sound or any hint of a “plink” is produced when you strike the ball.
The VR_S Covert 2.0 hybrid features several notable improvements over the original Covert. The superior acoustics and solid feel at impact are outstanding. The 2.0’s improved overall accuracy that results from increased stability in the newly reinforced club head is impressive. The ability to shape shots and the forgiveness on off-center hits are extraordinary. If you are looking for a new hybrid to put a new hybrid in the bag this year, look no further than the VR_S Covert 2.0.
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.