The Nike Golf Covert 2.0 Driver is available today (see in-hand pics here), and it features Nike’s new Fly Brace Technology:
New Nike additions:
- Four of the five Nike staffers — Scott Brown, Seung-Yul Noh, Jamie Lovemark and Kevin Tway — in the field transitioned into the new VRS Covert 2.0 driver at Waialae.
- Additionally, all five played the 2014 RZN ball. Noh and Brown used the four-piece RZN Platinum — Rory McIlroy used the low-spin RZN Black to win the Australian Open — while Lovemark, Tway and Henley opted for the mid-spin RZN Platinum.
- Both balls feature Nike’s new resin Speedlock core technology. The interlocking core design — the core’s surface is similar to that of a waffle iron — interconnects with the compression layer to form a more cohesive bond that delivers more energy through impact.
- Russell Henley added Nike’s VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods (15 and 19 degrees) to the bag.
On Christmas Eve my doorbell rang, and with last-minute packages arriving I thought it was another to add to the pile under the tree. Instead I opened my door to see a large box from Nike Golf. I opened it and inside was a very nice early Christmas present, a demo model of the new VR_S Covert 2.0 Driver to try out.
At first glance the second generation Covert looks to be a handsome upgrade to the original model. A similar head design with updated graphics, the trademark red crown, KuroKage shaft and a new white Golf Pride Tour Wrap grip all are beckoning me to take this baby to the range and test it out. I’ve yet to do that, but when I do I’ll give you an update on how the Covert 2.0 performs.
For now I’m posting these first look pics so you can see this great new driver for yourselves. Enjoy, and Happy New Year everybody!
- New Fly-Brace technology allows for higher ball speed, more distance and greater forgiveness with every shot -
Nike Golf introduced the new VRS Covert 2.0 family of drivers during an event at the company’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Bigger, faster and longer than last year’s industry game-changing VRS Covert drivers — the world’s first to feature conforming High Speed Cavity Back technology — the new VRS Covert 2.0 drivers deliver more forgiving distance, faster ball speed and simple, intuitive customization to meet the swing needs of every athlete.
High-Speed Cavity Back technology redistributes weight to the heel and toe allowing for increased distance and more stability across the face of the driver.
“We re-engineered VRS Covert 2.0 with enhancements to our High Speed Cavity Back technology that allow athletes to experience more forgiving distance than ever before,” says Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf Director of Engineering. “The new VRS Covert 2.0 driver features a redesigned cavity with Fly-Brace technology that ties the sole to the crown. By stiffening the rear portion of the club, more energy is transferred to the face at impact. The end result is even greater ball speed and up to six yards of distance gain over last year’s model.”
“It’s similar to an automotive frame design,” Radcliffe adds. “Fly-Brace technology reinforces the rearward portion of the club head to focus impact stress, flexing and subsequent energy transfer to the point of impact.”
Several Nike athletes, including Rory McIlroy, Kevin Chappell and Nick Watney, have put the VRS Covert 2.0 driver into play in 2013.
“We work very closely with our athletes and the new VRS Covert 2.0 drivers deliver on the shape, stability, and speed they have asked for,” Radcliffe says. “The added stability and speed realized by our athletes with VRS Covert 2.0 allows for an aggressive approach off the tee which is essential in the modern game.”
The VRS Covert 2.0 drivers feature two additional proprietary technologies: A larger, re-engineered NexCOR face for increased ball speed and distance, and FlexLoft adjustability, which allows athletes to easily customize loft and face angle positions for 15 drivers in one.
The redesigned NexCOR face incorporates variable face thickness for a faster, hotter face and as a result, more speed at impact. It is 15-percent larger in the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver, and seven-percent larger in the VRS Covert 2.0 driver.
Nike Golf’s patented FlexLoft system offers the same, intuitive adjustability system featured in the VRS Covert driver. Athletes can adjust lofts from 8.5 to 12.5 degrees while independently modifying for three different face angle positions to optimize launch and spin conditions for maximized distance and accuracy.
The second generation of Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage shafts are the standard graphite option for both models. In the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour, the Kuro Kage Silver 60 graphite, featuring Titanium Nickel fiber in the tip section, creates more stability and lower spin. The VRS Covert 2.0 utilizes the Kuro Kage Black HBP Graphite 50 shaft with a higher balance point, allowing for higher swing speeds without adding shaft length.
Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour Driver
Availability: January 31, 2014
Specifications: 8.5-12.5º Kuro Kage Silver TiNi shaft; RH/LH: R, S, X
Street Price: $399
Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver
Availability: January 31, 2014
Specifications: 8.5-12.5º Kuro Kage Black HBP shaft; RH/LH: A, R, S, W
Street Price: $299
Editor’s Note: The post above is from a press release from Nike Golf.
The PGA Tour is at the Frys.com Open this week, and so is the new VR_S Covert 2.0 driver. The new driver was spotted on the range at CordeValle by GolfWRX, and you can see their photos of the new driver here. GolfWRX also spotted the Covert 2.0 Tour driver at the Tour Championship, you can see pics of that model here. Both models have different variations on the design of the original Covert and Covert Tour drivers, and I’m sure we’ll hear more about any new technology enhancements when we get official word about the release from Nike Golf.
Today Nike Athlete Kevin Tway tweeted out an Instagram photo of his new Covert 2.0 driver, looks like he might have this in the bag this week:
October is going to mark many important things including my birthday, but also, the arrival of the Covert Tour 2.0 driver. We don’t know a lot of details yet, other than perhaps a new color scheme and potentially a higher dispersed cavity, but judging from the pics, the Covert Tour 2.0 is going to be one of the better looking drivers in the marketplace.
Here’s one image of how it might look:
As of August 1st Global Golf dropped the prices across the entire Nike Golf Covert line. This includes new pricing across the board, including the following:
Performance Driver: $199
Tour Driver: $299
Performance Fairway Wood: $149
Tour Fairway Wood: $199
Performance Hybrid: $139
Tour Hybrid: $179
Covert Irons: $499
So if you’ve been looking to upgrade to any of the Covert products — and I can vouch for the entire line, every club in the Covert family is fantastic — now might be the time to buy. To top it off, Global Golf is offering free shipping sitewide through Wednesday August 7th, just use code FREESHIP at checkout.
NG Nation reader Brandon Stanford gave me a heads up today about this great deal at Budget Golf — as one of their “Deals of the Week”, Budget Golf has the VR_S Covert Driver on sale for $179.96. The deal also includes free UPS Ground shipping, so if you’ve had your eye on the VR_S Covert but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, now might be the right time to buy.
Nike Golf posted a new picture of Tiger’s prototype Covert driver on its Twitter page today. As Golfwrx.com posted, the “Covert Tour 5″ is a glued version of the driver. Here’s the pic: