Rory McIlroy Debuts New Nike Vapor Pro Driver

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New Vapor Pro driver provides pure distance with a Tour launch

Nike athlete Rory McIlroy has added a flash of volt to his bag this week. The number one player in the world will debut Nike’s new driver, the Vapor Pro at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland. The visually bold driver is black on the crown, volt in the cavity back and Compression Channel, and produces a penetrating, tour-launch with low spin and added speed across the face.

McIlroy was influential in the development of the Vapor Pro. Like his Nike Covert Tour 2.0 driver, McIlroy wanted a 460cc pear-shape profile — a shape that yielded awe-inspiring drives throughout his remarkable 2014 season. He also was looking for stability and speed through added flexibility across the face.

“The first thing I noticed when I hit this driver was how hot it was,” said McIlroy. “Then, I found that I could really control the flight and work it both ways on the golf course. I saw added ball speed on the monitor and am getting 10-15 yards more distance on the golf course this week.”

The Vapor Pro driver blends three key technologies: Nike’s new FlyBeam reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a re-engineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2. All of these are vital to the golf athlete in achieving the ultimate in hitting their window of distance, speed and launch conditions.

To elevate performance, we added FlyBeam technology to the Covert Cavity Back to focus energy into the variable-profile Compression Channel and NexCOR face,” said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering. “This is the first time we have created a driver where the face and channel are measurably more flexible than the body.”

The FlyBeam construction stiffens the Covert Cavity in the back of the club, while the Compression Channel, with variable compliance, accentuates the spring-like effect across the face. Cohesively, the two work together to focus, store, and return impact energy to the golf ball for shots struck at all points on the face.

“This is the first time we have measured higher modal frequencies in the rear portion of the club than the front. This means impact energy is concentrated in the channel and face which tunes acoustics and maximizes energy transfer. This effect drives the increases in ball speed we are seeing in athlete and robotic testing,” added Radcliffe.

FlexLoft 2 allows the golf athlete the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings. The new, improved system is five grams (30%) lighter without compromising function. The redistribution of mass creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster swing speeds. Another benefit of FlexLoft 2 is its forward and backward compatibility. Golfers with previous generations of Covert can use shafts with the original adaptor in the new head or vice versa.

The Vapor Pro driver will be available on January 30, 2015.

Nike Vapor Pro

Availability:  January 30, 2015

Specifications:  8.5° – 12.5° loft; Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue Board 60 shaft; RH/LH: R, S, X flex

MSRP:  $479.99

Editor’s Note: The post above is from a press release from Nike Golf.

More on the New Nike Golf Vapor Pro Drivers

A few days ago I posted about a video which described the new Vapor Flex Driver, that video has now been taken off of YouTube. But MyGolfSpy.com was on the ball and did a nice piece on the new Vapor Flex driver, you can read that here.

Then on Monday, the Vapor Pro and Vapor Speed drivers appeared on the USGA Conforming Drivers list, GolfWRX.com did a post on that which you can read here.

Here are pics of the new Vapor Pro and Vapor Speed drivers:

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VIDEO: Nike Golf Vapor Flex Driver

Editor’s Note 9.23.14: Looks like the video has been taken down, but sounds like the rumors of Rory gaming the Vapor Pro (not Vapor Flex) driver this week might be true per this article on GolfDigest.com.

Here’s our first look at the new Nike Golf Vapor Flex driver — word has it that Rory McIlroy may be gaming it this weekend at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. For now, check out the video:

Rory’s Winning Clubs

The NGN team is really buzzing this week after Rory’s dominant performance at The Open Championship. Earlier, NGN Bob posted the press release from Nike that listed his gear.

Below, are pics from Golfwrx.com that show what clubs Rory used in his victorious win at Hoylake.

Equipment is accurate as of The Open Championship (7/19/14). 

Driver: Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70TX

3 Wood: Nike VR_S  Covert Prototype (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)

Driving Iron: Nike MM Prototype 2 Iron
Shaft: Royal Precision Project X 7.0

Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-9)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0

Wedges: Nike VR Forged (47, 54 and 59)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0

Putter: Nike Method 006 Prototype

Ball: Nike RZN Black

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Click here to see clubs McIlroy used in 2013.

Read more at http://www.golfwrx.com/186417/rory-mcilroy-witb-2014/#0ysdf7BDIWk6yhUf.99

Matte Black VRS Covert Driver from Modern Golf Canada

With last week’s announcement of the new VRS Covert 2.0 Matte Black Limited Edition driver, many Nike fans like me were filled with excitement about the new stealth look. I raced online to find as many pictures I could in hopes of finding someone who may have already obtained one.

What I found along the way was this beautiful Covert Tour driver from Modern Golf Canada. They custom painted last year’s edition in Matte Black in September of 2013 and posted to their Instagram. Behold this beauty as well!

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Nike Golf Reveals VRS Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition Driver

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- College football helmets inspire new all-black limited edition design -

Sports teams often incorporate black into uniforms for a big rivalry game or season opener – it’s a color traditionally associated with power, strength and sophistication. The concept, especially popular during college football season, also inspired Nike Golf club designers when it came to creating the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition driver.

Nike Golf’s latest limited-edition innovation features a black Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black shaft, and matte black club head – a design element specifically modeled after matte black college football helmets that have popped up in recent years.

“The Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition driver offers a unique, limited-edition design combined with Nike’s high speed cavity back technology,” says Rob Arluna, Nike Golf Global Golf Club Business Director. “The black matte finish on the head provides a sleek, modern aesthetic and eliminates glare. The black grip and shaft give the driver a stealth, covert look.”

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. The Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition driver features Fly-Brace technology that ties the sole to the crown, stiffening the rear portion of the club and transferring more energy to the face at impact.

The Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition driver also boasts 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 Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition driver will be available on Nike.com and at select retailers May 15, 2014. Available in right hand only.

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition Driver

Availability: May 15, 2014

Street Price: $299

Editor’s Note: The post above is from a press release by Nike Golf.

Deal: Nike VRS Covert and Covert Tour Driver at Rock Bottom Golf for $149

This deal from Rock Bottom Golf is amazing – get a Covert Tour or a Covert Performance driver for $149! In Ladies and Left-handed too!

I have no affiliation with RBG, I am just a big fan of this driver and an even bigger fan of sharing a good deal with you all. I am currently playing the Covert Tour shaft in the Covert Performance head and it is an absolutely amazing combination for me.

Click here while supplies last

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Nike Golf VR_S Covert 2.0 Driver

VR_S_COVERT_2_DRIVER_SLDR_PPT_25415Last year Nike Golf released its new Covert line of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, and the highly anticipated equipment line took the golf world by storm. I’ve been gaming  the Covert driver, fairway woodhybrid and irons since last year, and the combination of added distance, solid feel, great accuracy and improved acoustics all make the Covert line a real winner in my book.

This year Nike Golf has taken the Covert line to the next level — the Covert 2.0 line of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids (all available in Performance and Tour versions), as well as Covert 2.0 cast irons and Covert Forged irons, all look to deliver improved performance to Nike Athletes and amateur players alike. This is my first review of the Covert 2.0 line — the Covert 2.0 driver — which I’ve hit at the range many times, and gamed on the course a few times as well. With the 2014 golf season upon us, I feel this is a good time to share my experiences with the Covert 2.0 driver with you.

FIRST IMPRESSION: DESIGN/APPEARANCE
The Covert 2.0 driver features the same bright red metallic finish on the crown as its predecessor, as well as the large white swoosh toward the heel. Like the original Covert driver, the head size of the Performance model is 460CC (and this year, the Tour model features a 460CC pear-shaped head), and 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 hosel contains the same FlexLoft adjustability system as last year’s model, which consists of two plastic collars with which you can adjust the loft and face angle independently in any of 15 combinations. The loft can be adjusted between 8.5 and 12.5 in 1 degree increments, and the face angle can be set left (closed), neutral (square), right (open). The adjustments are made by loosening the shaft screw in the bottom of the sole with the included wrench (the same one as the original Covert driver), removing the shaft, adjusting the collars and reattaching the shaft, all of which can be done easily in a minute or so. The face has a large hitting area that 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 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 (50 gram), and the new stock grip is a white Nike Tour Wrap by Golf Pride. Overall my first impression is that the VR_S Covert 2.0 driver is a club that looks great at address, and features some nice updates to the technological and visual design details of the original Covert driver.

FIRST IMPRESSION: PERFORMANCE
Like the original Covert driver, the first thing I noticed in the 2.0 model was its solid feel at impact — the “heaviness” of the hit and the substantial feel of the club head through the impact zone are impressive. The acoustics mirror the feel — the Covert 2.0 gives a solid “thwack” (almost a “thud”) at impact, with no tinny or “plink” sound at all. The Covert 2.0 has a very solid feel, with an overall sensation  of the club powering through the ball as it sends it down the fairway.

The next thing I noticed was the Covert 2.0′s improved 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 may hit the Covert 2.0 a few yards farther than the original Covert (I didn’t use a launch monitor in my testing), but honestly I don’t feel like I hit the Covert 2.0 significantly farther. I feel the accuracy I gain from the club head’s stability outweighs the distance I gain, and the distance I do gain might actually be because I’m hitting the ball straighter. I really do notice the stability of the head through impact — for me, straighter is more important than farther, so the increased stability and resulting straighter shots are significantly more beneficial to my game.

The Covert 2.0 also offers great forgiveness on off-center hits. Shots struck away from the center of the club face go straight and far, as 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 mishit shots, and the placement of the mass of the club towards the heel and toe creates perimeter weighting that is responsible for the stability I describe above. That stability keeps the club more square when you miss the middle of the face, producing straighter shots from less than ideal swings.

Finally, the FlexLoft adjustability system is very easy and intuitive to use. Removing the head is simple using the included wrench, and changing the loft and face angle combinations with the two adjustable collars can be done quickly and easily. With the Covert 2.0 you have 15 clubs in one, with the 15 different loft, lie and face angle combinations.

Overall I’ve been extremely pleased with the performance of the Covert 2.0 driver. Notes on the Covert 2.0′s specific performance attributes follow here:

DISTANCE
I didn’t use a launch monitor, but I did hit the original Covert and the Covert 2.0 side by side several times at the range — the Covert 2.0 is as long for me as the original Covert, maybe a few yards longer on some shots. I feel my distance gains were secondary to the accuracy I gained with the new model (see below).

TRAJECTORY
Like the original Covert, the Covert 2.0 has a medium to medium-high ball flight. My understanding is the Performance model that I tested has a higher ball flight than the Tour model, which is reported to have a lower, more penetrating ball flight.

ACCURACY
For me, this is where the Covert 2.0 really shines — the Covert 2.0 feels more stable to me than the original Covert, producing more accurate shots, and I feel my straighter drives result in more distance off the tee. The 2.0 feels really stable through the hitting zone — this stability is due to improved reinforcement of the club head, and its perimeter weighting with the club head’s mass being located towards the heel and toe.

PLAYABILITY
The Covert 2.0 has tremendous feel, and I can move the ball left or right when I need to. The FlexLoft adjustability system adds to the playability of this club, allowing me to change loft to raise or lower my ball flight, or close or open the face to create a specific shot shape.

FORGIVENESS
The Covert 2.0 is really forgiving on mishit shots — the NexCOR face gives shots hit off-center just about the same distance as shots struck in the middle of the face. The perimeter weighting keeps the club head from twisting on shots hit towards the heel and toe, producing straighter shots from less than ideal swings.

ACOUSTICS
Like its predecessor, one of the more significant characteristics of the Covert 2.0 is its acoustics. The sound at impact is a distictively solid “thwack” (almost a “thud”), the sound of a very solid shot. There is no tinny aluminum sound or any hint of a “plink” at impact.

SUMMARY
The VR_S Covert 2.0 driver is a great driver with noticeable improvements over the original model. The solid feel at impact and superior acoustics again are outstanding. Like the original Covert, the distance I get with the Covert 2.0 is exceptional — however for me the true highlight of the 2.0 is the improved accuracy I’m seeing from the increased stability in the newly reinforced club head. And finally, like the original Covert, the forgiveness on off-center hits is extraordinary. If you are looking for a new driver to help you kick off the 2014 golf season with increased distance — and especially improved accuracy — I highly recommend you give the VR_S Covert 2.0 a try.

Read Nike Golf’s press release about the VR_S Covert 2.0 Driver >>

Buy the VR_S Covert 2.0 Driver on nikegolf.com >>

Watch the video about Nike Golf’s new Fly-Brace Technology on their YouTube Channel >>

Watch the “Play In The Now” Covert 2.0 Driver TV spot >>

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.