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I predict 2013 will be the
year of the “Driver” in golf. As
golfers, we are blessed with a lot of choices this year and the golf equipment
manufacturers went all out in designing what they hope will be a top-selling
driver for 2013.
Now I have to admit that
most of the new drivers have only incremental changes from the previous year. This includes maybe a minor tweak in head
design, weight and COG placement, club head color and shaft offerings. But this year, Nike takes the crown for the
most radical changes to their driver line with the new Nike VR_S Covert
This year the Nike Covert
driver comes in a standard model and a Tour Model. The Tour model comes with a slightly smaller, deeper face 430cc clubhead (compared to
460cc in the standard version) which produces slightly less spin and a more
penetrating ball flight designed to help better players shape their tee shots
more easily. It also comes with an
upgraded Mitsubishi Kura Kage shaft better suited for advanced golfers with faster
biggest thing that you will notice when you look at the new Covert driver is
the there is a large portion of the sole of the club that is missing. No this is not a manufacturing defect or an
accident caused when shipping the driver.
Nike has developed the first cavity-back driver using the same tried and
true cavity-back technology that has been used in irons for years.
is do the benefits of cavity-back technology translate to a driver and fairway
woods or is this just an overhyped marketing gimmick??? I was able to take the new Nike VR_S Covert
Tour driver out with me on a recent trip to Phoenix for a long weekend of early Spring
Golf and put it to the test.
Appearance plays a big part
in driver selection these days. Manufacturers
put as much thought in the cosmetic design of the driver as they do with the
club technology. When I first saw some advanced photos of Nike VR_S Covert
driver I have to admit I laughed. First,
the bright red color of the driver seemed so distracting that I never thought I
could own the driver simply because of the color.
Secondly, when looking at
the sole of the driver with the huge “hole” on the bottom I just couldn't take
this driver seriously just thinking about all the ribbing I would get from the
guys in my foursome. I can hear it now;
“Hey what happened to the other part of your driver!” “Did you know there is a hole in the bottom
of your driver?” What’d you do, hit the turf a lose part of your driver??”
When I actually got to see
the driver in real life I was surprised on how “normal” it looked. Yes there was still the “big hole” on the
bottom of the club but when looking at the club at a normal address setup
position it looks very standard - very much Titleist 913D standard looking.
The deep red color looked
nothing like the bright red eyesore that I saw in photos online. The white Nike Swoosh on the heel of the club
was not distracting at all and I didn’t even notice it when addressing the ball.
Overall the looks at a
normal address position appear very standard and the Tour Model with its
slightly smaller head gave me a sense of confidence that this driver would be
forgiving yet controlable enough that I could “work” the ball if needed.
This is where Nike excels over
the other adjustable driver on the market currently. It is by far the easiest and most
adjustable of any current driver. Nike's "FlexLoft" technology allows
the loft and face angle to be adjusted independently. 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 loft does go up and down accordingly and the lofts seemed pretty
close to spot on. The Closed, Open or Neutral face-angle settings also
seemed to impact initial ball direction. It won't cure your slice or a
hook, but it does help get the ball get started on the intended path. The
twist of the wrench and a couple slides of the 2 cogs and this driver is ready
to go. I liked that I could raise the loft, yet not raise spin. The
low spin head can now be loft adjusted without major impact on spin, so you can
get a higher lofted club with lower spin. I actually went with the 10.5
setting because I was getting such good spin numbers and adding the extra loft added some yardage.
The feel was amazing. The face felt super hot
even on mis-hits and you really feel the ball explode off the face at impact with
a nice soft feel. The feeling of this driver was like hitting the sweet spot of
a forged iron. The "NexCore" face is a variable
thickness face that feels great, but most importantly is forgiving. Even
on the smaller sized Tour head, I had great control even with my swing. I
couldn't believe how forgiving the face was – probably due to the cavity-back technology.
I know I didn't hit the center every time, but I certainly found the fairway
most of the time. It would be
assumed that the Tour head being smaller and designed for the better player
would not be very forgiving, but I found it to be excellent in this
category. I would imagine the standard head would be even more forgiving.
version head sounded solid and low toned. Gone are the days of the Nike SQ Square
driver and the aluminum bat sound. I would compare the sound to my Titleist 913D
but a little bit quieter and lower. The
non-tour version sounded a tad bit higher toned and less muted, probably a more
familiar sound to golfers out there.
On the golf
course this driver straight up performed! It had a very tight feel to it with mid-to-high
trajectory and low spin. This was a good
combination for me as I was able to control the ball and hit a lot of
fairways. My drives also seemed to roll
out more but that could have been due to the harder fairways in Arizona compared to Michigan.
Back home on
the launch monitor compared to my current Titleist 910D3 driver, I gained about
8 yards, had about 500rpm less spin and picked up a little bit of clubhead
speed. Is this enough of an increase to
warrant a switch? I am not sure yet but
any gain in distance these days is something to seriously consider.
recommend you give the new Nike VR_S Covert driver a try. This to me is Nike’s
best driver to date and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tiger Woods
transitioning to one of these in the near future as many of Nike’s Tour
staffers have already made the switch.
Overall the Nike Covert driver really surprised
me in a good way by its looks, sound and overall performance. Sure the Nike
hype and anticipation for this driver was huge but from what I have experienced
Nike also delivered.
Bottom line is, Nike has a real winner with
their new VR_S Covert driver. If you can get over its unusual looks you will find a fantastic driver that flat-out performs. 2013 is going to be a great year for Nike Golf.
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