Both models receive major performance upgrades for 2014. For better players, the Tour model may be the best off the rack driver of the year. If you’ve been sleeping on the swoosh, it’s time to wake up.
Last year, Nike’s Covert driver was the hottest pre-release in the industry due to its ground breaking design and adjustability. This year, the VRS Covert 2.0 got the kind of hype you can’t buy: Tiger Woods put it into his bag at his World Challenge event and put on a driving clinic that had people thinking about the skinny 21 year old who ran away with the Masters in 1997.
The Covert 2.0 takes the same elements that made the Covert a head turner – the cavity back design and flex loft hosel – and adds Fly-Brace technology, which Nike claims adds stability and forgiveness. Does this evolution allow Covert 2.0 to keep pace with some of the other great drivers of 2014? Yes, and then some.
The overall look of the Covert 2.0 is virtually identical to the original Covert. The signature dark red crown is back along with the white swoosh on the heel. If, one year later, you still can’t get over the swoosh, then yes, time has truly passed you by.
Both the standard and Tour models have traditional looks from address. The Tour model is just slightly shorter from front to back, but it’s still 460cc. The other noticeable difference between the standard and Tour models is that the face and sole of the Tour model are black, the standard is silver.
While the standard Covert 2.0 is a good looking driver, the Tour model is in the top 2 or 3 for 2014, to my eye.
When it comes to sound and feel, both Covert 2.0 models have much in common. The first thing that struck me was how there was virtually no auditory difference between misses and centered shots.
There is a slight difference between the Tour model and the standard is the character of the sound. The Tour model is a little bit duller, more of a thud. The standard Covert 2.0 has a slightly more hollow, explosive sound at impact.
All across the face, the feel is generally solid. There is a different feel in your hands on a flushed shot compared to a mishit, but mishits don’t translate into a bad, twisting feel like they do with many less forgiving drivers.
This is where Covert 2.0 really separates itself from its predecessor. In both models, the spin has been dialed down and the forgiveness is absolutely off the charts.
Let’s start with spin. Some players found the original Covert to be a little spinny, but that is something no one will be able to say about the Covert 2.0. The standard Covert 2.0 is low spin; for the average guy, it’s going to be a beast. The Covert 2.0 Tour is you-better-bring-some-speed-or-it’s-knuckleball-city low spin. I suspect that part of the reason for the Tour’s low spin is the shaft, but, regardless of the reason, it’s a club that high spin players must try this year.
The other standout feature is the forgiveness. Every major driver out there is forgiving, but the Covert 2.0 completely shocked me with how much ball speed it retained on serious mishits. There were a number of swings where I thought, “That was terrible, the ball speed will be in the low 130’s” and yet it stayed north of 140MPH. What’s even better is that the forgiveness is there even in the Tour model.
A key difference that potential buyers should be aware of when deciding between the Covert 2.0 and the Covert 2.0 Tour is the shaft. The standard model uses a Kuro Kage variant that is counter balanced (you can learn more about counter balancing HERE). Counterbalancing isn’t a good or bad thing – some people will like it, others won’t – but you should be aware of it when you try it out. The Tour model features the Kuro Kage TiNi which is as solid a stock shaft as you’re likely to see and a major reason why I think that the Covert 2.0 Tour may be the best OTR driver of 2014.
Finally, for those unfamiliar with it, I want to give a quick primer on Nike’s FlexLoft technology. In short, it’s the most complete adjustable hosel on the market. Players can change the club’s loft from 8.5° to 12.5° and open or close the face angle. This flexibility makes the Covert 2.0 a club that can adapt to any condition.
Whether you were a fan of the original Covert or not, you owe it to yourself to check out the VRS Covert 2.0. Nike kept the best parts from the original Covert, the looks and feel, and upgraded the performance exponentially.
The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 is adjustable from 8.5° to 12.5° of loft.
The standard model has a MRC Kuro Kage 2.0 Black HBP 50 shaft as the stock option. The Tour Model features the MRC Kuro Kage 2.0 TiNi 60.
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