Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Hybrid Review

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Two different looks and feels, but very similar performance.  Two of the most consistent hybrids I’ve ever tested.

Introduction

99% of golfers play cavity back irons because they want the forgiveness and consistency.  Why not get those same benefits in your hybrids with the cavity back Nike VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids?

These eye-catching clubs are offered in both standard and Tour models which give golfers two very different looks to appeal to a wide range of players.

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Looks

From address, the standard Covert 2.0 and the Covert 2.0 Tour share only the red crown, everything else is different.  The standard Covert 2.0 is more round, longer from front to back, and generally bigger.  The Covert 2.0 Tour looks like a traditional “players” hybrid: more oblong and thinner.

The different colored faces, silver on the standard, black on the Tour model, stands out on the hybrids more than on the drivers or fairway woods.  This is largely due to the different textures on the face; if you look at the picture above, you’ll notice that the area on the heel and toe look different than the middle area with the scoring lines.  On the silver face, this distinction really pops and frames the ball.  On the black face, it’s much harder to notice the difference.

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Sound & Feel

Again, the two versions of the Covert 2.0 have very little in common.  The standard Covert 2.0 has a medium pitched sound at impact, whereas the Tour model is noticeably higher pitched.  In my opinion, the Tour model sounds more like a fairway wood with that “tink” sound on pure shots.

The one characteristic that both clubs do share is that they give the player good feedback about the impact location without much twisting on mishits.

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Performance

The best performance characteristic of the Nike Covert 2.0 hybrids is consistency, and it’s something that these two clubs, which look and sound very different, have in common.  Whether shots were hit flush or off center, the total distance was the same time after time.  There were some differences in ball flight, thin shots flew lower and carried less, but the ball ended up at the same distance and very close to the center line after virtually every shot.

The main difference in performance is that the Tour model offers a lot of adjustability whereas the standard model has a glued, non-adjustable hosel.  The FlexLoft hosel on the Tour model allows players to change the loft anywhere from 17° to 21° as well as setting the face angle closed, square, or open.  What I found in my testing is that altering the loft from 17° to 21° didn’t change my total distance as much as it changed my trajectory and carry distance: with a higher loft, I got more of my total distance through the air as opposed to having more roll.  That said, other golfers may see very large changes in their total distance as they modify loft.  It’s something you’ll want to test for yourself.

Finally, for me, the Tour model did launch a little bit lower and spun a little less than the standard model.  This is what you’d expect from a Tour model, but the difference was much less than what I had expected: less than 1 degree of launch angle and 600 RPM.

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Conclusion

Though Nike’s VRS Covert 2.0 driver is soaking up much of the spotlight this year, and deservedly so, the Covert 2.0 hybrids are worthy of plenty of attention, too.  They deliver unbelievably consistent distance and accuracy, and they offer golfers two very different aesthetic packages.

Price and Specs

The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 hybrid retails for $179 and the Tour model retails for $229.

The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 hybrid is available in lofts of 17°, 20°, 23°, and 26°.  The Tour model is available in 17°-21° and 21°-25°.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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