Nike Golf VR_S Covert Driver Review
By mustang6560 on 8/8/13
By Nathan Trifone, HCP Index 8.4
The Nike Golf VR_S Covert Driver, the world's first high speed cavity back driver, was one of the most talked about products at the PGA Merchandise Show last January. As the tagline explicitly says, the VR_S Covert is unlike the other drivers on the market -- it has a cavity on the sole of the driver. The design increases the speed of the ball coming off the face and centralizes the impact zone. Translation? The VR_S Covert will help you hit the ball farther with more control.
A view of the cavity.
From Nike Golf:
The Nike VR_S Covert Driver is the world's first high speed cavity back driver. The High Speed Cavity back design provides longer and straighter shots while Nike's patented FlexLoft allows for independent face angle and loft adjustability. The 430cc head is adjustable from 8.5 to 12.5 degrees of loft and has three face angle positions. Enhanced 2013 NexCOR Face Technology gives the deep face head a 45% larger hot zone for more distance and workability. The VR_S Covert also features a Mitsubishi Rayon KURO KAGE Black 50 shaft.Nike Golf sent us a VR_S Covert Driver with a stiff shaft to review.
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From a purely aesthetic point-of-view, the Nike Golf VR_S Covert Driver is the best looking driver on the market. I've never had so many golfers I didn't know stop me on my way from the driving range to the first tee to ask me about a golf club. The fire-engine red crown (with a semi-gloss finish) is sharp, it's brilliant, and it's very appropriate. No other golf equipment manufacturer is more closely linked to the color red than Nike Golf. Its star staff player, world number one Tiger Woods, wears a red shirt and blank pants on Sunday of every tournament. His fashion decision led Nike Golf to create a line of equipment called "VR", or "Victory Red", so it's fair to say Tiger puts the "VR" in "VR_S Covert".
A view of the red crown.
As sharp, as brilliant, and as appropriate as the red crown is, it does take some time to adjust to the color. Just like the VR_S Covert caught the eyes of the golfers around me on the driving range, it's going to catch your eye at address. It took me several holes to adjust to the red. That said, once you've adjusted, you'll wish all of your clubs had a red crown.
With its traditional pear-shaped head, the Nike Golf VR_S Covert Driver might look like an ordinary driver at first glance, however, if you look under the hood, you'll quickly learn it's anything but ordinary. As I mentioned above, there is a cavity (an aesthetically pleasing hole) on the sole of the club, which is the technology behind the VR_S Covert. And as the name "Covert" suggestions, the engineers covertly hid the cavity on the sole so the golfer wouldn't notice anything at address.
According to the engineers at Nike Golf, the cavity on the sole of the VR_S Covert moves the weight of the club to the corners, which raises the MOI to increase forgiveness on off-center shots. It may sound a little gimmicky, but I could tell my mishits flew straighter and carried further with the VR_S Covert, which resulted in a few more playable drives. The first day I played with it, I increased my playable drive stat by nearly 10%. That said, I didn't notice an increase any extra distance on the drives I flushed. In terms of driving distance, the VR_S Covert only kept pace with my current driver.
The VR_S Covert wouldn't be complete without the FlexLoft adjustable hosel, which allows you to independently adjust loft and face angle. With FlexLoft, you essentially have 15 drivers in one. The loft is adjustable from 8.5° to 12.5° and you can adjust the face angle to neutral, closed, or open. I currently play a 10.5° driver, so I matched the VR_S Covert to my specs for the first time I played with it. Then, for fun, I moved the lofts up and down and the face angle open to closed. As boring as it sounds, 10.5° neutral are the ideal specs for me.
A view of the adjustable hosel.
On the patented oobgolf Rating Key, the Nike Golf VR_S Covert Driver is a 9.0 for "Awesome" -- it's a beautiful, quality driver. As the world's first high speed cavity back driver, if you struggle with your driving accuracy, you should consider the VR_S Covert as it will improve your mishits. If you want further evidence of it's effectiveness, Tiger Woods recently added it to his bag and picked up his 79th PGA Tour victory and a T6 finish at the Open Championship.
You can pick up a VR_S Covert for $199.99 (or the VR_S Covert Tour for $299.99) on Golfsmith, and you can have any color you want, as long as it's red.
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Duke of Hazards says:
I lol'd at your description of the cavity you found 'under the hood'. You just can't help yourself, can you Trifone?
I demo'd the Nike covert when it first came out, like Nathan I didn't gain any distance. I actually lost some distance. I did notice it was straighter but it wasn't like my current driver was horrible so I'll stick with my super fast.
I just don't understand how a "cavity back" driver moves weight. A driver is hollow, so you actually add weight where the walls of the cavity lie. If anything I think they took weight away from the perimeter, but who knows what these guys do nowadays with club designs.
I love me some Nike. I tried this out at Golfsmith but am not going to pay for a driver upgrade. It seemed about the same as my current driver. Next buy for me is try'n to find the right putter. I think that'll help my score more than a driver.
I'll be keeping an eye out for the Covert next year tho...
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