The first thing that golfers will notice about the Nike VR_S Performance Covert and Covert Tour hybrids is a large hole in the back-center section of the sole. According to Nike, that unique feature will help golfers hit higher, straighter shots more often.
Manufacturers of putters and irons have known for a long time that perimeter weighting – shifting a greater proportion of a clubhead’s weight to the heel and toe areas – increases MOI, makes a club less apt to twist on off-center hits and enhances forgiveness. By removing mass from the back of the sole and redistributing the weight to the heel and toe areas of the VR_S Covert Performance and Covert Tour hybrids, Nike claims it has made a perimeter-weighted hybrid.
While the Covert Performance hybrid has a fixed hosel, the Tour model has an adjustable hosel system that allows the 3-iron replacement to have 17 degrees to 21 degrees of loft. The 4-iron replacement has a loft range of 21 degrees to 25 degrees. This feature should be appealing to players who want to ensure ideal gapping between their hybrids and irons. It also will enable golfers to adjust their hybrid to hit to a more-specific distance, which could be beneficial on long par 3s.
You easily can tell the standard VR_S Covert from the Tour model by the clubface. The VR_S Performance hybrid’s face is silver-toned, while the Tour edition’s is black.
The VR_S Covert Performance hybrid is available in 17-, 20-, 23-, and 26-degree versions and comes standard with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black shaft for $179. The two Tour versions are available for $229, with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver shaft.