Nike Golf on Thursday introduced a wide array of clubs that includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons and wedges. The clubs will be available at retail Jan. 31, 2014.
Headlining the introduction is the VRS Covert 2.0 driver line, which will be available in a standard model and a Tour version. Players such as Rory McIlroy, Kevin Chappell and Nick Watney have used the driver on pro tours around the world.
The driver features enhancements to Nike’s High Speed Cavity Back technology (read about it here), which distributes weight to the perimeter and promises more distance and stability across the face of the driver.
“The new VRS Covert 2.0 driver features a redesigned cavity with Fly-Brace technology that ties the sole to the crown,” Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf’s director of engineering, said in a release. “By stiffening the rear portion of the club, more energy is transferred to the face at impact. The end result is even greater ball speed and up to six yards of distance gain over last year’s model.
“It’s similar to an automotive frame design. Fly-Brace technology reinforces the rearward portion of the clubhead to focus impact stress, flexing and subsequent energy transfer to the point of impact.”
The drivers also feature what Nike calls a re-engineered NexCOR face, which incorporates variable thickness to create a larger sweet spot and boost ball speed on mis-hits. Nike says the face is 15 percent larger in the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour version and 7 percent larger in the standard VRS Covert 2.0 model.
The drivers have an adjustable hosel system that allows golfers to decrease loft to 8.5 degrees or increase it to 12.5 degrees. There also are three independent face-angle settings.
The standard version will cost $299 with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi shaft. The Tour version will cost $399 with a Kuro Kage Black HBP shaft.
The new VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods – a standard model and Tour model – also feature High-Speed Cavity Back technology that Nike says lowers the center of gravity to produce higher launch angles, reduced spin and more distance. The fairway woods also feature variable-thickness NexCOR faces.
Like the drivers, the Tour model fairway woods are adjustable with loft and face angle independent of each other. The 3-wood ranges from 13 to 17 degrees, and the 5-wood ranges from 17 to 21 degrees. Cost: $249 with a Kuro Kage Silver TiNi shaft.
The standard fairway wood will cost $199 with a Kuro Kage Black HBP Shaft. Available lofts are a 15-degree 3-wood and a 19-degree 5-wood.
The VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids feature progressively smaller heads and greater face heights as loft increases. Like the drivers and fairway woods, the hybrids are available in standard and Tour models that utilize the High-Speed Cavity Back and have NexCOR faces.
The adjustable Tour model is available in a 3H (17-21 degrees) and a 5H (21-25 degrees) that cost $229 with a Kuro Kage Silver 80 shaft. The standard version is available in 2H (17 degree), 3H (20), 4H (23) and 5H (26) for $179 with a Kuro Kage Black HBP 70 shaft.
The new VRS Covert Forged irons utilize variable face thickness to boost ball speed and have a lower, deeper center of gravity that Nike says produces longer, straighter shots. Nike also used modified X3X grooves on the irons, which help to increase spin that helps maintain ball flight. Cost: $1,100 for eight irons (4-A wedge).
The new VR X3X Toe Sweep wedges feature a grind with a wider sole near the toe and more relief near the heel, which Nike says increases versatility around the greens and particularly helps in bunkers. Also available is a new VR X3X Dual Wide wedge line with a “c-shaped” grind with relief toward the heel and toe, which help launch the ball higher with maximum spin.
Both wedges have a satin-chrome finish and come with Dynamic Gold Wedge shafts. The Toe Sweep is available in 56, 58 and 60 degree (56 and 60 in left-handed models) for $109.99. The Dual Wide is available in 52, 56, 58 and 60 degree (right-handed only), also for $109.99.