Nike launches cavity-back VR_S Covert driver

The new Nike Covert driver.

The new Nike Covert driver.

The new adjustable VR_S Covert driver is the most distinctive club ever released by Nike Golf.

The head is a deep red. The loft can be changed from 8.5 degree to 12.5 degree.

The face angle also is adjustable, and Nike says loft and face angle can be altered independently.

Translation: Loft and face angle can be decoupled from each other. Going up or down in loft, according to Nike, does not move the face angle. With separate settings for loft and face angle, golfers have 15 choices for customizing the face.

The Covert hosel is slightly oversized and contains the hardware that controls loft and face-angle adjustability. It is a sophisticated design, containing mechanisms that might be compared with gears on a bicycle.

The Covert has a large scooped-out area in the sole. This may be the most important feature of the driver, because it is intended to create a cavity-back effect with perimeter weighting.

If cavity back sounds like the description of an iron, this is one of the comparisons Nike is trying to create – the accuracy of an iron in a metalwood.

The Covert cavity cannot be seen from address because Tom Stites, Nike Golf’s director of product innovation, covered it with a conventional crown.

The company also is talking about increased distance on off-center hits. In order to experience maximum distance and accuracy, finding the proper loft and face-angle settings are crucial, and Nike has a network of fitters prepared to help consumers.

Sound and feel are important elements of any driver. “We got it right,” Stites said. “This driver sounds like a driver is supposed to sound.” Meaning not too loud, not too noisy and not too harsh.

Two driver models are available: the 460cc Covert and the 430cc Covert Tour. Design and construction techniques are the same on the two drivers.

What golfers will find in retail outlets is one right-handed head and one left-handed head in each model. The 4-degree loft range (8.5-12.5) is featured on each head.

The stock shaft in each model is the new Kuro Kage by Mitsubishi Rayon. This shaft is all about feel. It has a high fiber content and is made with a lighter graphite material. The Covert driver will be sold with a 50-gram Kuro Kage with five flexes (W, A, R, S, X). The Covert Tour will have a 60-gram Kuro Kage with three flexes (R, S, X).

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