Nike Covert 2.0 VRS &Tour Driver Review
Nike Covert 2.0 VRS & Tour Drivers
The release of the new Nike Covert 2.0 driver has come. With Rory playing well in the desert this week we thought it only right to give you guys our opinion and test results from the new Nike Covert 2.0 VRS & Tour drivers.
The Nike Covert VRS 2.0 Driver
The Nike Covert 2.0 VRS drivers don’t look any different from the top compared to the previous Covert model, but underneath the bonnet there is some changes. According to Nike the new Fly-Brace cavity technology increases the energy transfer which will increase ball speeds and give the player more forgiveness on off centre hits. The redistribution of the weight to the toe and heel of the driver is where the increase of ball speed & stability comes from, so the player can gain extra distance and improved accuracy over the 2013 Covert driver.
The Nike Covert 2.0 has a slightly larger face than the original Covert (around 7 percent bigger) and with the variable face thickness, this has given the new 2.0 head better ball speeds. As with the old Covert, the 2.0 has the cleaver FlexLoft hosel which offers the freedom to adjust the heads loft from 8.5 – 12.5 degrees and still have the ability to change the face orientation to the three settings without having to change the loft. This gives the player/fitter the ability to fully set the driver up to ensure the launch and spin are correct for each individual player.
The standard shaft spec remains with the Kuro Kage range from Mitsubishi, im sure the tweeks made on the new model have increased performance from an already great performing shaft of last seasons version. The Standard 2.0 head comes with the Kuro Kage black 50 and there is a slight difference between the Kuro Kage silver 60 which is standard in the Covert 2.0 Tour head, which has a nickel fibre feature in the tip to provide more stability and helps to reduce spin.
Nike Covert 2.0 Tour Driver
The Nike Covert 2.0 Tour head had to be a big improvement on Nikes 2013 Covert Tour to make any kind of impression on the “player” market. The 2013 Covert Tour driver really didn’t live up to expectations and many felt it was too low spinning, too unforgiving and generally didn’t perform well at all. Some players may have moved to the standard Covert head or just totally bypassed Nike driver range completely when considering purchasing a premium players driver. The Covert 2.0 Tour head has been made bigger (around 15 percent) and is now 460cc is size, unlike the smaller 440cc of last years Covert Tour. The Tour 2.0 head shape is much better. Along side the positives I can also add that it’s not only the looks Nike have improved, the sound, feel and performance as a whole in comparison to the rather disappointing 2013 model have been vastly improved.
Verdict – The Covert 2.0 VRS & Tour drivers from Nike are improved from the previous model. The looks are similar with only the Tour head getting bigger being the only particularly noticeable thing. The die-hard Nike fans will love them and I’m sure they will find the way into many golf bags this season. Performance wise they are good, but still lacking a little in comparison to others. The improvements are definitely there, the VRS felt good and very forgiving on off centre hits and if I were forced to choose between the two I think the VRS is better for me. The Nike covert 2.0 tour head felt sluggish and still a little unresponsive for me. In the right hands I think this driver is going to be a hit but for a medium paced swinger like myself this just doesn’t live up to expectations.