Nike Golf is looking to improve on the popular VRS Covert series with the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0. With players like world number 1 Tiger Woods, and former number 1 Rory McIlroy using Nike equipment, Nike must continue to improve and keep those guys happy with great equipment. Let’s take a look at some of the technology that went into the Covert 2.0 Fairway woods.
We worked closely with our athletes to develop tour-authentic fairway woods that were tested and proven in prototype form by our top athletes on tour in 2013,” says Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf Director of Engineering. “We’ve adjusted the profile and lowered the center of gravity significantly in both the Tour and Performance models. This update resulted in a spin rate reduction of approximately 600 rpms, which equals an average of about eight yards of distance gained for the average player.
There’s no doubt that “low spin” is going to be the phrase of 2014. Nike has some new technology that is going to lower spin and increase ball speed. The engineers at Nike lowered the center of gravity to promote a higher launch angle with reduced spin, which produces a significant improvement in distance gained.
Fly-brace is a new technology designed by Nike that ties the sole to the crown. By stiffening the rear portion of the club, more energy is transferred to the face at impact.
“It’s similar to an automotive frame design,” Radcliffe adds. “Fly-Brace technology reinforces the rearward portion of the club head to focus impact stress, flexing and subsequent energy transfer to the point of impact.”
The Nike Covert 2.0 Fairway Woods have the patented Victory Red crown. One difference you will immediately notice is the 2.0 on the crown to help with alignment. The sole has an improved High-Speed Cavity Back. The graphics on the sole have been upgraded. The sole is silver with victory red and black paint fill. I love the look of the Covert 2.0 fairway woods.
Cost and Availability:
The VRS Covert 2.0 Tour fairway woods and VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods will be available on Jan. 31, 2014 for a suggested retail price of $249 and $199, respectively.
VRS Covert 2.0 Tour Fairway Woods Specifications: 3W: 13°-17° (RH/LH), 5W: 17°-21° (RH/LH)
VRS Covert 2.0 Fairway Woods Specifications: 3W: 15° (RH/LH), 5W: 19° (RH/LH)
I would recommend these fairway woods to anyone looking to improve their game. With the added forgiveness and distance, these should be easy to hit. I found this year’s Covert fairway woods to be very forgiving, and these should be an improvement over those. More advanced golfers will probably want to go with the Tour model.