I just got the VR S Covert Tour 3 Hybrid in for testing, and immediately upon pulling it out of the box, I felt like Tiger Woods. With all that changes in the game of golf, we are all used to seeing Tiger pull out that shiny Victory Red club on the box. Whether it’s driver, 3-wood, or in my case 3 hybrid, that shiny Victory Red and the high speed cavity back are very noticeable in all of the Covert line of woods and hybrids.
Our Director, Ken Lee was testing the Covert Tour 4 Hybrid at the same time on the West Coast, so you will hear both of our points of view on these clubs.
From the Nike website:
THE WORLD’S FIRST HIGH SPEED CAVITY BACK HYBRID* Nike Golf takes innovation to the next level with the Nike VR_S Covert Tour Hybrid, delivering unparalleled distance, control and forgiveness with the world’s first conforming high-speed cavity back design. LONGER, STRAIGHTER SHOTS High-speed cavity back technology delivers longer and straighter shots. Utilized in fairway woods for the first time, this technology positions the weight of the golf club at the outer corners to raise the Moment of Inertia (MOI) for increased forgiveness and added distance to off-center shots. ADJUSTABILITY The FlexLoft adjustability system allows you to independently choose your loft and face angle to fit your swing and maximize your distance. It’s a simple pull, turn and tighten mechanism that allows for intuitive adjustment to meet challenging course conditions. The result is optimal ball flight as well as enhanced workability. MORE SPEED NexCOR Face Technology produces faster, longer shots across a wider area of the face. It creates more speed at impact with a variable face thickness that increases the ball speed off the clubface, especially on the bottom half where players are most likely to make contact.
Joey: I love the look of this club. The shiny red face, and the deep cavity just make the club look “cool”. The Karo Kage shaft looks awesome too. It’s white with gray lettering and graphics. Overall, I love the look of this club.
Ken: I have to admit that the red scared me a bit. I wasn’t sure if it would be a distraction or not, but I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t bother me one bit.
Looks Rating: 5 of 5 stars (because it’s so unique)
Joey: I got my Hybrid with the stiff shaft. I believe the stiff shaft makes the club lose a little bit of workability, but provides stability. On shots where I would just take a smooth swing, I found myself pulling the ball. On shots where I would try take a full hard swing, I would feel the shaft hold nicely and hit a very nice ball. I could definitely get used to that.
Ken: The Nike Covert Hybrid is not amongst the lightest clubs in the 2013 class, which I found to be a bit refreshing. It seems that all companies are going to super light golf clubs, which have their advantage and purpose of course, but I like to feel what my club is doing. I will sacrifice a little clubhead speed for control any day. At impact there is a nice solid sound without an annoying “pinging” noise.
Feel Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Joey: I really felt this club performed best on full hard swings. I believe that has a lot to do with the shaft. This hybrid is a very forgiving club, where mishits are not that far off line. I really like the ability to take a hard swing and get the ball on target. I would consider this club to have low-mid ball flight, which is average for me. It seems no matter what club I hit, I cannot get a higher ball flight. I also like the adjustability. Depending on the course that I am playing, I could adjust the loft and use this club off the tee box, and play to a number.
Ken: I took the Covert 4 Hybrid to the range for testing and immediately got after it. First swing – straight as an arrow 175 yards. Second swing – straight as an arrow 175 yards…. you get the picture. This clubs is crazy straight and forgiving. After several more hits, I began to work on some fades and draws. I had a hard time getting a good draw going just because of how forgiving the Covert Hybrid was. That isn’t to say I wasn’t able to, but the ball wasn’t as easily movable as other clubs I have hit. Needless to say, the Nike Covert Hyrid is one of the most forgiving and straight clubs I have hit this year. I was very impressed.
Performance Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
We would definitely recommend this club for golfers that are looking for consistent shots, forgiveness, and an ability to hit multiple shots with the same club. It is an easy club to hit and could definitely provide some consistency with a variety of different shots. Whether it be a tee shot, trying to reach a par 5 in 2, or hitting out of the rough, the Nike VR S Covert Tour can handle the job.