2013 Driver Test
Instantly, your eye is drawn to the rich, red on the crown and the Nike Swoosh near the hosel – but our testing team didn’t mind it. In fact, all the testers apart from Kit said they liked the red design. Joel tried the smaller-headed Covert Tour version and it was an instant hit. His dispersion was on average five yards left of target and he hit his longest drive of the day.
James liked the slightly heavier stock Kuro Kage shaft and deeper face on the Tour version that offered surprising levels of forgiveness. Some felt the sound was a little muted, but all enjoyed being able to tweak the face to suit their swings easily. Chris was impressed with the forgiveness of the standard version while Graeme felt this was the best looking driver on test.
First Hits - Jonathan Greathead 10 hcap
If you’re thinking that whopping great hole in the back of the sole is bound to make it sound strange, you’d be wrong. Nike told us that this was a great-sounding driver, but until I hit it I had my
doubts. However, this really did offer a pleasing thud at impact, and is a considerable improvement from the sound of Nike drivers before – VR_S excepted.
The stunning red head conceals the cavity beautifully, and it really is a very classic shape at address. It also flew well, and with all of the adjustability on offer (from 8.5-12.5) there is a setting for the
vast majority of golfers.
It’s confidence-inspiring, easy-touse and the Tour version will also please the better players. Finally, at less than £250, it represents a very solid investment.
Pros: Easy-to-hit and stunning aesthetics make it a winner.
Cons: A great concept, but will have its detractors. Try it before you criticise.