What we say...
2013 Hybrids Test
James, hitting the Tour version, felt the black made the face look deeper than it actually was. Limited offset combined with the classy red finish and classic shape meant this scored well in the looks category. James experienced a flatter trajectory, but didn’t lose out on distance – in fact, it was one of his longest on test.
Antony didn’t like that there was no line up mark on the crown and the black grooves on the black face on the Tour head didn’t work for him. He would prefer the silver face with black grooves from the standard version on the compact head size and lower offset Tour version. All testers enjoyed how the club sat behind the ball. James was impressed with the powerful sound and the speed at which the ball came off the face. He also noted how good the standard stock stiff shaft was. Both Matt and Antony said this was one of their favourite looking clubs on test, saying it was relatively easy to hit.
First Hit Test - Jonathan Greathead 10 hcap
I’m certainly not against colour on a golf club, and have used a plethora of white-headed equipment in the last couple of years. But when we heard Nike were going red for their flagship gear launch, we thought there was a slight danger of it having a marmite factor. As it happens, I’m very much with those who like it, and while some of that is down to the pleasing shade of rouge, it’s also perhaps more down to the fact this is a seriously-good club.
There is a very definite sound to it off the face, and this is a positive statement. There is certainly nothing detrimental when it comes to the cavity and because you can’t see it behind the ball, you almost forget that it’s there. The price is also something to take into account – this is pretty affordable for lots of golfers, and for our money the performance is worth every penny.
Pros: Impressive aesthetics and supremely easy-to-use.
Cons: The red may not appeal to everyone – but the performance certainly will.
Following the impressive unveiling of the new VR_S Covert driver, Nike Golf have now revealed the accompanying fairway woods and hybrids.
Both feature the new cavity back design that the driver boasts, which has allowed more weight to be repositioned in the heel and toe areas in order to promote more forgiveness through a higher MOI.
And like the driver, they benefit from a stunning red crown that hides the innovation below, hence the name Covert.
The fairway woods and hybrids will only feature the FlexLoft adjustability system in the Tour models, but the NexCOR face technology - that ensures good distance even on off-centre hits - has been incorporated into both Tour and regular models.
“Providing athletes with the tools to succeed is our ultimate goal,” said Nike Golf Director of Club Product Creation, Tom Stites.
“With the combination of High Speed Cavity Back, FlexLoft, and NexCOR technology, we are able to maximise distance, control, and consistency for every club in the bag. Athletes now have the performance they demand, as well as adaptability for any condition," he added.
The FlexLoft innovation in the Tour models allows better players to adjust the loft and face angle independently using a dual-axis design. Players can select one of five lofts in both the fairways and hybrids, but the head of the regular version is fixed.