PGA Pro’s Review of the Nike VR_S Covert Driver
Nike continues to develop some of the most innovative products in the golf industry. In an effort to produce a longer and more forgiving driver, Nike released the Covert, the first cavity back driver in golf. Glancing at the sole appears awkward with the open cavity, however, looking down in the address position the club looks like any other driver. The Nike Covert driver features an attractive glossy red finish with the Nike swoosh in white just behind the hosel. Covert is written very subtle on the crown intended as an alignment aid in small black print.
The Nike Covert driver features a 460cc club head with a traditional shape at address. The club adjusts from 8.5 – 12.5 degrees of loft with three face angle positions. In all, the Nike FlexLoft adjustability system offers 15 different adjustability options. The regular Covert driver features a silver club face and sole.
I tested the Nike Covert with the stock Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black 50 shaft in the standard 9.5 degree setting. The Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black 50 weighs 59 grams with 4.9 degrees of torque and is designed to produce a mid ball flight.
The club design is drastically different from anything else available so I was eager to test the Nike Covert driver. I was pleasantly surprised with the results from the VR_S Covert driver and concluded the VR_S is one of the best drivers tested so far this year. While designed to produce a mid ball flight, most shots tended to be a little higher. The VR_S provided outstanding carry distance combined with one of the most forgiving drivers available. Shots generally went straight with little movement either direction. Although the driver provided better carry distance, the ball had generally landed softer and rolled about 10 yards on average.
Former Nike drivers have been extremely loud impact, however, the Nike Covert driver produces a muted sound. In addition, impact produces a really soft across the club face feel while the ball jumps off the club face. The VR_S Covert driver provides my favorite feel among previous drivers produced by Nike.
Nike created a winning combination in the Nike Covert driver. In fact, results were extremely positive and I actually put the club in my bag. The retail price is an industry standard at $299, yet provided more desirable results than anything I have hit so far this year. Anyone searching for a new driver should give the VR_S Covert a try.