The new Nike VR_S Covert Driver will hit the market in February 2013, and without having seen an actual demo as yet, here are the first impressions.
There are two main features distinctively new to the Covert Driver; three if you count the red finish. First, the driver has a large hole in the sole, what Nike is referring to as a High Speed Cavity Back. Nike scooped a hole from the back of the sole and shifted the displaced weight to the heel and toe areas, creating advanced perimeter weighting that offers increased distance on off center hits. With drivers having maxed out COR long ago, what Nike has done is look for a way to increase distance otherwise. Combined with Nike’s NexCor technology (Nike’s term for variable face thickness), the perimeter weighting design prevents noticeable loss of distance on mis-hits. In fact, Nike tells us the advanced NexCor Tech in the Covert Driver expands the “hot zone” by 45%.
The second new feature is the adjustable hosel—the Nike “FlexLoft “system. This is really cool. There is a variable range between 8.5 and 12.5 degrees. Loft and face angle can be adjusted independently to deliver 15 combinations. This will allow golf retailers to stock one head that can be independently adjusted and tested on site (or by the golfer on the range) to arrive at a custom-like fit.
The new Covert Driver is available with a 460cc head, as well as a pear shaped 430cc Tour version for the low handicap player. Both come with a stock, real deal Mitsubishi Kuro Kage shaft--50 grams for the VR_S Covert and 60 for the Covert Tour. Nike claims they have fine-tuned the sound of these drivers so they’re not too loud or harsh but offer a solid “thump” at impact instead.
Nike’s taking this tech into its fairway wood and hybrid designs, as well. All will be available February 8, 2012.
Paul Casey was the first Nike Athlete to put the Covert in his bag. Recently signed Nike Athletes Nick Watney and Kyle Stanley have also bagged the Nike Covert. You can pre-order the Nike Covert or Covert Tour today at DGW.