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Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver Review

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver Review

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver Review: $299.99

The 2014 VRS Covert 2.0 Driver is the second-generation cavity-back driver from Nike. It’s also a forgiving driver enough for the high handicapper and precise enough for even the best players around. 

A 2nd Swing Golf Blog review rates high the new 2014 Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver.

A 2nd Swing Golf Blog review rates high the new 2014 Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver.

Technology (10 out of 10)

The new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver adjusts from 8.5 to 12.5 degrees of loft with three face-angle positions. In all, the Nike FlexLoft adjustability system offers 15 different loft options. The most notable piece of technology in the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver is the high-speed cavity back design featuring new Fly-Brace technology for longer and straighter shots. The tech in the 2014 VRS Covert 2.0 Driver is innovative.

A 2nd Swing Golf Blog review gives high marks to the look of the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver.

A 2nd Swing Golf Blog review gives high marks to the look of the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver.

Looks (9 out of 10)

The new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver features a 460cc clubhead with a traditional clubhead shape at address. In addition, the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver looks great with an attractive glossy red finish with the Nike Swoosh in white just behind the hosel. The VRS Covert 2.0 Driver is sold with a stock Nike tour wrap grip that produces a nice contrast to the red clubhead and shaft.

The 2014 Nike VRS Covert 2.0 is almost identical to the original Covert Driver.  The new VRS Covert 2.0 Driver is designed with fewer lines on the clubface and a slightly different color scheme on the sole.  The 2014 Nike VRS Covert 2.0 also uses a written “2.0” alignment aide in black print rather than the word “Covert” that was simply written on the 2013 driver. Similar to the original Nike Covet driver, the sole on the new VRS Covert 2.0 draws attention with the open cavity. However, when looking down in the address position, the club looks like any other driver. The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 looks solid. 

A 2nd Swing Golf Blog review says the 2014 Nike VRS Covert 2.0 performs great but not much better than last year's model.

A 2nd Swing Golf Blog review says the 2014 Nike VRS Covert 2.0 performs great but not much better than last year’s model.

Performance (9 out of 10)

I tested the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver with the stock Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black 50 shaft in the standard 9.5-degree setting. This particular Kuro Kage weighs 59 grams with 4.9 degrees of torque and is designed to produce a mid-ball flight. The original Nike VRS Covert is one of the top-performing drivers tested last year.  Unfortunately, I did not see any change in the performance in the new 2014 Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver.

As advertised, the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 generally delivers a mid-ball flight; and shots generally fly straight with little movement in either direction. In addition, the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 is one of the most forgiving drivers available. It produces average distance and delivers longer and straighter drives on off-center shots. Since performance is almost identical to the original Covert, it gets a slight discount in how I’d rate it.

 

 

Final Thoughts (Overall: 9 out of 10)

As a Nike staff member for the past year, I have enjoyed the performance of the 2013 Covert driver and eagerly anticipated the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 product. While I have seen beneficial changes in the fairway wood and hybrid, I barely noticed any difference with Nike’s driver.

The look of the club is almost identical with very subtle changes, including the same stock shaft. In addition, the performance of the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver is almost identical: I did not notice any changes, for better or worse.

The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 is a great driver, and I firmly endorse the product. However, if you had the 2013 Nike VRS Covert Driver, you might not notice any substantial difference in performance or feel.

 

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