Monday, April 28, 2014

Product Review: Nike Golf VR_S Covert 2.0 Fairway Woods

It was about this time last year that American Golfer tested the VR_S Covert fairway woods from Nike Golf. Feel free to read that review HERE. A year has passed and it’s hard to believe that the longest 3 wood we’ve tested has gotten even longer. Introducing the the VR_S Covert 2.0.

How did the engineers at Nike Golf achieve greater distance? The short answer is by enhancing the high-speed cavity-back design. Looking deeper, the rear portion of the club is reinforced so more energy is transferred to the face at impact, courtesy of all-new “Fly-Brace” technology.

In addition, the weight of the club is redistributed from the center toward the heel and toe for increased stability. According to Nike, the result is even greater ball speed and up to eight yards of distance gained.

Read enough product reviews and you’ll become very familiar with the terms “launch angle” and “spin rate.” The VR_S Covert 2.0 fairway woods check both of those boxes - delivering a higher launch angle and reduced spin rate for greater distance. Looking for more distance and greater accuracy? Look no further than the VR_S Covert 2.0.

If the ability to adjust your clubs to meet your needs is important, Nike Golf provides FlexLoft. A simple pull, turn, push-and-tighten system, allows you to customize your loft and face angle positions independently of each other to optimize launch and spin conditions.

Furthermore, a redesigned NexCOR face incorporates variable thickness for a faster, hotter surface and, as a result, more ball speed at impact.

Nike Golf’s tagline for the VR_S Covert 2.0 fairway woods is “Different for Longer’s Sake.” While I can confirm this club provides more distance and flies straighter than previous fairway woods I’ve tested and/or played, I balk at “different.” Not that I’m questioning Nike Golf’s design team ... I’m sure they’re not the same as before. I hesitate because they don’t feel different, which is a good thing. A great thing, really. From the first swing, the VR_S Covert 2.0 3 wood felt like it had been in my bag for years. There was no need to get acquainted.

A trusted 3 wood is a critical piece of equipment. Whether trying to find the short grass on a tight tee shot or taking one off the deck in hopes of reaching a par 5 in two, having faith in your fairway wood is paramount. To date, I’ve not found a longer, straighter and easier to hit 3 wood than the Nike VR_S Covert 2.0.

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