Nike Golf today unveiled its much-anticipated VR_S Covert driver, which it says is the “first in history to bring high-speed cavity back technology to a driver that conforms to USGA and R&A Rules.”
Nike Golf says the red-colored Covert driver, available Feb. 8 at a shelf price of $299, is the most innovative club it has ever produced and has three technology platforms: High Speed Cavity Back; FlexLoft adjustability; and NexCOR face. The combination, according to Nike Golf, creates distance, control and forgiveness.
The VR_S Covert driver also has what Nike Golf calls a “FlexLoft adjustability system” that allows for the driver to easily be changed to any loft and any face angle at any time. This creates 15 different options in one single club to meet the various swing characteristics of golfers.
The High Speed Cavity Back in the VR_S Covert, Nike Golf says, is a technology used in irons and now brought to drivers, fairways and hybrids for the first time. This technology, according to the company, leads to more stability at impact, which delivers more energy to the ball, resulting in more distance and control.
The Cavity Back is only visible from the sole view but is covered and hidden underneath by the crown to be more visually and pleasing at address – hence the name VR_S Covert. By incorporating this new hidden geometry into the driver, Nike Golf says its engineers have been able to move the weight of the club to the heel and toe of the golf club, raising Moment of Inertia (MOI) to increase forgiveness and add even more distance to off-center shots.
The NexCOR face technology featured in the VR_S Covert line, Nie Golf says, is designed to deliver faster ball speed and longer shots from a wider area of the face. Nike Golf says NexCOR creates more speed at impact by employing a variable face thickness that moves the sweet spot higher from the heel of the club to the center high, where most golfers are likely to make impact.
The VR_S Covert driver will be available in two models – VR_S Covert Tour and VR_S Covert. The VR_S Covert Tour is 430cc and features a deeper face and a fixed weight screw. The VR_S Covert is 460cc and has a wider breadth. Both models will come with Mitsubishi Rayon’s new Kuro Kage shafts that are produced with higher carbon fiber density for control and power.