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Spotted: Nike Covert Tour 2.0 Driver

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Say hello to the Nike Covert Tour 2.0 driver, which landed on the USGA’s List of Conforming Driver heads earlier this week and was being tested by Charl Schwartzel today at the Tour Championship.

Like Nike’s 2013 VR_S Covert and Covert Tour drivers, the Covert Tour 2.0 has Nike’s FlexLoft adapter, which is a clue that the driver is likely headed for retail (unlike the non-adjustable Covert Tour Version 5 and 6 drivers added to the list in recent months).

It’s hard to say from the photos exactly what has changed about the Covert Tour 2.0 other than the new graphics scheme. Nike has swapped the red paint that surrounded last year’s cavity-back area on the driver for white paint, which should further highlight the driver’s main selling point. The cavity section of the driver also appears to be larger than last year’s Covert Tour model, which should further increase the driver’s forgiveness on mishits.

Nike also placed the word “Tour” in large letters in the center of the sole, which will make it easier for consumers to differentiate between the company’s lower-spinning Tour model and Nike’s higher-spinning performance model.

Click here to see what  GolfWRX members are saying about the driver in the forums.

Click here to see what  GolfWRX members are saying about the driver in the forums.

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  3. Justin

    Nov 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    If it has a better sound than the last one then i’ll give it a try. Did not like the high pitch sound of the last VRS Tour

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  5. KCCO

    Sep 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I actually liked the last covert (tour? Smaller/black face) anyhow, liked the sound and had a low trajectory to my liking, stock shaft wasn’t for me, but was able to play with a blk tie and enjoyed more than any other driver besides D3….but just don’t like the red, and not a hard decision when u put d3 next to it

  6. J Duf

    Sep 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Just give up already…

  7. lloyd duffield

    Sep 20, 2013 at 6:41 am

    i think nike has struggled to be taken has a major contender in the golf market but this year with the new gear and signing big names they stepped up big time. but saying that i had the covert tour driver is was great looking bit of kit but it wasnt the best i hit but i blame the crap stock shaft. but i did have there vr pro combo irons and they was one of the best irons ive hit and there putters are good as well. saying all this is good but they cant rely on staff players selling there products they need to stop saying BELIEAVE IN THE ATHLETE and start saying BELIVE IN THE PRODUCTS because how long has Tiger Woods got left and will Rory ever win again ? wot im saying is when Tigers gone and Rory stumps to 100+ wots going to happen to Nike Golf ? after all this im still a fan and wish them all the best

  8. Pastorcam201

    Sep 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I love my covert tour driver it’s a bomb I can draw or fade the ball I’ve never been able to do that before plus my neighbor through out his pulled real deal diamana ahina shaft I dumpster dove and put it in my covert and it really came alive

  9. pablo

    Sep 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I live in Arizona and hit callaway razr fit drivers and woods, but when we were on vaca in maui earlier this year, even at very close to sea level and with damp air, the covert rental metal driver and 3 wood produced insane distance and trajectory for me. i drove the green from 290 yards hitting from the forward tees (easier to play with my wife on vaca) and the ball went thru the green. the 3 metal i hit 250 yards on a par 5 second shot. normally i’m 265ish and 220ish. the sound of the driver is not to my liking, but that day i was ripping the skin off the ball!

  10. Jack

    Sep 19, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Yeah, the COR is maxed out. What else can you do other than spin? How much does driver perimeter weighting (a la the SLDR) affect clubface at impact? Good point on that though.

  11. Zach

    Sep 19, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Honestly, I’m done buying woods now.. maybe one hybrid but that’s it. I’ve finally got out of my way and realized there are two types of drivers, low spinning, and high spinning. Everything else with CG and COR are basically the same. It’s about selling points.. No one is gonna say the driver is gonna perform the same, they’re gonna say it’s bigger, faster, stronger. Some in a blue moon will actually perform better, but in most cases they won’t..

  12. Deaus7

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I would have to LOVE IT to put it in the bag cause I would have to pay someone to paint the thing black or do it myself. Other than the red it looks pretty sweet.

  13. Steve

    Sep 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I have been playing the Covert Performance driver all summer and I must say it is the BEST CLUB, of any kind, that I’ve ever hit. Im a 1 HDCP and have had the same Matrix TP7 HD shaft in 4 different heads (R11, R11S,Ping Anser and the Covert) 10-15 yds longer than the others and WAY more forgiving.

  14. Guantanemo

    Sep 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I tried out the original Covert Tour, and was really impressed by it. I like how the new version doesn’t have the “Covert” alignment aid on top. I’ll be looking forward to trying it.

  15. gus

    Sep 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    The white in the cavity will surely reduce glare when addressing the ball…

    [end of sarcasm]

    • tricky

      Oct 3, 2013 at 8:09 am

      you must be shorter than me, I cannot see the bottom of the club when I tee it up…..

      [end of sarcasm]

  16. Danny

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    When will we be able to buy the Covert SQ? I thought square heads resulted in straighter drives & more fairways, Nike ditch that?

    • FATZ

      Sep 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Actually, the Cavity was their way or duplicating SQ tech into the round head from what we were told in all ads and readings.

      I am still of the camp which views Nike as being inferior. They had a golden era, but their new stuff is just inferior.

      • Jack

        Sep 19, 2013 at 3:36 am

        When was their golden area? The SQ series?

        • Jack

          Sep 19, 2013 at 3:36 am

          oops meant era

          • Blanco

            Sep 20, 2013 at 1:35 am

            I’m calling fugazi on Fatz.

            Nike makes better or just as good putters, wedges, irons, and FAIRWAYS. ALL OF TODAY’S KIT IS GOOD. It’s what we like the best in terms of look, feel, performance, and we’re all different.

            I’m on a mission to civilize.

  17. Baba Booey

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    that new paint job is scientifically proven to increase club head speed by 10x – Nike #faster #speed #longer #straighter #mostoftheirPGAprossuckordontplayit

  18. Andrew

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Oh yummy…my two favorite colors, red and white…. a frigging strawberry Sunday.

    Hey Cindy, TM has sunk both of those boats under your feet… What’s really interesting is there is a HUGE quantity of Gen 1 product in the pipeline…with no material differentiation. Good luck moving these at full price.

  19. Matt

    Sep 18, 2013 at 12:18 am

    fugly

  20. Billy

    Sep 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Sick!!!

  21. Dave

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Yay?? pffft…

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Gary Woodland WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/19/2018).

Driver: TaylorMade M3 440 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Acra Tour-Z RPG

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shafts: Accra Tour-Zx 4100

Driving Iron: Titleist 716 T-MB (2)
Shaft: KBS Tour C-Taper 130 X

Irons: Titleist 716 MB (4-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited Edition Black PVD 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (48-10F, 52-08F, 56-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (60-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited X (48), KBS Hi-Rev Black PVD S-Flex (52, 56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Woodland’s clubs. 

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Cobra launches King Forged Tec Black and King Black Utility irons

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We first spotted Cobra’s new King Forged Tec Black irons (in both One-length and variable length) and King Black Utility irons (in both One-length and variable length) at the 2018 PGA Show. The company wasn’t dishing out any information related to the clubs at that time, however, electing to await for the official launch to provide details.

Well, Cobra officially launched the clubs on Tuesday, so we now have all of the tech info, specs and more.

Read below for all of the details, and click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the clubs in our forums.

King Forged Tec Black irons

Cobra first launched its Forged Tec irons in 2015; “Tec” stands for Technology Enhanced Cavity. They used five different materials in the club head to produce an iron with more forgiveness and distance.

The 2018 Forged Tec irons have gotten a material upgrade with a new Forged 4140 Stainless Steel face, allowing them to be made thinner and produce greater ball speeds across the face. They also have the new “dimonized” black finish that appeared on the company’s King Forged MB/CB irons in the past (and the irons that Rickie Fowler uses). Cobra says the finish is more durable than any black finish on the market.

“The handsome new Dimonized Black Metal (DBM) Matte Finish boasts the industry’s most durable satin black finish ever, reducing glare and providing extreme wear resistance while maintaining the look and feel of a classic forged iron,” Cobra said in a press release.

Additionally, the irons have tungsten weights to lower CG (center of gravity), and move CG more toward the center of the face, and they have carbon fiber medallions to dampen vibrations for a softer feel.

Forged Tec Black One Length

At the 2018 PGA Show, Cobra representatives said that One-length irons represent at least 60 percent of all its iron sales. Yea, wow. So it’s no wonder why Cobra is coming out with Forged Tec Black One-length irons in addition to its variable length offering.

The one-length irons sets match the weight and length of the 7 iron throughout the set, and have progressive tungsten weighting to achieve different launch characteristics — that means the longer irons will launch a bit higher, and the shorter irons a bit lower. New in this set is also progressive lie angle configurations; the longer irons will have a more upright lie angle, while the shorter irons will have a bit flatter lie angle.

The goal here is to allow golfers to take one swing no matter what the number says on the sole of their irons, but still produce desired results.

Both of the Forged Tec Black irons come equipped with Cobra Connect (powered by Arccos) in the butt end of the grips so golfers can retrieve data on every shot they hit during a round of golf or practice session. Golfers who purchase a set of these irons will also receive enough Arccos sensors to put in the remaining clubs in their bag, as well.

The irons come stock with steel True Temper AMT Tour White shafts, with a powder-coated black finish to match the black club heads, or graphite UST Recoil ES SmacWrap shafts. The 7-piece sets (5-PW, GW) sell for $1,099 in steel or $1199 in graphite, and will hit retail on April 6.

King Utility Black irons

Cobra also announced the launch of its King Utility Black irons, including variable length and one-length options.

They’re each made with Cobra’s familiar PwrShell face technology, which adds stability around the perimeter to make the clubs more forgiving while also allowing the faces to be constructed thinner. The faces use forged 455 high-strength stainless steel inserts to optimize ball speed across the face. Also for greater ball speeds, they have full, hollow-body constructions, and they have Tungsten toe weights (67-73 grams in the variable length irons and 90-94 grams in the shorter, one-length irons). For more precision and consistent spin, they have CNC milled faces and grooves.

The utility irons are also adjustable, with +/- one degree of adjustability using their MyFly8 hosel.

They have black PVD coats to achieve their black finishes, rather than the dimonized finish of the Forged Tec irons. Like the Forged Tec irons, however, they come equipped with Cobra Connect in the grips.

The Utility Black irons hit retail on April 6, and will sell for $219 in graphite and $199 in steel. The variable length heads will be available in 3 (18-21 degrees) and 4 (21-24 degrees) irons, while the One-length irons are available in 3 (18-21 degrees), 4 (21-24 degrees) and 5 (24-27 degrees) irons. Each come stock with steel true Temper AMT Tour White shafts with black powder coating, or graphite UST Recoil ES SmacWrap shafts.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Cobra’s new irons here

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The Elder and Younger 2-Ball, #teamkiradech, and a very boring wedge on the Honda Classic range

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course  in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. And there was plenty to see on the range Monday.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, making his first U.S. start since the 2016 Web.com Finals, was in his glory. We got WITB looks at (the very yellow bag) of Brandt Snedeker, Gary Woodland, and Chesson Hadley, too.

Here are a few of the best shots from t-minus three days until tournament time.

Chesson Hadley is gaming this superb, decade-old, lead tape-laden, Odyssey 2-Ball.

We also spotted Odyssey’s latest 2-Ball offering, the Exo Two-Ball. No word on whether Mr. Hadley is upgrading…

Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s putter cover is everything you’d expect (and perhaps more).

The leader of #teamkiradech also has his emoji self embroidered on the back of his shirt. This would only be made better if emoji Kiradech also had an embroidered emoji on his shirt.

Chesson Hadley is also gaming one of Vokey’s new SM7 wedges with a bit of weight removed in a very boring fashion.

As if there weren’t enough yellow in this picture… Banana Snedeker?

All joking aside, you gotta love Snedeker gaming a Tourstage X 5-wood.

…with this wear mark, no less.

Laundry service for Bronson Burgoon, please?

Chad Campbell loves three things: UNLV, shaving cream, and Arnold Palmer. The Palmer-Barbasol thing makes sense, as the King reportedly abhorred facial hair on professional golfers (really).

A lovely assortment of Piretti covers. It’s probably frowned upon as a professional to walk away with this whole bag, but tempting nevertheless…

Ditto: Bettinardi.

Check out all our photos from the 2018 Honda Classic below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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