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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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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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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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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
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Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 56 degrees), TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Mizuno’s new ST-180 driver

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Mizuno has recently released a new ST-180 driver that we spotted on Tour at the 2017 RSM Classic. The company’s “wave sole” technology makes an appearance for the first time in a Mizuno driver; the design is used to push weight low and forward to reduce spin rates, and the construction contracts and expands during impact to increase energy into the golf ball. The result is a lower-spinning driver, especially for those who hit down on the golf ball, and increased ball speeds across the face.

The ST-180 drivers have a new Forged SP700 Titanium face insert that allows the faces to be made thinner — saving weight from the face while increasing ball speeds — and they feature what the company calls a “Internal Waffle Crown” that saves weight to help shift CG (center of gravity) low and forward in the head.

There’s a slew of custom shafts available for no upcharge. The stock grip is Golf Pride’s M31 360, and the drivers are selling for $399.99, available in stores now.

Below is a collection of early feedback from GolfWRX members, and make sure to join the full discussion. See more photos of the ST-180 driver here.

Note: The posts below have been minimally edited for grammar and brevity.

GolfWRX Members comment on the new Mizuno ST-180 driver

TeeGolf: I’ve seen the ST180 driver [in person] and it looks like it sits perfectly square to me. And this is coming from someone who has been playing a Titleist driver set 1-degree open for the past 3 years. It doesn’t look closed at all. 

trhode: I’ve been playing the M2 all year. In comparison at address, the ST is very closed. I had 3 customers look at it yesterday too and they all had the same reaction: closed. That being said, I did play 18 on the simulator and hit some monster drives. The head, with the Raijin shaft, seems to be just a little lower spin than my TaylorMade M2. The blue finish doesn’t bother me either. 

akjell: Hit this yesterday at the Mizuno demo day yesterday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA. Far from a hook machine but definitely a bomber. The Mizuno’s reps put me in a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70X and I could hit this this driver on a string possibly a bit better than my M1. Of the Mizuno drivers of late, this has to be the best one.

odshot68: Ordering it today. Was fit and played a round with it. Optimal launch and spin. Tensei Blue 70x at 9.5 degrees. This is definitely not left bias; first Mizzy driver ever.

nmorton: Hit this today and it’s going in the bag. Just a classic head shape that suits my eye. Been messing around with a number of drivers over the past year and haven’t singled one out. Last long term driver I had was the 850. The ST checks all of the boxes for me…looks great down by the ball, sounds solid and performs as good as any other. What really sold me was how well slight mis-hits performed. I had the 12.5 dialed down so it definitely sat open a bit. Didn’t hit the fairway but it looks sharp as well. 

evoviiiyou: Had a chance to test the driver with a couple shafts last night. The head is definitely deeper than the JPX900 and the footprint seems bigger from he set up position, very confidence inspiring like the JPX900 but a little improved. Finish and graphics are very similar to the 900 which is very nice if you like the satin Mizuno blue and I do love it just like the satin black I recently had done to my JPX driver and 3 metal. 

regiwstruk: My current gamer is a Titleist 917D3, and this is definitely replacing that. I used a JPX 900 from November 2016 through June 2017 — biggest differences are the sound and that the distance is up there with at least one of the leaders in the market. Anxious to see how it does on the course! 

Paul065: It is high launch, low spin yes but I wouldn’t say it was targeted at the average golfer. It’s basically their version of Callaway Epic Sub Zero. Rory used the Sub Zero. 

Tommyj: I went down to Carls yesterday specifically to look at the ST180. I’ve read some comments that the face looks closed. When I picked it up it was in the 10.5D position and did look slightly closed but then looked perfectly square at 9.5D and also square at 10.5D which seemed sort of odd. The shape is not for me, I had a Cobra F6 and while the ST180 footprint isn’t that big its still substantial. I like blue on drivers and the ST180 has a real quality look to it with the matte finish, having said that I’m not sure I’d want to be looking at that shade of blue all the time. The sound was an absolute killer for me, it was completely unexpected because I always associate Mizuno with being traditional and understated… ST180 launch was lower than G400 in the neutral setting, about the same when I lofted the Ping down.  ST180 was noticeably lower than D2. Longest driver of the three was G400, followed by ST180 then D2. For me the ST180 had the widest dispersion with G400 being the most accurate (by a wide margin).

Discussion: Read more comments about the ST-180 driver here

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