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Nike Covert 2.0 Driver Spotted

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Check out the photos of the Nike Covert 2.0 driver we spotted at the Frys.com Open.

While Covert 2.0 has the same glossy red crown and white swoosh as the original version, Nike has made some serious tweaks to the bottom of the driver. Like the Covert Tour 2.0 we spotted at the Tour Championship, the cavity appears substantially larger than the previous model. And the company’s decision to paint the cavity all black (instead of red) gives the driver a much stealthier look, which is furthered by Nike’s decision to give the sole a matte finish instead of the original Covert’s high-polished chrome look.

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The Covert 2.0 appears to have the same “Flex Loft” adjustability as its predecessor, adjustable from 8.5 to 12.5 degrees in 1-degree increments with the ability to choose a right, left or neutral face angle setting for each loft. But at address, the Covert 2.0 has a slightly deeper face, as well a more traditional pear-shaped crown that looks similar to the tour-only versions of the driver played by Tiger Woods, Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy late in the 2013 season.

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There are currently two versions of the Covert 2.0 on the USGA’s Conforming List, which are pictured below. Our guess is that Version 1, which appears slightly larger than Version 2, will be the retail version of the driver for 2014.

Covert 2.0 Version 1Covert 2.0 Version 2

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Covert 2.0 driver in the forums.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Covert 2.0 driver in the forums.

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  2. markb

    Oct 10, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Let’s hope the build quality and finish are better this time than with the version 1.0. My Tour was flaking off red metallic paint within a month. I started to fear even cleaning it.

  3. Chris Downing

    Oct 10, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Golf is becoming like Formula One – every year the manufacturers bring out a new driver or set of wedges that conform, but somehow give you more. Trouble is the dope on the other end of the clubhead is reading 22,000 golf books (titles in Amazon for golf) watching 1100 DVDs on golf (titles in Amazon) instead of taking meaningful lessons so he plays better. If only players approached golf like they would playing the piano or cello – all this new eqipement talk is like a lod of guys taking about the new Steinway piano but when they sit down they can only play chop-sticks!

  4. TL

    Oct 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    This is almost identical to the last driver. Put VRS above covert–paint the swoosh red instead of black, then paint the cavity black and boom…you have a new 2014 club.

  5. Maximilian Hausmann

    Oct 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    ohh I cant wait till it comes out.
    Does anyone know the release date?

  6. CJ

    Oct 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Does it go POOOOWWWW!!!!…like last years did?

  7. Dcorun

    Oct 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I tried the Covert 2013, Cobra Amp Cell and the Adams Super S and ended up with the Cleveland Classic Custom XL. They were all very good drivers but, my best numbers were with the Cleveland. I think Cleveland is a very underrated club and company. My fitting was done at the local PGA Superstore and it was well done. I do like the look of the new Covert 2.0 though!!

  8. Ron

    Oct 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    This looks fantastic. If it performs better than my VRS no doubt it’s going in the bag.

  9. Robert

    Oct 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I played all Nike last year and decided to make a change. I played well and beat a few guys with the Nike clubs, but my new Ping G25 Driver is more consistent for me and my new Mizuno MP54/MP4 are slightly more forgiving with better feel. I also changed to the Callaway X Hot 3 wood that is far better than the Nike’s. No doubt it’s a better bag than before. Still have Nike clothes though and a Sun Mountain Golf Bag. Never changed my Scotty putter or Titleist wedges.

  10. Matt

    Oct 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    If it can fix Tiger’s pull draw, Nike will sell a lot more clubs.

  11. The Infidel

    Oct 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

    A brand new tool of torment for Rory and Tiger, if we swapped out “inferior equipment” for a 910 D2 and a 975D, they’d have won more majors between them……discuss.

  12. Billy

    Oct 9, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Will buy!

  13. OP

    Oct 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    What is that hole near the hosel? For hot melting? So that hole has to be covered up to be legal play, right? So with what is it going to be plugged?

    • NikeFan

      Oct 9, 2013 at 1:56 am

      Look closely (assuming I’m looking where you are) that’s actually a screw, not a hole.

    • Headonastick

      Oct 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Many drivers have those ports. They are normally plugged with a rubber or plastic plug. Pretty typical.

  14. paul

    Oct 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Way sharper looking then the last one. if it goes farther then my 913 d3 it will be tempting.

    • Oliver Jones

      Oct 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Not saying that this new stuff isnt great but I am still playing my calloway diablo tour what really made a difference is the pro angle tour training aid. Yesterday had a drive of 350 on 535 par 339 on 347 par and 340 on another on my g15 pings I used 7i 185 to the pin reach it had 240 no kidding against the wind quartering fm the right left it pin high on the fringe. This gadget works and I no salesmen for it this puts u in the pro slot and makes you feel what its really like to hit it like the pros try it 30 day free trial $49.99 instead of 500.00 for new paont

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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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