Nike Golf introduced its new line of VR_S Covert Drivers, Woods and Hybrids for the 2012-13 season.   You’ll find plenty of visuals on the new Covert line: bold red paint, the unmistakable ‘Swoosh’ on the crown and large cavity, pushing perimeter weighting to its limits.  One item you won’t find however, is loft — well, a single loft anyway.

The new Nike Golf Covert woods have Nike’s FlexLoft system, which allows loft to be adjusted from 8.5 to 12.5 degrees. Edit: face angle is also adjustable and can be tweaked independently.

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The  460cc Nike VR_S Covert Performance Driver will retail for $299 and come stock with a 50g Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 50g shaft.The Covert Tour Driver is 430cc, pear-shaped, and comes standard with a 60g Mitsubishi Kuro Kage shaft.  Retail will be $399. Both will be available in February 2013.

Update 2/1/2013 Click here to see updated article… Everything you want to know about the Nike Covert Driver 

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Adjustability thanks to FlexLoft will be available on the Tour model only.  The 3 wood allows from 13-17 degrees of loft.  The 5 wood from 17-21 degrees.

GolfWRX visited Nike Golf at The Oven in Fort Worth, Texas, where Nike Golf Engineer Robert Boyd gave us the inside scoop on the new Nike Golf Covert drivers and fairway woods.

Nike VR_S Covert Drivers

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Nike VR_S Covert Fairway Woods

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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.


  1. I can’t believe how many people are saying they will be distracted by a swoosh on the club. You should be concentrating on the club face and the ball. It’s funny that people haven’t tried out this club and are calling it a failure because of a little white swoosh. Clubs are getting louder with their colors and marketing. Time to get with the times and learn to hit a driver that is a different color.

    • For those who say club head is distracting, CMON. Look at how those colorful TM last 8 years. R11 looked like Nascar. Last ten years I have had, R7, R9, Big Bertha, Octane, Razr hawk, Razr Fit, & 910 drivers. on same launch monitor for last year, I hit VRS Covert Tour 20-30 yards farther. But being Nike & I believe quality not like Callaway, Titleist, or TM. Went to buy recently a XHot driver & again hit Nike farther. Gave in. Bought at RDUNN a demo $400 looking Covert Tour 2013, for $120. And on course hit it everytime 20 yards farther than anything else last 2 years.

    • Specs? All information you can probably request are online. Flex point? Which shaft would you like? Weight shaft, type, color, flavor, … all available to your desire. There a pleathura of shafts you can select to dial in the performance of your club. Independent loft adjustments with face angle adjustments, 460cc or 440cc head size. What is wrong with hype? It is the first cavity back driver ever! … I think that is worthy of some hype. Specs are there and the science can speek for itself.

  2. How about some data (Specs) on these clubs instead of so much hype? How about shaft weights, flex points, head weights, angles etc. We need DATA, not HYPE!

  3. I was a 14-year Titleist Staff Professional and just switched to Nike the same day Rory did … guess he over shadowed my announcement ;). No one is more into the deep traditions of golf than I am and I will tell you my visit to the Nike Campus and Oven west was all it took. I increased my ball speed 7 mph with the Covert Tour head and custom shaft option. That is a solid increase that I will be very happy with. The Covert color was not tacky or gimmicky. It is actually a deep burgundy red and I found the Swoosh logo a non issue. The swoosh seems slightly large on the fwy metals. Nike’s R&D and master designer is from the former Ben Hogan company. So, I think Nike products are in good hands. Bottom line, I was very impressed and completely believe in the Nike product and the culture is incredible. Long time Titleist Staff member and now part of team Nike … No regrets!

  4. My son just tried out the irons. It was impressive! 20 to 25 yards further than his Calloway irons. Tried to hit the driver but that will need some fine tuning….not too sure we had the right shaft. Interested in getting him the irons though as he hit the exceptionally well.

  5. Just like Tiger I am hitting my older driver 15 yards longer than the new Covert even after fitting. The guy at Golf Tec could not believe the results and of course he was trying to get me into a new driver. Rory should take a look at the old Nike drivers just like tiger. They just go super deep. Maybe the distance gap is because the titanium is more springy after playing with it so much. Hopefully he just has to break it in.

  6. I keep hearing everyone talking about how they look, and there’s no way they’ll switch. First. I do like the look of the woods. I like the red, and do not even notice the swoosh until it was mentioned. The thing that throws me is that so many are worried about the look, but if I hit a club and it’s great, it can be set on fire and I’ll use it. Sure looks may draw us in to try, but I look at reviews and how clubs fit my game, then I’ll try them. I can’t say that “look” has every been a reason I have even tried a club.

  7. Demo’d the driver. Very nice feel, real, straight with a very slight draw on the standard setting,long and I love the color. Looked like a Ferrari. I am going to get one.

  8. Having actually hit both Covert drivers I can tell you that they are actually decent. The standard seemed fairly forgiving, and the shape actually looks really nice at address. Distance was average to above average. Sound is the typical Nike “crack/smack”, which doesn’t appeal to me, but I know some folks like it. The tour is small, and doesn’t offer much forgiveness. Honestly, I don’t think the Tour version is worth anyone getting, but the standard is actually a nice club.

  9. Ugly indeed! But if it performs well then who cares. I wouldn’t even try it because of the looks, but some people don’t care about that. Confidence is huge when standing above the ball and I think cosmetics is part of it. The matte black finish that Ping has done is awesome. Keep it simple like Titleist and Ping. All the graphics and bold colors on the head are so distracting. Again that is me. Some golfers like the looks of Nike, TM and Cobra. I’m sure they all perform about the same. Whatever floats one boat…

  10. the new nike covert driver and fairway woods look great about time we had something sexy as for people saying it looks awful well take a look at taylormade joke of a line up. i think taylormade has a battle on there hands to have the best driver in 2013. nike has made a great driver but all companies has produced great stuff in 2013 it be interesting to see who top

  11. Well, Nike are not famous for their Golfing equipment and never will be, they just copy Titleist with their VR Blades and balls are Titleist painted with a swoosh. They just have a lot of money to give to super stars and athletes which they can sponsor.

  12. SICK!!! Hit the covert, Both new TaylorMades and the Extreme Fit. 6-8 MPH increase in ball speed for all them with the Covert. I had never been a Nike fan before last year. Now my bag is full of them.

  13. It’s a nice looking driver but the red is probably the bit much for me. I would have preferred a nice black finish.

    It seems the adjustable loft driver is the way of the future judging by all the new models out at present.

    I would love to hear any feedback from golfers that have purchased this driver and how it performs.

  14. Hit the driver, fairway and hybrid two weeks ago and love the driver and fairway but not so high on the hybrids. Hit the 430cc tour driver and love the slightly lower launch angle , the sound at impact and the gorgeous red color along with the REAL Koro Kage shaft. Didn’t get to hit the irons, but am told by Nike management that testing shows significant distance increases. Will try before ordering

  15. Just black, or even white would have done it.
    Why red and a nike logo. The look actually is visually an open club face.

  16. Very Nice!!! Very Nice!!! That red is sweet and the cavity back is different,i like that can’t wait to get them….Driver & Hybrids. Oh yeah and Puma doesn’t have color Drivers,it’s Cobra! So don’t hate on the color Drivers know what you’re talking about first!

  17. If your looking at the swoosh then you are too easily distracted to play golf. I love the red color and the adjustable loft and bias. Can’t wait to try one of these out. Presently have a VR Pro.

  18. When do we get to see some launch monitor stats on these. I plan on getting the driver if it feels as good as it looks.

  19. I have the VR LE driver and its a great club. I wouldn’t be shocked if these new drivers are the real deal. Time will tell.

  20. I hit them all on the RANGE in HHI yesterday. The face is hot and straight ! I loved the bigger head with the pro X shaft set up at 9 deg-neut! 3 wood was awesome too! Driver was just as forgiving as the AMP or G20 but has a lower, more penetrating ball flight.

  21. All of these colors and white swooshes. Good thing Rory is going to be laughing all the way to the bank, because those being given to me would be the only way I play them.

  22. You guys are trippin, these clubs are gonna look beautiful in person. They’re going to perform as well. Whether you like it or not, Nike is about to rise to the top.

  23. Francesco Molinari Nike Tour Player this week in South Africa Nedbank is playing a red driver and as yet day 2 Molinari one of the straightest drivers on the European Tour is leaking every drive right

  24. I am not sure what the issue is. THe clubs look good minus the red of course. Can’t truly judge these till you hit them. Taylormade has been using white which I have gotten use to so the red won’t be any issue at all, you just have to golf and not worry about color. If the clubs play it doesn’t matter what they look like.

  25. I wouldn’t want to look at the swoosh at address. The red is bold enough. Whenever I look at the pics my attention always goes to that white swoosh. VERY distracting..for me anyway. Oh, and the name is very ironic seeing as how this is probably the farthest from ‘covert’ that you could get lol.

    • Keep hearing about how “distracting the swoosh is… When in fact TaylorMade consulted it’s tour staffers about branding on the crown and the feedback was…as long as it doesn’t interfere with the leading edge of the crown, where the face and crown meet, it’s not a concern to those on tour. Perhaps the pros know that concentration is centered on shot shape, muscle memory, and positivity. STOP WHINING about “distractions”, and learn to focus and execute, rather than looking for excuses to explain your lack of the same.

  26. Why is everyone going to stupid colours, and why cant nike go back to clean cut and not so loud (Swoosh Blades, 2002 ProCombo Tours) white was bad enough now Pink, orange, green. I remember how much the first nike driver was criticized for being Dark Navy Blue

  27. I was standing next to jhonattan Vegas and overheard him say the VR-S is “terrible, shi**y club”. For what it’s worth…

    His driving has been terrible lately so is it the Indian or the arrow? Who knows…

  28. Scrape away all the colour, spray it black and it looks like a titleist 913. Rory will have a black one and bomb it…… also very similar adjustability?

  29. Nike will kill it next year… Hopefully TMAG has something good or else they will take a serious hit for 2013. Heard they might have some adjustable shaft or something…. Is that true? Probably the dumbest idea i’ve ever heard of. Wow thats terrible.

  30. The swoosh anywhere on the club is enough to keep me away, much less on the top. The logo is to be seen or there is no reason to have it, no thanks. And red…I don’t like UGA, NC State, the Falcons, Ohio State, or pretty much any team that wears red. Add to that list a certain golfer who wears red on Sundays as well.

    Neutral or a custom color would eliminate such bias that nit picky golfers like me have. If the club hit it to the moon I would still have a hard time with it, as is.

  31. The color think is a great marketing tool. It easier to spot the white TM drivers on TV and Nike is betting on the same thing I am guessing the white Swoosh on the head is for the same reason.

  32. It looks Cheap! I cannot believe with all the R&D and Marketing Nike has, this is the best ‘look’ they could come up with….maybe it appeals to the rickie fowler demographic, but not me (Fred Couples demographic). Nike should just throw in the towel and sell shirts and shoes.

  33. I’ve used a yellow driver before, so the red isn’t an issue – the swoosh is bit much, but it’s not the end of the world.

    My question is about the shaft sleeve. I use the VR-s driver now. How different is this sleeve from last year’s VR-s ? One good thing about other company’s woods the last few years is that they are all interchangable (inside the brand, of course) from year to year. After going through a fitting, I like the shaft I have.

    This doesn’t look like it will work with my present shaft / sleeve. Did they say anything about that when you were testing ?

  34. Wow, I guess Nike thinks red is the new white, (Dont like white clubs either) This is one ugly club, the irons are ugly too. who designed these, the guy who changed the Coke formula. I’ll keep my Cleveland 290 Classic, much better looking and I’m sure is a way better driver.

  35. Taylormade owns white and now Nike wants to own red. Tiger and Rory both wear red on Sundays.

    Also, nothing better for manufacture than viewers to be able to instantly recognize a club. You see red you know its Nike or white TM. no more searching WITB

  36. 4 degrees is a hell of a lot of adjustment on the fairways, great if it actually works but would love to get hold of the clubs with my favourite club fitter to check out. As for the Red drivers…… I said I’d never play white and an RBZ Tour has been in my bag this past season. If they work who cares what the colour is!!

  37. I like the the driver, I was watching on the range yesterday and many pros already have put this driver in play. I also play golf with a nike rep and he said this driver is the real deal.

  38. Just when Nike was starting to get a little cred in the golf world they come out with this driver with the swoosh on top of the club. What in the world are they thinking?? The color isn’t a dealbreaker, it’s the swoosh. No player under 10 will play that driver, seriously distracting. And by the way, those cavity-backs look horrendous as well.

  39. Don’t worry guys, let the haters talk. When they see Tiger and Rors piping this driver 350 they’ll all have one in the bag. All this nonsense about being a distraction at address is just that NONSENSE! Only thing you should be thinking about is your target at least that’s what I’m thinking about. It’s all about performance. If you have a favorite brand play it but don’t bash other brands because your afraid they will be more successful. I’ll play a broomstick if I think it can help my game and the rest of you will to. I currently play the VRS driver and couldn’t be more pleased, never hit a driver as well as this one and if you play blades as I do you’d be hard pressed to find any better than the victory red and I’ve played just about every brand out there. Some of you people are so comical when it comes to defending your brand. Bottom line it’s your money you spend it how you want to and on what you want to. Last comment, how’d that inferior equipment thing workout for Tiger?

  40. Agree the swoosh is misplaced and can definately be a distraction. Would be much better with a smaller swoosh that is centered on the edge as a line up tool.

    – I AGREE +1

  41. I got a chance to hit this driver yesterday and it is so goooood. I was hitting it at least 15 yards farther than my r11s v2. The red looks great and the swoosh it unnoticable at address. I am a NIke staffer and didnt play the last driver because I wasn’t impressed. But this is going in my bag right away.

  42. HOMERUN! The red is great, when looking down at address, you cannot even notice the swoosh, and # wise, nothing will compare.

  43. Wow, Nike wasn’t kidding when they said it wouldn’t be confused with any other driver. Looks like an absolute beast though. Can’t wait to see some number with it

  44. “Adjustability thanks to FlexLoft will be available on the Tour model only. The 3 wood allows from 13-17 degrees of loft. The 5 wood from 17-21 degrees.”

    Incorrect. Adjustability is available for both the Covert Tour and Covert Performance Driver.

  45. oh my! Tour version driver look so sexy! can wait to try it , kinda remind me sport car umm.., like the Ferrari good job nike team!!!

  46. Trevor,
    People will do anything for money. You think Tiger would choose nike over all others if money wasn’t a factor? No way. They pay the stars to play it because that’s who weekend folders follow. Simple marketing.

    • Danny, you couldn’t be more wrong!! Nike make the most innovative products in the golf industry and Covert is an awesome example of that. The adjustability on these clubs in unparalleled, the ability to adjust loft and face angle independently, it doesn’t get any better than that. Then there is the cavity in the back, increasing MOI while maintaining a traditional head shape, just what the consumer demands. This week Nike have some of their best players using Covert already, if you think that’s just because they get paid to do so then there is no hope for you. I bet you were negative about TM white driver when that came out and look how well that did with less than half the amount of technology as the new Nike Covert!! Wake up pal!

      • I have nothing against nike, and even bag their equipment but to say that $250 million has nothing to do with it is laughable. think about the equipment tiger uses, nike blades, which is pretty much as little game enhancement technology you can put in a club (not to say all blades are created equal), he uses the VrS forged 2 iron, a 4 year old 3 wood (nike’s probably not happy about that), and the current driver (probably forced by nike to use).

        • Tiger doesn’t need to have performance-enhancing equipment. That’s why he’s on the PGA Tour and we’re not.

          • come on….Tiger IS Nike golf…if he does not like the clubs that he makes he won’t play it…he would never put himself in a position where he felt that equipment was holding his game back…but lucky for him, Nike has tons of money and will design every single club around the specifications he requires….when tiger switched from titleist to nike, nike made a putter identical to the scotty cameron and put their logo on it…tiger has tons of money, he would never compromise his game because of a paycheck

  47. I love the look of the new woods in this set. The irons look a bit beefy to me but I suppose they are targeted for game improvement. I will definitely put that tour 3 wood in the bag, a 13­° fairway wood! SEXY!

  48. You guys act like this is the first time Nike has used red for the crown of a club…

    Everyone bagged the 2011 taylormade line until they ended it up with it in their bags..

    I’m not a fan of that swoosh but I’m gonna have to set it down and see what it looks like. Probably wont bother me if I hit it well and of course I SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE BALL.

    Nike has done a great job with the last two lines of golf clubs and I hope they are keeping up with that consistency again. A lot of technology that can be useful if properly fitted. This should be fun!!

  49. I’ve got 3 Nike Drivers which have very classic plain black finishes (on the crown at least) and are way better to look at, at address than the awful Taylormade. Why change that and add a “swoosh” to the crown & the “covert…. Are Nike worried people may forget what they’re playing!!!! Spoils a potentially good looking driver.

  50. Hey guys it’s good to see all the channel stars in one place. My sisters can beat me at golf.

  51. I think that driver could get me back on the PGA Tour. I just dont think I have the time to commit what it takes to chase my dreams, with all my work and family obligations. Boy I hate one day events.

  52. Oh boy, that dang ole driver looks sweet man. I’ll tell you what.I will look good in my golf shop next to all the shanks tshirts.

    Remember kids hit for free at shanks.

  53. Agree the swoosh is misplaced and can definately be a distraction. Would be much better with a smaller swoosh that is centered on the edge as a line up tool.

  54. The idea of changeable lofts and face angle even the cavity not against, but all that is going to be lost by the horrible colour, by looking at these you would class them in the cheap rubbish you see in the bargain bin at your local sports superstore, OK for weekend hackers but not for any serious golfer, I am sure that is not the case but that the way they look. Nike you shot yourself in the foot.

  55. Just contrast these hideous things to the new beautiful, simple fourteen blades………………….


    Nike and TM are now going head to head to see who can come up with the biggest load of bling nonsense imaginable

  56. You shouldn’t be looking at the back of the crown at all….technology will have the last laugh with this, Nike is way ahead of everyone on this one. The adjustability is sick and no one is even close right now. Can’t wait to hit it….and Rory will hit this 250 million dollar driver whether he likes it or not. The pros at that level can hit anything and as he is bombing it…..everyone will be buying it.

  57. Ugly. I bet this “technology” flops like the square head. Nike is to golf equipment as GM was to cars in the 80’s: Baretta, Geo, Fiero, Alante, Lumina GTE, and the Tracker… Bunch of technology marketing but huge flops.

    Nike markets to the weekend golfer who doesn’t know anything about quality equipment and is distracted by bright colors, logos and guys they need to pay half a billion dollars to use this garbage.

    • Interesting, so I guess that’s why Nike has some of the best players in the world using their “weekend-golfer” equipment?

    • Danny, i guess Rory is going to play with garbage then… Wow, I seriously dont understand people that can be so ignorant about golf. This brand will dominate golf before you know it kid… Giddy up!

    • At first glance I was put off by the red color. I been a nike club hitter since the slingshot clubs through sq drivers.

      Let me tell you this club is a dream to hit. The red the swoosh and even the little white writing all disappears when you see the ball go. And for feel and game improvement the covert irons are also a smash hit in my book. Keep in mind that irons are de-lofted to keep up with Taylormade.

      If I had to gripe about something it would be the grips (this might be do to the fact that the old clubs had drytac)

      But the grips did not deter me from putting coverts up against rocketblades and the x-hots.

      I am chomping at the bit for warmer weather to go play a new bag of coverts from D,3W, 3i-9i PW(45deg) AW(48deg) (52 58 xft wedges)

  58. I dreamed of the days of a cavity back driver when living in the tubes. I think I am going to buy one when I clear my name . My buddy New York has been talking about being my agent/caddie so maybe he can set up a Rory type deal with Nike.

    Mark Burke, Homeless golfer, award winning writer, Reality TV star, Motivational Speaker, life coach and dreamer.

    • Hey Mark! I loved your show wish there could’ve been a second season. Hope you clear your name and make it to the Tour

      • Hey Conner thanks for the support. Following your dream can be expensive I was wondering if you could donate towards the effort. Anything would be appreciated even a turkey sandwhich would be fine as chasing dreams makes me hungry. I have been windexing car windows at stop lights for extra money but it isn’t as fruitful as I would have hoped. My agent New York has been sitting by a pay phone for days waiting to hear back from golf channel on a combo show of big break and bum fights which I have been lobbing for awhile. I hope it works out I need the money to pay my attorney to clear my name.

  59. I personally like the deep red colour, but the swoosh is severely misplaced. The Nike branding execs should have their heads examined.

  60. Ability to change face angle and loft. Wow that is AWESOME!!!! I don’t play Nike but I will go and try this one out.

  61. seriously red!!! man I hate you taylor made, since you made white now we have to deal with great looking drivers in red, blue, green and every other color, just doesn’t look right

    • I love the red, I love the shape, I love the adjustment but the only thing I hate is the swoosh on the top, I think I can get over it though if it performs well; All-in-all a nice looking driver!

    • The color is odd, the swoosh is odd, but I can tell you from exclusively playing purist Titleist drivers for 20 years…the NIKE BLOWS THEM AWAY. This stick is long, forgiving, workable (for those of you on this message board who can actually work the ball), and it feels great. Get over the look and play for the results. And for those of you who say it will look funny at address, you are right, but you probably can’t hit it past the first trap anyway. Give it a demo and you will be pleased you did.

      • Right on geoff, I compared Taylormade R1, Ping G 25 and Nike side by side and yes the Nike covert was the longest. The Ping is frustratingly straight and not the best feel by far. I felt in love with the feel and the distance of the Covert Tour. Try it, and forget the look, you will… oh you will…

    • If you’re bugged over that swooch off to the side of the crown, then you haven’t seen Adams or Taylormade’s 2013 line of woods with crazy graphics all over the crowns….golf version of NASCAR advertizing.