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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.

Click here to read the discussion and see more photos in the forums

 

Drivers:

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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Click here to read the discussion and see more photos in the forums

 

Fairways:

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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Click here to read the discussion and see more photos in the forums

 

Nike VR_S Covert Fairway Woods
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Click here to discuss the new Nike Golf Drivers, Fairways & Hybrids in the GolfWRX forums

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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.

126 Comments

126 Comments

  1. JChoj

    Mar 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    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.

    • Marc

      Mar 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      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.

  2. ??????? ??????

    Mar 18, 2013 at 12:55 am

    It’s impressive that you are getting thoughts from this piece of writing as well as from our discussion made at this time.

  3. nastenka.yip@leesfrozen.com

    Mar 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    May i know when Nike having demo day for their covert driver at Nike golf Malaysia.

  4. marty

    Feb 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    it does come out flatter,,but longer roll

    • Joey P

      Mar 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      Agree … the club is a low spin Driver by design. Matching the shaft to produce the best launch angle and spin is important.

  5. marty

    Feb 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    hit it..love it

    • Joey P

      Mar 11, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      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.

  6. Hal Evans

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

    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!

  7. Joey P

    Feb 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    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!

  8. Tony T

    Feb 10, 2013 at 9:40 am

    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.

  9. Teddy Boy

    Feb 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    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.

  10. agray

    Feb 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    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.

  11. Lou

    Jan 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    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.

  12. Scott

    Jan 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    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.

  13. Huge

    Jan 23, 2013 at 2:49 am

    …awsome looking clubs ….can’t wait to get my hands on them!

  14. FCM2177

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

    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…

  15. lloyd

    Jan 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

    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

  16. John

    Jan 17, 2013 at 7:44 am

    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.

    • Nick

      Jan 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Is that suppose to be a joke? I seriously hope so

  17. Chad

    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:28 am

    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.

  18. Tiger and Rory's show

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    So sick! Love the sticks! Will be the #1 seller this year without a doubt.

  19. Troy Vayanos

    Jan 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    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.

  20. Bill

    Jan 12, 2013 at 12:06 am

    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

  21. Dominic Chong

    Jan 10, 2013 at 4:53 am

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

  22. Demetrius Branch

    Jan 7, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    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!

  23. George

    Jan 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    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.

  24. Gassyazz

    Jan 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    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.

  25. Nate

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    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.

  26. Mark

    Dec 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Can anyone tell me about this shaft by mitsubishi?

  27. adamb

    Dec 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

    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.

  28. Jordan

    Dec 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    When is the release date for the FW woods? It’s prob right in front of me but…I didn’t see it

  29. Brandell

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Wow. Looks so good! Nike will kill it next year!

  30. Brendan Williams

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    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.

    • Bill

      Jan 12, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Try before you condemn. These are beautiful and I didn’t notice the Swoosh at all after the first driver.

  31. Don

    Dec 1, 2012 at 4:02 am

    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.

  32. Paul Wrigley

    Dec 1, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Red, Black & White, Manchester United colours… Rory will bag this no problem, he’s a big Red.

  33. Donal

    Nov 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    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

    • Bill

      Jan 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Gee, must be equipment failure rather that OPERATOR ERROR.

  34. AlexC

    Nov 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    those irons look so ugly. i have the original vrs irons and i will definitely not switch!

  35. hatc

    Nov 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    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.

  36. GSark

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

    These clubs define what happens when advertising and marketing run amok.

  37. cmac

    Nov 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    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.

    • CJ

      Jan 17, 2013 at 1:31 am

      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.

  38. Marcus

    Nov 13, 2012 at 12:10 am

    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

    • Bill

      Jan 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Called merchandising and the club looks great in person and plays better than it looks

  39. Houston Golfer

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

    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…

  40. Golfer kid

    Nov 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I thought the driver and fairway woods looked bad until I saw the irons.

  41. jrlives

    Nov 9, 2012 at 4:50 am

    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?

  42. Big Gun

    Nov 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    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.

  43. phase3golf

    Nov 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Like it or not, if that technology works, it will be “MASSIVE” for Nike!

  44. Joe C

    Nov 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    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.

  45. The Lama

    Nov 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Test

  46. kpg

    Nov 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    This should help Callaway and Titleist’s market share

  47. Lenny

    Nov 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    If it works…. It works! Not the prettiest but gonna have to try it…….

  48. Moe Norman

    Nov 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    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.

  49. TexasSnowman

    Nov 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    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.

  50. Courtney Capps

    Nov 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    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 ?

  51. William Klosek

    Nov 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    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.

  52. Hoosier

    Nov 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    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

  53. Lee

    Nov 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    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!!

  54. Anand

    Nov 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Wow, I am in love. The 3 wood looks beast!!!

  55. Bishop Bicery

    Nov 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

    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.

  56. gbert

    Nov 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    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.

  57. Bufdaddy

    Nov 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    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?

  58. Young

    Nov 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

    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

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  60. Russ Keith

    Nov 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    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.

  61. CM

    Nov 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

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

  62. Shawn

    Nov 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    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

  63. jason

    Nov 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    those irons look so ugly! anyone else agree?

  64. Rachel

    Nov 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    “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.

  65. Young

    Nov 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    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!!!

  66. chris

    Nov 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    And this summer they will be selling for 149 on eBay like always.

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  69. Danny

    Nov 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    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.

    • Frodo

      Nov 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      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!

      • james

        Dec 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

        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).

        • FatGinger

          Jan 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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

          • Michael

            Feb 2, 2013 at 2:48 am

            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

  70. James

    Nov 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    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!

  71. Shank

    Nov 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Nice alignment aid right on the hosel, Nike.

  72. Jesse

    Nov 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    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!!

  73. JGG

    Nov 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Terrible

  74. pete zhut

    Nov 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

    not a fan of the irons

  75. Gump

    Nov 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

    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.

  76. Chan from big break

    Nov 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

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

  77. Chris Anderson

    Nov 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

    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.

  78. Robbie Biershank

    Nov 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    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.

  79. obvioustroll

    Nov 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

    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.

  80. Tim

    Nov 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

    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.

  81. jgpl

    Nov 6, 2012 at 3:57 am

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

    WHAT IS HAPPENING TO GOLF CLUBS???

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

  82. Eugene

    Nov 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

    OMG are these the most sexy clubs you have eva seen or wot….lining up at the door now!

  83. Ron Faldo

    Nov 6, 2012 at 12:21 am

    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.

  84. Danny

    Nov 6, 2012 at 12:12 am

    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.

    • Trevor

      Nov 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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

      • timber

        Nov 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        Do you really think the equipment is the same? Maybe the ferrule but thats it.

    • Big Gun

      Nov 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      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!

    • Brendan

      Nov 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Seems spot on. Maybe you’re the one who “knows nothing about quality equipment”. …

    • AJN

      Mar 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

      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)

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  86. Mark Burke

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    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.

    • Connor

      Nov 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      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

      • Mark Burke

        Nov 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        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.

    • Mark Burke

      Nov 6, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Cool it Jeffery! You will see when I’m Lehman is handing the shwab cup.

  87. abel

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    those look nice cant wait to try them .

  88. Dave S

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Awesome. Nike will have taken over golf w/in 10 yrs.

    • george

      Feb 8, 2013 at 12:31 am

      nike will take golf over in ten years ??? no chance

  89. John Smith

    Nov 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

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

  90. Up&in5

    Nov 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    So ugly, poor rory

  91. Kyle

    Nov 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    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.

  92. theoo

    Nov 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    i think it looks awesome. cant wait to hit it

    • Rufiolegacy

      Nov 6, 2012 at 12:17 am

      right there with you. Have the VR driver now and I can’t wait to get this in my hands.

  93. Edward

    Nov 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Awful!!! The white swoosh looks terrible. What a bomb for Nike…maybe Rory can help!

  94. bryan watson

    Nov 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    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

    • Bootscrilla

      Nov 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

      No kidding, have you seen all the colors you can get in the new Puma? It’s a joke

    • Trevor

      Nov 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      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!

    • geoff

      Apr 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      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.

      • Charles

        Apr 20, 2013 at 12:55 am

        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…

  95. sam

    Nov 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    swoosh on the crown of the driver? no thanks.

    • BNABOD

      Nov 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      right there w u man, it looks awful with that thing on the crown. distraction at address imo

    • Bootscrilla

      Nov 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

      couldn’t agree more, not a fan of a colored head either…flat black would’ve been sick

    • bulls9999

      Jan 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      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.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tiger Woods with a new Scotty Cameron at The Open”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from No Gimmes who was quick to spot Tiger Woods preparing for this week’s Open Championship with a new Scotty putter. Woods has also been seen warming up for this week’s event at Royal Portrush with his old faithful on the greens, but our members have been discussing the thinking behind the 15-time-major champion’s potential change, as well as the putter itself.

*Photos from Golf Central’s ‘Live From The Open’ coverage

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • TheMoneyShot: “I’m really surprised he is making the switch. Let’s see if it’s in the bag come Thursday.”
  • Hedgehog: “That topline and the alignment aid and all the smooth lines, gorgeous!”
  • MuniPukeLife: “Makes sense as his trusty NP2 is super light by today’s putter standards.”

Entire Thread: “Tiger Woods with a new Scotty Cameron at The Open”

 

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Mizuno T20 wedges: Let’s get spinning

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Spin.

We’re always trying to reduce it with our driver and increase it with our wedges for maximum control, but with the rules of golf being so strict, how do actually achieve a performance gain? Simple engineering…

This is the Mizuno T20 wedge.

It’s been a few years since we have seen a T (teardrop) wedge from our friends at Mizuno, and there is good reason.

Let’ get into a quick history lesson: before the JPX900 series was introduced, Mizuno had quietly been realigning the product cycles of the MP and JPX lines. You might remember back a few years ago now before the MP18s hit the scene that there was a bit of a lull in the MP line—so much, in fact, there was even a thread here on GolfWRX asking “Is Mizuno not making MP irons anymore?”

It was a naturally curious question to a company that always had very standardized release cycles, but it was a long-term play that has paid off tremendously. We now get “T” wedges with MP irons (MP20s to be exact), and we should (from everything I know) continue to see “S” Silhouette (more rounded profile) wedges with future JPX lines.

Before we get to what’s new, how about we first talk about what will be staying the same

  • Grain Flow Forged HD – like all new Mizuno irons, the T20s are made using the same forging process to increase the density of the material in the clubhead for an improved solid feel.
  • Boron – this little element when added to the 1025e mild carbon steel used in the wedges (we’re talking trace amounts equating to 3ppm – parts per million) increases the strength of the material by 30 percent—how crazy is that for chemistry? This improves groove life and has ZERO effect on club feel.
  • Variable Width & Depth Quad Cut Grooves – Like previous T and S wedges, the T20s will have quad cut grooves that will vary in shape based on the loft of the club. Lower lofted wedges are more narrow and deeper, while higher lofted wedges are wider and more shallow since impact happens at lower speeds this increases spin consistency.
  • Same beautiful Teardrop profile from address

So what’s new?

Flow. Just like the MP20s, engineers are bringing more a more extreme CG (center of gravity) shifting philosophy, or as Mizuno explains it, increased vertical moment of inertia to the wedges. As much as you (well maybe not “you,” depending on who you are) might think “a wedge is just a wedge” and loft is the only deciding factor for spin, you couldn’t be further from the truth. By relocating the CG throughout the set and changing the sweet spot height, engineers can further alter the launch and spin precisely for each loft.

It’s about gear effect—the higher you hit above the CG the less spin the ball with have, and the closer to or lower you make impact compared to the CG the more spin you will create. Either way these are wedges, so a 50 degree, for example, is still going to spin, but it is now more controllable (think less likely to ballon or get too high on full shots). On the other side of the equation, a 60-degree wedge will allow for even MORE trajectory and spin control for the low flying quick checkers with zip.

Now about that spin.

By the Rules of Golf, you can’t make grooves sharper, you can’t increase their volume, and you can only have so much surface roughness (sorry but that old Spin Doctor wedge is HIGHLY NON-conforming). So what do you do? You change the way you think about that surface roughness…

Hydroflow Micro Grooves

Instead of traditional laser etching parallel to the grooves, Mizuno engineers took a concept from the high-performance tire world and went perpendicular to the grooves and parallel to the direction the ball moves up the face to channel moisture away. This directional tread has proven to increase spin on shots especially in conditions with moisture up to 1,200 RPM (on a 60-yard shot), that’s a very tangible number. It’s not just about spin either: the more the friction that can be created also means more control on launch angle and less of a “floating” ball flight. That’s how those low zippers keep zippin’!

Don’t think for a second that Mizuno just changed the etching and was done with it. The process went through multiple iterations to figure out how they could improve its life (beyond the boron) and the solution was to etch before the chroming process to elongate the lifespan. The other groovy take for the T20s is the actual reconfiguration of the grooves. To get the bottom groove closer to the leading edge without having it disorient the overall look of the club and making it appear that the heel or toe is thinner on one side. The lowest groove has been shortened and centered.

All of these refinements; CG, micro-grooves, and reconfigured scoring lines add up to one thing: more control and improved shotmaking with your wedges.

Finishes, specs, and grinds

The wishes of many have been answered when it comes to the T20s, there will be a RAW finish (happy dance time) along with traditional chrome and the signature blue ion. Leftys will only be able to get chrome, but all the same options will be available as far as lofts and grinds.

Coming in lofts from 46-60 degrees, the grind options progress depending on the loft and bounce. Going from full-soled in the lower lofts to more aggressive back edge, and heel-toe relief in the 60 degree. These sole shapes came directly from Mizuno’s craftsman that worked with players and prototypes to determine exactly how the bounce and sole shapes should work in harmony.

All of this has come together to create Mizuno’s finest wedge to date.

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Mizuno MP-20: Layers of feel

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“Mizuno Feel”

It is part of the golf vernacular. It’s ingrained in golf (nerd) culture—it’s a real thing.

But where does it comes from, how did it get here, and what is it really?

I’m here to give you some answers and introduce you to MP-20 family of irons from Mizuno.

Born from tradition, and the idea of creating the ultimate set of irons for every player, the MP-20 family is the next series of MP irons that will connect golfers to the “Mizuno Feel.” Speaking to tradition, and something I touched on when these were originally teased on social channels with #LayersOfFeel, Mizuno is going back in time to the TN-87s and reintroducing a copper underlay to their irons—all of them! (Before someone tries to correct me: yes, I realize that they have done this for more recent Japan market models )

What does this copper layer mean? Here’s the funny thing, even Mizuno has had a hard time trying to quantify it. Through multiple rounds of extensive blind prototype testing with all of their staff players, the irons with a copper underlay won on feel EVERY SINGLE TIME!  How’s that for dominance?

But why? They are truly still trying to 100 percent figure that out. Mizuno has used its HIT (Harmonic Impact Technology), metallurgy analysis, and every test it can to try and figure out why. Engineers even went as far as trying to prove the hypothesis the copper underlay “feel” was based on nostalgia but time and time again Cu won in blind testing. At the end day, the human element was still the deciding factor because humans are the ones that ultimately hit shots.

This brings us to the flagship MP-20 (Blade) (The Ultimate Tour Blade as described by Mizuno’s Product Manager & Engineer Chris Voshall). Evolving from the tradition built into the MP-18, and taking design cues from historic models like the TN 87 and MP14, the MP20s provide more flow throughout the set from top to bottom leading to even more control over ball flight. This flow also increases forgiveness (please remember it’s still a blade) and launch in the longer irons, with an increased ability to flight the ball in the scoring clubs… all of this AND a thinner top line.

Now about that top line: it’s an extremely important part of the look of the club but, what many don’t realize is it also plays a big role in feel and acoustics too. Let’s simplify for a moment: think of a clubhead like hunk of metal—a cube—now when you hit that thick piece of metal on something it doesn’t reverberate much and when it does, it’s at a different frequency making it sound heavy and “thuddy,” or as some would say, SOLID.

Now imagine if that same piece of metal, same mass was stretched out like a saw blade. Have you ever hit something with the side of a large saw blade? It’s wobbly, loud, and generally unpleasant, that’s what happens when an unsupported part of a club gets too thin, it acts like an amplifier of bad sound, creating terrible feel. By blending a small channel (think MP5) with the classic looks of yesteryear you get a club that feels and performs like no Mizuno before it, and as I said, with a thinner look from address.

What’s all this talk of “Flow”?

Center of gravity and mass placement (or as a Mizuno Engineer explained to me “Vertical Moment of Inertia”). Since each club is designed individually, you need the center of gravity to shift throughout the set to help control launch/trajectory (or “traj” as the kids say), and make sure spin is also at an optimal level.

For the MP-20, it means long irons that are “easier” to hit (air quotes, because like I said before, it’s still a blade), and short irons that can be more easily flighted lower with greater spin and control. Just like with the MP-18s, Mizuno is keeping with the continuous reduced blade length into the short irons for a look preferred by better players and for improved grass and turf interaction.

But What About the Rest?

You might have noticed off the top I called it the “MP-20 Family.” Here’s why: In golf, like with any other industry, data is important. But it’s only as good as you use it and well…let’s just say Mizuno has been paying close attention to how golfers and fitters have been making combo sets over the last few years. It’s all about understanding what golfers really need and thanks to some proprietary data they went even deeper when it comes to designing each and every iron in this family to make sure its performance is maximized. This is why I continue to emphasize how each set has a flow, it to make sure each club in your bag is just right for you. Now to introduce you to the rest of the family members…

Mizuno MP20 MMC (Multi-Material Construction)

I know, you think you’ve heard this story before but…NOT LIKE THIS!

The new MP-20 MMC is a BIG shift in design, not just because of the Cu underlay, but a radical change in how the whole part is put together. I know it sounds very “big biz,” but in the world of manufacturing it truly comes down to how “parts” are manufactured. Now, with Mizuno, I will reiterate a well-known story. All of its forged irons are single-sourced from one foundry (Chuo) in Japan through a handshake agreement that has been in place for decades.

Now back to the MMC. Before the MP-20 the MMC always had one tiny design difficulty (not a bad one, just a truth) and that was the titanium piece in the back was the same size throughout the whole set. This lead to a set with almost constant sole width. That doesn’t mean previous generations were constructed poorly, but it just means there were improvements that could be made to how the set flowed (there’s that word again) from top to bottom…which leads us to the tech story.

For the first time in the MMC’d life, the titanium piece of the iron will actually vary in mass depending on the club. It will be broken up in the middle of the set to allow better CG placement, and like its blade cousin, improved turf interaction in the shorter irons.

What is also very cool from a build and engineering perspective is the way the titanium gets into the club in the first place. Here we go down a metallurgy rabbit hole, buckle up…

  • Titanium has a mass density (rounded) of 4.5 g/cm3 – cubed
  • Carbon steel has a mass density of (rounded) 7.9 g/cm3 – cubed

That means that from every cubed cm of steel volume you replace with titanium in the head, you save 3.4g… which might not seem like much, but in a 4-iron for example that has an average mass of 248g for (4) cm3 you save 13.6g or just over five percent. I realize this is DEEP into the mass property weeds, but when you think of what a club head weights and how every half percentage point matters, five percent is a lot! That’s more forgiveness, more MOI, more spin control, and overall better performance.

What is also very cool is all of these parts (titanium and tungsten) have ZERO chemical bond—no epoxy. They all fit snug based on the shrinkage rates of the different materials. Ti & W( tungsten – W comes from the ore Wolframite) shrinks less than the steel so as the steel cools around the titanium and tungsten pieces it creates a mechanical (solid) bond.

All of this together adds up to an iron that looks smaller than the previous version, offers more “flow” in CG, something we mentioned earlier that creates more forgiveness and control throughout the set, and at the end of the day it means a better-engineered version than the one before it.

Truth Break for a moment…

Let me make one thing clear, new sets are AWESOME! We are, and always will be, attracted to the latest and greatest but the player should still get fit and find out what works best. New will and should inevitably be better but the cost-benefit analysis should always be at the end of the day up to the individual golfer to decide and figure out what will end up in the bag to help lower scores.

The Hot Metal Mizuno MP-20 HMB

look AT THIS!!!

YES…you read that correctly. Mizuno is bringing Hot Metal tech to the MP line!

A hollow body blade looking iron using the same strong yet highly flexible Chromoloy material as the 919 Hot Metals except this time forged to create an iron like they never have before. The look and shape of a blade the speed of a Hot Metal.

Let’s break things down.

The look is clean as clean can be, from there the face of the HMB is thin and fast, while hidden inside the back of the club is complex geometry for both acoustics and precisely positioning mass. These will be the replacement for the MMC Fli-His but unlike that set, only going to the 6-iron, the new HMB will go all the way to the pitching wedge.

What is also different for the HMB vs. the MMC Fli-Hi is the way tungsten is used in the head to create different impact dynamics. The Fli-Hi had all the tungsten (20g worth) in one place in the head (low and towards the toe). The CG was still located right in the middle but through in-depth testing some players found that the Fli-Hi was a more difficult club to turn over and draw.

To improve the workability of the new HMB, the Tungsten was split into two 12g pieces (four more grams than previous Fli-Hi) and positioned into precisely formed pockets on the heel and toe in the back of the club. This allows the unsupported face to flex and makes the club more workable while still maintaining all the forgiveness you would expect from a hollow body iron built for speed. Seriously who doesn’t like the sound of that?

Since the new HMB is a full set and not just long irons, there is more to the tech story… here is comes… better flow and CG positioning throughout the set. This is hugely important for the mid and short irons where loft is already going to create spin so controlling ball flight and traj on approach shots is vital for scoring better.

This is again where the MP-20 Family discussion comes into play. Mizuno knows they are going to sell a lot more HMB long irons vs. blade and MMC long irons, so the entire family is designed holistically for every player to find each and every head that optimizes them on the course.

The Full Package

Like with previous generations going back almost a decade, Mizuno is keeping its industry-leading matrix of shaft and grip options available at NO upcharge. BUT… based on the growing demand for more exotic options the newly expanded shaft line up will include a few shafts that will come with a slight upcharge.

Whatever you end up being fit for, it’s important to realize that there has never been family of Mizuno irons designed like this, which could also mean you could be bringing home some new family members soon.

 

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