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Everything you want to know about the Nike Covert Driver

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No company has boosted its stock more in 2013 than Nike Golf. Example: Viral Discussion about the new Covert Driver

A big part of the company’s image change has been the signing of the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, Rory McIlroy, as well as Nick Watney and Kyle Stanley. But another piece of the puzzle has been the company’s VR_S Covert driver, which is one of the most talked about new golf clubs for 2013.

Nike says the crater of mass the company removed from driver’s sole moves helps move the club’s center of gravity more forward, which makes the forgiving than other drivers. The Covert’s adjustable hosel also allows golfers to adjust both face angle and loft. Check out the video below — an in-depth interview with Gidge Moody, product line manager for Nike Golf — which reveals everything you need to know about the new VR_S Covert and VR_S Covert Tour drivers.

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Viral Discussion about the new Covert Driver

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  1. Legal Help

    Aug 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Without doubt, Apple’s application shop is victorious by a mile. It’s a huge selection of a variety of applications vs a rather unfortunate selection of a handful with regard to Microsoft zune. Ms has ideas, specially in the arena of games, but I’m unsure I’d wish to wager around the future if this element is important for you. The iPod is really a much better choice in that case.

  2. Andy

    Aug 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Did anyone ever consider that certain people like certain clubs or hit certain clubs better?

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  4. KT

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I Hated Nike gear, until now. Let me start by saying I love to play new clubs. In the past few years I have played 909D2, Ping G10, G15, G20, and I20 with a VTS shaft upgrade, Taylor made R11 with a Matrix Radix X shaft, a Cleveland and Cobra Amp and have hit countless others. Currently I play MIURA 501CB’s IRONS which I will never get rid of. Needless to say I like good golf equipment. With only one round on my Nike Covert it’s the best driver I’ve played in the past 5 years hands down! I Loved this driver!!

  5. J

    Feb 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Hate Nike gear… Hate it. Always have. Searching for a particular shaft now after hitting the Covert.. Love it. Hands down, love it. Still going to game a Cobra Amp Cell… But this will be in the stable for sure. And will seriously find some playing time.

  6. Geoff Callow

    Feb 18, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Having got more confidence in my swing following a series of lessons and lots more practice over last 6 months to try and get my h/c down from 19 (need to hand some cards in but I am guessing will be at least a couple of shots better) I went to replace my old Nicklaus driver with a new one this weekend and got custom fitted. Did not get on with the TaylorMade RB2 or the new Ping and for me clearly best were the Callaway XHot and the Covert. Hit it well with both but got less sidespin and a better launch angle, plus more distance more consistently with the Covert so went for that. It really is a nice club and look forward to playing with it on course and seeing if it delivers!!

  7. Eramus Tilley

    Feb 16, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I’ve been testing the VR-S Tour for the last few rounds I’ve played and have been absolutely roping it. Definitely going to put one in the bag. Great club. Loft adjustability is unparalleled and the whole thing is clean despite the red paint and swoosh.

  8. paul

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I tried the tour model today. also tried the g25 and the callaway xhot. g25 longer and straighter then the Nike. Nike felt heavy. Ping g25 had faster club head speed by 3-5 miles per hour.

  9. Bill Gabbert

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I agree with some of the post here but this is what I think. Most big OEMs pay a lot of money for the pros to play their stuff, thats fine. But most weekend golfers will never get the potential of any of this equipment. I was one of the guys who had to have all the newest, greatest stuff coming out each year. But I releazied over the years I was shooting lower scores because I figured I had the best stuff out there so I didn’t have to practice. Wrong. Started taking some lessons and practiced a lot more and BAM, I got better. And that was with 4 year old equipment. So IMHO, get fit by a qualified fitter and take some lessons and get off the couch and practice, this will save you some money in the long run and make you a better player, IMHO.

    • Bill Gabbert

      Feb 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Meant to say I wasn’t shooting lower score.Sorry.

  10. tim

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    had covert for two weeks now….hands down best driver ive hit in last 5yrs… ball speed up spin down and ss up as well…gain 15yds with a higher loft setting than ive used since i was 12…dont knock it bc you dont like nike bc of who they endorse… been hitting all nike clubs for 6yrs now… true nike golfers know how good products are all the rest of you can fall in line with taylormade and all the other bs products out there….long live tiger and rory

  11. Kris

    Feb 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Bought it today. Love it. Was 104 ss, went to 108 with this, and got Performance head with KK Silver 60g X shaft, and went dead straight all the time, 10+ yards farther than any other club I hit but the XHot, which was as long but much higher dispersion.

  12. lloyd

    Feb 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    IVE HAD A CHANCE TO HIT THE COVERT TOUR DRIVER AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED THE RED CROWN IS NICE ITS NOT A BRIGHT RED BUT LIKE A DARK CANDY APPLE AND AT ADDRESS YOU DONT NOTICE THE SWOOSH EVEN THO IT LOOKS COOL. I TESTED IT AGAINST THE TITLEIST 913D3 AND THE TAYLORMADE R1 ON TRACKMAN THE NUMBERS WAS GOOD BUT THE BEST THING IS IT FELT SOLID AND BETWEEN THE TITLEIST AND THE COVERT IF I WAS BLIND FOLDED I WOULD BE ABBLE TO TELL THE DIFFRENCE BOTH PRODUCED THE SAME NUMBERS. WHICH WAS BOTH 25 YARDS LONGER THAN THE R1. THE R1 WAS VERY LOUD ON IMPACT BUT THE COVERT HAD A NICE DEEP SOUND AS YOU WOULD GET WITH A TITLEIST. BUT SAYING THAT IVE READ OTHER REVIEWS ON THE COVERT SAYING ITS JUST LIKE THE TITLEIST 913 WHICH IN MY BOOK IS ONLY A GOOD THING

  13. Bill Henwood

    Jan 31, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I know the concept of a cavity back wood works because I patented it back in the early 90’s for the then Toney Penna Golf Company as The Innovator. Jack Nicklaus started playing it at the 1992 AT&T National Pro Am and liked the driver so well he acquired the company from Nathaniel Crosby and Nelson Doubleday, forming Nicklaus Golf.

    There is no doubt the concept produces a boring launch with less spin. The further back the CG is placed increases launch but produces more spin, even at lower lofts. The real benefit is that the cavity produces increased heel and toe weighting thus making the head more stable at impact. I know and worked with Nike’s top engineer, Tom Stites for several years and I’m quite sure he has fined-tuned this new model to maximum performance. I’m also sure that this could also become a category killer this season.

  14. Preston

    Jan 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Nike has done nothing but produce sweat shop crap for years. The only reason they can continue to push this stuff on us is because they have so much money from apparel. It also doesn’t hurt when the worlds 1 and 2 play them. Nike will never get a dime of mine but they could give me 200 million to miss cuts. Ill spend my money on real golf companies I.e (titleist and ping )
    Good luck selling this crap on eBay to all the red driver guys

    P

    • CTplayer

      Jan 29, 2013 at 2:32 am

      If they’re so crappy then why are you reading this site!?!

    • footwedge

      Jan 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Titleist and Ping – also mostly from sweat shops.

  15. Danny

    Jan 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

    The only thing that helps a hook or a slice is practice. Also, every year drivers get longer and longer. They say “this is 15 yards longer than 2012” well at that rate everyone will be hitting 350 yard bombs if they keep it up. Stop wasting money on these clubs and take a lesson.

    And while I’m at it.. Who gives a crap about hitting irons and fairway woods +20 yards further than xxx. Don’t people want precision? Who cares whether you hit a 8 iron or 4 iron from 170 as long as its straight. These manufacturers are marketing to people that are in search of the wrong things.

    I’m only being 1/2 serious with this but some of what I spew may be true

  16. Danny

    Jan 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Seriously, does anyone believe Nike’s claims? Every product they make has claims that aren’t true. Jordan’s make you jump higher, uniforms make a team faster, square drivers make the ball go straighter (yet that technology only lasted a year), or irons that have slingshotting ability.

    Nike is a marketing company that pays billions to market to dreamers who think that buying their items will improve your sport. They got into golf and paid the two biggest names because golf is full of weekend dreamers who think that buying a shiny driver is their path to lower scores. The fact is, this technology will last a year or two and those same people will be next in line for the latest and greatest stuff Nike “created”

    • Chad

      Jan 28, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Believe what you want. I have hit these Coverts on a launch montior and all I can say is WOW and this coming from a lifetime Nike detractor.

      • Tim

        Feb 28, 2013 at 6:24 am

        Yep…..I will be 1 of the 1st in Aust to test and have the performance version in my bag. They are a game changer…..no marketing bull 🙂

      • ce ECE

        Jun 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm

        very heavy. if you are under 40 and really accomplished then it is very nice. for a scratch who has lost a bit of velocity at 45, it is heavy and the driver kick point will take work on range to time with a new tempo.

        ECE

    • CTplayer

      Jan 29, 2013 at 2:31 am

      Didn’t you notice that almost all technology only last a year or 2, or should I say, evolves! That’s why it’s called science because it keeps changing… unless maybe you’re still using an 8 track tape or a dial-up modem!

    • Cliff

      Feb 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      And this makes them different from other major golf equipment manufacturers how?

  17. Michael

    Jan 28, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Someone explains physics to me. Most OEMs say they move more weight to the parameter, hence moving COG backward and making the club more forgiving. Now, Nike says they moves COG forward, thus making the club more forgiving.

    Kudos to Nike. I love innovation. Just someone please explains physics part to me.

    • Kris

      Jan 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      I believe COG is more to do with launch and spin. Moving mass to the perimeter is to widen the sweet spot and add more forgiveness to non-centre hits.

      Physics-wise, when mass is toward the perimeter there is more behind the ball when it hits toward the edge. Imagine throwing a bar-bell hard(ish, not enough to break anything badly) at a 2×4 hanging vertically in a doorway, but that one side has a 1kg weight and the other side 5kg (same size bells). 1st you throw it so that the 5kg end hits the 2×4. Then you replace it with a new 2×4 and throw again with the same velocity but so the 1kg end hits the wood. Which will do more damage to the wood? The 5kg bell end of course. Why? Because more weight is behind the strike (the overall mass/energy hasn’t changed, just the placement relative to the impact). When the 1kg end hits, most of the energy goes around the 2×4. In fact, I bet if you did this experiment, my hypothesis is that at a certain energy/velocity, the 5kg end hitting would die and land just beside the 2×4 (maybe a tad behind), whereas the 1kg strike would spin away and end up well behind the 2×4 and a fair bit to the side. For a golf ball, on off centre hits with tradition clubs it’s like hitting with the 1kg end; much of the energy goes into twisting the club and not accelerating the ball. With perimeter weighted clubs, it’s like hitting with the 5kg end; there will be some loss of energy, but not nearly as much.

      Sorry for the inelegant example.

      P.S. If club companies were really smart (for forgiveness on left/right misses AND high/low ones), they’d have clubs where 90% of the mass was split between heel/toe/sole/crown and all of it at the compass point extremes. Imagine very thin blade irons with globs of lead on the very centre top, centre bottom, tip of the toe, and tip of the heel. Ugly as Mick Jagger in a tutu, but would be forgiving.

  18. kcslonghitter

    Jan 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I went to the Nike booth at the PGA show and I was amazed that the standard weight on the new covert heads where around 205 gram. the club felt real solid like a players club and not a consumer Model

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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