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.
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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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/20/21): Scotty Cameron Circle T
At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.
We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.
Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Scotty Cameron Circle T GoLo putter – in “gamer” shape and ready to rock.
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Scotty Cameron Circle T GoLo
Best irons in golf of 2021: The shotmakers
A new set of irons is the single biggest investment you can make into your set of golf clubs. At GolfWRX, to determine the 2021 best irons and their categories, we have compiled an expert panel of fitters to help you find out which of 2021 irons is best for your game.
In 2021, OEMs have continued to push the engineering envelope of iron design by utilizing new technology and manufacturing methods to create clubs that offer forgiveness, along with faster, more consistent club faces and launch windows. Not only that, but we are also seeing more segmentation of models from equipment manufacturers to help you determine your best set and/or set combination thanks to fitting.
These fitting options are important because irons are the key to better scoring and by building the perfect set, you create a cohesive group of clubs in your bag to help you reduce dispersion and hit it closer to your target.
That being said, ultimately the best way to find your personal iron set is to work with a professional fitter using a launch monitor. The difficult part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders—so at GolfWRX, we have done a lot of the work for you.
We are in the era of not just maximizing distance but also minimizing the penalty of common misses for each player—this applies to irons just as much as it does with any other club in the bag. This is why, now more than ever, custom fitting is essential to help you see results on every swing you make.
The methodology is simple: We want to give you the tools and information to go out and find what works best for you by offering recommendations for your individual iron set wants and needs with insight and feedback from the people who work every single day to help golfers get peak performance out of their equipment.
Best irons of 2021: How we did it
Before starting the process of building our best iron survey, we reached out to our trusted fitters to discuss how they sort through the endless number of iron options available to golfers. The consensus was clear—the best fitters in the world see all the options available in the marketplace, analyze their performance traits, and pull from that internal database of knowledge and experience like a supercomputer when they are working with a golfer.
It’s essentially a huge decision tree derived from experience and boiled down to a starting point of options—and it has nothing to do with a handicap!
Modern iron sets are designed into player categories that overlap the outdated “what’s your handicap?” model, and at GolfWRX, we believe it is important to go beyond handicap and ask specific questions about the most crucial performance elements fitters are looking at to help golfers find the best set of irons for them. From overall performance to shotmaking, to helping players achieve better trajectories and speed, we strived to ask the right questions.
These are the best iron categories we have developed to help you the reader determine what rankings are most important for your swing and game.
Best irons of 2021: The categories
- Most technology packed
- Easiest to launch
- Pure Enjoyment
- Best blade
- Overall performance
Best irons of 2021: Meet the fitters
Nick Sherburne: Founder, Club Champion
Clare Cornelius: Fitter, Cool Clubs
Eric Johnson: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Shaun Fagan: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Kirk Oguri: PGA Professional/ Club Specialist, Pete’s Golf
Sue O’Connor: Fitter, Cool Clubs
Scott Felix: Owner, Felix Club Works
Mark Knapp: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Ryan Johnson: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Eric Hensler: Manager & Fitter, Miles of Golf
Brad Coffield: Fitter Carls Golfland
Nick Waterworth: Fitter, Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop
Adam White: Co-Founder & Director of Club Fitting, Measured Golf
Scott Anderson: VP of Sales, Fitter, True Spec Golf
Matthew Sim: Director of Operations, Modern Golf
Ian Fraser: CEO & Founder, Tour Experience Golf
Mike Martysiewicz: Director of Club Fitting & Building, Tour Experience Golf
Shawn Zawodni: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Ben Giunta: Owner, The Tour Van
2021 best irons: The shotmakers
Each one of these irons was designed with a single purpose: to provide the ultimate shotmaking weapon. You don’t have to be a tour player to appreciate the pleasure of hitting a well-struck shot with a club engineered to offer superior feedback. This category is all about control—and that doesn’t mean it “has to be a blade.”
Their story: To build the TaylorMade P7MC irons, the manufacturing process incorporates a 2,000-ton pressure forging to ensure the feel and sound is dialed in. This iron is all business, and anyone comparing this to the smaller P7MB (blade) will notice its slightly longer heel-to-toe length, and just a touch more offset which makes it a great candidate for gapping.
It offers a crisp feel at impact and the workability of a blade iron, but in a platform that still offers forgiveness on shots hit outside of the middle. Looks, feel, and workability—it’s all here.
From the fitters
- This iron is compact, clean, and offers a superb feel. The P7MC allows better players to have the confidence to hit the shots they want, while still having enough forgiveness hidden in the design to help with forgiveness.
- It’s bare-bones clean and delivers exactly what you want and expect from a small forged cavity. I should also mention that it feels soooo good.
Their story: The Srixon ZX7 provides a compact squared-off blade profile with a thin topline to frame the ball and inspire confidence for those who prefer workability over maximum forgiveness. The “tour cavity” construction places mass where it’s needed for feel and acoustics while removing it from other places around the cavity to increase stability in the small forged cavity back.
The other piece of technology, which Srixon is using to maximize performance, is tungsten in the toe of the mid and long irons to condense more mass towards the toe for extra stability without having to extend the blade length. Using tungsten isn’t new, but when the goal is to minimize size while maximizing stability, it’s a complete necessity at this point, and Srixon does a great job utilizing it in the irons.
From the fitters
- You can call your shot and hit it with the ZX7, and even when you miss a bit we still see nice results. The camber built into the (VT) sole allows for great turf interaction and the ball comes off fast.
- Even though the Srixon “7” iron has always done well, the ZX7 feels like a big next step in feel and performance.
- Amazing players iron that offers more ball speed and forgiveness than a lot of other irons in this category. Thanks to the center of gravity and slightly stronger lofts, it’s a top choice for elite players who want distance and need to control spin.
- This iron has replaced all other better player forged cavity back irons for looks and performance. I dare you to find a better performing forged cavity of its size.
Their story: Built from the ground up with direct input from Titleist’s PGA Tour staff, the mission statement from the design team for the T100 was to simply create “the best performing tour iron ever.” With a shape that is distinctly Titleist but completely redefined as far as offset, top line, sole width, camber, and blade length, the T100 gives players looking for a tour performance iron more playability than ever before.
The irons are co-forged with large amounts of tungsten (66 grams on average in the 3- 7-irons) in the heel and toe, and it looks a lot more like a single-piece forged player’s cavity back than a multi-piece forgiveness monster—but looks can be deceiving. It has the thinnest face Titleist has ever built into a true forged players club, which allows designers to push more mass around the head and create greater ball speed.
From the fitters
- The T100 is a classic, clean-looking iron that packs a punch. From the address position, you would have no idea this iron has so much forgiveness packed into it.
- This iron typically launches a little higher than some others in this category, which is great for lower ball flight players who are in need of more spin, and on the other side of things, there is the T100S model that delivers with less spin and a lower flight.
Callaway Apex MB
Their story: The Callaway Apex MB is forged from 1025 carbon steel with a classic shape that is similar to other blade irons from Callaway’s past, but this time with a slightly narrower sole and less offset. Another improvement is the 20V grooves ensure optimal spin control in and out of the rough.
The centrally located weight screw in the back of the head allows Callaway builders to maintain the precise center of gravity locations when adding or removing weight from the irons—it’s not a new idea, but it’s one that is key to allowing the irons to be dialed into spec for each golfer.
From the fitters
- In my opinion, the Apex MB is the best-looking blade on the market. It’s also very easy to work the ball in any direction you want.
- The central weight screw for adjusting swing weight has been great this year for quality control and to fine-tune during fittings. Although not everyone is sensitive to swing weight, this feature allows us, and secondly the builders, to get things just right.
Mizuno JPX921 Tour
Their story: The 921 Tour is about subtle refinements to deliver familiar performance with improved feel and looks. The iron is designed with the feel, flow, and performance of the MP series but with greater clubhead stability and a different player in mind. The MP could still be considered the “traditionalist” iron, whereas the JPX Tour caters to a more aggressive player needing a little bit extra help on occasion but still wanting a smaller-looking iron.
Mizuno’s Stability Frame design allows the 921 Tour to offer greater forgiveness (higher MOI) than the MP-20 MMC without the multi-material construction. The iron achieved flow from top to bottom by narrowing the soles in the shorter irons and ever-so-slightly increasing the width in the longer clubs—not something noticeable from address but a feature that helps with ball flight control and shotmaking.
From the fitters
- The 921 Tour provides Mizuno MP looks and feel with a lot of extra stability. The satin chrome look has also been a massive hit with golfers who like a stealthy look over a shiny chrome.
- First, it was the 900, and then the 919. Now with the 921 Tour, Mizuno has combined the best of both previous irons to create a stable yet workable tour-level iron.
Adam Scott gives in-depth breakdown of his WITB
Adam Scott has a new podcast, ‘FairGame’, where he discusses a range of topic related to the game of golf, and episode 4 features a video that is a gearheads’ dream, with Scott breaking down his 2021 Masters WITB in stunning detail.
You can check out the video below for Scott’s full breakdown at the end of the article. Subscribe to the podcast here.
Before the Masters, Adam Scott swapped his trusty Titleist 680 irons for the brand’s 620 irons which surprised many golf fans.
In the video, filmed after the Honda Classic, the Australian still has his 680 irons in the bag, suggesting that his decision to change for Augusta came very late. Scott explains that his choice to game the 680 irons consistently is an “aesthetic thing” and that he prefers the offset look of the 680s.
It’ll be interesting to see what irons Scott has in the bag the next time he tees it up, as he reveals he has talked to Titleist about “bending, offsetting to the 620s”.
Adam Scott has a four wedge Vokey setup (48 degree PW, 52 degree, 56 degree, 60 degree).
His 48 degree 10F wedge, he describes as “your pretty standard” wedge and “nothing fancy happening on the sole”, while his 52 degree 12F wedge, Scott says has a little more bounce but a similar sole.
Scott says his 56 degree 10S wedge has a little relief in the back of the club to provide some versatility to manipulate the face, while his newest wedge is the 60 degree 12D wedge that the Australian says has a very strong grind on the sole.
Per Scott, this provides more forward bounce and it also has relief in the heel to open up the clubface and “take some of the bounce away from the heel.” The Aussie says he put the new wedge in the bag to keep the club more square.
Scott plays all of Titleist’s new TSi woods, which he put in the bag around September, and calls the clubs a “good improvement” on its predecessors.
The 40-year-old initially played the TSi3 driver, then TSi4 and now plays the TSi2, which he says is “probably the most forgiving” of the family for tour pros.
Scott has the club at 9 degrees and in an A2 position (just upright, but standard loft) after playing around with the position a little bit, and he has settled on the Ventus Red shaft – which he enjoys for its soft profile so he can “feel” the shots.
On his TSi2 7-wood, Scott says it’s the first time he’s gamed a lofted wood since he was 14. The club is 21 degrees set at D1, making it “around 20.5 degrees”, says the Aussie, who loves that he can land the ball softly from the 240-yard range. The club is equipped with a 100g Graphite Design DI 10 X Flex shaft.
Scott says his current flat-stick is based on his 2013 Masters’ winning gamer. His Scotty Cameron Xperimental Rev X11 features a slightly smaller head than his putter from eight years ago, and Scott explains the reason for that is his putter length is 45 inches, 4 inches shorter than his 2013 putter.
The Aussie calls the putter, which he began using at Riviera this year, incredibly stable with a super high MOI and very forgiving.
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