ClubTest 2014: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Fairway Woods
Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (15°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The revamped “Fly-Brace” cavity support contributes to a livelier face at impact. A new profile moves the CG by 2.5 mm, which, in turn, reduces spin by 650 rpm.
PLAYABILITY: The VRS Covert 2.0 is one of the lowest hitters among the game-improvement fairway woods; the cavity in the sole is a non-issue—the sole interacts well with the turf, so the 3-wood is effective from most spots; many testers hit draws effortlessly.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: This club favors accurate to easy forgiveness; good swings produce consistent, dependable results, while poor ones get what they deserve.
DISTANCE: The longest wood in the test for a few participants; born-to-run shots travel on a hard, flat trajectory; center strikes can really fly.
FEEL: Testers experience a clean, quiet kick through the ball; subtle overall feel, with a low tone at impact.
LOOK: Smallish head is easy to set up—no shot is off-limits; styled for the young at heart; red paint job picks up quite a few fans—stands out in the bag without being distracting over the ball.
Low launch isn’t for everyone; doesn’t mask your flaws or cover up misses, and loose swingers may struggle to find the sweet spot; lacks a “Crushed it!” sensation, and some guys find the feel too muffled on solid contact.
BOTTOM LINE: This club is on the better-player end of game-improvement. It’s best for a grooved swinger looking to lower his ball flight.
NEXT REVIEW: Ping G25 Fairway Woods