Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Hybrids
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 3 (20°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Reinforcing the cavity leads to a hotter face than in the previous Covert. The heads get bigger in lower lofts for added forgiveness.
PLAYABILITY: Simply excellent in all playing conditions; lashing mid- to low-trajectory shots still stop on greens; enough workability to satisfy most testers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The club all but acquits your bad swings; toe and heel strikes tend to curl back toward the target.
DISTANCE: Testers say it’s a marked improvement over the previous VRS Covert hybrid—one of the longest in the test; even marginal mishits take off with purpose and hit the ground running.
FEEL: Heavy head delivers a focused, bracing click at impact; well balanced during the swing and a bully through the turf; several testers like the tacky feel of the Tour Wrap grip.
LOOK: The top-ranked model; a chic red head that skews closer to a fairway wood than an iron; the technology is indeed “covert” at address; matching white grip is a nice touch.
The ball flight is too low for some panelists; the club approaches fairway wood head size—larger than a few would prefer; a couple of guys report accuracy issues.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the best hybrids in the test. Top-notch distance and aesthetics in a playable package—sports car looks and speed, with the comfort and dependability of an SUV.
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