Forget the red crown. Like the VR_S Covert drivers, the first thing every golfer is going to notice about the New Nike VR_S Covert fairway woods is the large cavity in the back portion of the sole.
"The goal when you design almost any wood is to help golfers hit longer, straighter shots," says Robert Boyd, Innovation Team Leader for metal woods and irons at Nike Golf. "So what we did here is create a 'High Speed Cavity' by removing material from the back of the golf club and moving it to the heel and toe areas, much like you would do with a cavity-back iron."
The result, according to Nike, is a unique sole design that helps to increase the club's moment of inertia (MOI) and allow golfers to create nearly the same ball speed on slightly off-center hits that they'll generate on shots hit on the sweet spot.
Like the Covert drivers, there are two versions of the club. The VR_S Covert fairways have a glued hosel, while the VR_S Covert Tour fairway woods have a hosel that allows you to separately adjust both the club's face angle (Open, Neutral or Closed) and its loft within a five-degree range. For example, this club will let you transform a closed-face, 13-degree 3-wood to an opened-faced, 17-degree 3-wood in less than a minute using the included torque wrench.
The adjustable-loft feature could be even handier in fairway woods than it is in a driver; you want to hit your driver as far as possible, but fairway woods need to be hit specific distances. By tinkering with the loft, you're more likely to find the distance you're looking for.
When it comes to ball flight, Boyd says the standard and Tour versions of the fairway woods will produce the same boring trajectory that should help golfers maximize distance.
"The other key feature is the NexCor face technology," Boyd says.
It's thicker in the center and thinner around the edges of the face to expand the sweet spot and, again, minimize power loss when you fail to make solid contact. However, unlike the Covert drivers which feature a titanium face, the faces of the fairway woods are made of a high-strength stainless steel.
"We're getting close to hitting the COR [Coefficient of Restitution, the measure of face springiness] limits on the fairway woods set up by the USGA, just like we are on drivers," Boyd says.
The non-adjustable VR_S Covert fairway woods will cost $199, while the adjustable Tour versions will cost $249. Both will come standard with Mitsubishi Diamana Kura Kage shafts and be in pro shops on February 1.