New Nike VRS Covert fairway woods offer less spin, more distance

Nike Golf’s new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods are targeting golfers looking to add distance to their game.

Coupled with Nike’s high-speed cavity back technology, engineers have lowered the centre of gravity on the new clubs to promote a higher launch angle with reduced spin, which produces an improvement in distance gained.

“We worked closely with our athletes to develop tour-authentic fairway woods that were tested and proven in prototype form by our top athletes on tour in 2013,” says Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf Director of Engineering. “We’ve adjusted the profile and lowered the center of gravity significantly in both the Tour and Performance models. This update resulted in a spin rate reduction of approximately 600 rpm’s, which equals an average of about eight yards of distance gained for the average player.”

Nike Golf re-engineered the Fly-Brace design within the cavity back of the VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods similar to that of the VRS Covert 2.0 driver, re-distributing material from the centre of the club toward the heel and toe for increased stability. The Fly-Brace technology stiffens the chassis to focus flexing toward the variable thickness NexCOR face. The result is a faster, hotter face with higher ball speed.

The VRS Covert 2.0 Tour fairway woods feature Nike’s patented FlexLoft technology, a simple pull, turn, push-and-tighten adjustment system that allows golfers to choose their loft and face angle independently of each other, providing more range and versatility in the bag.

The second generation of Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage shafts are the standard graphite option for both models.  In the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour, the Kuro Kage Silver 70 graphite, featuring Titanium Nickel fiber in the tip section, creates more stability and lower spin.  The Kuro Kage Black HBP Graphite 60 shaft in the VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods features a higher balance point allowing for higher swing speeds without adding shaft length.

Nike Golf’s new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods will be available at retail January 31, 2014. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $269.