Nike turned plenty of heads when they unveiled their red-headed VRS Covert driver earlier this year. Whilst the second-generation VRS Covert 2.0 may look very similar, it has subtle upgrades designed to make it faster and more forgiving than before.
Thanks to a new FlyBrace technology and redesigned face, Nike say they have added up to six yards more distance in the new model.
Whilst FlyBrace may sound like an inconvenient addition to your trousers, it is actually a new system developed by Nike to tie the sole of the VRS Covert 2.0 driver to the crown.
The challenge of combining the sole and the crown is more complex in Nike's world, thanks to the large, open cavity in the sole. The cavity design allows more to be added mass to the heel and toe portions of the driver, which Nike says adds more stability and ball speed across the entire face of the driver.
By using the new FlyBrace technology, Nike were able to stiffen the rear portion of the club and transfer more energy into the impact.
Those with a keen eye may notice that some minor tweaks to the aethetics of the crown. The alignment aid which was previously the word "Covert" has been changed to "2.0" and the famous Nike swoosh has been reduced in size and move to flow better with the shape of the crown.
The face design of the VRS Covert 2.0 has changed also. It is 7% larger than the original model and has been redesigned using Nike's NexCOR face technology. By varying the thickness of the face, based on where most golfers strike the ball, Nike say they were able to create a faster, hotter face with a larger sweet spot than before.
One thing that hasn't changed is the adjustability. The VRS Covert 2.0 features the same FlexLoft system as the original model allowing golfers to choose from five lofts ranging from 8.5 to 12.5 degrees, plus three face angles: open, neutral or closed.
Nike have paired the Covert 2.0 with Mistubishi's Kuro Kage Black HBP Graphite shaft. Weighing 50 grams, the shaft is available in four different flexes and features a higher balance point, which Nike says allows for higher swing speeds without the need to add shaft length.