The idea behind the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids was to be more big-headed. Not to say Nike have become arrogant in their designing, but rather they have embraced a "Linear Transition Design" that sees the head size and face height of the hybrids increase as the loft decreases.
From drivers to fairway woods, Nike have embraced this new idea. The thinking behind it is that the longer, lower-lofted hybrids play and look more like fairway woods whilst the higher lofted hybrids play closer to a long iron.
As you can see from the comparison below, the standard VRS Covert 2.0 hybrid now has a larger and more rounded look at address than the original model launched earlier this year.
“With the new VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids, the longer the shot, the more forgiving the club,” says Tony Dabbs, Nike Golf Global Product Director, Golf Clubs.
“When we looked at it, we realized it makes more sense, especially with a #2 and #3 hybrid, to produce ball flight that is more similar to a fairway wood. As the line progresses, the heads get smaller, and the #4 and #5 hybrids are designed to hit the green with a little higher trajectory and more shot-making precision.”
Reinforced with Nike's new Fly-Brace technology, the construction is stiffer than before. The Fly-Brace refers to the method of connecting the sole of the club to the crown. By securing this connection, Nike have been able to transfer more energy across the face and improve the MOI (Moment Of Inertia, or resistance to twisting) of the club.
The VRS Covert 2.0 Hybrid features Mitsubishi's Kuro Kage Black HBP graphite shaft. Nike say because the shaft has a higher balance point, the 70-gram can increase swing speeds without the need to increase length.
The standard VRS Covert 2.0 hybrid, below left, is offered in four different lofts ranging from 17 to 26 degrees, but is not adjustable unlike the Tour version, seen here on the right.