Martin Hopley
By Martin Hopley

The Nike VRS Covert Tour is the first USGA and R&A conforming driver to feature high-speed cavity back technology. Based around three technology platforms, the VRS Covert is aimed at giving all golfers increased distance, control and forgiveness.

The Tour 430cc head comes in a visually stunning iconic Nike Red and with the crown hiding all the technology in the address position the golfer is given a clean and pleasing look belying the fact that the VR_S Covert is the most innovative club Nike Golf has ever produced.

The High Speed Cavity Back is derived from technology previously seen in irons but has now been incorporated into drivers for the first time by Nike Golf allowing the VR_S Covert Tour to sustain more stability at impact to deliver more consistent energy to the ball which directly translates to distance and control. The cavity back is ‘covert’ as it can only be seen from the sole view allowing for the classic crown which hides how Nike engineers have moved the weight of the club to the heel and toe to increase MOI for an extremely forgiving driver that maximises distance on off-centre shots.

Rob Arlna, Nike Golf’s Global Golf Club Business Director told us, “the VR_S Covert is a game changing piece of technology. It is visually exciting, it feels and sounds amazing and, most importantly, it creates power results with a high degree of control”.

An intuitive, fully adjustable FlexLoft system incorporates 5 lofts and 3 face angles in each driver with a simple pull, turn and push/tighten mechanism and thanks to Nikes Dual Axis technology loft and face angle are independent of each other gibing golfers 15 different options to suit their game. Correct selection ensures that all players can optimise their ball flights for increased distance and enhanced manoeuvrability.

The VR_S Covert Tour also boasts Nike’s NexCor face technology that has been developed to ensure faster ball speed and longer distance from a wider area of the club face through a variable face thickness that has moved the sweet spot to an optimal position high in the centre of the face where research indicates most golfers are likely to make impact.

The Tour version of the driver has a deeper face and a fixed weight screw not found in the larger 460cc regular model and comes with a choice of Mitsubishi Rayon’s new Kuro Kage shafts that are produced with higher carbon fibre density for superior control and power.

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Nike VR_S Covert Tour Driver - Product Details

Launch UK08 February 2013
Launch USA08 February 2013
Launch RRP£349.99
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, 12.5°
Right Handed Lofts8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, 12.5°
Lie57.5°
Head Volume430 cc
Weight203.5 grams
Club Length45.75 inches
Swing WeightD3, D4, D5
AdjustabilityLoft, Face Angle
Shaft NameMRC Kuro Kage Silver 60
Shaft WeightExtra Stiff (68g), Stiff (66g), Regular (64g)
GripNike Tour Velvet 360 2
Manufacturer's WebsiteNike Website

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