Nike introduces new line of clubs for 2014
Nike Golf unveiled its full line of equipment and apparel for the upcoming 2014 season on Thursday. The line spans most club categories -- drivers, irons, fairway woods, hybrids, and wedges -- as well as golf balls, apparel and footwear.
The new VRS Covert 2.0 drivers have already been used on Tour, most notably by Rory McIlroy. The drivers feature a cavity back design with Nike's new "Fly-Brace" technology, resulting in increased energy transfer at impact for more ball speed and distance on mis-hits. In addition, Nike included redesigned NexCOR face technology engineered to be hotter than previous driver faces. The drivers also feature FlexLoft adjustability, allowing players to adjust the loft within a range of 8.5 degrees to 12.5 degrees and choose among three different face angles. The VRS Covert 2.0 drivers come in a standard model ($299) and a Tour model ($399) for better players.
Following up on last year's VRS Covert irons, Nike announced their new VRS Covert Forged irons. Like the new drivers, the irons feature the NexCOR faces, which Nike says produce faster ball speeds that result in added distance. The high-tech faces are paired with lower center of gravity thanks to a high-speed cavity-back design.
The VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods also feature the high-speed cavity-back design, much like the irons and drivers, while the VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids use the company's new "Linear Transition Design," which allows for progressively smaller clubheads and increasing face heights.
Finally, Nike introduced their new VR X3X Toe Sweep wedges. Improving on their VR Forged wedges from 2013, the X3X wedges were designed with wider soles toward the toe and X3X groove technology, which Nike says create consistent shots with better ball flight and increased spin on the greens. All Nike's new clubs will hit retail shelves on Jan. 31, but the drivers are available for pre-order Jan. 9 on Nike.com.
(Photo: Crown - Courtesy of Nike; Sole - Manfred Koh)