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Nike Golf reported in the first week its new VR_S Covert drivers debut across the globe on the PGA and European Tour, eight players put it in play. Three out of five Nike athletes at the final stop on the 2012 PGA TOUR trusted it, while at the Singapore Open, five out six players put it immediately into play. While each of the players went with the VR_S Covert driver, they incorporated individual modifications for performance improvement. 

According to Nike, Paul Casey tried out the VR_S Covert drivers during the practice rounds in Singapore and decided the VR_S Covert Performance driver worked best for him with the loft set at 10.5-degrees and the face angle set at neutral. He is someone who needs loft to produce enough spin to control the golf ball, Nike said. With too little spin it is very hard for him to work the ball both left to right and right to left. He found what he feels is a very good combination of launch and spin that does not over spin when he cuts it, and does not spin too little when he draws it.

Simon Dyson has his VR_S Covert driver set at 9.5-degrees with a neutral face angle. He switched to the 2013 20XI-X ball a few weeks ago in Portugal, Nike said, because he saw speed and distance gains. The new ball coupled with the VR_S Covert driver was producing as much as 18 yards farther than his previous combination, according to Nike Golf. 

Scott Jamieson went with the VR_S Covert Tour model as the head fit his eye and performance needs. He decided to set the driver at 10.5-degree loft with a neutral face angle. Nike said he found that the VR_S Covert Tour driver had less of a tendency to go left. Jamieson, Nike said, felt he was able to go after it more and not lose it to the left.  He also liked the flatter ball flight trajectory he was producing with the VR_S Covert Tour.

Pablo Martin went with the VR_S Covert set in a loft of 9.5-degrees and a face angle set at “right.” He kept the stock Kuro Kage Silver shaft in the driver and found that it gave him more shots (both height and direction). He also put the 2013 20XI-X ball in play in Portugal, Nike said, because of the distance gained with this golf ball. The 20XI-X ball coupled with the VR_S Covert driver, made his ball speed jump almost 3mph resulting in 10+ yards gained in distance, according to Nike Golf. Martin said he liked the driver so much he tried out the VR_S Covert Tour fairway woods and put into play immediately a VR_S Covert Tour 13-degree 3-wood with the face angle also set to “right.”

Francesco Molinari put into play a VR_S Covert Driver with an 8.5-degree loft and a neutral face angle.  The new driver coupled with the 2013 20XI-X golf ball he has in play produced more speed and approximately 10 more yards of total distance in his initial testing, Nike Golf said.

Stewart Cink showed up at the Children’s Miracle Network with the VR_S Covert driver in the bag. Cink had the loft set at 10.5-degrees and is using the stock Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver shaft in 60X. Being a low spin guy in the past, Cink chose the performance model of the VR_S Covert because he needed more spin to find his ideal launch angle.

Kevin Kisner hit the VR_S Covert Tour very well during his practice rounds, Nike said and decided to put it in the bag at Disney. Kisner is said to be going through some swing changes, which was making his launch angle too low with his old gamer driver. With the new FlexLoft system on the VR_S Covert driver Nike Golf was able to get him into more loft to produce a more desired ball flight with more distance. He went with 10.5-degrees and a Graphite Design BB6X shaft.

Patrick Reed also tested out the new VR_S Covert drivers  at Children’s Miracle Network and decided to put the VR_S Covert Tour driver in the bag. The Nike Tour van ended up shortening the driver length on his VR_S Covert Tour driver to 43”.  This change helped him hit it straighter and longer than his old gamer, it said. Reed went with the VR_S Covert Tour 10.5-degree (UST Attas 80X).