Review: Nike Covert Hybrid
I put this hybrid in the bag with the rest of the Covert line. I was really impressed with the driver (review here), but initially the hybrid was just “meh”. I was hitting it OK, but it didn’t seem impressive. My swing wasn’t really dialed in and I just didn’t get comfortable with it on my first round. But after that first round and a minor swing tweak this hybrid came alive. I consistently hit it longer than any other hybrid. I hit it over 250yards off the tee, dead straight on a perfectly flat hole, with little roll. I couldn’t believe how long it was. I’ve since dialed it back to take a little distance off. I’m now playing it at 20* and getting around the 225 yardage with a little softer landing too. If I wanted to replace a 3-wood, this might be an option to play it at 17*. It would be so long.
The forgiveness and accuracy of this hybrid are excellent. The cavity back creates a high MOI and the tall face is excellent. There seems to be little distance loss on off-center hits. I hit this hybrid very straight. It was much like an iron in that regard rather than a wood. I’m guessing I’m like many other golfers that are more accurate with an iron than a wood. The Nike Covert plays like an iron for me. The thin sole width was nice for getting down on the ball like an iron too. Even at address the face looks like an iron with a red body. The smaller body also works well in the rough, it can cut right through the taller grass.
The Kuro Kage shaft is a nice 80gram hybrid shaft that is very stable and smooth. It is a true mid trajectory with plenty of kick. The spin seemed mid to low. I really felt like I could go after the ball with this shaft and head combo and not worry about losing it to the right or left.
The feel of the Nike Covert hybrid is closer than an iron as well. It feels really solid. It doesn’t have that hollow pop of a wood, but more thud like an iron. Initially that had me wondering if it was hot or not. It was hard to tell what was really going on, it has a different feel from the hybrids I’ve been playing. My guess is the smaller body, with much of it missing to the cavity back, there isn’t much volume to create that sensation. While the feel isn’t the hottest I’ve hit, the distance proves that it is.
If you are looking for a hybrid that can be dialed in to exactly what you need, this is the best option out there. If you go with the lowest loft it might be a 3-wood replacement, or you can set the loft up higher and use it to fill the gap between 3-wood and your first iron. While this club didn’t “wow” me on my first round with it, since then it has been spectacular. It is easy to hit, elevates quickly, and is long. The driver and fairway woods have been getting a lot of attention as Nike’s tour staff has them in their bags, but don’t over look this hybrid that can be dialed in perfectly to your needs.
For more information: www.nikegolf.com
+Solid iron like feel
+Fully adjustable hosel
+Super long in low loft setting
-Took a round to warm up to the club