Nike's latest line of irons -- the VRS Covert 2.0 -- will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Jan. 31.
A larger cavity in the VRS Covert 2.0 irons moves more metal to the perimeter of the club head and allows for a larger face, which amplifies the 'trampoline effect’ and produces more ball speed at impact. Coupled with a larger cavity, Nike's proprietary NexCOR variable face thickness technology allows for greater ball speed off the face, resulting in more distance.
A new leading-edge bevel provides more sole area to hit through the turf. The design delivers an additional, effective bounce to the golf club, which is a crucial benefit especially in soft conditions.
The VRS Covert 2.0 irons feature Dynalite 105 steel and Kuro Kage graphite shafts with Golf Pride 2G wrap grips.
"What's impressive about the VRS Covert 2.0 set is that golfers can be aggressive and confident with these irons," says Chris Savage, Nike Golf Irons Innovation Engineer. "This set utilizes our largest cavity and thinnest perimeter to deliver higher ball speed and greater distance. We have also refined our leading edge bevel to make it easier for these irons to go through the turf. Throughout development, these irons have proven to be the best distance irons we have created to date."
Specifications: 4-AW, SW, Dynalite 105: S/R (RH/LH); Kuro Kage Graphite: S/R (RH/LH).
Street price: Steel: $700; Graphite: $800.
For more information, visit www.nikegolf.com.
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Question on my mind. And (for once), it's kind of a serious question.
What's the better fan experience this coming Sunday? The 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open (raucous, over-the-top, a controlled chaos and on Sunday - dramatic and intense) or being at MetLife Stadium at the Super Bowl?
Here are a few points to consider.
Fans: TPC Scottsdale will be full of college aged fanatics who will - well, be well-lubed by the time the leaders get to 16. The Super Bowl is price prohibitive for many fans of the teams. Will be lots of older, well-to-do executives filling the seats.
Weather: The weather in Arizona this time of year is pretty much ideal. There will be short sleeves, sundresses and probably a few shirtless fans wandering around the course. The Super Bowl forecast is cloudy, a breeze and temps in the low 30s.
Drama: If history is any indicator, there is a 50% chance that the Super Bowl will not be close. (I kinda made that number up). However, there is a 100% chance that the leaders will be playing together when they come through 16 on Sunday.
Music: You get the most creative and tone deaf songs from the gallery as they greet each golfer when they are announced on the tee box. At the Super Bowl, you get Bruno Mars. (Calling this one a tie.)
Gifts: Golfers often throw out balls, hats, ball markers, etc to fans along the 16th. Each fan at the Super Bowl will get a goodie bag filled with hats, earmuffs, towels, handwarmers, etc. Probably an edge to the Super Bowl, but not by much.
Traffic: Getting in and out of each venue.....going with the golf.
There are a host of other considerations, I'm not even advocating there is a right answer. That said, if you're headed to the Waste Management Open, I can assure you that your time is not taking a backseat to what is typically considered the premier event in sports. So see, golf = fun. Lots of it. Especially this coming Sunday.
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The eight-time major champion explained to Adams that he's currently unable to hit golf balls as the result of a mishap that caused him to jam, or dislocate his pinkie finger.
"I had a little accident yesterday," Watson told Adams."We were walking and I dislocated my little pinkie finger. I'm going up now to see the doc and get it X-rayed. I popped it back into place, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. It's a little stiff right now. It'll probably prevent me from hitting balls for a week or two, but other than that everything is good."
Nothing serious, it seems, but we'll keep a watchful eye.
Watson also talked to Adams about following PGA Tour events closer these days as the Ryder Cup gets closer and closer.
"It's been very interesting being a part of this process," Watson said. "You look at Scott Stallings winning on Sunday and he jumped from way, way back to 11th or 12th on the Ryder Cup points list just with that one victory. That's what's going to happen early on in the season. But the usual suspects are there. You've got the Johnson boys -- Zach and Dustin -- Dufner and Phil Mickelson are right up there. Jimmy Walker has one twice -- once at the end of last year and once this year. He's right at the top of the list right now. It's starting to gell out. The process from my standpoint, is to watch these players as they play, see how they deal with the pressure. That's the most important thing to me -- how these players deal with the pressure."
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