Despite falling down the stretch at the Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in the early portion of the 2014 season. Part of his return to form, of course, is gaining a bit of comfortability after his switch to Nike equipment.
So far this season, McIlroy has enjoyed success with his Nike Covert 2.0 Tour driver.
Originally released and unveiled for the 2013 season, the Covert driver's hollow internal cavity, which follows the same line of performance as the cavity-back iron, proved that Nike was willing to take a big chance with new driver technology in order to separate themselves from the pack.
The second iteration of the driver, released late in 2013, is an improved take on the design and addresses any of the flaws experienced in the previous design.
The focus in the 2014 Nike Covert 2.0 Tour driver, features bulked up Fly-BRace technology that strengthens the the cavity design, by adding support inside the clubhead. The Fly-Brace runs from the crown to sole, strengthening the entire clubhead and improving sound and feel to golfers that were a bit uncomfortable with the 2013 model's feedback to convert.
Also new and improved in the 2014 Covert 2.0 Tour (as well as with the line's Performance model) is the size of the clubface. The 2.0 Tour model is 15 percent bigger than last year's model, meaning much more room for error. Playability wasn't sacrificed with the increase in size thanks to the new version of Nike's NexCOR technology, which provides variable face thickness to allow for improved speeds and feel.
The final piece to the Nike Covert 2.0 Tour overhaul is the brand's FlexLoft system, which allows players to adjust lofts between 8.5 and 12.5 degrees.
The overall thoughts about the benefits of the cavity back design haven't changed in Year No. 2 of the Nike Covert, which, of course, is that it promotes minimal spin and are super forgiving. But the steps taken by Nike's design and engineering group have certainly led towards a number of improvements in the driver.
The Nike Covert 2.0 Tour Driver is available in retail stores now and retails at $400 for the Tour model and $300 for the performance edition.