I like watching his video, but a lot of his reviews are mostly that he likes them or he thinks they're good - not too many bad reviews. Most of the negative aspects of his reviews pertain to sound, looks, or feel, which is mostly subjective anyway and should be judged by the golfers themselves. Nothing against Mark, but I would consider his "reviews" just him giving his 2 cents or just getting the opportunity to watch someone hit a new club.
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That's a pretty high mark up especially when Nike, themselves, sell them for $299 for the 460 head and $399 for the tour.
I hit both at the store a couple weeks ago. Love the look, but I didn't really feel anything 'extra' there though. That said, they were on different stiffness shafts than I hit normally.
I'll try more demos as they come available just to see. And this time bring my VR Pro Str8 fit for a side-by-side.
I have played the 9.5 Tour Version with a regular flex shaft for the past 3 rounds and can reliably say that I have not ever hit any driver further.. It did take a while to get used to the impact sound which is quite dull and "thuddy" sounding to me. Kind of reminds me of the Yonex drivers of old. But when looking at the results, I can certainly get used to the sound very very quickly..
That makes sense. I forgot to mention that when I visited The Golf Mart in my area, they were charging I think it was $349 for the 460 and $449 for the tour. The prices I mentioned could be off, but I know it was a lot higher than what was advertised by Nike and other major golf retailers. I even checked the shaft and it was the made-for-Nike Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in there. I also checked if other clubs were marked up but saw that the Titleist 913 and new Taylormade R1 were priced accordingly. Just the Nike was at a premium. Thought it was interesting.
I had a chance to hit both models of the covert. I like the look of the club, the red is actually quite well done and isn't distracting at all. However, I didn't like hitting the Tour model at all. The sound was tinny to me and it had a dead feeling to it. I hit it the same distance as my PING i20. The performance head was much better as far as sound goes. It has a solid smack sound that I really like. The feel was pretty good compared to the Tour model. It felt more solid but still felt kinda smushy instead of springy. If I had to hit this club I would choose the performance over the tour no question. But hitting my i20 after hitting the Coverts really put into perspective how mediocre both of the Coverts really are.
Same, the black looks much better. Not just the sole but that face is black as well. I've always preferred that.
The red color and the Swoosh aren't as annoying as I thought they would be. I think I even prefer the red, or at least there's something about it that I like more than the matte white color TaylorMade uses.
Golf Galaxy had a Nike guy onsite yesterday with the clubs that you could hit in the simulator and for trying it he was giving out a few 2 ball sleeves of new Nike Golf Balls.
I currently game a Cleveland DST Launcher and recently picked up a FTiQ on ebay. The sales guy started with my choice of heads (i choose the performance model) and configured it at 10.5 loft and neutral face angle. After hitting it for 2/3 hits and having a soft but playable fade, we closed up the face 1 degree and those produced excellent numbers.
Here is the comparison of the 3 drivers
All 3 drivers have the stock stiff shafts. My swing speed is somewhere in the 104~107 range.
Cleveland 9 deg. Nike 10.5 deg Callaway 10.5 deg
Best drive Total distance 282 295 275
Average over 3-4 drives 262 282 270
Number of misses 1 (hit it off the toe) 1 (hit it off the toe) 0 (had the tightest pattern)
*The simulator is typically 7-10% than real life, my best drives on the golf course are around 270 and the average is closer 240~250.
I gamed the Cleveland last year and I picked up the FTiQ about a month ago because I remember really liking the way it felt (and it was cheap on ebay) and I was hoping that a driver would give me a little more consistency.
I like the Nike club a lot. Having been the first person to hit it, I could see the ball impact spot on the face, and that being said, when I hit it off the heel, It didn't feel as pure as when I hit it in the middle of the face, so I am not buying that the cavity technology is as good as they make it sound. However, I will say that the adjustable face and loft did give me better distance than either of my current clubs. The color is nice, it isn't distracting, the swoosh is easy to get over. The shaft has a nice feel at the top of the backswing and the sound / feel at impact is very nice (like others have said, it feels solid)
I don't have the budget for a new driver this year (getting new irons) but if I did, having hit several of the new drivers, it would be a toss up between this and the new Ping G25.