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Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Irons Review
Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Irons Review: $551.99 (Used)
2nd Swing Golf Blog writer John Lahtinen reviews — and really likes — the 2014 Nike V_RS Covert 2.0 Irons.
While, of course, golf club manufacturers should and do incorporate the latest and greatest technology into each new set of irons they release, too often it seems as though many of them seem to make only cosmetic changes. They might provide the “awe” factor on the shelf, but the promises don’t really measure up “under the hood.”
But sometimes a manufacturer takes a good idea and just makes it even better. That’s the case with Nike and its new Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Irons.
Building upon its popular Covert line, Nike‘s 2.0′s offer everything you would expect from a game improvement iron (playability, added distance, forgiveness), but Nike Golf does so in an iron that doesn’t look nor feel like the typical game improvement offering.
If you are looking for game improvement irons that could double as a set of hybrid woods, you are barking up the wrong tree with the Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Irons.
Looks (9.5 out of 10 Rating)
Put simply, these are really good looking clubs. From the shiny chrome to the thinner topline to the subtle flashes of red in the Nike Swoosh and in the cavity, these clubs look classy anyway you slice it…err…uh… look at it.
And yes, if it matters to you, other golfers will want to come in for a closer look at these irons when they see you out on the range.
And while it really comes down to personal preference, I think the white Nike Tour Wrap Grips (Shown above.) look great and really add to the whole package.
Technology (9 out of 10 Rating)
Nike says it reengineered the 2014 Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Irons’ face with NexCOR technology and a high-speed cavity-back design to promote faster ball speed and longer, straighter shots.
Here’s a video explaining that NexCOR tech:
*The high-speed cavity back design features a lower, deeper center of gravity and enhanced perimeter weighting to deliver longer, higher and straighter shots.
*Featuring NexCOR technology, the advanced head construction incorporates variable clubface thickness that provides faster ball speed at impact.
*Precision engineering and construction offer superior distance and extreme forgiveness for a wide range of players.
*X3X groove technology features grooves that are close together and deeper on the clubface for maximum spin and ball flight.
*Progressive sole design for an optimum look at address and performance through the turf.
OK, let’s cut right to the chase here. Whatever the science brains at Nike did in creating these irons, the bottom line is these things are forgiving, workable, and long (as in reeaallyy long).
That’s what it’s all about, right?
I find that even on miss-hits – of which I’m, ahem, prone to from time to time – I still get solid loft, distance and even accuracy.
Performance (10 out of 10 Rating)
So, you already know I think these irons are long and forgiving. But, here’s some further evidence of their ability to perform well for players of all skill levels.
A buddy of mine, who plays to a single-digit handicap, played some shots while we were out golfing and had only great things to say about the irons from the look at address to the way he was able to work the ball – something often criticized in a game improvement iron by better players. He also commented that unlike other game improvement irons, he could actually feel the shot and the feedback. An aspect I also enjoy about these irons.
*Note about grips: A word of caution, if there looks like any chance of rain during your round, be sure to bring along a good towel as I found the Tour Wrap grips became very slippery when they got wet.
Final Thoughts (Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10)
While they are certainly aimed at average players needing more distance and forgiveness, the Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Irons really offer something for everyone whether you are a low, mid, or high-handicapper.
Their great looks and solid performance make the the Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Irons a must try if you are in the market for a new set of sticks.