Nike VRS Covert Forged irons
Nike Golf’s VRS Forged irons achieved a high profile in 2013 because several PGA Tour players, including Tiger Woods, played one or more of the long irons.
Woods, who alternated between a VRS Forged 2-iron and a VRS Covert 5-wood, often used the 2-iron for accuracy off the tee on shorter par 4s. He could hit his patented “stinger” shot or he could launch the ball up in the air.
For many amateurs, the up-in-the-air part of the equation is very attractive. The VRS Forged – available in full sets from 4-iron through A-wedge – is a cavity-back forging with minimal offset. It exhibits excellent feel and has earned a reputation for producing high, soft shots.
For 2014, Nike has a new VRS Forged model. It is called VRS Covert Forged, and Nike will be describing the iron as “longer and hotter” in its advertising and promotional materials. This is Nike’s first forged iron with the company’s high-speed NexCOR face, which uses variable face thickness to amplify trampoline effect.
All this could be somewhat misleading, because VRS Covert Forged remains a precision iron that should appeal to many skilled players. It is not intended to be just a distance iron.
Golfers will see Nike’s version of a pronounced undercut in the back cavity. This undercut allows the back of the club to retain a clean, uncluttered look.
Along with a center of gravity that has been shifted more toward the center of the face, the undercut is responsible for soft feel in these new irons.
Nike also has reshaped its X3X groves, maximizing spin to achieve ball flight, particularly in the long irons. The new grooves, according to Nike, also improve the dispersion of long-iron shots.
The stock shaft for the VRS Covert Forged irons is Nippon’s 950 GH steel shaft. The standard eight-club set includes a 4-iron through A-wedge.
The retail price for eight irons is $1,100. VRS Covert Forged irons are scheduled to be available to consumers on Jan. 31.