ClubTest 2013: Nike VR_S Covert Irons
Nike VR_S Covert Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $699, steel; $799, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-PW with True Temper Dynalite 90 steel shaft; 4-PW with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black 70 graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A blunt leading edge allows the club to pass through the turf without digging. The club appears sleeker than the VR_S due to a 16 percent narrower sole.
PLAYABILITY: Hits the ball as high as some of the hybrid irons in this category; performs adequately from all types of lies with a decent swing.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Lots of covert help keeps shots tracking on-line without much dispersion; among the straightest irons in this category.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The head delivers a muscular hit -- you don’t feel like you have to swing hard to get decent results.
FEEL: Lively face gets the ball up quickly, with plenty of giddy-up; every shot feels well-struck.
LOOK: The cavity back’s high-tech qualities are well-disguised at address, which is definitely a plus; a thinner topline and minimal offset give more of a game-improvement look.
A few testers find the head-heavy clubs to lack a little feel on shots around the green; the sunken cavity is a bit of an eyesore for some testers; although quite forgiving directionally, a minority of testers get more distance loss on mis-hits than expected.
BOTTOM LINE: An easy-to-launch, forgiving set that’s well suited for the player on the cusp of moving into the game-improvement category.
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