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A well balanced game improvement iron that can help average players and also grow with improving and better golfers.
Designing a game improvement iron is like walking a tightrope. Lean too much towards forgiveness and golfers will criticize the looks. Lean too much towards a “players” design and it will be unplayable for the 15 handicapper. With the new VRS Covert 2.0 iron, Nike has walked that tightrope deftly and the reward is an iron that can be played by virtually any golfer.
Nailing the look of the game improvement iron is the hardest part, and Nike did a fine job with the VRS Covert 2.0 iron. The top line is thick, but not overly so. The sole is wide enough to give golfers a little help, but it’s still thin enough to be playable off any lie. Perhaps the best element of this iron’s look is the offset which is very modest for a game improvement iron.
When it comes to the cavity, Nike struck a good balance between classy and eye-catching. Game improvement irons need a little flash, and the red paint in the undercut delivers that. The rest of the cavity is filled with a design that calls to mind looking through the blinds in a noir film – an image that fits the Covert name well.
Sound & Feel
The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 irons do something that not a lot of game improvement irons do: they provide excellent feedback. When struck purely, these irons have a very crisp feel, a nice tight “snap.” When you stray from center of the face, the feel dulls significantly – a clear sign that you missed. Most forgiving irons just cover up the feel of a mishit which can be a confidence booster, but it does little to help the golfer improve his ball striking. This quality feedback is a big part of why the Covert 2.0 can appeal to a wide range of players.
While I’ve talked about the VRS Covert 2.0 primarily as a game improvement iron, Nike’s main focus with these clubs is distance, so let’s start there. These clubs are very long. PluggedInGolf has tested all of the top distance irons this year and the Covert 2.0 is equal to the best of them. On average, the 6-iron is nearly two clubs longer compared to a traditional players cavity back. As with many of the better distance irons, the Covert 2.0 spreads out this distance boost so that you won’t have to add two more wedges to your bag.
What I find more impressive about the Covert 2.0 irons is the way they blend forgiveness, ease of launch, and ball control. These irons definitely have plenty of forgiveness. You can miss the center of the face by a reasonable margin and still get really good ball speed and distance. You can catch it a little thin and still get a nice, high trajectory. What makes this iron unique is that you get this forgiveness, but you also get the ability to control the ball and hit a wide variety of shots. Of course, any iron can hit fades and draws, but many game improvement irons force you to really work to do this. The Covert 2.0 makes it fairly easy which is why I could see better players gaming these.
Finally, I want to point out how fun these long irons are to hit. Long irons aren’t usually fun, even for better players, but these are. They launch high on any kind of decent contact, and the NexCor face technology gives you lots of distance, even on mishits. Even if you love your current mid and short irons, you should give serious consideration to creating a combo set with these long irons.
The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 iron is one of those rare clubs that could be a great fit for virtually any golfer. It has all the distance to hang with the longest irons, the forgiveness to help the average players, and plenty of the characteristics that better players want as well. Whether as a complete set or part of a combo set, the Covert 2.0 iron is worth a look.
Price and Specs
The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 irons retail for $700 for a 4-AW set. The stock shaft is the True Temper Dynalite 105.