SOME golfers are dubious about game improvement irons. They don’t like how they look, they think they feel horrible, they think they don’t allow them to manipulate the ball enough. Some wouldn’t be seen dead with a game improvement stick and they certainly wouldn’t suggest someone else should buy it.
But the new game improvers from Nike were out to silence the haters and they promised a good-looking iron that performed well with the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0.
When I heard Nike had upgraded its successful VRS Covert range I was excited to see how the sports giant could improve its successful line of clubs. When the mail room told me the clubs had been delivered, I was out the office faster than you could say Caroline Wozniacki.
For game improvement irons, these look great. They have a fat sole, which is to be expected, but the topline is relatively thin which means the club is nice to look down at. They look great from the back, or dangling in your bag, as the red Nike tick and cavity stand out, but not in a garish way, giving the club a classy, but not boring appearance.
For many, including myself, the appearance of irons is important as it dictates how confident you are as you stand over a shot. Everyone has their own style but I think these irons will be to the taste of the masses. Behind the ball, you hardly see the cavity and you would be forgiven for not knowing that you were about to strike a game improvement iron.
The most impressive feature of the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 iron, however, is feel. A soft, almost forged-like feel is sent back through the shaft and you can really tell when you’ve struck one properly. The club does not feel dead or chunky like so many game improvers do – in terms of feel, this club is top of the class and has a board full of gold stars.
Distance-wise, the club also excels. It was travelling two to five yards further for me than other game improvement irons I've tested recently which many will find particularly appealing. After all, who doesn’t want more distance?
I tried striking it from all parts of the face - I do that most of the time anyway - and, as you would expect, a huge amount of forgiveness is on offer. When struck poorly, the ball will still get airborne and will travel a reasonable distance. You also won’t get those shocking vibrations sent back from the clubhead.
These irons employ a white Golf Pride grip that is extremely tacky. You almost feel like your hands are glued to it and that will need to whip out a bottle of white spirit to free you from the things. They will split opinion but I liked it. After all, grips are there to provide grip.
If you’re a mid-to-high handicapper and want an iron which performs great, offers a load of forgiveness and looks nice then these are for you.
A game improvement iron that blows many of its competition out of the water. These irons look great, they ‘re long, they offer a nice feel and provide all the forgiveness a high handicapper will need.