Nike Covert VRS 2.0 & Forged Iron Review

Nike Covert VRS 2.0 Forged Irons

The new Nike covert  VRS 2.0  Forged irons are now out and we were very interested to see what the forged VRS was like. Like last years product range, the 2014 range comes with an intermediate iron which is both forgiving and forged. The market seems to be calling for the forged irons to be available to the mid handicap range. I was particularly taken with the Callaway Apex which is of similar ilk in the game improvement iron category.nike_VRSCOVERTforgedirons

So what’s the Nike Covert VRS 2.0 Forged iron all about? Nike are still using the NexCOR face design which in their words delivers higher ball speeds on both centre and off centre hits. The head design has a lower, deeper centre of gravity helping produce both longer and straighter shots.  Nike’s focus was improving distance and forgiveness with the VRS forged irons to appeal to a broader market, giving the golfer who wants a forged feeling iron with the characteristics of a cast low COG forgiving iron. This being Nike’s first time of adding the NexCor high speed face design in a forged iron and the feel and ball speeds are really quite impressive. The performance of the Nike Covert 2.0 VRS forged irons have been further enhanced with balanced perimeter weighting via the deep cavity design.

Verdict –

The Nike Covert VRS 2.0 forged irons feel lovely; the ball speeds are very good on both centre and off centre hits.  Looks wise these are not for me – a little bulky for my eye but don’t let that stop you trying these out. The Nike Covert VRS 2.0 forged irons are going to be the one to watch this season. They have everything the intermediate golfer would want feel, forgiveness and for most, the looks are pretty good too. I like them for what they are and think they might even give the Taylormade Speedblades  a run for their money and those were pretty long!

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Irons

The Nike Covert VRS 2.0 irons are the big brother to the Covert 2.0 forged iron, aimed at the higher handicapped golfer who’s looking for a little more forgiveness and high ball speeds. Although the looks of the Covert VRS 2.0 irons are not the greatest, my complaints about this iron stop there. The performance of the deep undercut high speed cavity back,  hit the ball higher and straighter than last years model, combined with Nike’s NexCOR face design the ball speeds are very impressive no matter where you hit it on the face. VRS-Covert-Iron

Nike’s Blurb on the Covert VRS 2.0 irons

– x3x groove technology, grooves that are closers together and deeper giving the golfer maximum spin and ball flight

– Thinner no weld sole promotes greater distance and accuracy

– Deep cavity design features lower, deeper COG, added perimeter weighting to deliver longer, higher and straighter shots.

– NexCOR face design, the advance head construction incorporates variable face thickness which will deliver fast ball speeds.

Verdict –

The Nike Covert VRS 2.0 irons are great. They deliver what Nike says they will and apart from the looks of the bulky heads I can’t fault these irons. Although I was a little surprised to find the VRS 2.0 Forged irons a little longer it was minimal the difference between the two. We have to remember these irons were not designed for professionals and low amateurs. The Covert VRS 2.0 irons are designed with the game improvement golfer in mind. If you don’t mind the bulky looking heads, the high launching, forgiving and fast ball speed characteristics these irons have are the traits that every golfer will want,  so these need to be high on the list of irons of must try in 2014.

Callaway Apex Pro Irons

The Callaway Apex Pro Iron Review

The eagerly anticipated launch of the Callaway Apex Pro irons is nearly here, the low handicap players and professionals will love this new iron. As with most players irons they are not big, bulky and the longest in distance, golfers who would be using these irons don’t need distance, these irons are built for looks feel and workability. The short bladed, narrow soled irons have a small amount of off-set giving the player the ability to work the ball freely without fighting against a low COG or big off-set of the traditional improvement irons that would appeal to most. The Callaway Apex Pro irons are very similar looking to the previous model the X-forged when looked down at them but the looks stop there. The Callaway Blurb on the irons is that they have not only added the lower COG in the longer irons making them more forgiving, they have slightly increasing ball speed with the new design in the cavity making the face 17% thinner than the previous X-forged iron. read more »

Callaway Apex Irons Review

Callaway Apex Irons Review

Some of Callaway’s latest irons hit the shelves early December, one of which was the very sleek and smooth looking Callaway Apex irons. The Apex irons are aimed at those who want a forged iron but still require the power, forgiveness, consistency and feel that a cast iron just doesn’t quite give (although there are some coming out that I thought were very close) Recently I was able to test the irons with our trusty orange box Trackman in the background collecting some data for us, the video of my thoughts on the data and performance are attached later in the blog.

What’s it like? read more »

Taylormade Speed blade Review

The Taylormade Speed blade Irons

Well its that time of year again where we start to see new irons hitting the markets, and in true Taylormade fashion they have hit first with the new Taylormade Speed blade. From the previous model the RocketBladez they are going to be hard pushed to make a better iron when it comes to distance and performance, although there was a lot left to be desired when it came to the looks of the Rocketbladez. The rocketbladez & Rocketbladez Tour were the most used irons on the professional tour’s Taylormade had ever produced, so a telling sign of just how good these irons are is to see how many on the PGA Tour and European Tour pro’s make the switch in the coming months.

So what’s new? read more »

Customer Review – Custom Fitting

DRIVER AND IRON CUSTOM FITTING REVIEW

So I did it!!! I finally went for a club custom fitting. On the agenda, was an afternoon of testing drivers and irons with Head Professional Tom Motley from MotleyGolf based at South Cerney Golf Club, Gloucestershire.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME

To give you a little background about myself. I’m 33 years old and been playing for roughly 3 years. I have worked my way to a 7.8 handicap with the help and support of a fantastic coach and have started shooting in the mid-70s on a regular basis. After a year or more of experimenting with different options, spending silly amounts of money on club purchases via eBay and the local golf superstores, I finally decided to remove all doubts and seek help from a professional. read more »

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