2014 Hot List: Game-Improvement Irons
Serious changes are evident across the board
NIKE VRS COVERT 2.0
LOFTS: 6-iron: 27, PW: 44
TECH TALK: A high-strength 450 stainless steel is used in the 4- through 7-irons to thin the face and improve ball speed (the 8-iron through wedges are 17-4 stainless steel).
(L) "Almost feels like a forged muscle-back. Plus, it compresses the daylights out of the ball." (M) "The sound was a bit muffled, but I could shape shots, which you don't always find in a game-improvement iron."
HOT: Technology, like weight in the toe to match the CG with the center of the face, is a plus. The option to add hybrids (for an additional cost) instead of long irons will help bogey golfers. But the biggest change is in looks. Often Nike goes over the top or stays too plain. This iron strikes the right balance.
NOT: The shaft length of the 4-iron is 39¾ inches. That's 1½ inches longer than some others in the category.