Golf World Players Hot List

2014 Hot List: Blade Irons

Technology has allowed even muscle-back irons to have a hint of forgiveness to go with classic looks

February 3, 2014
Editor's Note: For the first time in 2014, Golf World has produced a Players Hot List for lower-handicap players. This is a separate process than the Golf Digest Hot List, although in some instances, the same clubs were recognized.

Hot List: blade irons: Nike VR Pro Blades

Nike VR Pro Blades

LOFTS: 6-iron: 31, PW: 47

TECH TALK: Forged from 1025 carbon steel, the face on each iron is milled to achieve a flat surface. The X3X grooves (with more that are deeper and closer together to enhance control) are pressed into the face to achieve a tight tolerance with little variability.

A beautiful club. It feels like a forging from the 1970s but with the precision of a modern iron." . . . "I can feel the head throughout the entire swing. I like that."

HOT: When your iron is used by the two most recent No. 1-ranked golfers in the world, you're doing something right. The attention to detail in the manufacturing process is not lost on the better player.
NOT: Distance might suffer, as the lofts are weaker than most.

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