According to Nike Golf director of club creation Tom Stites, a pair of proprietary technology platforms is what enables the VR_S Covert, the latest iron offering from the Oregon-based equipment maker, to maximize distance, control and forgiveness. One is a high-speed cavity back and the way Nike engineers have moved weight to the corners of the club geared mainly for higher handicap players, raising the Moment of Inertia (MOI) in an effort to increase forgiveness and add even more distance on offcenter hits. Stites says that the technology is hidden “covertly,” so that the iron has a sleeker look at address even as it possesses all the performance advantages of a highly forgiving distance iron that is designed not to look like one. In addition, the company employs a NexCOR face with the VR_S Covert, to deliver faster ball speeds and longer shots from a wider area on the face. That happens as a result of variable face thickness, which expands the sweet spot not only in the center of the club face but also low and toward the toe, where most recreational golfers are likely to make impact. These irons are available from 4-AW and come with True Temper Dynalite 90 and Kuro Kage Black 70 shafts stock. And they include a dual bevel sole so that the club sits low to the golf ball, to prevent digging and allow the sole make a clean cut through the grass.