May 23 2013
Nike Golf is providing players different sole grind choices on wedges. (Courtesy: Nike Golf)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Looking to give staffers additional options from a variety of turf conditions, Nike Golf announced the addition of three new sole grinds — Standard Grind, Dual Narrow Grind, and Dual Wide Grind — to its VR Forged wedge line.
Nike decided to added the three sole grinds to the wedge after consulting with staffers Tiger Woods, Paul Casey, and Francesco Molinari.
Influenced by Nike Golf staffer Paul Casey, the Dual Narrow Grind has a narrow sole width with higher bounce and extreme heel relief. The wedge sits low to the ball whether the face is open or square, which is something Casey, who prefers to create a variety of shots with fewer wedges, was looking for.
The Dual Wide Grind was designed for golfers looking for a wedge that could handle soggy turf conditions. With feedback from European Tour staffer Francesco Molinari, Nike gave the Dual Wide Grind a wider sole with a low bounce, making it the easiest of the three grinds to use from any location around the green.
The VR Forged wedges is crafted from 1025 carbon steel and come in a satin chrome finish. It also feature Nike's high-frequency X3X grooves and a laser crosshatch pattern that increases surface texture, creating more spin from a variety of conditions.
Kyle Stanley recently had a set of custom VR Forged wedges built with the new Standard Grind. He would be the first to use the new grind in competition if they go in the bag at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.