September 12 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Nike Golf's latest equipment offering, the VR Forged Pro Combo, may look like your standard set of cavity back irons, but when you take a close look, you'll notice it's actually a progressive set that features a pocket cavity in the 3- through 6-iron, and split cavity in the 7-iron through pitching wedge.
According to Nike, TOUR feedback played a major role in the sound and feel of the long irons. To improve both areas, engineers added polymer — also known at The Oven, Nike's R&D facility, as "shot-making" gel — into the pocket of the 3- through 6-iron. The end result was an iron that had the sound and feel of a traditional blade or split cavity iron, with added forgiveness and improved ball speeds.
“Our Tour athletes wanted higher ball flight and better gapping in the long irons,” said Tony Dabbs, Nike's global product director, golf clubs. “We added the polymer to create a Tour-caliber set with long irons that are easier to hit, and players still see the profile they want at address without compromising on look, feel and sound.”
The 7-iron through pitching wedge have a profile that's similar to a blade at address. Whereas the pocket cavity in the long irons produces a higher launch angle, the split cavity was designed for a more penetrating ball flight.
The set also features Nike's X3X grooves, which add additional bite by positioning the grooves closer together and deeper for flight control and consistency.
Nike's VR Forged Pro Combo ($1,000) will be available Nov. 1 and comes with True Temper's new DG Pro (R300, S300, X100) — a progressive shaft set that has various weighting, step-patterns and bend profiles for each iron.