Nike's latest line of irons, Victory Red, comes in muscleback, split cavity, and full cavity versions. The Split Cavity set appealed most to me with its promise of workability coupled with a little more forgiveness than the muscleback.
I like to move the ball a fair amount when I play. In fact, that's one of the things that I find most enjoyable about golf: picturing a shot and then executing it. While I don't always pull off the shot that I've envisioned, when I do it's a feeling as good or better than shooting a low score. So when I'm in the market for irons, I'm looking for a set that I can work when I want to. Still, I'm a realist… I need some forgiveness, too.
The Nike Victory Red Forged Split Cavity irons (aside from having way too long of a name) are designed to help players work the ball, positioned squarely in the middle of the Victory Red workability-forgiveness continuum. Common sense would tell you that the muscleback blades offer far more workability and less forgiveness than the full cavity irons. All of that perimeter weighing in the cavity backs helps reasonably well struck shots go straight, forcing the player to make more of a concerted effort to purposefully move the ball left or right. It's reasonable then to expect that the Split Cavity irons would offer a nice blend of workability and forgiveness.
Nike makes a point of emphasizing Tiger Woods' role in developing the VR irons. The obvious assumption is that if the world's number one golfer had a hand in creating the clubs, then they must be very good clubs, indeed. Let's find out if that's the case.
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