There is no mistaking the impact that Nike has had on the golf world and having a tour staff featuring Paul Casey, Trevor Immelman, Stewart Cink, Suzann Petterson, Anthony Kim, and oh yeah, some guy named Tiger certainly gives them a testing ground for new products that few companies can match.
Admittedly, Nike Golf hasn't had too many products in the past that I would have contemplated adding to my bag. That might be changing with the release of their new Victory Red line of irons.
Boasting a little something for a wide array of golfers, the Victory Red line very well could be the lineup that make's Nike Golf as synonymous as some of the other big names on the better player's irons spectrum.
Join me as we take a quick peak at the latest from the folks at Nike.
Nike Victory Red Full Cavity Irons
Featuring a "deep, full cavity design" with a wide sole and moderate offset, the Victory Red Full Cavity offer up a a nice blend of forgiveness and confidence for what Nike terms as the "average golfer." Looking at these from the address position, I thought they looked pretty good and were not "clunky" which is how I would describe a decent amount of the game-improvement irons on the market today.
Made from 431 Stainless Steel rather than the the more commonly used 17-4 Stainless, the full cavity clubhead design and Tapered Face Thickness positions the center of gravity further back and lower in order to facilitate a higher launch and giving you softer landing shots. The perimeter weighting has moved more mass to the edges of the club to increase the moment-of-inertia in order to give you more forgiveness on those pesky off-center hits.
Complete sets are available in a 4-AW for both righties and lefties in steel (R, S, X) with a MSRP of $799, $699 street and graphite (A, R, S) with a MSRP of $999, $899 street. Individual irons are also available with a #2, #3, SW, and LW in steel and #2, #3, SW, and LW in graphite. Standard grip is the Victory Red Grip from Eaton Grips and you can add these irons to your bag today.
Nike Victory Red Forged Split Cavity
For those looking for of a "player's iron, Nike has an offering for you with the Victory Red Forged Split Cavity irons. Featuring a split cavity design which keeps the weight behind the sweet spot for ball control and to give you added forgiveness.
The Victory Red Forged Split Cavity irons are made from 1025 Forged Carbon Steel and are machined to Nike's precise tolerances in order to optimize feel and accuracy. The CNC Milled Face "ensures uniform ball compression for consistent ball flight and distance control."
Featuring a sole design that is chambered to allow for better playability from various lies as well as to help you with making more consistent contact. In person, these irons look pretty sharp and I think Nike has an iron that should do pretty well not only for its tour staff but also for consumers.
The Victory Red Forged Split Cavity irons come in a set of 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts and carry a MSRP of $999, $899 street. You can also add a 2-iron as well.
Nike Victory Red Forged TW Blades
So, what's Tiger been up to lately? Why, working on new irons of course. Okay, perhaps not but his influence is seen directly with the new Victory Red Forged TW Blade. A traditional muscle back design that includes the instantly recognizable "TW" mark and featuring a center of gravity positioned to Tiger Woods' specs. Made from 1025 Forged Carbon Steel with a CNC milled face, the Victory Red Forged TW Blade "differs from Nike's original blades with a more modified backpad and a slightly thicker toe."
They look nice although I'm not a big fan of the larger VR logo on the back. No matter as these are way beyond my ability but for those better players who prefer blades, Nike seems to have a winner on its hands.
If these tickle your fancy, for righties anyway, you can get a set of 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts with a MSRP of $999, $899 street and while you're at it, add the 2-iron as well for about $113.
The Victory Red lineup looks to be quite strong for Nike as it offers something for just about every level of golfers. Graphically, they look sharp and for some reason, the red/black color scheme remind me of the the first Air Jordan's from my youth (1984 version to be exact - man I feel old).