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Review: Nike VR Tour & STR8 Tour Driver

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I’ll start with the club we all want.  The Nike VR Tour .  It is the exact same club that the pros are playing.  I talked with the designers at Nike, the guys who work at the Oven and those who work personally fit the PGA players and there is virtually no difference between the VR Tour off the shelf at any golf store and the VR Tour that the pros play.  Obviously the pros get fit and the shafts get tweaked for their exact specs, but no different head.  Nike followers have been asking for tour clubs for years.  Going back even to the Ignite line of drivers, we all knew about the tour heads, but had very little access to getting those heads.  While we finally have the tour club we’ve wanted for years.  With that said, I’m going to guess that less than 5% of the golfing population would be best served by hitting this head. (Thankfully it fit me perfectly.) 

Here is why I think many golfers aren’t going to reach their full driving potential with this club.  The very first aspect will be the open face.  Mine sat about 1* open.  This will promote a left to right ball pattern (slice) from most golfers, especially since so many struggle with an over the top move and hit banana balls already.  This will only make it worse.  The second aspect is going to be the 420cc head.  It is compact with a deep face, but not the wide face that many golfers need.  Finally the low spin head paired with the Project X low spin shaft will cause many golfers to lose distance because of the lack of spin needed to keep the ball up in the air.

But if all those aspects appeal to you, as they do me, this thing is a cannon.  It is no longer a want, but a need.  I’ll admit for the most part I’ve been driving the ball well this spring.  Long and straight has been pretty common up to this point in the season.  But since the VR Tour has been in my bag it is longer and just as straight.  I play many of my rounds with Mr. Divots.  He regularly out drives me on normal drives by about 25 yards.  He will typically push 300 while I’m more in the 275 range, only once and a great while will I stretch close to 300.  But with the VR tour in play I’ve hit 300 at least twice every round I’ve played and even hit a few past Mr. Divots on good drives by both of us.  I’m getting great carry and tons of roll.  I’ve been hitting 5 to 10 yard baby fades with confidence and consistency. 

The VR Tour also brought the sound down to more normal muted ranges.  Still a tiny tinny, but so much better than the previous Nike lines.  The PowerChannel is the big new technology in Nike’s VR line.  I have no way of testing it or feeling it, but my on course results have been outstanding. 

If my swing gets fickle and takes a break, I would have no problems dropping the VR Tour Str8 driver in my bag.  This club is going to be what most golfers need.  Immediately you can tell the difference with the less pear-like shape and more rounded 440cc head and the STR8 hosel with 32 different settings.  With so many options where does one start.  It was very easy to use the new wrench with lights up and beeps when it is tightened properly.  The adjustment card is helpful picking the exact specs you want out of the 32 options. I decided that since my miss is typically a fade, and even though I hit the VR tour with the 1* open face really well, I would set the VR Tour Str8 to 1/4* closed.   It’s not much and it looks basically square to my eye, I was ready to rock and roll.  This face is just a little wider.  This driver has a little louder sound than the VR Tour, but still better than past lines.  I started hitting this thing down the center all day long.  I was short of the VR Tour by about 20 yards on good drives, was equal to poorer drives, but almost always finding the fairway.  What I really liked about this head was the confidence it inspired.  I was able to step up to the tee and know that I had the face just a little closed; I couldn’t hit the banana ball.  The ultimate test came on the 10th of a local muni.  I was making the turn and the starter pushed me off in front of about 35 high school golfers and their coaches.  There I am all by myself, teeing off as they had to wait for me.  The course had a pond that I had to fly on the right side and some trees on the left.  I’m not sure I’ve ever hit a more intimidating tee shot.   After a smooth confident swing the ball just exploded off the face right down the middle landing about 275 and rolling to a stop at 285.  I couldn’t have asked for much better.

When it comes to spec comparisons here are the differences

VR Tour Str8                 VR Tour 440cc                           420cc 9.5*                             9.5* D3                               D3 No alignment aid           No alignment aid VooDoo VR6 Stiff           Project X 6.0 45.5”                            45.5” VR Velvet Grip               Tour Cord VR Headcover                VR Headcover

I found the Project X shaft to be really stable smooth with a high kick point.  It played with really low spin and I felt like I had great control of the club.  The Project X is definitely a spin and launch killer.  The VooDoo VR6 is a mid kick shaft that felt a little looser and clearly had more spin.  But I was impressed how straight this shaft hit the ball drive after drive.  I think golfers should stay with their normal loft in either driver.  If you are on the border go up a loft with the VR Tour, but stay the same with the VR Str8 . 

I also liked the new headcovers a little better than past versions.  The top was easy to get on the head and instead of clipping to the shaft, the new magnetic flaps closed nicely around the  shaft protecting it from the other clubs in your bag.

If you’ve got game to play the low-spin, open face, smaller head driver, I’m not sure you’ll find a better driver on the market than the VR Tour, but if you need to adjust the face angle and could use a little more forgiveness, then you will be pleased with the VR Tour Str8.  Just because you can get a “tour” head, doesn’t mean you need one.  Be honest and get the one that fits your needs.  But if you can game the VR Tour, thank Nike for finally giving us what we wanted, and rest can get what they need in the VR Str8.

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Nike VR_S Covert and Covert Tour Drivers Review

It’s good enough for Rory McIlroy, is the Nike VR_S Covert good enough to make your bag?

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Nike Covert Driver Tour Sole

It was the name of the game about five years ago, thanks to square drivers, perimeter weighting, and a USGA restriction on the industry’s previous CoR and clubhead inroads. MOI was capped eventually, but even before hitting the max the OEMs turned away en masse. We haven’t seen anything quite so boxy in a while, and objectives seem to have turned. Companies got sidetracked towards adjustable hosels, colorful crowns, and innovative aerodynamics.

But it’s back. Ever since Karsten Solheim designed the original Anser putter way back when, the golf industry has been trying to find new and creative ways to distribute weight to the edges of the clubhead. Not just with putters, but with cavityback irons and woods as well. Until now they had to resort to odd shapes (namely, squares or triangles) or heavier tungsten inserts.

Nike says the Covert, and its rear cavity, has changed the game. Let’s take a look. Design and Technology For the less technically-inclined, moment of inertia is a mechanical property that describes how the weight is distributed throughout the body of an object. Moment of inertia is to rotational dynamics what mass is to straight-line motion. F=ma becomes T=Iα, essentially. The higher the moment of inertia, measured in g*cm2, the more of the mass is found towards the edges of the object. In 2006, the USGA capped horizontal (heel-toe) MOI at 5900 g*cm2. One of the few OEM drivers to hit the limit was the Nike SQ Sumo2 5900, Nike’s second generation of square drivers.

Objects with a higher moment of inertia are more resistant to twisting, which is (in part) why tightrope walkers hold a long pole, or why someone trying to stand on one leg will extend their arms straight out. In golf, an increased MOI means that the clubhead won’t twist as much on an off-center hit. In theory this should lead to longer and more accurate mishits.

Nike Covert Driver Cavity

Nike calls the technology behind the Covert’s increased MOI the “High Speed Cavity Back,” and it has been concealed under the crown (which is where Nike says the name “Covert” comes from). This is somewhat a diversion from previous attempts to increase MOI in that it’s completely invisible at address. The square shapes of drivers from Nike and Callaway as well as the Hi-Bore design that Cleveland employed were both radical changes from the normal crown, but Nike has managed to avoid that.

Nike was among the first OEMs to integrate an adjustable hosel into their woods, and they’ve been steadily improving the technology. This year they have come up with what is probably the most important innovation since inception of adjustable hosels themselves: FlexLoft. Using what they call “Dual Axis” adjustment, Nike has built substantially on their old designs. The hosel has two adjustable sheaths, both unbelievably simple. The top one has three settings: Open, Neutral, and Closed, while the bottom sheath has five: 8.5˚, 9.5˚, 10.5˚, 11.5˚, and 12.5˚, giving you 15 different options. This is great because you don’t need to carry around a manual to memorize the difference between “A2,” “B5,” and dozen other settings. Pick which direction you want, and decide how high you want the ball to go. It’s that easy. In addition, this allows Nike to combat post-purchase buyer’s remorse because you can change the loft at any time.

Lastly, the clubface is made of what Nike is calling NexCOR, a variable face thickness technology designed to deliver the maximum ball speed possible across the entire face.

Nike Covert Driver Tour Hosel

Esthetics In recent years, Nike has not been shy about giving their clubs a unique look, from the old silver PowerBow weighting to the innovative shapes. This year they’ve managed to hide the technology, but they have made an esthetic choice that is sure to be polarizing. The crown of the clubhead on both the Covert and Covert Tour is a vibrant red, with a microscopic speckling and a Swoosh logo near the hosel. Both Covert models are fairly simple at address despite the color, and have a tiny black “Covert” script for use as an alignment aid.

Nike Covert Driver Tour AddressWithBall

I wasn’t sure how I would adapt to the look of the Covert, but I can certainly report that it’s not a determinant to my feelings about the club. The “Covert” alignment aid is a nice touch, and the red color tends to fade away. It became “normal” within just a few shots. Even the Nike logo was gone from my sight after a short time, though I can see how it could be more of a sticking point for some people. When I do happen to look at it, the Swoosh screams at my brain. “Swing From The Inside!” and “Turn That Face Over!” it yells, I feel like I’m going to become Kenny Perry. I didn’t have a problem with hooking either Covert, but the placement of the logo made it seem like I was going to.

I have had a problem with many of the recent drivers from the companies that have made drivers with non-black crowns. The TaylorMades in particular just do not look right to me. Maybe it’s the white color itself or the matte finish they have been using lately (my current best guess), but for some reason the “titanium balloon on a stick” look of those clubs is turned to 11. It’s a mental block, clearly, but one I just cannot get past.

Nike Covert Driver AddressWithBall

I got none of that with the Coverts, both of which look like as traditional as a 430-460cc clubhead can. Even the red color did not bother me as much as the increasingly popular white crowns seem to. I still prefer black, but the red isn’t even close to as off-putting as I thought it might be.

The soles of the club are certainly busy, but that’s not something I’ve ever had a problem with. Fitting with the name and design of the Coverts, the lines on the sole are sharp and angular, and the color combination of red, black, and silver makes sense. The black accents of the Tour edition looks substantially better than the silver accenting on the normal Covert, but both clubs place high in the looks department. The black pattern on the Covert Tour continues onto the face, which I highly prefer to the silver face of the Covert. The grooves on the heel and toe of the face are painted red and fade nicely into the background, while the two white grooves on the bottom are great for lining up. The middle of each clubface has the logo that Nike has been using since the inception of their adjustable hosels (it looks like the infinity symbol). At the very least it provides a reference for finding out where you struck a shot on the face, at worst it’s a nuisance that isn’t visible from address.

Performance When you hit the two Covert drivers side by side, you realize there’s an odd dichotomy. The Tour makes a distinctive “ping” sound, while the regular Covert produces more of a “thwack.” This is the opposite of what we usually see; tour drivers tend to be more muted, because better players generally to want a driver that’s a bit more quiet.

Those sounds translate to the way the clubs feel as well, as sound is wont to do. The Tour version has a bit more of a “pop” feel, while the regular Covert feels a bit more solid.

Both drivers rank highly in the distance department. Neither Nike nor I is going to promise you a dozen extra yards, but I did pick up a few over my five-year-old TaylorMade r7 SuperQuad due to a slightly better fit. My swing speed was a touch higher with the lighter shafts and heads, and my spin rate dropped substantially with the Tour (I’ve always spun the SuperQuad too much). Once I got a few swing issues suited out, both drivers did launch plenty high.

Nike Covert Driver Tour Toe

Now that that’s sorted out, let’s get to how the giant chunk they’ve taken out of the back of the driver works out. In short: it’s great. I’ve never had a huge problem with mishits on my driver, but each Covert provided more gear effect than nearly anything I’ve ever hit. Sure, if you lay the clubhead open or shut it down (relative to the path), it will curve just like any other driver. But hit one off the toe and you are much more likely to still be in the fairway, with a respectable distance to boot. It’s a great feature, especially now that Nike has found a way to hide it away.

It sort of makes you wonder why other drivers have to be any different.

The FlexLoft hosel left me with the same feeling of satisfaction. Just to make sure, I had someone change the settings and hand me the driver, while I was already in my setup position. I gave it a few waggles and made the swing, to avoid negating the changes though my grip. Did every little setting drastically change the ballflight? Of course not. But there was a noticeable difference between the “Open” and “Closed” settings, just as I could tell the launch differences between 8.5˚ and 12.5˚.

Nike Covert Driver Toe

What this system also lets you do, conceivably, is have a few shafts to swap in and out based on course conditions or your current swing. Or, and this is probably the best path, you could find the shaft that fits you best, pick the club face and loft that work best, and forget about it.

Specs Each Covert comes in just one loft: All of them. The Tour comes with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver shaft, available in regular, stiff, and x-stiff, while the regular Covert’s Kuro Kage Black shaft comes in womens’, senior, regular, stiff, and x-stiff. The Tour version is slightly more heavy; for the stiff shafts I received, the Covert was 59 grams, while the Tour was 66 grams. Both heads weigh in at 203.5 grams though, so the weight difference was not readily apparent.

Custom options are available, of course.

Nike Covert Driver Tour Shaft

The stock shafts both felt oddly whippy to me. It’s possible that I’m closer x-stiff than I once was, but in testing these against other shafts, both Coverts were noticeably more whippy. I’m sure some people will like that, but I’m not one of them.

I remain unimpressed with Nike’s stock grip offerings. These ones, a Nike-branded Golf Pride Tour Velvet variant, are slick, not very tacky, and don’t handle sweat well, so I made sure to swap them out. That’s not a particularly big deal; I prefer a midsize grip anyway.

Nike Covert Driver Shaft

The headcovers are relatively nondescript. Not anything special (I had gotten a bit spoiled by the magnetic enclosure on my SuperQuad’s headcover), but nothing that should come into the buying decision. The lower half is a sock, while the upper is black, red, and white. It looks cool, though an easy-off latch or something would be a nice touch.

Conclusion When we contacted Nike about doing a review of the Covert drivers, Nike was kind enough to send me both, and asked that one be sent back upon completion of the review. That means I, like most consumers out there, have a choice to make between what really aren’t terribly different drivers.

Why aren’t they that different? Because, like most drivers on the market, with the right shaft adjusted for their launch conditions, anyone will hit them the same distance. They are both long off the tee, on par with anything else out there. They also both hit the ball reasonably high, with moderately low amounts of spin.

The performance differences are subtle, and align right along with what you would expect. The regular Covert is certainly more forgiving on off-center hits, in terms of distance and gear effect. The Tour launches a bit lower and spins a touch less. Because I generally launch the ball too high and spin the ball a smidgen too much, that gave me a more distance.

But the real dichotomy between the two Covert drivers, as well as what differentiates them from other drivers on the market, is superficial. The red crown is something you’re going to have to weigh against white or black offerings from the rest of the industry. The Tour certainly looks better, with its black accents and smaller size, but that size is something you will have to measure against the way it affects the performance. The sound and feel differences between the two Coverts was, amazingly, the most important disparity I found.

I like both drivers more than I thought I would. The look of the Tour is simply sinister, and I love the way it launches. It has kicked the SuperQuad from my bag, though I never really got over how awesome the regular Covert felt. Every single shot just felt like a rocket off the face, and it did wonders for my confidence, which is something I think the vast majority of people will find very, very appealing.

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Very nice review Jamo. Pretty much hit everything I thought about the Covert, which is now in my bag. The stock Kuro Kage shaft in the tour was “whippier” compared to my 910D2 Kai’li shaft, both of which are stiff shafts, but I think the slight extra flex in the Kuro Kage is giving me the extra distance.

My mishits tend to by towards the heel, but it’s still giving me good distance, albeit to the right. The black face on the tour definitely looks a lot more sinister and I think a lot of people will like having that same black face on the 460 head.

Both the grip and the headcover to me were both lackluster, but I always change the grips with new clubs anyway and also think a magnetic closure for the headcover like the Titleist 909 had would also be a good.

Again, great review, Jamo!

The fact that Nike decided to make the Tour version cooler looking kinda pisses me off. I was sold on purchasing this driver before it even came out, but I, like most golfers out there, probably have no business hitting a “tour” anything. So what does Nike go and do? They make the version that appeals to the small minority of players the cooler looking one… which only makes me think that next year’s regular version will also have the black face and sole of the Tour… just to give them something to sell. This probably seemed like good business to someone in their marketing dept, but I think that in doing, they’ve made me (and probably a number of other people) not want to buy the Covert, just to avoid buyers remorse when they come out with a black and red regular Covert next year.

Great review though!!

I didn’t buy the driver but did buy the fairway wood and a lot of your review on the driver transfers over to the Fairway Woods. I personally feel Nike hit a Homerun with their entire line of woods one this one. They are absolutely stellar in all aspects.

Thank you for your review as always.

Yup. I always wish that these companies would put a bit more effort into headcovers. Obviously I see why they would spend engineering time elsewhere, but a better headcover isn’t rocket science, nor should they be particularly expensive to manufacture. Hell, they could design one great headcover tomorrow and then just slap the new logo on for 2014, and 2015, and 2016, etc.

I really liked the 460 head vs the 430 Tour head when I tried these out earlier this year. Thought 460 had better feel, but also had higher spin for me. I also thought the cavity back driver would sit funny on the ground behind the ball, but it didn’t. As much as I liked the driver, the hybrid feels even better! Thanks for the review.

Great Review………..Im in love with my Covert Driver and 3 wood Non Tour Models.

I did a trackman driver fitting and my best numbers, which were basically the same, showed that the Covert and Hot X were best suited for me. As I’ve never been much of a Nike fan, their Slingshots were the last thing that caught my eye, I was somewhat taken aback that this was one of the finalists. Although I chose the X, I am thinking about buying the Covert as its a bit more versatile than the X…ability to change lofts unlike X.

My only concern, which the author echo’s, is finding the right shaft for my swing, otherwise I think Nike has a winner with this driver

I just purchased this driver and though I have yet to receive it, I am super stoked and confident that it is going to do wonders for my driving. I took the time to hit different shafts on a trackman to see what gave me the best numbers and consistency so hopefully all that helps! Unfortunately, I have been waiting because I chose the KK silver shaft over the KK black/red shaft and it is on backorder until June 7th. Great review!

On a side note, I always wish the performance model came in black face and underbelly because it would just be such an outrageously beautiful club.

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I got my Covert driver last May, so I have had plenty of time to dial it in…..currently at 12.5* Left. This gives me the flight path that is mid trajectory. I almost ordered it with a Project X shaft but, after hitting it on the LM along with my Powerbilt AFO with PX 5.0 shaft, I decided to go ahead and take the KuroKage regular shaft. It does have a lower launch than the Project X so that’s why I have it set at 12.5

I also have the Covert 3 wood.

Looking back, I am glad I made the purchase. I may not be longer than the Powerbilt, but I am much more accurate. This means more fairways and more chances to get a GIR.

Currently considering the Covert Tour 5 wood.

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Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour fairway wood review. Golf club review and review of Nike's Victory Red fairway woods

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An extremely compact head that will scare many less confident ball-strikers. The biggest strength of this club is its workability. In our testing we noticed that this delivered a low flight and like the driver the fairway wood is undoubtedly suited to fast swinging, low handicappers.

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Designed with the same technology as the Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour driver , but with a split compression channel that is combined with a smooth sole to help clip the ball away from tight fairways. Again the STR8-FIT technology allows the choice of 32 different face positions.

The Nike VR (Victory Red) STR8-FIT Tour fairway wood should suit golfers who want an extremely compact fairway wood, are confident enough to vary the flight and trajectory, and/or want to change flight characteristics to suit conditions.


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I like it a lot!!!!!!

Is this gonna be below 460cc, it looks to be about in the 420cc range.

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As usual the drivers look great in black and white.

THat thing looks sick, I don;t know if I wil be buying it, but WOW, Nike stuff looks great this year


I guess everybody is goin Darth vader for the new releases.

I wish they would make this offering in the VR Pro version with no str8-fit hosel..

[quote name='TheMoneyShot' timestamp='1282842680' post='2663357'] I wish they would make this offering in the VR Pro version with no str8-fit hosel.. [/quote] +100

[quote]I wish they would make this offering in the VR Pro version with no str8-fit hosel..[/quote] I like the whole str8 fit idea and adjustability. I just wonder why they can't make a hosel adapter that blends nicely with the rest of the club. They need to take some lessons from the Cobra S2, R9, and Titleist 910 drivers. All of those still have a nice look at address even with the adjustable hosels. The current and past Str8 fit Nike models have all had that horrible looking adjustable hosel that takes away from the whole appearance of the club at address. Maybe this VR Pro Str8 Fit will have a modified hosel that is cleaner at address.


This matches up pretty well with the Hybrid that has been spotted in Duval's bag. Must be the new lineup, to go with the VR Pro Irons in another thread. If this is a STR8Fit model...lets hope it has the black adjustability hosel instead of the silver one. And why are these pics always in black and white, anyway? What gives?

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It is an all black hosel adapter. It is gorgeous. Pear Shaped and no power bow.


I caddied on Japan Tour this week and saw Fukabori hitting it on the range. Yes it had a black hosel. The head looked identical to the VR Tour

[quote name='bearnow22' timestamp='1282925352' post='2664157'] It is an all black hosel adapter. It is gorgeous. Pear Shaped and no power bow. [/quote] I'm god Nike is listening to the masses and making a more appealing adapter hosel. I still prefer a traditional hosel though.


Nike's Str8t fit option is great to compete with other companies but the only way to go is with the tour version. The actual str8t fit system is way to bulky and distracting


[quote name='ecsugolf1' timestamp='1283127756' post='2667606'] Nike's Str8t fit option is great to compete with other companies but the only way to go is with the tour version. The actual str8t fit system is way to bulky and distracting [/quote] Agreed! Hopefully they will make a glued version of the VR Pro driver.

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[quote name='golferoz' timestamp='1282854899' post='2663808'] This matches up pretty well with the Hybrid that has been spotted in Duval's bag. Must be the new lineup, to go with the VR Pro Irons in another thread. If this is a STR8Fit model...lets hope it has the black adjustability hosel instead of the silver one. And why are these pics always in black and white, anyway? What gives? [/quote] It is from the conforming driver list they only do black and white pictures for the clubs

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Wow...appreciate the full color pic. I think it looks good! Can you post a shot of the new STR8-Fit adapter?

[quote name='Skaffa77' timestamp='1289059226' post='2777401'] Wow...appreciate the full color pic. I think it looks good! Can you post a shot of the new STR8-Fit adapter? [/quote]


They shoulda switched where the large VRII Pro logo and swoosh and made the swoosh the predominant logo. Other than that it looks great!

[media][/media] Srry dont have a picture of it but check this video out they talk about the hosel in there, I guess its black and thinner now.


Looks pretty good. I'm not normally a huge fan of Nike but I have to admit this years line-up looks decent.

Nike said on Facebook that there will not be a 'Tour' version of the VR Pro like the original VR Tour, only one version will be released. Damn.

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Nike Golf VR STR8-Fit Tour Fairway Wood Review

Published: 31 August 2010 Last updated: 26 November 2015

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  • TG Rating 4 out of 5
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  • RRP £200.00

What we say...

VERDICT: Nike’s better-player did not appeal to TG’s high handicapper. The others loved the strong, penetrating flight and the adjustable hosel.

Looks: 4.4 Tee: 4.3 Fairway: 3.9 Forgiveness: 3.9 Distance: 4.4 Dispersion: 4

Nike Golf has been closely working with its stable of Tour athletes to optimise shape, adjustability and face thickness to deliver the ultimate performance fairway metal – the new VR STR8-FIT Tour fairway woods.

The premium VR STR8-FIT Tour fairway woods include the award-winning STR8-FIT face-angle technology that has 32 face options to shape any shot and tame any course.

As with the VR STR8-FIT Tour drivers, the fairway woods feature Nike’s distinctive red Compression Channel on the sole. The split compression channel optimises a 455 ultra thin steel face that delivers a hotter response and longer shots.

Lofts available: 13°, 15°, 17°, 19°


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A no-brainer choice for the good or aspiring player.  Offers control and precision in short irons with a little more help in the long irons.  Tremendous stock shaft option in DG Pro.

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We all want to have our cake and eat it, too.  In the world of irons, that means we want the looks of a pure player’s iron, minimal offset, thin top lines and soles, and short blade lengths, but without the demands that come with a pure player’s iron.  We want a little forgiveness on mishits, and maybe a little help with the long irons, if it’s not too much trouble.

Nike , smart as they are, knows this, so they delivered the VR Forged Pro Combo Irons.  Is it really the best of all possible worlds?

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Nike brought together all the best visual elements of a player’s iron in this set.  The offset is minimal and the hosel blends very nicely into the leading edge.  The top lines start out a little thicker in the 3 iron and gradually get thinner towards the PW.  Let me emphasize that this is a small transition.  If you look at the 3I and PW separately, you’d probably say that they’re the same size; only when they’re next to each other do you see the difference.

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Sound & Feel

The Nike VR Forged Pro Combo  delivers on the promise of sweet forged feel.  Purely struck shots are rewarded with a soft, crisp impact.  When you miss the center, there’s adequate feedback, but not much shock or sting (except when you’re hitting balls in sub 40° weather).

The best, most surprising thing to me was that the split cavities and the pocket cavities felt exactly the same .  I was expecting that the pocket cavities would sacrifice some of the solid, forged feel, but the polymer (AKA “shot-making gel”) that fills the cavity allows the long irons to keep the same feel as the short irons.

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Since they are basically two different clubs, I’ll deal with the split cavities (7-PW) and pocket cavities (3-6) separately.

The split cavities perform exactly as you would expect: you get a lot of ball control with a little bit of forgiveness.  The ball flights very similarly to other irons in this segment, a nice, piercing, mid-trajectory.  You can miss a little bit in any direction and get good results, but these clubs do reward precision.

The pocket cavity long irons are what really make this set special .  As promised, they offer a higher trajectory and more forgiveness, something that almost all of us can use in the long irons.  Let’s face it, as iron lofts have gotten stronger, long irons have become unplayable for most of us.  Whether it’s due to a lack of swing speed or lack of dynamic loft, we don’t hit them high enough to see real distance gaps.  All this year I’ve carried a utility iron in place of a 3 or 4 iron for just this reason.  Head to head against my utility iron, the Nike 3 iron launched just one degree lower.  With the Nike VR Forged Pro Combo set, I could actually carry 3-PW again.

One contributing factor to the excellent performance of the long irons is the stock shaft, the True Temper Dynamic Gold DG Pro.  I had a chance to review these shafts a few months ago and was very impressed by how they help boost long iron trajectory without sacrificing short iron control.

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The Nike VR Forged Pro Combo is an iron set that any player below a 20 handicap should be considering.  It nails the subjective elements with player’s iron looks and soft, solid feel throughout the set.  More importantly, it gives players the control they want in the short irons with the forgiveness they need in the long irons.

Price and Specs

The Nike VR Forged Pro Combo set (3-PW) retails for $999.

The stock shaft is the True Temper Dynamic Gold DG Pro in R300, S300, or X100.

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Great review once again…

These are my current gamers with the new Wedges. LOVE LOVE LOVE the DG Pro’s . I thought NOTHING would ever throw my KBS tours out of the bag, these did……

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The DG Pros definitely didn’t get the hype that they deserved when they were released, but I think that once people try them they will realize how good they are. Thanks to KBS and Nippon, True Temper is really dialing it up in terms of making shafts that feel great AND perform.

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I can’t wait for these to get into stores. They are on the top of my list for new irons.

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These look really really clean. I like the sound of more forgiving long irons.

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How is the ability to put spin with the shorter irons??

They performed like blades – you can spin them a lot if you want, you can also hit lower spinning shots.

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I trialed these irons with many others and these came shining through. The feel through the set is awesome, and the ball flight is more consistent than my old MP-54s. I don’t know if it is because of the DG Pro shafts. People are saying that the VR Pro Combos are not going to add distance, but they sure don’t hit any shorter than anything else I have hit, but for me, maybe even added a little distance. These things are really fun to hit.

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Anyone know the loft specs on these irons?

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Iron Reviews

The big review – nike vr pro blades and vr pro combo irons.

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The VR Pro Blades are gorgeous irons. As far as classical blades go, the Nikes are right up there with their small heads and minimal offset. The muscleback portion of the blade has changed back to the original version with its straight top where the TW forged blades had a curved muscleback top. There is also the fact that the new versions lack the TW logo – make of that what you will.

Vr Pro Blades – 3,7,PW

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The Pro Combos are also a very good package and share the same gleaming chrome finish. The only fly in the ointment would be that the sole of the Pro Combo 3 iron peeks out from the back at address but that is very minor.

Vr Pro Combo – 3,7,PW

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From the very first forged blades, Nike’s have always been at the very top of the feel charts. In fact the great level of feel was one of the most obvious statements that this sports apparel company were not only serious about golf but they were going to demand the same levels of excellence in their golf clubs as they do in the rest of their line-up.

Like its predecessors, the 1025 forged carbon steel VR Pro blades offer a premier league level of feel. The sort of “sell your granny for the sensation of a flushed long iron” that is normally the preserve of the likes of Mizuno and Titleist. Miss-hits are fine in the short and mid irons but your hands do get punished with the long irons. Since the VR Pro Combo share the same irons, the feel is identical there, with similar feel in the mid irons but long irons feel very different. Even if you pure one, the Pro Combo’s feel has a hollowness that is (unsurprisingly) missing from the blades . Where the Pro Combos score highly is when you don’t flush it out of the middle – the sensation is an almost perfect mix of feedback that you made a mistake without the painful buzz present in the blades.


One of the most obvious differences between these irons and the previous generation is the new grooves. The X3X High-Frequency Grooves are designed to give a cleaner, more consistent ball flight and spin. The idea is that with more grooves closer together and deeper on the clubface, they ensure more control and consistency in all conditions. The manufacturing process involved in this also had the side-effect of improving the tolerances which should lead to greater consistency throughout the set.

With any blade set, distance control and accuracy are the primary performance metrics and the VR Pros do not disappoint. Short irons are unbelievably accurate an mid irons are exceptionally good too. Long irons are wonderful but the caveat is that you have to be a top class ball striker to get the most out of these. Given the compact head size and the flat back design the sweet spot is correspondingly tiny. Any miss-hit results in noticeable distance loss which can be agonising if you are just that bit off your game. It goes without saying that if you are on your game, these sticks are glorious.

For the VR Pro Combo, as mentioned previously, since they share the same short irons they have the same performance profile. The difference in design in the mid and long irons is very obvious since the performance is very difference than the blades; far more forgiving on miss-hits with more distance for your swing and a lot higher ball flight. The combination and balance of feel, accuracy and forgiveness of the VR Pro Combo means that they span a far wider range of handicaps then the blades and the fact that they have PGA Tour usage shows that there is not a problem for better players.

X3X grooves

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The principle behind the X3X grooves seems sound enough; with the volume and shoulder radius of the groove reduced by the new rules, increasing the number of grooves contacting the ball should reclaim some of the spin that would otherwise be lost. You would really need a launch monitor to tell how much of a difference it makes but in playing testing there appeared to be minimal difference in spin levels between the X3X versions and the non-conforming versions and this appears to hold true both full and partial shots.

As the 3rd generation of blades that Nike have made, the VR Pro Blades represent yet another progressive increase in an already spectacular set. Previous fans will be reassured by the new conforming versions that have lost none of the Nike magic. For more information, visit

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Andre Thomas

May 5, 2019 at 8:47 pm

I benched my VrPro Combos for two years to play with my OSSs. I don’t strike the ball very cleanly so I find the OSSs quite forgiving. However, when there’s a little fluff in the fairways, my Vr Pro Combos are amazing. I can do away with my hybrids for better accuracy. I put them back in the bag for this season. I hope to shave a few point s of the handicap.

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Sep 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I just bought a set of new VR Pro blades for less than half retail off eBay! Can’t wait to try them out… Previous forged blades were Maruman Curtis Strange special editions and Mizuno MP-14…

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Jul 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Are these clubs OK if you don’t play that often I’m not very good but want to play on a more regular basis I’m 6’3 doi just buy a set or dovtgey have to be a certain length

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May 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Where is the best place to buy these in australia? Victory ?

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Mar 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I am a 15 handicap and used to play the TM Burners 2.0 they did nothing for my confidence or did not improve my scores. They only reinforced my bad habits. I got the Nike VR TW blades w/ S300’s end of last year and it there has been a huge difference to my game.

My ball striking has improved tremendously and I know what a good shot feels like. I have bought another Nike VR Pro set with KBS shafts and I am hoping the shafts will help be a little smoother than the DG S300’s.

Nike blades have the best feel of all the irons I have tried, hands down.

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michael sanders

Dec 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I just piked up the pro blades and played 2 rounds I am a medium handicap and I must say I am blown away by everything about these clubs the first time using them I set a new best round I am a huge fan of these clubs

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Dec 30, 2013 at 12:47 am

Hi there, what is your handicap, in in a delema, ive got the titleist MB 710 with project x 6.0 shfrs, which can get a bit heavy for me, however im a 18 handicap at my best icould be 14 -15. I was wondering if it will be wiser for me to go to the combo set instead, im selling my titleist, what do you think

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Oct 13, 2013 at 11:20 am

I am a high handicap and just picked up vr pro combos. Upgraded from nike vr pro cavity. I love the combos. Tied my best round ever first time out.

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Aug 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I sold my nike vr pro blades and I regret it they are very nice looking irons one of the best u can buy

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Jul 18, 2013 at 3:17 am

Just bought the combo irons trying them tomorrow!

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Jun 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

when people say blades are too hard for beginners it rubbish, ive played for 6 months nows, i used to play the Rocketballz iron and just bought the vr pro blades 3-pw, i hit them amazing, high far and they seem quite forgiving to be honest, i even killed the 3 iron

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Jun 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Just recentl purchased a used set (pro combo) in like new condition. I like them so much I found another used set in the same condition and bought those. I’ve never been a Nike guy, but all of a sudden I am. Picked up the tour metal woods and I’m playing better than great with them. Only stuff not Nike is my bag, two Titleist wedges and Scotty golo putter and I’ve never been happier.

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Jun 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

i play the s56 and they fell pretty good and thinking about getting these and im a 5 handicapper do u think i could hit theses???

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May 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I just picked up the Nike combo forged with 8-pw blades. Played several rounds and I love them. I upgraded from my 2002 Nike combo this set. You will lose some yardage if you’re a little off but when you strike them right — WOW!! By the way – I think Nike are going to discontinue them or do an overhaul. They are no longer making them. The only option you can get now from Nike is standard flex and no longer accept custom orders. I also bought the Nike Hybrid stand bag. Paid 650 for both no tax!!

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Big Chrisso

May 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Just played two rounds over the weekend with my new pro combo’s. First think I noticed is these things are long, like super long. Getting an extra 10 meters per club compared to my MP 52’s. The middle irons are sensational and the blades (8-PW) are great but do let you know when you haven’t found the middle of the club. The feel is very good, although in feel terms it’s a notch below the mizuno forged offerings. Daniel – you say the 3 & 4 irons are hard to hit, can’t say I found them any harder to hit than the 3 and 4 irons from my outgoing MP 52’s.

Conclusion: These are very good golf clubs that offer good feel and outstanding performance. Worth a demo if you have a solid swing and consider yourself a decent ball striker.

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Apr 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I’ve had these irons for a little over a year now. I had the VR irons 2011 model prior to these. These irons are outstanding. They give incredible feedback. You know immediately whether or not you hit the ball well, or not – without even looking at the trajectory of the ball – just the feel of the club.

You are penalized if you don’t strike the ball well, but if you have good hand-eye coordination, you can’t go wrong with these.

I will say, the 3i/4i are very difficult to hit, but other than that…money.

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Apr 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I’m trading in my set of pro combos for Ping i20’s. I love the look of these irons but mishits are punishing. Shots slightly on the toe seem to lose 10-15% of the distance. On a well manicured course, I love them. If I’m on a firm and inconsistent course, anything less than a perfect strike is penalized.

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Mar 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I am thinking of purchasing… Are blades difficult to strike or what are they like?

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Apr 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

I judt bought them and it was a lott of ugly misses and semi good shots. It took me one month of playing twice a week and now I’m longer, straighter, more confident. I don’t even bother worrying about high trajectory shots into cross wind. These irons are magic. Course record tomorrow

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Apr 14, 2013 at 2:25 am

Eoghan I’m a 3 Hdc and i didn’t buy a set of blades until i was a 9 so without saying if you strike the ball above okay but shoot in the mid 80’s your wasting your money because you won’t get the most out of them. Blades are hard to hit in the 3-5 irons, everything else their pretty easy to hit but remember ball flight plays a big part in the game so read up on the new pro combo’s if your a weekend guy otherwise good luck.

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Dec 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I disagree. I am a high handicap (2 years of golf), and these blades work for me great. I absolutely love them. Of course, I mishit 4 and especially 3 often enough but I still do keep hitting them and often have great shots, too. This is unlike my previous game improvement clubs. With those 3 and 4 were always a sad and discouraging disaster.

I tried these clubs at a fair last winter and it is like a bulb went on in my head – I had to buy them.

I think the most helpful feature of these blades for me is their minimal offset. I cant stand the ugly offsets of some other clubs – makes no sense to me how people hit with those.

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Sep 12, 2012 at 12:12 am

I’m a 20 handicap. I just purchased the pro blade irons. Say what you want and think what you will, they are wonderful. Talk about posing after hitting the sweet spot. Not only that but the walk is not as far after a mis hit. I just played 9 holes with our club pro. I’m leaving the nineties enroute to the eighties

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Aug 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I play the vr pro blade irons there feel is sensational and you can really play the ball with a draw or fade depending on your preference. I would only recomend buying these clubs if play 80 and under.

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Dec 31, 2011 at 12:50 am

Good review, I just bought a set of these irons after trying as many different sets as i could and found these suited me best. Sublime irons can’t wait to get dialed in on them.

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Club junkie, club junkie review: cobra’s new king tour irons.

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The Cobra King Tour irons have been proven on the PGA Tour already and will be in bags of better amateur players this year. The previous King Tour MIM irons were very underrated and offered great precision with a solid shape that many players liked. Cobra went away from the Metal Injection Molded construction and went with a five-step forging process for soft and solid feel.

Make sure to check out the full podcast review at the links below and search GolfWRX Radio on every podcast platform.

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I was a big fan of the previous Tour MIM irons and played them in rotation throughout the last two years. Out of the box, I was impressed with the more simple and clean look of the badging on the new King Tour. Badging is mostly silver with just small black accents that should appeal to even the pickiest golfers. I didn’t notice the shorter blade length in the new irons but did notice that the leading edge is just slightly more rounded. Topline is thin, but not razor thin, but still has enough there to give you the confidence that you don’t have to hit it on the dead center every shot.

Feel is solid and soft with just a slight click to the thud on well struck shots while mishits are met with a little more sound and vibration to the hands.

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These King Tour irons are built to be cannons and place more emphasis on consistent and precise shots. I also felt like the new irons launch easily and maybe a touch higher than some irons in the same category.

My launch monitor showed my 7 iron with an average launch angle of 22 degrees and spin right around 5,800 with a Project X LZ 6.0 stock shaft. Ball speed isn’t the ultimate focus of this iron but it did well with an average around 108mph and the iron was able to keep the speed up well when you didn’t strike the center. You will still see a drop off in speed and distance when you miss the center, but you don’t have to be Navy SEAL sniper accurate on the face to achieve a good shot. Dispersion was very tight, and while there are bigger irons with more forgiveness, this players cavity still allows good playability when you aren’t bringing your A-plus game to the course.

Cobra lists the King Tour as an iron for a Tour level player up to a 7 handicap and I think this iron could see the bags of more golfers than that. I am a 9.4 handicap, and I felt more than comfortable playing this iron even on less than perfect days.

Review: Honma TW737-Vs Forged Irons

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Pros:  Incredible feel all the way through the bag. These irons offer considerable forgiveness on mishits, and their slightly stronger lofts generate plenty of distance for a better-player forged iron.

Cons:  Some will find the price point ($150 per club) too high to consider.

Bottom Line:  The entire TW737 line boasts impressive specs and looks. The TW737-Vs, with their slightly larger shape and stronger lofts, could be perfect for the player ready to move from game-improvement irons to better players irons or for those those looking for more forgiveness in a forged set.

Many GolfWRX Members will already be familiar with Honma Golf, known for its intricately crafted clubs and as one of the most prestigious, fastest-growing golf brands in the world. For others, this review will be the first time they’ve heard of Honma, or seen their iconic “mole in a hole” cloisonné and wondered, “What’s that?”

Honma Irons

That is about to change. Honma, a mainstay in the Japanese Domestic Market for almost 60 years, is making a major push to become a household name in the U.S. and Europe. This year marks the company’s first entry into national “Hot List” competitions, and you can now find and test some of their products, such as the TW737 irons, in big-box golf stores like the PGA Superstore.

While Honma has traditionally been associated with extremely high-end clubs —  even gold-plated at times — the Tour World line is priced similarly with other forged irons from domestic manufacturers. Tour World also happens to be the line played by their tour pros like Hideto Tanihara , who has the TW737-Vs in his bag.


Related: More photos of Honma’s Tour World irons, driving irons and wedges

There are three unique models in the Tour World 737 line, each with slight variations in loft and head shape that are designed to fit the specific needs of forged-iron users. Each model includes Honma’s unified face progression and center of gravity design, which essentially allows for slight changes in sole width, face thickness, and head size based on loft, while keeping the same offset. The design is great in and of itself, and it also makes it easier to play a Tour World combo set.

The entire TW737 iron line is forged from S25C steel using Honma’s proprietary high strength W-Forging , a two-stage forging process that mixes hot and cold forging. According to the company, the process creates more density in the club face, especially high on the face. The extra strength is said to increase ball speed and forgiveness.

Honma Irons

  • The TW737-Vn  is made particularly for better golfers who like the shape and workability of a blade, but want a little more forgiveness.
  • The TW737-V  has a small cavity-back head, but adds a little more forgiveness and distance than the Vn.
  • The TW737-Vs , the model I tested, has a slightly larger head and strongest lofts, making it the longest and most forgiving of the three forged irons in the TW737 lineup.

You can find all the  specs on the Honma site here .  The TW737-Vs specs are below.


TW737-Vs irons are available now in 3-11 ($150 per club). A variety of stock shafts are available and include the NS Pro 950GH, Dynamic Gold AMT, Modus3 Tour, and Vizard 160. Honma has a  retailer search on its site  to help you find nearby golf stores where you can check out these clubs for yourself. Of course, custom shaft and grip options are available.

My set of TW737-Vs

I decided on the TW737-Vs because I wanted the extra performance and forgiveness. Honma built a 3-11 iron set, standard length, 0.5-degrees upright with Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound grips and two wraps of tape.

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Having played cast, game-improvement irons my entire golfing life, I was anxious to see how these clubs would look at address, feel at impact and most importantly, how they would perform for my swing. In recent years, I have been using a forged Vega wedge, also an iconic Japanese brand. I love the feel, so I was excited for these.

You might be wondering, “Why test against a cast club and not compare Honma to Honma or Honma to Miura?” One reason is that like many of you, I’m precisely who Honma is looking to attract — a US-based consumer who has been playing mostly domestic clubs.

Take it one step further, I’ve also been looking to put forged clubs in the bag and make the move to the better-player iron category, but I was hesitant for a variety of reasons. I mentioned to a few other golfer that I was reviewing this set and their reaction was the same. Are they blades? Are they small? Are they hard to hit? All responses were followed by, “I don’t think I’d be ready for forged clubs.”

Honma Irons

After testing I can tell you the irons are not too small, not too hard to hit, and stack up to anything else I’ve tested.

I like to start testing outside before getting on a launch monitor so I can focus purely on what I’m seeing and feeling. And with these clubs, my expectations were high, very high.

Honma Irons

I started with the 11-iron because… how often do you get to hit a club stamped with an 11? I’ve always taken a significant divot with my wedges, but my first swing resulted in a solid, crisp shot with a thinner divot. Everything about the shot felt perfect. This happened to be a center strike and impact felt like almost nothing at all… in a good way. The sound was solid and strong, but the first real feeing I registered was slicing through the turf.

That feeling continued even with the long irons. Hitting a 3 or 4-iron around the middle provided plenty of feedback, but the more pure the strike, the less feeling there was. The ball flight appeared to be slightly lower than my current set, with a straight-to-draw flight and similar distances. Working the ball both ways was not a problem.

Honma Irons

On the course, I struggled with distance control at first. This was my own fault for not dialing in the distances, especially with the stronger lofts in the 7-iron and shorter clubs. My expectation was that these clubs would not fly as far as my current clubs, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The exceptional feel continued. Truly effortless power on center strikes. The ball just jumped off the face and provided plenty of feedback and forgiveness. My divots from fairway lies were thinner than normal, which I don’t mind at all. These clubs cut through the rough nicely as well.


My favorite moment came at an island-green par-3, No. 16 at BridgeMill Athletic Club. I had 160 yards to the pin, with 150 yards covering the water and 175 yards to the water at the back of the green. With my old set, it would have been a smooth 8-iron (a full 9-iron is a reliable 145 yard carry). For me, the TW737-Vs 9-iron is essentially an 8.5-iron, so I went with 9-iron and played to the center with a little draw. I hit one of the most solid shots of the day, and it landed just a few feet away from the pin. Trusting a 9-iron would be enough… now that was fun.

Launch Monitor Data

My expectation going into launch monitor testing was that I’d see a flatter trajectory, lower peak height, similar distance and spin, and a decent amount of help on mishits.  I tested the TW737-Vs on SkyTrak against my TaylorMade RSi 2’s using Bridgestone Tour B330 balls. I rotated clubs every 5 shots and went through multiple rounds with each club.


The launch monitor data backed up what I was seeing on the course. For the short and mid irons, the Honmas generated slightly more distance (not less as I expected prior to testing). The 9-iron had the biggest gap, but the TW737-Vs is also 2 degrees stronger.

Spin was lower, but I was also seeing slightly more draw bias to my shots. While the spin looks a little low, on the course I had no issues stopping the ball on approach shots. With the long irons, my flatter trajectory always forces me to play for a little roll, so that won’t change.

I’ve never been a high ball hitter. My swing produces a lower flight and I’m sticking with it. Not surprisingly, my launch angle and peak height with the TW737-Vs was slightly lower across the board.

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Ball speed on heel and toe side of center dropped about 2 mph on average, but the shots were very playable. With the 3 and 4-irons, toe shots generated quite a bit more left spin, but heel shots didn’t really impact the flight.

For shots higher on the face, I was very surprised and happy to see a minimal loss of distance. All in all, these clubs are very playable and forgiving on shots that miss the dead center of the clubface.

Looks and Feel

Honma Irons

Feel is subjective, but I love the way these clubs feel. There is a nice weight through the swing. The W-Forging process has created a strong face that fires balls off like little rockets. Some other irons have a spring-like feel at impact, but with these, center shots just seemed to melt into my hands.

I spent a lot of time using powder spray on the face to see the exact impact location. With other irons I’ve tested, it is easy to know if I hit the extreme toe or heel side. But with the TW737-Vs, I was able to feel if I was half a ball to the heel or toe side. Same with being low on the face or a few grooves high. Both better players and mid-handicap golfers looking to improve will appreciate the feedback these clubs provide.

Honma Irons

As for looks, “These are beautifully simple” was my first thought when I saw them in person. The lines are clean and sharp in some areas and smooth and rounded in others. The head, while definitely smaller than what I’m used to, doesn’t feel or look too small. I don’t have any confidence issues looking down at the ball.

Each of the TW737 models have the same minimal amount of offset, creating a relatively straight edge from the shaft out to the toe. I find it easier to set up and align clubs with less offset, so I like this a lot. I wouldn’t call the top line thin, but it isn’t thick either. Overall, I just really like how these irons look at address.

Honma Irons

Bottom Line

Honma might not be the first name most Americans think of when they think of forged irons. That is going to change… not just because Honma will be spending more money to reach golfers in North America, but because the company’s Tour World line is both beautifully crafted and packed with performance.

If you’re in the market for forged players irons, make sure the TW737 is on the list of clubs to hit.

GolfWRX Member Reviews: TaylorMade 2017 M1 and M2 Irons

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In this Testing Thread , we selected 75 members to test a TaylorMade M1 2017 7-iron and TaylorMade M2 7-iron. Each of the clubs were built with the stock lofts and shafts — M2 2017 (28.5 degrees) with a TaylorMade Reax shaft, and M1 2017 (30.5 degrees) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shaft — and the testers were instructed to post their review of the clubs here .

Below, we’ve selected what we’ve deemed the most in-depth and educated reviews out of the 75 testers. We have edited each of the posts for brevity, clarity and grammar.

Thanks to all of those involved in the testing!

  • All 75 Reviews: TaylorMade M1 and M2 Testing Thread
  • Tech Talk: What you need to know about TaylorMade’s M1 and M2 irons

To be honest, looking down on the TaylorMade M1 and M2 irons at address, there is really not much difference. I would have to pick one up to see which is which.

The first 10 balls I hit were with M1 and 6/10 felt great, while the other 4 were toe hits, which I felt and the distance reflected that. Kinda what I expected with a club design for lower-handicap players. Distance was about 1/2 longer than my Srixon iron and dispersion was close, as well. I will say they did not feel as good as the Srixon on center hits.

Next 10 (ok, 15) balls were with the M2. Wow, can you say “up, up and away? The ball really popped of the club face, but wasn’t a ballon flight. Waited for the ball to come down and WTH, with the roll out it was 5-8 yards longer than balls hit with M1, and that is with a few toe shots. I did some smooth swings and then very aggressive swings and was a little amazed at this iron. Just like the M1, it does not have the forged feeling and does have a clicky sound (which I hate).

Bottom line: M2 is the longest iron I have ever hit. I love my 545s, but I could see myself playing M2 very easily. Matter of fact, I will be taking this M2 7 iron in my bag and play it more head-to-head against my Srixon 545 on the course.


These are both beautiful clubs. What surprised me the most is how much alike the two clubs look at address. I was expecting a chunky topline and significant offset in the M2, but it’s footprint looked almost exactly the same as the M1, outside of the chrome finish on the M2 versus the frosted finish of the M1. The M2 could almost pass as a player’s iron to my eye at address. These clubs both get A’s from me in the looks department.

The M1 felt a tad thicker than most player’s irons I’m used to, but it seemed to come with a bit of added forgiveness too. Well-struck shots felt good, with a nice mid-trajectory and with the workability that I’ve come to expect from a player’s iron. But true to TaylorMade’s claims, the M1 seemed more forgiving than a traditional player’s iron. Had a nice soft feel at impact, mishits didn’t sting and left you with a more playable result. A really nice combination of the better attributes of both player’s and game improvement irons. I’ve been playing with an old set of Tommy Armour blades, but I’ve been recently wanting more forgiveness for when I’m stuck with my B or C swing. Based on the early returns, I could definitely see myself bagging these.

I’m not sure if it’s the shaft, the design of the clubhead, or a combination of both, but the M2 is definitely a different animal than the M1 at impact. This club launches the ball high, arguably ridiculously so. I was hitting Jason Day moonbombs with this bad boy. Didn’t seem to matter what kind of swing I put on it, the ball launched high, flat and dead straight. The club was super forgiving and if not for the insanely high ball flight, I would love to have a set of these for when my swing is out of sorts. I didn’t really try to flight it at all, so I’m not sure what it’s capable of at this point. One other note was that the M2 had a clicky feel at impact. It didn’t bother me since it still felt so sweet… so strange as it sounds, clicky, but smooth and sweet at the same time. I think these clubs will be big winners with the mid-to-high handicap set.

The M1 is a fine iron, but doesn’t really stand out in any way from other irons of its class.

The M2, on the other hand, is an iron on steroids. I’m really starting to love this thing. It’s super forgiving and just goes and goes. According to my laser, flush shots were going 195 yards (my usual blade 5 iron distance) and very high. I can’t help but think golf would be a whole lot easier, particularly longer courses with long par 3s, with a full set of these in my bag.


M1 feels softer than the M2 and I felt the ball flight was more consistent and what I want in an iron. The M1 did have a harsher feeling in my hands than I typically like, but I’m going to credit a lot of that to the range balls.

M2 flies very high. It was a windy afternoon and about 100 degrees. I love the high ball flight on the range, but I have a concern what that ball flight would be like on the course. I like to hit the ball different heights for different shots and I don’t think I could do that confidently with the M2, but I could with the M1. I don’t like the sound of the M2. It sounded “clicky” to me.

Initially on the range I was scared because the M1 had a regular flex in it, so I took it easy for my initial 10-15 swings with it. Ball SHOT off the face, loud crack (didn’t care for it, but not too bad) and ball just kept rising and rising but didn’t balloon. I thought, “whoa,” that’s not what I expected…did it again…another CRACK and the ball just flew. I set another down and I paid attention to how it looked behind the ball, not much offset for a game improvement and I thought…”I could actually play this club!”  The 5-7 were EASY swings, aimed at a target of 170 yards away (my normal 7 iron distance) and with a EASY swing I was flying it by 20 yards or so. The next 5-10 I really went after it, same CRACK and ball just flew but to my surprise it was a nice draw, harder draw than the first but it was a nice 10-yard draw. This time the balls were landing just short of the 200 yard marker. Damn, 200 yards with a 7 iron! I know they are jacked lofts but it feels good to say “my 7 irons just few 190-200 yards!”

P.S. LOVE the Lamkin UTX grip!

Now, this was interesting, the M2 was quieter then the M1… weird!  Now, there is more carbon fiber added to this one and there is a “Geocoustic” label on the back. I am sure that it has something to do with all that carbon fiber but it does have a better sound. Other than the sound, it played exactly like the M1: long and straight. The REAX shaft felt a little weaker than the True Temper shaft and it flew a little higher but nothing else I could pick up.


Finally got out to the range after getting these bad boys in on Friday. My first impression of them is that they look really sharp. The graphics and design really stand out and really give these clubs a cool, modern look.

They were both a little to big IMO, as I am currently bagging Mizuno MP-68s. The M2 isa definite “game improvement iron”, while the M1 was similar in size and shape to my previous irons, Titleist AP1s.

They both really launch it, high and far. Ridiculous for 7 irons. I don’t have access to a launch monitor, but it was about a 20-yard difference between my gamer 7 iron and these (stronger lofts, as well).

The M1 definitely was more suited for my eye, and produced more consistent ball flights. It felt much more smooth and solid as the M2 had a clicky, cheap feel.

The M2 just isn’t for me. I felt like it was launching too high and ballooning, which could be due to the shaft (the M1 had the S300, while the M2 just had a stock “Reax” shaft).  The feel off the face of the M2 just turned me off, to be honest.

While I don’t think I’ll be putting either model in play, I can definitely see the appeal for mid-to-high handicaps. Both irons were super forgiving, and they should be a dream to the average weekend golfer who has trouble with ball striking consistently.


Looks: As expected, I preferred the M1 with less offset, slightly smaller sole and a smoother finish. Less glare looking down on the iron. I must say the M2 did not look as bulky, or have as much offset as I thought it might have.

Feel: This was a close race, probably due to the shafts as much as the heads. The M1 was just a slight bit smoother feeling on solid shots. But the M2 was not bad at all, just not quite as smooth.

Distance and performance: Our range has a slight incline up the length of the range, so specific yardage gains or losses were difficult to measure. Both irons had a higher trajectory than my gamer 7 iron. Neither sole dug onto the turf either. The lofts for both irons are a degree or two stronger than mine, so I would think they probably flew a little further than my gamers. Neither iron flew “too” high, however. Might be a little harder to hit knock down shots, though.

Final thoughts: I had hit both the M1 and M2 irons last year during a fitting day, but did not like either. This year’s model were both better in my eyes. I asked a fellow member at our club to hit both and he felt the M1 was his preferred model, and he is a 20-index player. So coming from both a single digit, and a high double-digit, the M1 won this battle of wills. I will try and see if I can locate both a 5 iron and 9 iron to see if a full set might be a winner for me.

I was surprised that the M2 was the winner in this brief session. It felt better, flew higher, easier to hit and about 1/2 club longer that my gamer Apex CF16. The feel/sound was better than I thought it might be, but really not up to the CF16. I could, however, easily game the M2’s.

Feel: I hit the M2 first, and found it to be very solid when hit on the screws. There was almost no feel off the club face at all. When I mishit it, you knew it was, but it wasn’t harsh at all. Hit the M1 next, and same type of feel when hit solid. Much more harsh when mishit though, but I knew that was coming.

Distance and performance: This is was where I was curious to see how they would play. The M2 went out high in the air, and just kept going forever. Now granted my eyesight isn’t that great anymore, but it looked like I got about 10-15 yards more from the M2 compared to my Wilson D300. The only thing I didn’t like about the M2 was how much I was able to turn it over. Got a lot more hook compared to my D300. Don’t know if that was from the REAX shaft, but would love to find a less spinning shaft to correct that.

The M1 wasn’t a great performer for me. Same height as the M2, but much straighter off the club face. Didn’t get any great distance advantage as compared to my D300.  Can’t game a player’s iron anymore, and testing this one just reaffirmed that.

Final thoughts: Was very happy with the distance I gained with the M2 compared to my current gamer. Very good-performing iron for me, and something I would definitely consider changing them out if I could reduce the spin off the face. If you’re looking for more distance, you need to try these out.  The M1 just wasn’t for me, but as a player’s iron, I can see it as a great option.

Like the other testers, I found the M2 to launch the ball much higher and is 10-to-15 yards longer than my Adams XTD forged 7 iron. Of the two 7 irons I prefer the M1. I like the design of the M1 and its visual appearance at address. I feel more confident in trying to work the ball with the M1. The M1 gave me more feedback as to where the club head was in relation to my swing plane. If I had my druthers I would put the M1 in the bag as it stands now. Will continue to test, what a treat to compare the two irons.

Once I started making solid contact with a decent shoulder turn, the M2 really came alive in my hands. Towering flat height, for me, and very long. No more clacky hollow feel, just a very mild pleasant sensation… then zoom. Once I started making better swings, back to the M1, which was a very nice iron. Shorter than the M2 (though not short) and a little lower ball flight. Felt nice and substantial without being heavy. Very forgiving on slight mishits.

But the M2 was the star for me. High trajectory and very long. Club felt lively and fun. Frankly, unless a player wanted a lower trajectory, or likes to hit a lot of knock downs or feel shots, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t choose the M2. They are very attractive and a very fun iron. I think folks who say that the M2 feels and/or sounds clicky, clacky or hollow may be mishitting the iron toward the toe. I am not judging — I mishit a lot of shots at first. I agree on toe mishits the iron did not feel great. It almost felt like plastic. The ball still flew pretty well, but it wasn’t a very enjoyable experience. Not painful, just felt very dead. But when hit nearer the center, the iron felt fantastic. Light, springy and very lively. 

They are both good-looking clubs. Not too long heel to toe and toplines were not that distracting. M1 is more what I like to see shape wise, but M2 was not bad at all. Personally, not a fan of seeing the face slots. But I could see how some people may like how they frame the ball. 

– Has a very odd sound on contact, almost sounds a tad like a fairway wood “ting. Not a fan – Looks very good at address with the brushed finish – Most shots I hit with it seemed to fall out of the sky (very likely a lack of spin). Ball flight was much lower than I would have expected (not super low, just not much different than my 7 iron) – Inconsistent misses. Next to no distance gains vs RocketBladez Tour 7 iron

– Doesn’t look as good at address as the M1. Chrome finish at address is  not  an issue in even direct sunlight for me – Feels and sounds quite nice to my ears at impact. Not a classic sound but very good considering what type of club it is – Ball flight is very strong (comes off hot). Ball stays high in the air for awhile. Very high and lands soft – 10-12 yards longer on average vs my 7 iron, it even had the horsepower to hang with my 6 iron – VERY forgiving on thin strikes. Couldn’t believe how a near-top still traveled to nearly the front edge in the air and still went as far as the M1 did on a good strike – Shaft is too light

Even though I’m a 2-handicap and don’t fit the M2 “mold,” I could see myself playing this club from 4-6 iron (although gapping would be a major issue mixing these with almost anything else) if it had a heavier shaft in it (I can only imagine how far this 4 iron must go… yikes)

M1 = 2.5/5 stars M2 = 4.5/5 stars

Visual first impressions:  The M1 7-iron is visually appealing to me as far as the finish and overall look. Even though it is classified as a player’s iron, it doesn’t seem so tiny that it would be tough to hit. I am not a huge fan of the bright-yellow badging, but I probably could get over it. The iron inspires confidence with its topline and a little bit of offset. The “rubber” piece on the hosel is a little bit funky to me.

I thought the M2 7-iron would look clunkier than it really is. Besides the finish being a little bit different, the difference between the M1 and M2 is actually pretty small. The M2’s topline and sole are a touch wider, but not by much. Not a huge fan of the fluted hosel since it can be seen at address. The M1’s fluting is only on the rear of the club.

I did notice that the sole’s finish did scratch pretty easily. Overall, I thought the M1 and M2 are pretty good looking, but I would definitely give the edge to the M1. I also preferred the stock Lamkin grip on the M1 vs. the ribbed M2 grip.

On course action:  They both feel solid. I tried hitting both irons in all different types of on-course situations over a two week period. Both clubs launch the ball high but I would not say they balloon. For me, the M2 was about 10 yards longer and higher than the M1. Compared to my Cleveland irons, they are 1 to 1.5 clubs longer.

M1 loft = 30.5 M2 loft = 28.5 Cleveland TA7 loft = 33.5

I know this accounts for the distance gain but the ball definitely comes off hot compared to my set. I was hoping I would hit the M1 better since I like the appearance better, but that was not the case. The M2 definitely felt better for me and I felt more confident with it in my hands.

Discussion: Read all 75 reviews and the responses in our Testing Thread

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    The Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour driver offers the skilled golfers the chance to enjoy the full variety of Nike's award winning adjustable drivers in a traditional and elegant premium driver package. The Nike VR STR8-Fit Tour Driver is available in four differents lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 Titanium head, graphite shaft, gents, RH.

  6. Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour driver

    The Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour driver should suit golfers who who want a great-looking, workable headshape, like the option of being able to change the face angle, and/or would like to reduce the spin they produce with a driver. W: Nike promo codes. Use these Nike coupon codes to save when you shop for shoes, apparel and great ...

  7. Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Hybrid Review

    The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 hybrid retails for $179 and the Tour model retails for $229. The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 hybrid is available in lofts of 17°, 20°, 23°, and 26°. The Tour model is available in 17°-21° and 21°-25°. Watch the Video

  8. Nike VRS Covert 2.0 driver review

    The Golf Monthly test team gives its Nike VRS Covert 2.0 driver review. Nike VRS Covert 2.0 review: Components. 1) Shaft options - The Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi is a new shaft designed to produce a lower launch and less spin than the original Kuro Kage Silver offering. 2) Grip - The Nike Tour Golf Pride Wrap 2G is white as standard.

  9. Nike VR S Covert Tour Driver

    The Nike VR S Covert Tour Driver features Nike's innovative Cavity Back Wood Technology for any player looking for longer and straighter shots off the tee. With Nike's NexCor Face Technology, the VR S Covert Tour Driver delivers faster ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance on mishits. The Weight Plug in the sole brings the CG ...

  10. Nike Golf VR_S Covert Driver Review

    Nike Golf have introduced their marquee product for 2013, the VR_S Covert driver, featuring an innovative cavity back head and FlexLoft adjustability system. The cavity in the 460cc head, visible from the sole only, has been engineered so that more weight can be moved to the heel and toe of the driver, ensuring more stability at impact, greater ...

  11. Nike Golf VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour Driver Review

    Nike Drivers User Reviews. 5 out of 5 JA 06 July 2015. By Ja. Best driver I have every played with. The adjustable loft and shaft angle allows you to tweak this club to your swing and enhance the shot type you like to play. Distance has improved significantly and the control and feel of it is like no other! Would highly recommend this club to ...

  12. Nike VR_S Covert and Covert Tour Drivers Review

    The Tour version is slightly more heavy; for the stiff shafts I received, the Covert was 59 grams, while the Tour was 66 grams. Both heads weigh in at 203.5 grams though, so the weight difference was not readily apparent. Custom options are available, of course. The stock shafts both felt oddly whippy to me.

  13. Nike VR S Covert Tour Hybrid

    The Nike VR S Covert Tour Hybrid features Nike's innovative Cavity Back Wood Technology for any player looking for longer and straighter shots from any lie. With Nike's NexCor Face Technology, the VR S Covert Tour Hybrid delivers faster ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance on mishits. The Weight Plug in the sole brings the ...

  14. Nike VR_S Covert Fairway Woods: Editor Review

    Pros: We love the adjustability of the VR_S Covert Tour fairway woods ($249), which gives golfers five different lofts and three different face angles to choose from.That makes them the most adjustable fairway woods you can buy. The Covert Tour is lower spinning and less forgiving than Nike's non-adjustable standard model, the VR_S Covert ($199), but both models are pretty forgiving for ...

  15. Nike Covert Drivers: Editor Review

    Mar 14, 2013. By. GolfWRX Staff. Pros : Thanks to their radical cavity back design (a.k.a. the large chunk missing from the rear portion of the sole), the Nike Covert and Covert Tour drivers less spin and are more forgiving than previous models. Surprisingly, they also have a very pleasing sound.

  16. Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour fairway wood

    By Golf Monthly. published 11 January 2010. Designed with the same technology as the Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour driver, but with a split compression channel that is combined with a smooth sole to help clip the ball away from tight fairways. Again the STR8-FIT technology allows the choice of 32 different face positions.

  17. Nike VR Pro STR8-FIt driver

    All of those still have a nice look at address even with the adjustable hosels. The current and past Str8 fit Nike models have all had that horrible looking adjustable hosel that takes away from the whole appearance of the club at address. Maybe this VR Pro Str8 Fit will have a modified hosel that is cleaner at address.

  18. Nike Golf VR STR8-Fit Tour Fairway Wood Review

    As with the VR STR8-FIT Tour drivers, the fairway woods feature Nike's distinctive red Compression Channel on the sole. The split compression channel optimises a 455 ultra thin steel face that delivers a hotter response and longer shots. Lofts available: 13°, 15°, 17°, 19°. Web: Tel: 0800 056 1640.

  19. Nike VR Forged Pro Combo Iron Review

    The Nike VR Forged Pro Combo is an iron set that any player below a 20 handicap should be considering. It nails the subjective elements with player's iron looks and soft, solid feel throughout the set. More importantly, it gives players the control they want in the short irons with the forgiveness they need in the long irons.

  20. Review: Nike Covert 2.0 Hybrids

    Pros: The crew at Nike took a fresh approach in designing the new VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids, making the lower-lofted clubs more forgiving and easier to launch than previously offered models. These new hybrids are long, accurate and versatile. If that isn't appealing enough, they're also easy on the eyes. Cons: The FlexLoft system, which allows golfers […]

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  22. The Big Review

    The VR Pro Combo feature the same 8,9 and PW as the blades but have split cavity in the 5,6,7 and pocket cavity in the 3,4 irons. Appearance. The VR Pro Blades are gorgeous irons. As far as classical blades go, the Nikes are right up there with their small heads and minimal offset.