Nike is set to release its new Victory Red line of irons in November. The Victory Red family will include a set of blades for better players as well as at least one set of game-improvement cavity-backed irons.
Paul Casey started using the new irons at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. "I rarely change," he said Wednesday at Ridgewood Country Club. "The blades I had in before the VRs were the exact same blades I'd been using since I joined Nike back in 2005."
The irons that Casey has in his bag this week at the Barclays Championship were made especially for him. "They are ground especially for me, and the sole is ground so that it cuts through the turf the way that I like," he said.
Going with the Victory Reds was not a difficult choice for Casey. "In terms of my switch, it was pretty much nothing, which is a nice thing. And I'm not changing anything else. I've still got the same golf ball, the same shafts, the same lofts and lie angles."
Casey said he gained about three yards with each club. When he mentioned the change to Nike's Rick Nichols in Akron, Ohio, he got a pleasant surprise. "Rick said, 'When Tiger tested them earlier in the year, he felt the exact same thing.' So that made me feel really good!"
Going forward, Casey plans to put more and more Victory Red clubs into his bag. "When we start to bring out some of the half-cavity and full-cavity stuff, I can start to think about putting some of that stuff in as my long irons." Many Tour pros carry cavity-back long irons and blade short irons.
"I still carry an old Pro-Combo oversized 2-iron, which I love. I think it's one of the best clubs they've ever made. That is hard to get out of my hands, but at some point I think that it's going to go and be replaced with some Victory Red cavity stuff."
Look for more information on Nike's new Victory Red irons here and in an upcoming issue of GOLF Magazine.