From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, March 2010)
Category: Better-Player Irons
We tested: 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft
Company line: "Our goal is to provide much of the same forged feel and control of a traditional blade with some forgiveness associated with game-improvement designs. We accomplish this with a relatively thin topline and sole and a forged split cavity."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: Heavy-feeling head creates a good thump through impact; shot shaping is no problem and trajectory is in the medium range; excellent control with middle and short irons, inspires confidence within 150 yards; forged carbon steel head has a classic look at address; big improvement over old Pro Combo irons.
CONS: Mis-hits lose noticeable distance, particularly on strikes toward the toe; long irons look easier to hit than they are; stock grip can be slick, even when new.
Tell us what you think of the Nike Victory Red Split Cavity Irons in the comments area at the bottom of this page.
From Golf Magazine (Buyer's Guide, May 2009)
It's for: Better players who want game improvement features in a traditional forging
Tom Stites, Director of Product Creation, Nike Golf: "This is the perfect club for a Tour player or better amateur. The bounce angles are specifically calculated for this type of player. It also has a little wider sole and slightly larger profile [than the VR Forged TW Blade]so more weight is below the center of gravity."
How it works: The forged clubhead is CNC-milled from soft 1025 carbon steel for precise feedback, repeatable performance and flight. The shallow cavity offers a bit of forgiveness on misses while providing the freedom to manipulate shots. In fact, the split-back cavity design tucks weight (and the center of gravity) behind the sweet spot. The cambered sole should help to produce solid contact from various lies.
From The Shop Blog:
If you don't have quite enough game to make Tiger's sticks work for you, Nike is also offering the Victory Red Forged Split Cavity ($999, 3-PW, $125 individually). The Split Cavity set, made from the same materials as the TW Blades, will have a slightly thicker topline and sole, as well as more offset and perimeter weighting to make them more forgiving on off-center hits.