Equipment

ClubTest 2014: Nike VR Forged Pro Combo Irons

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Nike VR Forged Pro Combo Irons

Nike VR Forged Pro Combo Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $999, steel
WE TESTED:
3-PW with True Temper DG Pro steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A polymer-filled pocket cavity in the 3-6 irons is used to mimic the sound and feel of a traditional forging in a more forgiving head. Forged 1020-carbon steel heads provide a sweet feel.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
Penetrating, mid-trajectory flight that most testers find simple to shape; muscular enough to rip through nasty lies without giving up maneuverability.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Uncanny accuracy and plenty of stopping power on scoring shots; not a ton of directional help, but a good margin of error for a players’ club.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Not a bomber, but what guys expect—favors consistency and command over pure power.
FEEL: Up there with the best; soft but not mushy on center strikes, instructive but not jarring on misses; beautiful balance and supremely stable through the ground.
LOOK: Sleek, square lines in a medium-size package give it a clean, aggressive look; progressive cavity is seamlessly integrated into the longer irons.

CONS
Some say the cavity design in the long irons doesn’t do much for forgiveness, others say it cheapens impact feel, and several would swap them out altogether; not the club for players looking to add yardage; too stern and stout for some -- requires a repeatable swing.

BOTTOM LINE: One of Nike’s strongest better-player irons to date; timeless style and sweet feel for a strong player seeking precision, not pop.

RELATED LINKS
MORE INFO: Nike VR Forged Pro Combo Irons
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Nike VR Forged Pro Combo Irons
CLUBTEST INDEX: List of past ClubTest Iron reviews

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