Nike VR Pro Limited Edition Driver
From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (March 2012)
Category: Tour Drivers
WE TESTED: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana ’ahina graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The “variable compression channel” along the sole enables the entire face to flex more, so off-center hits produce strong distance. The pearshaped, 440cc head employs a four-piece forged construction to deliver responsive feel and increased workability.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Solid, dependable all-around performer that excels at finding fairways.
DISTANCE: Stacks up well against testers’ own drivers; average length compared with other test clubs.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A real fairway finder, even on less-than-ideal contact; provides a high degree of accuracy.
FEEL: Firm sensation at impact and powerful sound; heavyish head lets you know where it is throughout the swing, making it easier to deliver a square hit.
PLAYABILITY: Consistent, slightly lower flight on solid hits that’s useful for keeping the ball in play; fairly simple to shape shots left-to-right.
LOOK: Appears easy to hit due to smaller profile and traditional shape; lack of an adjustment mechanism is a plus.
Not the longest of the bunch; high draw is difficult for some to manufacture; mis-hits feel harsh to a few testers.
From The Shop Blog (September 22, 2011)
Lucas Glover put Nike's VR Pro Limited Edition Forged driver in his bag at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August. Anthony Kim started using one at the PGA Championship, and Paul Casey also switched to the club late this season.
Soon you'll be able to try the club, as the VR Pro Limited Edition will begin popping up in pro shops starting Nov. 1.
Like the current version of the VR Pro driver (VR is short for Victory Red), the Limited features a red channel that goes around the sole of the club that allows the face to flex back slightly at impact. According to Nike, this broadens the sweet spot and helps maintain ball speed on off-center hits.
There are some notable differences between the VR Pro Limited and its predecessor:
1. It has an updated face. According to Robert Boyd, a long-term research manager for Nike Golf, the company used computer simulations to engineer the new NexCOR face was engineered to work more in conjunction with the channel. "Because of the shape of the head and the shape of the channel, the geometry on the back of the face has to actually change a little bit," he says. The NexCOR face is thinnest in the center and slightly thicker in the heel and toe areas.
2. It's not adjustable. Last season's VR Pro came with Nike's STR8-Fit system, which allows players to set the club into one of 32 different positions to change the face angle and loft. VR Pro Limited does not have STR8-Fit, so the shaft is glued into the hosel and can't be adjusted.
3. It's smaller. Last season's VR Pro has a 460 cc head, but the VR Pro Limited Edition, designed for better players who like to shape their tee shots, has a head that measures 430 cc. That's not a big difference, but it's enough to produce a lower ball flight and less spin.
The VR Pro Limited will be offered in 8.5-, 9.5- and 10.5-degree lofts and will come standard with a Mitsubishi Rayon 'ahina shaft for $419.