Club Test 2011: Nike VR Pro Combo Irons

Nike Golf Pro combo irons
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The Victory Red Pro Combo Iron set is designed to make it easier for golfers to get the benefits of both high-performance and game-improvement characteristics in a single set of clubs.
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Golf Magazine / Golf.com

Series: Product Spotlight

From Golf Magazine (April 2011)
Category: Tour Irons
We tested: 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft

Key Technologies: This forging has a "progressive center of gravity location" to achieve desired launch from club to club. Three separate head designs (pocket cavity long irons, split cavity midirons and blade short irons) offer added forgiveness, maneuverability and enhanced feel, respectively.

CLUB TEST 2011

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OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the top models tested. A well-blended set for better players, which nails the pro-combo concept.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
Several testers rave about superb versatility throughout the set and from all lies and situations.

ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Many testers experience deadly, laser-like results from the scoring clubs, and they also love their spin control.

DISTANCE CONTROL: For the most part, testers seem confident that distance is on par with their sets.

FEEL: Flush, smooth, buttery sensation on pure contact throughout the set; thin shots provide a "stinging" feel.
LOOK: Many testers consider it to be the best-looking club tested.

CONS
Too much feedback on slightly off-center misses; short shots near the green come off the face too hot for some testers.

From The Shop Blog (October 6, 2010)
Paul Casey does it. So does Stewart Cink. In fact, if you look inside the bags of many of golf's best players you'll see they blend a few game-improving cavity back long irons with blade-style short irons to create their set.

Nike wants to help you get the benefits of a multi-club set, and to make the process a little easier, the company is releasing the Victory Red Pro Combo irons.

All eight irons in the VR Pro Combo set are forged using the same 1025 carbon steel and feature the same dye-stamped USGA conforming grooves, but they are designed with different goals in mind.

The 3- and 4-irons feature a pocket behind the face that shifts more weight lower and deeper in the head. This drops the center of gravity and makes the clubs higher-launching and more forgiving.

In sharp contrast, the 8- and 9-irons, as well as the pitching wedge, are traditional muscleback blades. Their center of gravity is higher to help players work the ball more effectively for greater accuracy and control.

Sandwiched between, the 5- thru 7-irons feature perimeter weighting -- without the channel of the long irons -- to bridge the whole set together.

The Nike VR Pro Combo irons are available with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts for about $1,080.

$899, steel

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