High Frequency X3X Grooves : Nike VR Pro Wedge Review
The high frequency X3X grooves utilized in the new Nike VR Pro wedge
review model we recently received, were created specifically to generate higher ball spin (RPMs) and give golfers improved consistency in all conditions. Nike's high frequency X3X grooves also feature a precision laser-cut crosshatch pattern placed between every groove. The 56 degree Nike VR Pro wedge model we received for testing is the same wedge that Stewart Cink, Anthony Kim, and Tiger Woods currently play on the PGA Tour and around the world.
Basically, Nike has added more grooves and spaced them closer together. In-between those grooves they've added laser etched cross-hatching, that's where the "X" of X3X comes from! Combined, these new innovations give golfers better control and higher spin rates, which helps the ball fly higher and land softer in all conditions.
The USGA implemented a rule change that the PGA Tour adopted in 2010, eliminating the use of square grooves on wedges. As of January 1st, 2011 all new wedges must conform to the new regulations. Nike's high frequency X3X technology is a direct response to this rule.
Do High Frequency X3X Grooves Really Work?
After several hours of testing in many different scenarios, lies, and conditions we're able to report that the Nike VR Pro wedge out performed and exceeded our expectations. On short, flat, dry lies most golfers can easily predict where the ball is headed and how it will land, but when you add rough and moisture to the mix, things get a little sketchy! The X3X grooves gave us improved control and consistency most conditions we tested, where more conventional wedges fell shot (literally) during comparative testing.
The Bottom Line
: After fully testing the VR Pro wedge on the course and simulator we feel that golf pros and weekend-warriors alike can improve their short game by implementing these wedges. We strongly recommend the Nike VR Pro line of wedges to serious golfers who choose to conform to the new USGA groove rules. Try them out for yourself at your local sporting goods store or pro shop to see if they're the right fit for your game! And for more information on Nike's X3X technology and feedback from Tiger Woods
, Paul Casey
, and Stewart Cink
check out the embedded video below...