Designed to create insane ball speeds while still remaining simple to hit, the 2012 Nike VR_S family of golf clubs are being touted as Nike's fastest set of clubs to-date. The VR stands for "Victory Red," and the S, simply enough stands for Speed! A few weeks back the crew over at Nike Golf set us up with a few sticks to test and review ourselves, specifically the VR_S Driver, 3 Wood, and 3 Hybrid.
Each club we tested features Nike's NexCOR variable face-thickness technology, which was incorporated to add speed at impact and greater overall distance. NexCOR is said to maximize distance for the widest range of players through a new speed-expanding multi-thickness face design (pictured above). The NexCOR infinity design creates a bridge for ultra-thin, ultra-hot faces.
Design: (9 out of 10) These clubs are both ascetically pleasing and extremely functional. While testing on the simulator we saw no noticeable increase in swing speed, though we did notice an overall ball speed increase on average of 4 MPH. Which in our testing played out to 6.4 yards of extra distance on average with all of the credit going to Nike's NexCOR technology, that we've determined truly works!
Feel: (9.5 out of 10) Designed for pros like Tiger Woods and Paul Casey, these clubs both have a look and feel that simply exudes confidence when you're standing over them at address. The weighting is fantastic and the grips are tacky and comfortable.
Distance: (9.5 out of 10) As we stated earlier Nike's NexCOR technology isn't hype. These clubs are long! Take your standard drive or fairway shot and add about 5 to 8 yards to it. Nike Golf is becoming the industry's emerging leader in R&D and the new VR_S line up is their proof.
Value: (9 out of 10) In this case we're happy to report that even though you will have to drop a pretty penny to put any of these golf clubs in you bag, they are in-fact worth their suggested retail price. They deliver as advertised and that's all we can ask for!
The Bottom Line: We highly recommend the 2012 Nike VR_S line up to anyone who is looking to add distance, speed and accuracy to their game. Best of all you don't have to be a +2 handicap to hit these clubs either. They were designed for the pros, but are suitable for players of all handicaps. Are you getting serious about the VR_S line up and want to see more on the technology and design that went into the production of the VR_S family of clubs? Then make sure to check out the embedded video below, which has cameos from PGA players like Paul Casey and Lucas Golver.
March 19, 2012 8:28 AM | Golf