By Patrick Tuttle
on 11.15.11
Photo by Nike + GP

Nike Golf’s latest metal wood offerings have just been released and while the “Limited Edition” moniker caught our eye, an upgraded face technology is what grabbed our attention. Nike is unveiling its own multi-face thickness technology with NexCOR and when coupled with an enhanced compression channel results in a hotter club face and higher ball speeds. What that means to you: faster and further. We’ve spent a few weeks with the driver and fairway woods ahead of Nike’s official release. Just enough time to take a closer look at the intricacies of how they play as a set.

Our review continues after the jump.

With the new 430cc Nike VR Pro Limited Edition Driver ($420), Nike has opted to forgo the STR8-Fit adjustable shaft for a straight glued-in option. We have to wonder why the back step in technology, but considering we’ve never made a major adjustments after setting the club once the change makes sense. The Diamana ‘Ahina shaft is made to fit the club based on Nike’s exact specifications and combined with the smaller head, certainly makes this a better players club. All that being said, we fell in love after only a handful of swings. Nike has put a tremendous effort into disguising technology and keeping the club’s look, feel and sound very traditional, even preserving the “pear” head shape.

If our time with the driver was positive, then the Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood ($275) we tested put simply put us on cloud nine. Using the same technology and shaft as the driver the 3-wood has one other improvement that was immediately noticeable. Nike has extended the club’s face and wrapped it around to the underside of the head, effectively shifting the weld seam from the bottom of the club face to the sole. As it was explained to me by the Nike Boffins, weld seams are colder for energy transfer and by shifting it away from an area of ball contact they have significantly improved ball speeds. We concur. The low face profile made hitting from the turf easy and it had plenty of fire power to step back and rip it off the tee.

Not to sound like we’re gushing, but it’s difficult to say enough about the pair. Nike has nailed the look and feel. Our only gripe is the head cover — pompoms. Really?

Like a lot of our fellow golfers, we’ve never put much stock in paring a driver with fairway woods until now. Transitioning between the two was similar to swapping irons and we’re confident that will translate to more consistency on the course.

Buy Now: $420 Driver | $275 Fairway Wood