Justin Leonard Talks Machspeed Driver
"When I looked at the shape of the club, I kind of laughed. I couldn't believe that I was trying a driver that was so far from a classic shape. But I was shocked when I first saw the ball come off the face. I like the fact that I hit it farther [one of the shorter hitters on Tour, he laughs]. With this driver I'll be able to curve it and hit it about 10 yards farther. [To the traditionalist, Leonard says,] Give it three or four balls. The initial glance is, 'Oh, dear.' Then it's, 'O.K., I get it.'"
Tom Stites Talks Machspeed Irons
"The Machspeed is the embodiment of doing everything possible to make a club forgiving and easy to hit. We've moved the center of gravity as far from the face as possible—toward the back of the club—to help the player get the ball in the air. For that kind of golfer, to play the ball in the air is the most difficult thing. It's still nice to have a set of irons in your bag. Basically we've made a set of irons that play like a set of hybrids." Tom Stites is the director of club creation at Nike Golf.
Paul Casey Talks VR Tour Driver
"The VR Tour is a great blend of technology and aesthetics. It still has a high moment of inertia, but combined with the new compression channel, I can get away with off-center hits toward the bottom of the club face and not lose distance. The big advantage for consumers is that they can customize the loft and lie with 32 different positions. They can shape the ball a little easier. The most pleasant surprise is that the technology feels as good if not better than a traditional glued driver. My worry was that the feeling up the shaft into my grip would be different, as this is not a permanent connection. But the feel is great, and knowing that I can change the loft and lie is really cool for a fan of club technology."
Tom Stites Talks VR Irons
"The VR line is basically a graduated system, from the blade to the mid-cavity and the full cavity, which has more game-improvement features. This line is for the more advanced player. With the middle club and the full cavity we spent a lot of time on sound and feel. The most important thing for a more discriminating player is to have a club that sounds good and feels good coming off the face. In testing, we got a lot of really good feedback on that."
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