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February 07, 2011
New technology in a pair of drivers produces shots that explode off the face
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February 07, 2011

Nike

New technology in a pair of drivers produces shots that explode off the face

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VR Pro Combo Irons

The VR Pro Combos maintain a traditional look with a high degree of workability as they change from pocket cavity (three- and four-iron), to split cavity (five, six and seven) to blades (eight through pitching wedge). The pocket-cavity design produces higher trajectory on longer shots, the split cavity helps players work shots, and the blades deliver unsurpassed short-game feel. Says Nike staffer Justin Leonard, "The pocket-cavity long irons look, feel and sound like a blade, but it is much easier to get the ball in the air with these."

VR Pro Driver

The VR Pro has a pear-shaped head designed with direct input from Nike players. The pear shape allows for more weight at the optimal center of gravity and delivers a hotter launch with optimal spin for the game's best players. The VR Pro also features a new Variable Compression Channel, which extends the length of the face. "The compression channel was designed to give tour players increased ball speeds for their go-to shots, which are not always in the center of the face," says Tom Stites, Nike's director of product creation. "The channel action delivers a similar ball speed as you would get from the center of the face." Says staff member Stewart Cink, "Ball speed is the name of the game. That's the goal of all players when we change drivers or balls, and that's a direct relationship to distance in the form of carry. The compression channel helps with that."

SQ Machspeed Black Driver

The sleek, drag-reducing aerodynamics of the Machspeed Black produce a 360-degree airflow for faster clubhead speed. A deeper face delivers increased ball speed across the face, resulting in greater distance on off-center hits. "It feels as if the ball explodes off the face," says Nike staff member Lucas Glover. The Machspeed Black also produces a lower ball flight and spin rate than the original Machspeed, thus creating longer drives. Available in round and square shapes (square for forgiveness, round for workability), the Machspeed Black comes with Nike's STR8-FIT technology (eight face-angle options, from two degrees open to two degrees closed).

Method Core Putter

The newest member of the Method family features a red polymer-aluminum insert that lessens impact vibrations, produces a pure sound and, most important, grabs the ball at impact, which helps eliminate the backspin that causes skidding and misdirection. The less backspin, the more true the putt will roll. "By introducing Polymetal Groove Technology, we've found a way to create the desired launch angle with the stability and speed control of a skid-free roll," says David Franklin, Nike's club designer. Paul Casey was the first Nike player to win with the Method and has been an advocate of the technology since he first tested the prototype. "You can really feel the difference of how the ball comes off the face," says Casey, "and you can see the difference in how it rolls."

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