NIKE SET TO LAUNCH VICTORY REDS
Nike are set to launch their new Victory Red irons with resounding endorsements from star staffers, Tiger Woods and Paul Casey.
Nike are set to launch their new Victory Red irons with resounding endorsements from two of their star staffers, Tiger Woods and Paul Casey.
Set to go to market in the US on November 1, Nike’s new Tour-inspired family of premium irons will come in three sets targeted at three different markets.
For the pros like Woods and Casey and low handicap amateurs who enjoy blades, there is the Victory Red (VR) forged TW blade set that will containing a 3-iron to a pitching wedge with an option of extra stiff, stiff and regular steel shafts. They will have MSRP of $999.99 per set and $124.99 per club starting with a 2 iron.
For the mid-to-low handicap players there is the forged split cavity set of VR irons which are also to be offered in sets containing a 3-iron to a pitching wedge with the same shaft options at the same prices as the forged irons.
And for the moderate to higher handicap golfers there is the game-improving full cavity VR set.
In this case, there will be men’s and women’s sets ranging from a 4-iron to an A Wedge with a wide range of optional shafts in steel (XS, S and R) and graphite (S, R and A) with MSRPs of $799.99 for sets with steel shafts and 999.99 with Graphite.
Individual clubs in the VR full cavity clubs will include 3 irons and sand and lob wedges and will only be available in graphite shafts at an MSRP of $134.99
Casey, reigning Masters champion Trevor Immelman and Canadian Stephen Ames all teed off with Victory Reds for the first time at The Barclays nine days ago with Casey, who tied for 7th and has subsequently been named as one of Europe’s two Ryder Cup wild cards, being especially impressed.
“For me, they go about two to three yards further than my old set,” said Casey.
The VR forged irons feature a more traditional muscle back design that includes a conspicuous and recognizable “TW” (Tiger Woods) mark.
The center of gravity of the Victory Red TW Blades is positioned to Tiger’s specs and provides the ultimate kind of control and shot shaping demanded by Nike Golf’s preeminent athlete himself.
Made of 1025 Forged Carbon Steel with a CNC milled face, the Victory Red Forged TW Blade differentiates from Nike’s original Blades with a more modified backpad and a slightly thicker toe.
“I like the new VR Blades because of the consistent feel throughout the bag, how good it looks in a playing position and my workability,” said Woods of the new clubs after working with proto types before his mid-year knee Operation
“I can shape the ball both ways, change my trajectory, do whatever I need to do to hit the ball closest to the hole and be as efficient as I can throughout the round.
“That’s ultimately what you want to have happen. I hope to have these new irons in my bag upon my return to competition,” added the recuperating World No 1 who used a 60-degree Victory Red Wedge during his stunning performance at the US Open in June.
Nike’s Victory Red Forged Split Cavity irons differ from the blades in that they have a moderately wider sole and slightly thicker topline.
Still maintaining a traditional look with a high degree of workability, the Victory Red Forged Split Cavity includes a split back design that positions the center of gravity behind the sweet spot for ball control while providing forgiveness.
Made of 1025 Forged Carbon Steel, the VR Forged Split Cavity irons are machined to precise tolerances to optimize feel and accuracy.
The CNC Milled Face also ensures uniform ball compression for consistent ball flight and distance control and overall the club provides a higher trajectory and is more forgiving than the forged blades despite their loft and lie being the same as the VR TW Blades.
“The first time I hit the VR Forged Split Cavity irons, I immediately noticed what a great feel they have as the head penetrates through the ground,” said Nike Tour professional Lucas Glover says.
“I really like the shape of these new irons. The look and feel is terrific.”
The Nike VR full cavity irons have more offset than both the Victory Red TW Blades and Victory Red Forged Split Cavity irons.
Their deep, full cavity, wide sole, thick topline and moderate offset provide added forgiveness and confidence for the average golfer.
Made from 431 Stainless Steel, they provide a soft, crisp feel (25% softer than the commonly used 17-4 Stainless) and the full cavity clubhead design positions the center of gravity further back to facilitate high launching and a softer landing with approach shots.
Perimeter weighting and the undercut cavity distribute more weight to the perimeter of the iron to increase its MOI and produce more forgiveness on off-center hits.
Thinner face thickness on the top and progressive thickness closer to the bottom move weight closer to the sole and lower the center of gravity.
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