Tom Stites, director of product creation for Nike Golf, is scheduled to hit Edmonton for the Alberta PGA Buying Show on Tuesday, just as that company has released a full lineup of new products. Stites will be in the Nike booth on from 9am – 3:30pm to discuss the latest in Nike golf club design and technology.
Stites’ arrival in Edmonton comes after last week’s introduction of several new Nike products. You can read GNN’s update on the new SQ Machspeed Black driver by clicking here. Below are the other products introduced to the Canadian market last week. Images were not obtainable at press time – GNN will post when available.
- METHOD CORE PUTTER
The new Nike Method Core putter features a polymer-aluminum insert that consists of an aluminum insert face with polymer back that goes all the way through the small milled grooved.
The polymer aluminum insert is in place to lessen impact vibrations, provide pure sound and to grab the ball at impact for a smooth, controlled forward roll at impact and to eliminate backspin that leads to skidding and mis-direction.
“It used to take upwards of four degrees of loft to achieve this kind of launch angle, but four degrees of loft creates skid, which causes the ball to be unstable and inconsistent in speed,” said Nike Golf club designer David Franklin.
“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.”
The Method Core comes after the success of the Method putter and will be available in five models including three blades, one mid-mallet and one mallet.
- VR PRO BLADES
The new VR Pro Blades from Nike feature new X3X frequency grooves and a more meticulous forging process.
The new precision-forging technique is designed to take the club to a near-finished level in order to eliminate most hand work and ensure consistency and performance throughout the set.
Each iron face is milled to a flat surface, then carefully die-stamped, pressing grooves to exact specifications for low variance and consistency.
Each VR Pro Blade iron has new X3X high frequency grooves. There are more grooves closer together and deeper on the clubface to provide more control and consistency in various conditions, while still conforming to new rules.
The VR Pro Blades have a flatback design for feel and workability, while the grind and profile are the same as its predecessor, the VR Forged TW Blade irons.
The VR Pro Blades are available in three through pitching wedge with Dynamic Gold shafts in three flexes. Right-handed and left-handed are available.
- VR PRO CAVITY IRONS
The new VR Pro Cavity irons are built for forgiveness, distance and improved ball flight through their Opti-Mass Weighting System that puts weight lower, deeper and more centralized to place the centre of gravity in position for better trajectory and distance.
Opti-Mass is an injection-molded blend of polymer and high-density tungsten that also serves as a dampening tool.
The VR Pro Cavity irons also employ new Linear Centre of Gravity Mapping, moving the CG gradually throughout each club in the set for better launch and more consistent distance control from each iron.
The VR Pro Cavity irons maintain the traditional look of the VR Pro Blades and VR pro Combo irons.
Right-handed and left-handed models are available with Dynalite 110 steel shafts in three flexes.
- VR PRO HYBRID
The new Nike VR Pro Hybrid combines full Compression Channel technology with a hotter face.
The VR Pro Hybrid has variable face thickness that is 21 per cent over the previous VR Hybrid.
The sole camber on the new model is flatter on lower lofts for tighter lies and deeper on the higher lofts to provide more options off varied turf conditions.
Designed to closely match the profiles of the VR Pro Combo Irons for a consistent look at address, the VR Pro Hybrids have a longer clubhead to eliminate the tendency to create more draw by moving the centre of gravity away from the hosel. Moving the centre of gravity slightly forward and lower has the objective of a more pentrating flight.
Loft options include 15 (right-handed only), 18, 21 and 24 degrees in right-handed and left-handed. All are available in Project X graphite 6.5, 6.0, 5.5, 5.0. 4.5.
- VR PRO FAIRWAY WOODS
A Variable Compression Channel and STR8-Fit face angle are features of the new VR Pro Fairway Woods from Nike that are designed to deliver more distance.
Also featuring a traditional pear-shaped head, the VR Tour Pro has a flatter sole and lower profile for better launch.
“The work with our tour staff lead us to a fairway wood which is hotter over a larger area of the face and has a flatter sole for ease off of tight lies,” said Nike Golf’s director of production creation Tom Stites.
“The STR8-FIT Tour adapter allows us to position the head precisely where the player wants it, which maximizes visual confidence and performance.”
The STR8-FIT Tour technology provides 32 options to customize the face angle and offer versatility for various shots.