The Nike VR Pro Cavity irons replace the Nike Victory Red irons. The headsize is smaller than the original Victory Reds, and the top line is thinner. This hasn’t resulted in the loss of any forgiveness thanks to the new technology in the back of the head.
Considering they sit towards the game-improvement end of Nike’s line-up, the heads looked more compact at address. This moves them away from being all-out game improvers. The three sets in Nike’s VR range all feature stylish red and black graphics that look great on the shelf. The Pro Cavity is the busiest-looking design, highlighting the technology on offer.
The True Temper Dynalite 110 shafts felt solid throughout the set and particularly impressed in the long irons, really helping to get the ball up and away on a good flight. The Golf Pride/Nike offering combines a good balance of a soft feel with plenty of grip. It is slightly thicker than the standard grips that feature on Nike’s new Combo and blade designs.
The heads feature Nike’s Opti-Mass weighting system. This means the centre of gravity moves throughout the set to help provide the optimal launch for each iron in the bag. The long irons are three-piece with added weight to improve forgiveness. The mid irons are two-piece for feel and forgiveness, and the short irons are one-piece to help optimise feel.
RRP £490 (S) £560 (G) 4-PW
The firm feel gives the impression of added distance in the longer clubs, but they lacked high levels of feedback in the shorter clubs. The feel through impact is not the key benefit here. The head design produces a lower trajectory than you might expect from a game-improvement design, and this resulted in a penetrating flight, with plenty of run from the longer irons. The long irons are very forgiving, particularly considering the heads aren’t the biggest. Slight misses in both the heel and the toe still produced solid distances. Distance control Yardage gaps between clubs were surprisingly consistent through the set. Players looking for all-out distance should try the SQ MachSpeed, which fly further. PGA pro verdict Good looks, although slightly too much ‘polished chrome’ which seems to cheapen the visual somewhat. Performance throughout the set was solid and the flight was consistent, as you would expect from the VR range. The Opti-Mass weighting system helps the launch angle off the blade, and it was easy to shape and flight. The Dynalite 110 shaft was solid and helped to feel the head weight at impact (John Jacobs).