The snow has hopefully stopped in New York, which means it’s melting and the ground will be wet for a while. As golf season hopefully gets underway up here, I anticipate the first few rounds this season will be played in wet conditions. With Nike’s new high-frequency groove technology called X3X, which Nike has on the 2011 Victory Red line, playing in wet conditions should produce close to the same effect and response as on dry conditions.
In early January at the NGN outing, I was able to test the new Vr Pro Combos against my old Pro Combos and noticed that there had been consistent ball flight and spin with the different grooves. With the X3X grooves, Nike has moved each groove closer together and deeper on the clubface, to provide consistent control and feel in all conditions.
In simpler terms, the principles of X3X mean that the increased number of grooves contacting a golf ball should compensate for the spin lost from the recent groove change, which decreased the volume and edge of grooves. The “3” in X3X refers to the U.S. Golf Association rule that the space between grooves must be at least three times the width of a single groove. Therefore, grooves went from say, 12 deeper grooves, to 16 or so more shallow grooves. Each iron has four or five extra grooves, depending on the height of the blade. In my experience, those who switch from old grooves to new grooves are not likely to notice a difference on iron shots from the fairway or even from light rough. I tested my 7 iron from the old set and a 7 iron from the new set and felt no difference.
Here’s a look at the new groove face: