Early this year Nike Golf released its line of VR Pro irons, which features classic iron designs in three different models for three levels of play. The line includes the VR Pro Blades for better players, the VR Pro Combo Irons for low- to mid-handicappers and the VR Pro Cavity Irons for mid- to high-handicappers. After reviewing the VR Pro Combos, I was curious to see how the VR Pro Cavities would compare. Earlier this year Nike Golf sent me a set of the VR Pro Cavities to test and review, and I share my findings with you here.
FIRST IMPRESSION: DESIGN/APPEARANCE
Out of the box the VR Pro Cavity irons have the appeal of a traditional iron design that also incorporates game-improvement characteristics. The head design is clean and classic, with progressive elements incorporated into the cavity. The head is beautifully chromed from hosel to toe, with the exception of the face where the grooves are and inside the cavity. The cavity incorporates an Opti-Mass insert (the same material that’s used in the new Method Core Drone putter) that moves weight lower and deeper in the head, keeping the center of gravity in an ideal position to optimize trajectory and distance. The CG also moves throughout the set, keeping its position ideal for each club in the bag (read more about the technology in the VR Pro Cavity irons in Nike Golf’s press release). There is also extra weight added to the toe to help higher handicappers close the face at impact. The toe profile is higher than in the VR Pro Blades or Pro Combos, the topline is thicker and the sole is wider, all to increase forgiveness. The stock shaft is the True Temper Dynalite 110, and the stock grips are VR Tour Velvet by Golf Pride. Overall The VR Pro Cavity is a great looking iron with built-in game improvement technology.
FIRST IMPRESSION: PERFORMANCE
From my first swings on the range I could feel the game improvement characteristics of these irons. These irons are very solid and easy to hit, without the clunkiness that some super game improvement irons have. This was confirmed on the course, where the VR Pro Cavities helped me get the ball in the air and swing with confidence. These irons have a great feel and solid sound at impact, and produced a mid to high ball flight for me. They have a great combination of forgiveness and workability — they make it easy to get the ball in the air and still have great feel for working the ball in either direction. Distance was great with these irons, both because of the technology in them and the fact that I was able to swing easily and confidently. Overall I was very pleased with the performance of the VR Pro Cavities — they were easy to hit, produced a great ball flight and allowed me to swing with confidence.
APPEARANCE AT ADDRESS
The topline of the VR Pro Cavities is thicker than that in the VR Pro Blades or Pro Combos, but I did not find this bothersome or distracting. The cavity was not visible in any of the irons in the set. These irons have a slight offset that will help higher handicappers close the face at impact. The look at impact is pleasing, that of a traditional, classic iron design.
These irons are easy to hit and make it easy to move the ball right or left. I was able to spin the ball when I wanted to, but I didn’t get as much spin as I do with my Pro Combos. I was able to hit the ball high and land it softly when I needed to, and with the confidence I had with these irons I felt I had control of my golf ball on the course.
The VR Pro Cavity irons promote a mid to high ball flight throughout the set. With the longer irons I got a lower, boring trajectory and with the short irons I was able to consistently produce shots that fly high and land softly.
I had very good distance control with the VR Pro Cavities. I was able to swing easier and get great distance, and distance was consistent from club to club and from shot to shot. Both long and iron shots traveled the distance I expected.
The confidence I gained from these irons allowed me to play more aggressively with these irons. I felt I could aim at my target, swing easy and the ball would go there. Off-center hits also kept their line very well thanks to the game improvement technology in these irons. These irons promote confidence, and for me confidence promotes accuracy.
The VR Pro Cavities have great feel and feedback considering the game improvement technology these irons possess — not the same feel you would get from a blade, but substantially better than a super game improvement iron. They feel pure and solid when the ball is hit near the center of the clubface, and off-center hits have a solid feel also thanks to the dampening effect of the Opti-Mass insert. And even with the solid off-center hits, I was able to consistently sense when I mis-hit a shot and where on the club face.
These irons are very forgiving — I was able to get good distance on off-center hits, almost the same as one hit near the center of the face. The taller toe helps with misses out towards the toe (where most higher handicappers tend to miss). My mis-hit shots felt solid, went towards my target and went about the distance I would expect from a good shot hit in the middle of the club face.
The VR Pro Cavities have nice solid sound at impact. I had heard that they had a “clanky” sound at impact, sort of like a “plink”, but this was not my experience. I only heard a pleasing “thwack” when I struck the ball.
The VR Pro Cavities lived up to my expectations, and they complete a trio of great iron designs in the VR Pro line. They look great, they have great feel and the game improvement technology they possess helped my game. The traditional lines of the head design looked great in my bag. They felt solid at impact, I was able to work the ball right or left, and controlling distance was easy. The mid to high ball flight allowed me to hit longer iron shots on a medium trajectory that held its line, and short iron shots flew high and landed softly. The high toe profile and extra weight behind the toe helped shots missed in that area of the club face to hold their distance and direction. And the Opti-Mass insert dampened off-center hits and gave each shot a solid feel. These irons are part of the 2012 Nike Golf equipment line also, so if you’re looking for an iron that has a clean, classic look and will also help you improve your score and make the game more fun, look no further than the VR Pro Cavity irons.
Have you tried the VR Pro Cavities yet? If you have, let us know what you think in the comments below.
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The reviewer/author was not paid for this review, and the opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.