I’ve had the VR_S driver, 3-wood, 4-hybrid and irons in my bag for about three months now, and I’m sold on the technology in this new line of equipment. I’ve completed my testing, the driver review is up on the blog, and the other three are soon to follow. Last Saturday I headed to Golfsmith down in Chandler, Arizona to take an official Nike Golf VR_S Speed Trial, and I want to share the results of my Speed Trial here with you.
When I arrived at Golfsmith, there were two gentlemen ahead of me, so I had to wait a bit to get my Speed Trial underway. When it was my turn, I was greeted by Nike reps Jeff and Adam, Jeff checked me in and I was ready to go. I had brought my SQ MachSpeed Black Driver, SQ Sumo (SQ2) 3-wood and SQ Sumo hybrid with me to test against, the same three clubs I used in my range and on-course testing. I started with the driver, taking three swings with my SQ MachSpeed Black, and then three swings with the VR_S. Even though the MachSpeed Black is last year’s model, there was big difference in the results — I gained an average of 12 yards between the three swings. This echoed what I had experienced in my range testing, where I was getting gains between 10 and 15 yards.
Next was the fairway wood test — I started with three swings with my SQ2 3-wood, followed by three swings with the VR_S 3-wood. The results here surprised me a little, as in this test I actually hit my SQ2 3-wood an average of three yards farther than the VR_S 3-wood. This is not what I experienced on the range, where I was hitting the VR_S 3-wood around 10 yards on average farther than the SQ2. But the official result in my Speed Trial was -3 yards.
Last was the hybrid test, three swings with the SQ2 and three swings with the VR_S. This club is the one I experienced the most difference with, both on the range and in my Speed Trial. In the Speed Trial I had an average distance gain of 13.5 yards. In my range testing I was averaging around 15 yards gained, but on some swings I was getting upwards of 20 yards and more extra distance. From what I’ve heard on Twitter other players are also seeing big dance gains with the VR_S hybrid. We’ll have to see what Chris Wang, the winner of our Fantasy Four first half season prize of a VR_S hybrid, sees as far as a distance gain.
I was really glad I went to take an official Speed Trial, because I not only found out the difference in distance between my old SQ woods and hybrid and the new VR_S, but I was able to see the difference in spin rates and other info that was collected from my test swings. Adam took some extra time and explained to me what some of these numbers meant and what numbers indicate a good swing.
I highly recommend taking a Speed trial for yourself, they are going on through May 13th. If you can’t make it to an official Speed Trial event, you can also go to your local golf retailer and test the VR_S for yourself. If you’ve tried the VR_S line, let us know in the comments below what your results were as far as the difference in distance you’ve seen from your old clubs.
A big thanks to Adam and Jeff for taking me through the Speed Trial, and I’m now entered in the Golfsmith contest to win a round of golf with Tiger Woods, wish me luck!