With all the buzz about the new VR_S Covert line coming in February, I wanted to get this review of the VR_S hybrid posted for a couple of reasons — some of you have been specifically asking about this club, and with the price cuts on the VR_S line some of you might want to consider checking out this club as a holiday gift for the golfer in your life, or even for yourself. (Note: my review of the VR_S irons will soon follow).
Nike’s VR_S line of equipment has been out since late January, and this fantastic line of equipment has still not ceased to amaze me. The distance gains and ease of getting the ball in the air has really helped my game, especially since I play much less frequently now, being a business owner and a busy father of two. This is the third in my series of reviews on the VR_S line — previously I reviewed the VR_S driver and fairway wood, and both really impressed me to the point of becoming gamers in my bag when I do hit the course. As much as the driver and fairway wood amazed me, the VR_S hybrid has wowed me even more. Here’s why:
FIRST IMPRESSION: DESIGN/APPEARANCE
The first thing I noticed out of the box was the deep crown of this club — it’s deeper than a traditional hybrid, but not as deep as a fairway wood. It also has ample face area, incorporating the same NexCOR face technology as the driver and fairway wood. The extra crown depth and tall face give me confidence at address that I can get the ball in the air with this club. The VR_S hybrid sports the same design touches as the driver and fairway wood, including the same metallic gray finish and graphics on the crown, the same diffuser plate on the sole and aerodynamic channel around the back of the head.
The head is glued to the shaft and does not feature the same STR8-FIT adjustability system as the driver. The hybrid features the same Fubiki shaft (with very cool throwing star graphics) and Nike Tour Velvet grip by Golf Pride as the driver and fairway wood, and the headcover features the same vinyl VR_S graphics, with an elastic sock at the bottom.
Overall my first impression of the look of the VR_S hybrid was that of a hybrid with a larger, confidence-inspiring footprint, and a club full of game-improvement technology designed to help the average golfer get the ball airborne.
FIRST IMPRESSION: PERFORMANCE
From my first swings on the range to later rounds on the course, the most notable thing about this club was the distance I gained. I was hiting the ball easily 10-15 yards farther than my previous hybrid, and at times the distance gain was 20 yards or more. This club is a rocket, and it’s also very forgiving and easy to hit from a full range of lies. From the fairway, rough, hardpan or even a fairway bunker, I can get the ball in the air and on the way to my target easily with this club. I also have great control with this club, and can shape the ball either way when I need to.
The deep crown and tall face help me to feel that I can pull off a shot when I need to, and that extra bit of confidence usually helps me to make a successful shot. And with the extra distance I get from this club, I don’t feel the need to swing hard with it — I just swing easy and let the VR_S hybrid do the work for me.
Overall my first impression of the performance of the VR_S hybrid was that of a game improvement hybrid that gives significant distance gains and extra confidence when hitting shots from a variety of lies on the course. For more of my first impression from my range test, check out my video review of the VR_S hybrid on the NG Nation YouTube channel.
As mentioned above, my range test showed gains of 10-15 yards on average, with gains of 20 yards and more at times. The distance gains with this club really are significant, I’d say slightly more than the other clubs in the VR_S line. And I’m not the only one who experienced this — a quick search on the web or on Twitter will show other players are experiencing the same distance gains.
This club is not only long, but I can also be very accurate with the VR_S hybrid. The confidence I get from the look of the deeper crown from the playing position allows me to swing smoothly, make solid contact with the ball and send it straight to my target.
I’m able to hit a variety of shots with the VR_S hybrid — I can easily hit the ball high (what this club was predominately designed to do), and I can hit it low when I need to keep the ball down in the wind or hit a low running shot. I can shape shots left and right with the VR_S hybrid, and easily get the ball airborne from a variety of lies.
The VR_S hybrid is especially forgiving — like in the VR_S driver and fairway wood, the sweet spot on the face has been extended towards the heel and toe, and the NexCOR face technology helps mis-hit shots go about as far as shots struck in the middle of the face.
Like the VR_S driver and fairway wood, the hybrid has solid acoustics — it has a pleasing sound when striking the ball, with just a slight hint of a “plink” at impact (not distracting at all). Overall I was very pleased with the sound of the VR_S hybrid.
The VR_S hybrid is a game improvement hybrid that makes the ball go very far. In my range test I experienced distance gains of 10-15 yards on average, with gains of 20 yards and more at times. The deep crown, tall face and large footprint all give me confidence that I can get the ball in the air with this club. It’s easy to hit from any lie on the course, and I’m able to work the ball both ways when I need to. It’s very forgiving on mishit shots, and it sounds great at impact. For these reasons the VR_S hybrid is now always in my bag when I hit the course. If you’re thinking about a new hybrid, especially with the recent price drops on the VR_S line and the holidays coming up, I suggest you give the VR_S hybrid a try.
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.