I received an email today from TGW.com advertising the VR_S hybrid for $63.49 through midnight tomorrow night 10/30. Looks like right now there are a variety of lofts and shaft flexes available for men in both right and left hand, and right hand only for women. For more info, you can check out my product review here, and my video review here. So if you’re looking for a great hybrid at a great price, this could be your chance.
Hey all I came across this deal today at Global Golf where you can get a 4H 24* VR-S hybrid for the low price of $59.99 (original price of $159.99).
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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.
Here’s my video review of the VR_S Hybrid:
If you haven’t read my full review of the VR_S Hybrid, you can read it here:
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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!
–Consumers can take the head-to-head distance challenge and experience the new Nike VR_S line of clubs-
In one of the most robust consumer trial programs Nike Golf has ever introduced, the company is conducting Speed Trials at hundreds of golf courses and retailers across the country. Throughout the season, Nike Speed Trials will offer consumers the opportunity to experience Nike’s fastest lineup ever: the VR_S club line.
Nike Speed Trials will allow consumers to compare the speed and distance of clubs in their current bag, as well as other demo clubs, to the new Nike VR_S products on a launch monitor. With participants’ accumulative distance tallied and recorded on a national leaderboard, individuals can see their results featured on www.nikegolf.com.
“The Speed Trial program is the most aggressive consumer trial campaign in the history of Nike Golf,” said Cindy Davis, President, Nike Golf. “Our VR_S club line is the new face of speed – our fastest family ever. That simply means massive distance gains. We’re saying to the golfer, we have such confidence in this technology that we invite you to experience how it performs against your current clubs and other products.”
Beginning on Saturday, March 31st in the U.S., consumers will be able to participate in Nike Golf’s Speed Trials at five key retailers including, Golfsmith, Golf Town, Golf Galaxy, PGA Superstore and Worldwide Golf Shops. There will be various major sweepstakes at each of these locations and participating consumers will also receive a 20XI two-ball pack, while supplies last. Similar Speed Trial events are already taking place at other key regional and green grass account partners across the country.
The VR_S family includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons. The award-winning VR_S driver and fairway woods feature NexCOR variable face-thickness technology for more speed at impact and greater distance.
Generating more distance for every shot, the Nike VR_S is an extension of the original VR line, which has more than 85 worldwide professional wins including three major championships.
To find a location nearest you, visit the Speed Trials section on www.nikegolf.com.
To learn more about Speed Trials go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou8PciAf62Y
I headed out to Golf Fest Phoenix yesterday, which was held at Longbow Golf Club out in Mesa, Arizona. It was a beautiful day, and Nike Golf was there in full force with many people stopping by the booth and trying out the new VR_S equipment line while I was there. I was also able to reconnect with Phoenix area Nike Golf reps Gordie and Frank, who I had met 3 years ago at a demo day at Desert Mountain Golf Club, but hadn’t seen since.
The full VR Pro and VR_S equipment lines were on display, and many people were checking out the new VR Pro LE driver, fairway woods and VR Pro irons, as well as the full VR_S equipment line. I overheard some comments from people who were impressed by the distance they were getting with the new VR_S driver, and Gordie gave me some more info about the NexCOR face technology that is making these distance gains possible. The sweet spot has been expanded from the middle of the face into more of a figure-8 shape (like the NexCOR icon design in the middle of the face), so mis-hits toward the toe and heel are getting just about as much distance as a shot hit in the center of the face. And I think this is what people are noticing, the distance they are getting from most of their shots — mis-hits as well as shots hit in the center of the face. I’ll be testing the VR_S driver next week, with my review to follow soon after, and I’ll let you know if I experience the same thing.
Golf Fest continues today out at Longbow, and if you’re in the area head on out and stop by the Nike booth and check out the new VR_S line for yourself. And if you do, tell Gordie and Frank I sent you.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the distance gains players have been getting with the new VR_S line, and it sounds like some of the biggest gains have been with the VR_S hybrid. I have not tested this club yet, but am looking forward to seeing how it compares to my previous SQ2 4-hybrid. The VR_S line as a whole has a beautiful visual design, especially for super-game-improvement clubs, and the hybrid is no exception. Check it out in these first-look pics:
– VR_S Hybrids Add Even More Distance to Nike Golf’s Fastest Family –
Nike Golf’s fastest family of clubs ever, the all new VR_S line, has gained more speed and more distance with the launch of the VR_S hybrids. This latest introduction from Nike Golf, the industry’s emerging leader in R&D, delivers a fast, long hybrid that promises to outdistance all others.
The VR_S hybrids share the same remarkable speed and distance attributes as the rest of the VR_S family with the incorporation of the exclusive NexCOR variable face-thickness technology. NexCOR maximizes distance for the widest range of players through a new speed-expanding multi face thickness design. The NexCOR infinity design creates a bridge for ultra-thin, ultra-hot faces and unmatched ball speed from every club in the bag.
By combining NexCOR with a compact aerodynamic design, Nike Golf engineers have been able to deliver in a hybrid the performance of a fairway wood, along with the accuracy and scoring ability of an iron. As a result, the VR_S hybrids launch easier and fly further. In addition, L Face technology positions the weld on the sole to allow for an expanded maximum COR zone from the middle to lower on the face, where the majority of fairway shots are struck.
“By taking a holistic approach to how we’ve designed every club in the VR_S line, we’ve been able to deliver more speed and more distance with every club in the bag,” said Tom Stites, Director of Club Creation for Nike Golf. “These new VR_S hybrids are just like the VR_S driver, fairway woods and irons. They are ultra fast so that they can play their role in getting you to the green more quickly. The result is what every golfer wants – fewer strokes.”
Nike engineers conducted impact studies and were able to map where consumers hit the ball on the face at impact on every club. Based on those results, the location of the NexCOR technology through the entire family of VR_S drivers, fairway woods, irons and hybrids differs from club to club. The result is the fastest, hottest and longest family of golf clubs that Nike Golf has ever produced.
The VR_S family is an extension of Nike Golf’s Tour-proven VR franchise, which, since its 2008 introduction, has been the weapon of choice in 83 worldwide Tour wins, including three major titles.
Starting in March through May 2012, Nike Golf will be conducting VR_S Speed Trials at hundreds of participating golf retail shops and golf courses across the country. Nike’s VR_S Speed Trials will allow consumers to compare the speed of what’s in their current bag to the new Nike VR_S products on a launch monitor. Their accumulative distance will be tallied and recorded on a national leaderboard that will be featured on www.nikegolf.com. For a list of golf shops participating, go to www.nikegolf.com.
Availability: February 3, 2012
2H/18° (RH/LH), 3H/21°, 4H/24° (RH/LH), 5H/27°;
Nike Fubuki K HY: S, R, A;
Street Price: $159.99
Editor’s Note: The post above is from a press release from Nike Golf.
Today Nike Golf Tweeted out a link to their latest TV commercial on their YouTube channel. The 30-second spot titled “VR_S Approach” is the first ad we’ll see about the new VR_S family of woods, hybrids and irons. I hope they do a series of TV ads, I love the style of the ads in the VR_S print, digital and TV campaign I’ve seen so far. I can’t wait to see the next ad — in the meantime, check out this first TV spot on YouTube: