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May 22, 2013

Nike offers three new sole grinds for VR Forged Wedges

Posted at 4:16 PM by Michael Chwasky


From left: VR Forged Standard Grind; VR Forged Dual Narrow Grind; VR Forged Dual Wide Grind (Nike)

Nike Golf has extended the VR Forged Wedge line to include three new sole grinds: Standard Grind, Dual Narrow Grind, and Dual Wide Grind ($129.99). 

Based on the needs of Nike Tour staffers, the three grinds are designed to offer optimum performance from a wide variety of turf conditions and playing situations. The Standard Grind model is the most versatile in all conditions and was inspired by the model played by Tiger Woods. This grind promotes a proper address position without requiring the face to be opened or manipulated. The Standard Grind is recommended for players who want all their wedges to play similarly with loft as the only variable. 

The Dual Narrow Grind model features a narrow sole width, increased bounce, and extreme sole relief. The wedge is designed to sit low to the ball regardless of face position (open or square). This model was inspired by Paul Casey, who likes a wedge that allows for more shotmaking ability.

The Dual Wide Grind came about through work with Nike's European Tour players, who face wet conditions more often than US players. This model offers the increased forgiveness and ease of use normally associated with wide sole, low bounce wedges and is the easiest of the three to use for greenside shots. The Dual Wide Grind was designed with feedback from Francesco Molinari.

All three models are built with Nike's high-frequency X3X grooves and laser crosshatch pattern, which significantly increases surface texture for greater spin in all situations. 

VR Forged Standard Grind 

Finish Options: Tour Satin, Black Oxide

Loft/Bounce Options: 48/10; 50/10; 52/10; 54/12; 56/14; 58/10; 60/10 (available in RH)

52/10; 56/14; 60/10 (available LH, Tour Satin only) 

VR Forged Dual Narrow Grind

Finish Options: Tour Satin, Black Oxide

Loft/Bounce Options: 56/16; 58/14; 60/13 (available in RH)

VR Forged Dual Wide Grind

Finish Options: Tour Satin, Black Oxide

Loft/Bounce Options: 56/8; 60/6 (available in RH)

RELATED: ClubTesters review Nike VR Forged Wedges

August 08, 2012

PGA Championship apparel for Woods, Fowler, Schwartzel and more

Posted at 1:02 PM by Jessica Marksbury

It's the final major of the year, and that means it's also the last high-profile opportunity for golf companies to showcase their players wearing the latest apparel collections. This week, Rickie Fowler won't be the only player in bright colors and prints. Check out the scripts below for some of the season's best looks from brands like Nike, Callaway and Puma.


Tiger scripting
Schwartzel scripting
Cink scripting
Casey scripting
Molinari scripting
Pettersson scripting
Dyson scripting
Coston scripting
Representing Puma, Rickie Fowler:
Rickie scripting

Brian Davis Scripting - PGA CHampionship


Keegan Bradley Scripting PGA Championship

Mark Wilson Scripting PGA Championship


Wearing Callaway, Alvaro Quiros (Friday - Sunday):
Alvaro's PGA Championship Scripting-2_new

Cameron Tringale PGA Championship

John Senden PGA Championship 2012
Poulter USPGA

DJ_PGA Champ_2012

Garcia_PGA Champ_2012

Rose_PGA Champ_2012

January 06, 2011

Using a new core technology, Nike pros start using the 20XI golf balls

Posted at 10:37 AM by David Dusek

Nike-20XI-Golf-Ball_600x450 Mark Alan, Nike Golf's product line manager for golf balls, will tell you the biggest recent advancement in balls was the switch from wound balls to solid-core models.

But Alan and Nike think the next major advance is about to be made with the 20XI-s and the 20XI-x, both slated to be available May 1.

The most unique aspect of the new 20XI (Get it? 20+XI=2011) is its core, which is made by injection-molding a new resin that Nike developed with DuPont. The material took four years to perfect, and Nike claims that the new core makes the 20XI 2-3 mph faster than the company's previous offerings with compression-molded rubber cores.

Because the core material is so light, Nike engineers were able to use heavier materials in the layers that surround the core, which should add durability and increase the ball's moment of inertia (MOI).

"You can think of it as a perimeter-weighted golf ball," Alan said.

A high MOI helps a club resist twisting on off-center impacts. In golf balls, Nike says the increased MOI affects the 20XI's spin.

"It resists spinning at impact with the driver," Alan says. "But once you get the ball spinning, it stays." It also means the ball is less affected by cross winds.

That should come in handy this week in Hawaii, where both Anthony Kim and Francesco Molinari are expected to play the ball during the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Alan says the balls should leave the clubface with 100-200 rpm less spin than Nike's previous premium offerings (the ONE Tour), but will have 100-200 rpm more spin after the ball reaches the apex of its trajectory. That should mean more green-grabbing spin on approach shots.

While both models are made using four pieces—including the same core and compression layer—the 20XI-s has a softer urethane cover that should produce more spin around the greens. The 20XI-x also features a urethane cover, but its firmer, so the ball should produce slightly more distance.

Expect to see the new Nike 20XI-s and 20XI-x in pro shops for about $45.99 per dozen.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Nike  clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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November 07, 2010

Winner's Bag: Francesco Molinari at WGC-HSBC Champions

Posted at 7:52 PM by David Dusek

  Francesco Molinari HSBC Nike

DRIVER: Nike VR Str-8 Fit Tour (10.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike SasQuatch Sumo (13°) with a Mitsubishi Javlnfx M7 shaft
HYBRID: Nike SasQuatch Sumo (18°) with a Mitsubishi Javlnfx M9 shaft
IRONS: Nike VR Pro Combos (Split Cavity 3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold HL S300 shafts
WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (52°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold HL S300 shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Monte Carlo
BALL: Nike One Tour D

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Nike  clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

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(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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