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August 04, 2014

Limited Run Nike MM Proto Irons Available Now

Posted at 2:24 PM by Michael Chwasky

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Just 40 sets of Nike's MM Proto blade irons ($1500) are available starting today. Designed in conjunction with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlory (who used one of the irons in his Open Championship win), each set of the MM Proto blades are laser engraved with The Oven logo and are individually numbered. Personalized stamping and a wide variety of custom options are also avaialble. 

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Orders can be placed (one order per customer) on nike.com until 4pm PST on August 6th and are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. 

(Photos: Courtesy of Nike)

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Rory McIlroy's Gear at 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Posted at 10:05 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Rory McIlory shot a pair of 66's over the weekend to capture his first WGC event and overtake Adam Scott as the top player in the world. Here's the Nike gear he used to edge Sergio Garcia by two strokes: 

DRIVERNike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 70 TX shaft

FAIRWAY WOODNike VR_S Covert 2.0 (15°), Nike VR_S Covert (19°) with Fujikura Rombax 95 X shaft

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9) with Project X 7.0 steel shafts

WEDGESNike VR Forged (46°, 52°, 56°, 59°) with Project X 7.0 steel shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006 Prototype

BALL: Nike RZN Black

SHOES: Nike Lunar Control 

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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July 18, 2014

Rory McIlroy's Winning Gear at The British Open

Posted at 1:32 PM by Robert Sauerhaft
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Rory McIlroy tees off the 4th hole during the second round of the 2014 Open Championship. (Getty Images)

 

DRIVER: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver X TS 70 shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike VRS Covert (15°) with Fujikura Rombax 95 X shaft

IRONS: Nike MM Proto (2), Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9) with Project X 7.0 steel shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (47°, 54°, 59°) with Project X 6.5 steel shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

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June 25, 2014

New Nike Lunar Waverly, Lunar Mont Royal Golf Shoes

Posted at 11:03 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Nike Golf has added two new models to their Versatility footwear family, the Lunar Waverly ($140) and the Lunar Mont Royal ($100), both of which are designed to be equally comfortable on and off the course.  

“The Lunar Waverly and Lunar Mont Royal were really inspired by classic Nike footwear styles, and we adapted those designs for athletes who want a golf shoe with versatile appeal,” says Carl Madore, Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead. “These are shoes with incredible performance technology that are great for playing 18 holes or wearing before or after the round, too. You can hit balls at the driving range on your lunch break without ever changing your shoes. These styles are modeled after some of Nike’s first shoes but modernized to perform specifically for our sport.”

The Lunar Waverly (pictured) was created through a concerted effort between Nike Golf and Nike Sports Research Lab and features waffle traction lugs that are reminiscent of Nike's earliest shoes. Other features include Dynamic Flywire technology that provides outstanding lateral support, premium waterproof full-grain leather uppers, anti-microbial cork sock liners, and full-length Lunarlon foam cushioning. 

The Lunar Mont Royal is a bit of an homage to the Nike Montreal, which was introduced in 1975 as Steve Prefontaine's signature shoe. Featuring the same famous color pattern and running-style design as Prefontaine's model, the Mont Royal is built with Lunarlon foam in the heel for extreme cushioning and a traditional Nike waffle sole for excellent grip in a variety of turf conditions. 

Both models are available July 1st.

(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)

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June 23, 2014

Michelle Wie's Winning Gear at 2014 U.S. Women's Open

Posted at 11:27 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Michelle Wie's breakthrough at the U.S. Women's Open didn't come without drama. After taking a drop on the 16th hole that lead to a double bogey, she headed to the 17th tee with a slimmer-than-slim one stroke lead over #1 player in the world Stacy Lewis. Lewis, who shot a final round 66 to post even par for the tournament, was hitting balls on the range in preparation for an impending playoff when Wie drained a 15-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th, extending her lead to two shots with one hole to play. After a stress-free par on the 18th, Wie walked away with her first major championship which, by the looks of her game, could be the first of many. Here's a complete list of her winning gear from Pinehurst: 

DRIVER: Nike Covert 2.0 (9.5°) with UST Mamiya Proforce 69X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike Covert 2.0 (13°) with UST Mamiya Proforce 75X shaft

HYBRIDS: Nike VR_S Covert (17°, 23°) with Fujikura Motore Speeder shaft

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Combo Split Cavity (5, 6), Nike VR Pro Blade (7-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold HL shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR X3X Dual Wide (52°), Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold HL shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

(Photo: Getty Images)

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May 26, 2014

Rory McIlroy on how the Nike VR X3X Toe Wedge helped him win the BMW PGA and his ideal driver-ball combo

Posted at 12:08 PM by Michael Chwasky

X3xRory McIlroy is known as one of the greatest drivers in the game, but his short game was the key to his win at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday, when he overcame a seven-shot deficit in the final round.

During his back-nine 32, McIroy chipped in for birdie on the par-3 10th, got up-and-down from the short side to save par on the par-3 14th, got up-and-down from the greenside rough for birdie on 17 and then got up-and-down from a bunker on 18 for another birdie and a two-shot lead. McIlroy made all these shots with a club that wasn't even in his bag at the start of the year: his 59-degree Nike X3X toe-sweep wedge [photo, right].

The unorthodox wedge -- with a wide sole near the toe and a narrow sole width at the heel -- looked a little unusual to the traditional-minded McIlroy when he first saw it, but he tried it out at Quail Hollow and loved how it played out of the rough.

"I'm pretty confident and can play all the shots," McIlroy said, "but [the toe sweep] is easier to play on some shots when you need to work really hard to keep the club open. This club really slides through the thick grass and that really gives me confidence to stay aggressive when I miss the green."

VIDEO: How Nike's Flop-Friendy Toe Sweep Wedge Works

McIlroy credited his new wedge for his up-and-downs from the rough on Sunday and also his bunker shot on 18.

"I’ve always been someone with not a lot of bounce to my wedges but I think it’s helped my bunker play as well," he said.

During the week McIlroy averaged more than 294-yards in driving distance. He said that his ideal driver-ball combination is "something that launches the ball at the right angle with good ball speed and a good spin rate." He doesn't try to lower his spin rate because that spin helps him find the fairway.

"I know some guys want less spin," McIlroy said, "but for me a little extra spin keeps the flight tight for me and with my high swing speed I can get away with it."

Known as a superlative feel player, McIlroy also talked about how his ball -- the Nike RZN Black -- feels at impact.

"It feels solid, and it feels softer than the ball I was playing last year," McIlroy said. "It performs well in the wind and rarely gets touched by the wind. Days with a little wind like yesterday you don’t have to aim too much off-line because the wind won’t move it."

Rory_clubs_300_december2013DRIVER: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Kuro Kage XTS 70X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VRS Covert (15°, 19°)

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9) with Project X steel shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (47°, 52°, 56°), Nike VR X3X toe sweep (59°) with Project X steel shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

APPAREL: Nike Tour Performance Collection

SHOES: Nike Lunar Control

Photo: McIlroy's clubs in December 2013 (Kohjiro Kinno/SI).

Golf.com's Mike Walker contributed to this report.

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May 16, 2014

Marcus Jordan Tweets Pic of Air Jordan Golf Shoes

Posted at 1:00 PM by Michael Chwasky

If you're a fan of old school Air Jordans you probably wouldn't mind lacing up a pair of these babies before hitting the links. Unfortunately, according to the folks at NIke they're just a custom pair for MJ's personal use only, but still cool nonetheless. Here's the pic his son Marcus posted on Twitter. Interesting... 

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April 27, 2014

Don't touch that putter! Seung-Yul Noh's favorite gear at the Zurich Classic

Posted at 10:53 PM by Michael Chwasky

Noh_putt640Seung-Yul Noh lines up a 14-foot putt for par on the 17th hole Sunday. Noh made the putt and won by two (Getty Images).

It's hard to pick a favorite golf club, especially when you've just won your first PGA Tour event.

"All of them are my favorite," a cheerful Seung-Yul Noh said after his two-stroke victory at the Zurich Classic.

But if his car was on fire and he could only grab one club, he'd take his putter, which was the key to one of his biggest shots Sunday: a 14-foot putt to save par-- and his two-shot lead -- on the 17th hole.

"That putter helped me to stay in the lead today," Noh said of his Nike Method 005 putter.

With his win, Noh joined a talented group of young players who nabbed their first PGA Tour win this season, including Patrick Reed and Russell Henley. In his modest way, Noh suggested he might just be getting started.

"My first PGA Tour win was very important," Noh said. "I’m not sure when my next chance is going to come -- hopefully next week -- but when I have a chance to win, I might feel more comfortable because of my experience today."

Here are the clubs Noh played at the Zurich Classic:

DRIVER: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Graphite Design Prototype shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VR_S Covert (15°) with Graphite Design Tour AD 8 shaft 

IRONS: Nike VRS Forged (2), NIke VR Pro Combo (4), NIke VR Pro Blade (5-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts

WEDGES: NIke VR Forged (47°, 51°, 56°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 005

BALL: Nike RZN Platinum

SHOES: Nike Lunar Control 

--Golf.com's Mike Walker contributed to this report.

April 03, 2014

Nike Scripts Rory McIlroy's 2014 Masters Apparel

Posted at 2:24 PM by Michael Chwasky

If you've been waiting with anticipation to see what Rory will wear at Augusta, the wait's over. According to the folks at Nike, Rory will be wearing one of their "key styles," of the season, the Lightweight Innovation Color polo ($75), all four days. Features of the shirt include bonded shoulder seams, laser-cut armholes, placket, and pocket, and perforated collar for enhanced breathability and cooling.

“These polos are really lightweight and comfortable,” says McIlroy. “I like that I know how it’s going to feel day to day, and there’s no distracting seams or material – I can just focus on my game.”

His other gear will include Nike's Modern Tech Pant ($80), Tour Mesh Cap ($30), Modern Plaque Belt ($50), and Lunar Control shoes ($200). Of course, Rory will also carry a full bag of Nike clubs including a VRS STR8-FIT driver and RZN Black golf ball.

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(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)

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March 27, 2014

Nike's limited edition shoes ready for Augusta

Posted at 6:13 PM by Michael Chwasky
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Courtesy of Nike

Available starting March 27th, Nike Golf is offering three limited edition shoes that will be worn by Nike athletes at the Masters. Each of the models feature white uppers and a variety of colors on the outsoles, Swooshes, laces and eyelets. The limited edition models are available at select retailers and on Nike.com. 

Nike TW '14 Limited Edition ($180)

The shoe is the result of a collboration between Tiger and Nike's footwear design team and features a natural-motion engineered outsole that is designed to closely mimic the natural motion of the foot. Dynamic Flywire technology helps provide further stability and mobility. You've seen Tiger wear these plenty of times, but not in this color combo. 

Nike Lunar Control Limited Edition ($160) 

Features include Nike's full-length Lunarlon tehnology for extra comfort and support and Nike Flywire, which wraps the midfoot to the heel for improved stability.  

Nike Lunar Clayton Limited Edition ($250) 

Waterproof leather uppers are combined with lighweight Lunarlon technology to provide a traditional look and modern performance. The leather uppers are connected to the outsole with a leather welt to guarantee no water can penetrate the shoe. 

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March 03, 2014

Russell Henley talks about his Nike gear after winning Honda Classic

Posted at 1:13 AM by Mike Walker

Henley_300If you looked into 2014 Honda Classic winner Russell Henley's bag, the first thing you'd probably notice is his irons -- that is, they don't all look the same. Henley plays a mixed set. He uses the Nike VR Pro Cavity irons for his long irons and the VR Pro Combo blades for his short irons. "I've been using a mixed set since my senior year in college," Henley said. "I want to have more feel and accuracy with my 7-, 8- and 9-irons and for my 3-,4-,5- and 6-irons I mainly want to hit it solid and have the right distance."

Of course, college wasn't that long ago for the 24-year-old Henley, who graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 and won in his PGA Tour debut at the 2013 Sony Open. With his win at the Honda on Sunday -- in a four-man playoff that included Rory McIlroy -- Henley has established himself as one of the PGA Tour's most promising young players along with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Jason Day, and he said he's been inspired by the play of his peers.

"When you see any player doing well, it motivates you," Henley said. "We feed off each other."

The other thing this younger generation of players on Tour has in common is that they all grew up watching Tiger Woods, Henley said.

"We learned to try to win as much as you can," he said of watching Woods. "It’s way harder to win out here because of him. His competitiveness affects everyone."

A new addition to Henley's game this year is the Nike RZN Black ball, which he raved about for how versatile it is, giving him distance on his drives but still allowing him to play tough shots around the green. "I can just nip it to create spin on short shots," he said.

Henley played those short shots on Sunday with a new Nike 59° VR Forged wedge with fresh grooves, and those grooves helped on his chip-in for birdie on No. 14, he said, and with some flop shots out of the rough. He added that he usually changes out his wedges every two or three months

Here's a full list of Henley's clubs from the Honda Classic:

DRIVER: Nike VRS STR8-FIT (9.5°) with Graphite Design HD-7X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 3-wood (15°), 5-wood (19°) 

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Cavity (3-6), VR Pro Combo (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts 

WEDGES: Nike VR Pro (48°,53°), Nike VR Forged (59°) 

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

SHOE: Nike Lunar Control 

Photo: Russell Henley on Sunday at the Honda Classic (Getty Images).

Golf Magazine's Michael Chwasky contributed to this report.

February 27, 2014

Check Out the Fan-Designed NIKEiD Custom Shoes Tiger is Wearing at the Honda Classic

Posted at 4:36 PM by Michael Chwasky

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If you check out Tiger's feet at the Honda Classic you'll notice he's not wearing his normal black or white Nike TW '14 shoes. Instead he's donning a pair of custom TW '14 shoes ($225) featuring a red, white, and blue color scheme that he chose out of thousands from the TW '14 NIKEiD contest. A guy named Dane Thompson submitted the winning design, which was inspired by the U.S. team in the Winter Olympics as well as the upcoming Ryder Cup. The design features a white upper area, a red Nike swoosh and laces and a blue midsole. Because he won the contest, Thompson also received a pair of the patriotic-themed shoes. 

The TW'14 is the first model from Nike Golf to be available for customization on NIKEiD. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)

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February 20, 2014

First Look: Nike's new RZN golf ball lineup

Posted at 8:54 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Nike Golf is taking the lightweight RZN core technology used in the 20XI line to a new level with the introduction of the new RZN franchise. Consisting of four models - RZN Platinum, RZN Black, RZN Red, and RZN White, the new line of golf balls is built with a proprietary core technology (Speedlock RZN) that tightly connects the core to the mantle layer through a unique interlocking design. This technology prevents the core from slipping away from the mantle during impact, creating a more efficient transfer of energy through the layers of the ball and increased speed off the clubface. 

“Tightly-wrapped material pulls more energy through the layers and converts that energy into additional ball speed. One additional mile-per-hour produces an average of two to three yards in additional distance.” - Rock Ishii, Senior Director, Golf Product Development, Nike Golf

Another prominent feature of the new RZN golf balls is the lightweight RZN core itself, which allows Nike engineers to redistribute more weight to the perimeter, significantly increasing MOI and in-flight stability and consistency. In addition all RZN models feature a spin-optimizing outer coating that increases control on wedge and iron shots. A softer core and cover, as well as the new coating, improve sound and feel at impact over the past 20XI models. 

RZN Platinum ($45) is designed to provide Tour performance with an emphasis on control and moderate spin while RZN Black ($45) is made for players who prefer Tour performance with an emphasis on less spin and distance. RZN Red ($29) is for those who desire distance performance with increased carry. RZN White ($29) is aimed at players with swing speeds between 95-100 mph who want distance performance with a softer feel. 

December 05, 2013

Tiger testing new Nike driver at World Challenge

Posted at 2:47 PM by Kevin Cunningham
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Credit: Mark J. Terrill / AP

 

Tiger has a new club in his bag at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge this week.

Woods noted on his official website that he will be testing a prototype Nike Covert driver which appears to be the company's new VRS Covert Tour 2.0 driver -- the same club Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel used recently to win the Australian Open and South African Open, respectively. Woods used the driver at Wednesday's pro am at Sherwood Country Club.

From Woods' official site:

Woods will use a new Nike Covert prototype driver this week, and has switched to a 103-gram Diamana Blue Board shaft, the same one he uses with his 3- and 5-wood. He previously used a lighter 73-gram shaft in his driver and now has a better feel of the club at impact.

"I feel very comfortable," Woods said.

Woods, who has been known to stick with the same clubs for a long time, switched to the Nike Covert 3-wood and 5-wood this summer.

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November 21, 2013

Nike introduces new line of clubs for 2014

Posted at 2:37 PM by Kevin Cunningham
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Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver

Nike Golf unveiled its full line of equipment and apparel for the upcoming 2014 season on Thursday. The line spans most club categories -- drivers, irons, fairway woods, hybrids, and wedges -- as well as golf balls, apparel and footwear.

The new VRS Covert 2.0 drivers have already been used on Tour, most notably by Rory McIlroy. The drivers feature a cavity back design with Nike's new "Fly-Brace" technology, resulting in increased energy transfer at impact for more ball speed and distance on mis-hits. In addition, Nike included redesigned NexCOR face technology engineered to be hotter than previous driver faces. The drivers also feature FlexLoft adjustability, allowing players to adjust the loft within a range of 8.5 degrees to 12.5 degrees and choose among three different face angles. The VRS Covert 2.0 drivers come in a standard model ($299) and a Tour model ($399) for better players.

Following up on last year's VRS Covert irons, Nike announced their new VRS Covert Forged irons. Like the new drivers, the irons feature the NexCOR faces, which Nike says produce faster ball speeds that result in added distance. The high-tech faces are paired with lower center of gravity thanks to a high-speed cavity-back design.

The VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods also feature the high-speed cavity-back design, much like the irons and drivers, while the VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids use the company's new "Linear Transition Design," which allows for progressively smaller clubheads and increasing face heights.

Finally, Nike introduced their new VR X3X Toe Sweep wedges. Improving on their VR Forged wedges from 2013, the X3X wedges were designed with wider soles toward the toe and X3X groove technology, which Nike says create consistent shots with better ball flight and increased spin on the greens. All Nike's new clubs will hit retail shelves on Jan. 31, but the drivers are available for pre-order Jan. 9 on Nike.com.

(Photo: Crown - Courtesy of Nike; Sole - Manfred Koh)

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