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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.


(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
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 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


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

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
Tiger Woods
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
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

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

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November 01, 2013

McIlroy riding new Nike gear to late-season resurgence

Posted at 3:16 PM by Kevin Cunningham


McIlroy with his Covert 2.0 driver during the second round of the 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions.

Rory McIlroy appears to be turning his game around following a disappointing, winless season in 2013.

First there was the final-round 67 to finish T2 at the Korea Open. Then came the one-shot victory over Tiger in an exhibition match at Mission Hills in China, followed by an impressive opening-round 65 at the WGC-HSBC Champions that gave him the first-round lead.

So who or what is responsible for Rory's late-season resurgence? While no one can say for sure, two newcomers to his golf bag could have something to do with it.

McIlroy has been using a new Nike prototype VR_S Covert Tour 2.0 driver of late, along with a new yet-to-be released softer Nike RZN golf ball.

Nike is keeping mum on the details of the new longstick and ball until late November, but you can see Rory's Covert 2.0 in the photo above.

(Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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October 31, 2013

First look: The Nike Sport Lite golf bag

Posted at 1:25 PM by Coleman McDowell

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For those who like to opt for walking instead of riding, Nike Golf's latest carry bag will make your rounds a little more enjoyable. 

Weighing in at under four pounds, Nike's Sport Lite carry bag is their lightest bag to date. The EquaFlex strap system distributes the load evenly across your shoulders and back, and even though the overall weight is reduced, the bag hasn't lost any standard carry bag features. Six pockets, including one large pocket for clothes, a rain hood, glove patch, pen sleeve and GPS loop are all included.

You get a choice of blue, red, black, purple, green and silver. The Nike Sport Lite carry bag will be available on November 1.

Price: $129.99

(Photo courtesy of Nike)

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October 09, 2013

First Look: New Nike Method MOD putters

Posted at 11:02 AM by Michael Chwasky

The new line of Method MOD putters ($299) are based on classic designs but with the addition of modern performance and Nike's polymetal groove technology. Each of the four new models are milled and weighted to length to guarantee the right feel. A range of weighting schemes that determine the amount of toe hang is also available to let the individual player fit the putter to their particular stroke. Options include face-balanced, 30-, 60-, and 90-degrees of toe hang. All models are available in 33, 34, and 35" lengths. 

“We were able to take a range of classic designs and make them perform like modern putters,” says David Franklin, Nike Golf Master Modelmaker. “We incorporated Polymetal Groove technology, which allows athletes to lift the ball, launch it and turn it forward as quickly as possible for a truer roll.  We removed weight from the center, placing it in the heel and toe instead for a lower and deeper center of gravity. It’s Nike’s interpretation on classic, familiar shapes.”

Nike Method MOD putters will be available November 1st. 

(Photos: Courtesy of Nike)

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September 12, 2013

First Look: Nike VR Forged Pro Combo Irons

Posted at 2:01 PM by Michael Chwasky

The latest iteration of Nike's VR Forged Pro Combo Irons ($999) are aimed at better players looking for a higher ballflight and added forgiveness. Featuring a "pocket cavity" in the 3-6 irons for improved launch and a "split cavity" in the 7-PW for accuracy and a more boring trajectory, the Pro Combos offer balanced performance with the look and feel of traditional forgings. 

A new addition to the tried and true design is a polymer material, which Nike designers like to call "shot-making gel," that is placed in the pocket of the 3-6 irons. The goal is to produce the traditional sound and feel of a forged iron while allowing for the added benefits of the pocket cavity construction. 

“Our Tour athletes wanted higher ball flight and better gapping in the long irons,” says Tony Dabbs, Nike Golf Global Product Director, Golf Clubs. “We added the polymer to create a Tour-caliber set with long irons that are easier to hit, and players still see the profile they want at address without compromising on look, feel and sound.”

Other features of the VR Forged Pro Combo irons include high-frequency grooves for more consistent spin rates and a new Dynamic Gold DG Pro shaft that is designed to promote higher flying long irons and more penetrating short irons. 

Available in pro shops November 1st. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)

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July 19, 2013

Tiger Woods puts prototype Nike VR_S Covert Tour driver in his bag at Muirfield

Posted at 3:48 PM by Mark Dee

Say what you will about the World No. 1, but Tiger Woods is a company man.

One day after announcing his new contract with Nike -- Woods's fourth with the company -- Nike Golf tweeted out a picture (below) of Tiger's Open Championship sticks. The big (read: only) change? A prototype Nike VR_S Covert Tour driver

Woods, of course, had long been a hold out. Though the VR_S Covert driver line is Nike's flagship 2013 offering, Tiger stuck with his trusty VR Tour model through four wins so far this year. Tiger originally put the VR Tour in his bag at Augusta in 2010, which was just a couple months after its official release.

Of course, you can't exactly pull Tiger's driver off the rack. It features a glued (vs. adjustable) hosel, and a more pear-shaped head, which makes it easier to work the ball. This week, he's playing a 9.5-degree head with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X -- which, sure, you can buy for your driver, but...please don't, unless you swing like Tiger Woods.

So, he's got a new gamer in the bag. It remains to be seen if the prototype driver gets much use, though: Earlier in the week, Tiger said that doesn't plan to loose the lumber all that often at a firm, fast Muirfield. He was hitting 280-yard 4-irons in practice rounds. So he's got that going for him, which is nice.

Keep an eye out for the club this week. It'll be hard to miss: It's painted to match Tiger's Sunday shirt.

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

May 13, 2013

Nike unveils Tiger Woods' new shoe, the TW'14

Posted at 5:06 PM by Mark Dee

The key to winning The Players Championship? It's gotta be the shoes. Just ask Tiger, who took the title the same week he debuted his newest signature kicks, the TW'14s.

Nike officially announced the line on Monday. Coincidence? Few things in Beaverton are. Regardless, fans of sneaker-like, natural motion golf shoes such as last year's Nike "Free"-inspired TW'13, should enjoy a few new features on this year's model. For the uninitiated, the TW'14 is based off of Nike's flagship running shoe. The idea here is that a lighter, more flexible golf shoe is more comfortable to wear and allows the player to transfer energy more efficiently through the swing. The result, says Nike, is more power.

Tiger agrees. He should. After all, the shoe was originally his idea: "I train with Nike Free technology all the time," he told Nike. "I love training in it, running in it, lifting in it. So I asked, why can’t I play golf in it?” Sure, Tiger. Why not.

Weekend warriors may not train, run or lift, but starting June 7th they can play golf in the TW'14s. Improvements over the '13s include improved ventilation in the upper shoe, and increased stability through "Flywire" technology, which Nike claims helps to hold the shoe to your foot. The new shoe will also be more customizable: A TW'14 iD version allows players to select color combos, choose between "waterproof" leather or "breathable" mesh uppers, select either soft-spike or spikeless soles, and add a name or inspirational monogram to the shoe. Fair guess none will say "Rory."

Both the TW'14 and the TW'14 iD are scheduled to drop June 7th. Expect to pay $225 for the customized version and $180 for the off-the-rack model, which comes in first-run colors of "Black/Reflective Silver-Varsity Red" and "White/Metallic Dark Grey-Varsity Red." On August 1st, they'll add a "Cool Grey/Black-Vivid Blue-Venom Green" shoe to the line. If those sound more like X-Men villains than actual colors — well, we'll defer to the photos.

(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)

May 12, 2013

Winner's Bag: Tiger Woods' equipment at The Players Championship

Posted at 7:47 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

DRIVER: Nike VR Tour (9.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73 X-flex shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VR_S Covert 3-wood (15°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103 X-flex shaft (pictured above); Nike VR_S Covert 5-wood (19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103 X-flex shaft

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR Pro (56° and 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 001

BALL: Nike ONE Tour D

(Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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