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Nike launched its new Vapor line of irons that include the Nike Pro, Nike Pro Combo and Nike Speed on stage at Liberty National with Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Jimmy Fallon.

The irons have technology that moves its center of gravity (CG) more toward the toe than Nike’s previous irons, positioning it in the center of the face. The company is calling the design “Modern Muscle Technology,” and the design includes black-colored PVD that is accented by a “Volt” colored Nike swoosh sign.

According to Nike, the more-centered CG puts more weight behind the golf ball at impact to improve energy transfer, precision and stability.

“We had this idea, if we moved the CG towards the center of the face that it would have more impact and more mass right behind the golf ball.” Tiger Woods said. “And it worked. I was able to hit the ball a little bit further, it came off more solid and the amazing thing is the ball flew better.”

Click here to see in-hand photos and other photos from the launch with Tiger, Rory and Fallon.

Nike Vapor Pro

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Nike Vapor Pro irons have forward weighting for a lower trajectory, with a longer blade length and shorter face height than their predecessors. They also have milled X3X grooves, a thin sole for better maneuverability through the turf and they are forged from 1025 carbon steel. The Pro line will be available for $999 on retail in right and left-handed options in 3-PW stock with true Temper Dynamic Gold shafts.

Nike Vapor Pro Combo

NikeVaporProCombo

The Vapor Pro Combo irons also utilize face-centered weighting, with a low-and-rearward CG in the long irons for a higher trajectory and high and forward CG in the short irons for a more penetrating ball flight. The 2-7 irons will have what Nike calls a “RZN” cavity back, while the 8-A will have a muscle cavity.

They combine 1025 carbon steel forging with RZN cavity, have milled X3X grooves are available in right and left-handed options (except the 2-iron, which is only available in RH) and come stock with a True Temper DG Pro shaft. They carry an MSRP of $1099.

Nike Vapor Speed

NikeVaporSpeed

The Vapor Speed irons utilize face-centered weighting that’s consistently low and forward throughout the set for a higher launch. The long irons (3-7) have hollow cavity backs are reinforced with a “FlyBeam” behind the face for forgiveness, while the 8-SW short irons have RZN cavity backs. The irons will have a moderate sole width and X3X milled grooves on the face.

They will be available in 3-SW for both right and left handed players, and come stock with a True Temper Dynalite 105 for men and an MRC Fubuki Z 70 shaft for women. They carry an MSRP of $959.99 with steel shafts and $1,059.99 with graphite.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the new irons and the launch release event.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

123 Comments

123 Comments

  1. dan

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:45 am

    these irons are going to be sweet, added forgiveness and distance in a players iron, i personally will be sleeping outside my pro shop like a kid waiting for the new iPhone hopefully they will have lots of shaft options. a little colour is a good thing but will have to buy a matching belt to make it all pop. haters will hate golfers will golf and i will beat your ass with my new vapors

    … mind you i still haven’t hit them lol

  2. Jerry

    Oct 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I just bought the NIKE COVERT 2.0 clubs ….I got the diver, 3 wood, 5 wood, and all the irons and 2 Wedges and the NIKE CORE METHOD putter……….should I sell them and get the newest Vapor ????

    • Ponjo

      Oct 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Same here. Off to The Nike fitting centre at Archerfields in Uk to be fitted in the very very neR future

  3. Jerry

    Oct 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Dear fellow golfers,
    My name is Jerry and i just recently made golfing my life. I used to go golf as a kid but never took it serious or never had anyone mentor me and never have had any of my own clubs or equipment . Now I’m grown and until just recently at the beginning of this summer I started going golfing and it just stuck too me and I haven’t done anything else since. I love golf like I love my family now that I understand it and finally was able to afford my own set of clubs and equipment. I haven’t had any help at all with anything I have done involving golf. I have been alone and on my own when it comes to deciding what to buy and what to do so I have a lot of questions I would love to talk to someone who knows golf and can help me. I don’t want to sound pathetic but I think I’m making big mistakes because golf isn’t cheap and I already spent over a Grand and I don’t know if I made any right decisions yet. Please email me if you would like to help me out. It will be tremendously appreciated more then I can explain !!!!! ….email- gosteeleez86@gmail.com

  4. Jim

    Oct 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Don’t forget! – You need to rush out and buy new clubs every time a manufacturer tells you they have something new. After hitting many newer cavity-backed, perimeter-weighted, “forgiving” irons, I still choose to play 1968 Wilson Staffs. (we used to just call them golf clubs – now to distinguish them from the modern crap, we have to refer to them as “blades” or “muscle-backs”.

    It ain’t the arrow…

  5. andy

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Man, that colour really caught my attention, though. Nike has done a good job on getting that it done.

  6. Jerry Errigo

    Aug 27, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I find it interesting that there are quite a few who say “simply” because of the color of swoosh. As mentioned before, it could be painted, or removed. I’m sure nike considered red/black, but eventually things become tired, and they went bold and succeeded as everyone is seeing what they are doing like it or not.
    I personally can’t wait for a set… I know I would, but if Mizuno changed the paintfill in “mizuno” in my mp-64’s tomorrow to pink, they would still be in my bag. They are one the greatest sets of irons, and after playing, color couldn’t take them out of my bag. So who knows, once vapors are played, I’m sure many will look past the chartreuse swoosh as long as they benefit your game/confidence.

  7. Joshua

    Aug 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Quotes of the past:

    “A white driver head? No way in #@^% would I ever play a driver with a white driver head.”

    “A slot in the sole? That is the stupidest thing i have ever seen. No way I would use that club.”

    Many people made comments of this type about Taylormade and their clubs but the majority of them purchased and played the equipment anyways. Taylormade made bold decisions in golf equipment design that changed golf and the way people perceive the game. Decisions like those are what catapulted Taylormade into the #1 spot in golf equipment sales. Nike is trying to do the same by thinking outside the traditional lines of what golf clubs are supposed to look like. Adding radical colors, names, and designs is what will grab the attention of the masses and hopefully drive Nike sales up. I personally like the design and like the direction Nike Golf is headed.

  8. CDU

    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:21 am

    For all the haters, you’re untitled to your own opinions about shoulda, coulda, woulda. Traditionalists are still living in the past, dated and past their expiry date. Are you still driving the same car or wearing the same clothes you did 10-15 years ago? Hard to stay present and accept change when you’re stuck in yesterville. I play mp’33’s and have and updated driver and putter combo. It’s all about the evolution of golf from being a hobby to a full-on lifestyle and the style of the clubs in this present moment. I will prolly move to these irons when they release as it’s about the game itself and not the commentators of the game.

    • Cliff

      Aug 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

      What makes a blade/CB of yesterday any different from a blade/CB from today? The only difference I can think of is that my Hogans were made in the USA.

    • da man

      Aug 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Sorry, no one is ‘untitled’ to anything.

      • Claude

        Aug 31, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        maybe he wasn’t “untitled” to your fancy college degree da man!

  9. bradford

    Aug 21, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Weird, I like these more and more every day…couldn’t stand them when I first saw them, but now I’m not sure. I think I’m interested.

  10. Enrique

    Aug 21, 2014 at 12:20 am

    They look really sweet and effective as tiger ses but i think its a little to pricey considering that the mmprotos just came out and that other brands might come out with better products that will be even more effective than the vapors.

    • bradford

      Aug 21, 2014 at 8:08 am

      MM protos were limited to 40 sets–this is just the retail release.

  11. Mike

    Aug 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    In regard to looks, the Vapor’s are young and edgy. It’s different and kudos to Nike for thinking differently. Still, I’m sticking with my VR Pro Blades. I’m finally shooting in the 70’s and low 80’s consistently on different courses each week …why in the world would I change when putting and chipping is the different between sing;e and scratch. Still going to try them though.

  12. marcel

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    thats Mizuno diamond design…

  13. Christosterone

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I kind of want to buy a set just to hammer my mizuno & titleist friends…

  14. Swooshy

    Aug 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    “$959.99 with steel shafts and $1,799.99 with graphite.”

    That cannot be correct for Cast irons??? 1799 for graphite? That’s gotta be a typo. These aren’t XXIO’s!

  15. JD

    Aug 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Im no fan of Nike equipment, but if you guys are really talking about the color of the Nike Swoosh, you realize that you can have that painted right?

    • BcavWecllh

      Aug 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      You also can’t see it in the playing position, so who cares?

      • cliff

        Aug 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

        But you have to look at it every time you pull a club

  16. RobG

    Aug 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Who gives a crap about a green/yellow swoosh, its only aesthetics! You’ll never see it at address, the only time you see it is when its coming in and out of your bag. If an off-colour swoosh bothers you that much then you are in no place mentally to be playing golf in the first place.

    If the clubs can knock strokes off your handicap by being longer and more forgiving but just as workable as your current gamer irons then who cares what they look like?

  17. MV

    Aug 20, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Its UGLY as Hell.. What Nike is thinking!!! They need new desighner ASAP.
    What is NIKE’s market for those club, who will by them? Kids 5-10 years old and some people with no taste at all? I can understand if these clubs are for begginers and Set of clubs cost 150$. But not this…

    UGLISIMO

    • BcavWecllh

      Aug 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      People used to say that about Ping irons too. I’m guessing Nike might know what they’re doing.

      • David Smith

        Aug 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        “used to”? lol, they’re still the ugliest irons out there but they perform really really well so who cares what they look like! Am I right?

        • Rich

          Aug 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

          I actually don’t mind the ping look and I think their S55’s are one of the best looking players irons on the market. The Nike irons, not so much.

      • Sammy Moon

        Aug 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm

        I actually don’t think they look too bad. They are a bit creative and artsy, but they seem to follow a modernistic architecture and other than the swoosh, they are pretty clean. Won’t be buying them, but they definitely have my attention and I’ll try them.

  18. SBoss

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    If Nike needed to put their swoosh on the club that’s OK. But, the size of the swoosh is absurd. A very small yellow swoosh would have been noticeable but slightly understated. Most people don’t want a giant logo blaring some their irons…especially one that’s bright yellow..

    At current prices (over $1,000), and huge loud yellow swoosh….and TW playing like garbage….Nike is in some difficulty. I’ll bet these things linger on the shelves.

    • michael

      Aug 20, 2014 at 1:39 am

      and the haters gon hate gon hate gon hate….

    • bradford

      Aug 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Taylormade made their clubs white for brand recognition.

      The “Titleist” moniker on the back of ALL of their irons is much larger than this swoosh.

      Colors are a matter of preference. Nike has a tendency to sell to athletes–and that color is pretty popular right now.

    • Mitchell Beck

      Aug 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      No accident that it’s a big yellow swoosh, based on the belts, shoes, hats, and other bright yellow things that Rory has been willing. The old swooshes were red…

  19. adhd

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Those $1600 prototypes are not looking so tempting anymore.

  20. Skin Flute

    Aug 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Check out the name y’all

  21. Jason

    Aug 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    How many golf tournaments has Tiger and Rory won with Nike clubs? Yet people on here still talk like they are a Wal-Mart brand golf company. I could really care less about the color of a tiny swoosh on the back of my clubs that I only see when they are sitting in my bag. If Tiger Woods is talking about how great these clubs are there must be something to them, Tiger is notoriously hard to get to change equipment.
    Saw some Vapor headcovers, would like to see the woods!!

    • Clue

      Aug 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Yes he is notorious. He requires custom drivers, that he can’t hit. He has only used a certain number of blades…all forged by the same company and in no way the same as nike publicizes for the public. You really think tigers clubs are anywhere similar to what nike offers the public? I believe the new vapors are interesting for sure, but don’t use tiger as an example, rory is much more likely to use normal equipment, he’s doesn’t require special equipment to be good

      • B

        Aug 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        So….did you just indirectly state that TW wouldn’t be good at this game if he played a retail set of clubs?

      • Connor

        Aug 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

        I’ve read Rory’s woods are custom with deeper faces which he prefers. He has a custom satin finish on his irons. His putter is a prototype. Not playing clubs off the shelves like you might think.

      • Andrew

        Sep 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        It’s actually the opposite of what you say. The reason every single golf professional stresses the importance of getting custom-fitted for beginners is because all OEMs manufacture their retail clubs to similar specifications as the tour players whom they endorse. They all do extensive testing with the players and change the designs, weighting, etc. based on the feedback of their tour players. This, however, does not translate to the perfect club for the consumer. The main differences between the clubs that the tour players and use and the ones on retail are the dispersion and, most importantly, the shaft.

    • christian

      Aug 20, 2014 at 9:05 am

      You COULDN’T (could not) care less. I’m not even a native english speaker and know that’s the way it’s supposed to be written and said. Unless you mean you DO care care quite a lot of course?

    • steve

      Aug 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      If Walmart gave them 250 million to play Walmart clubs they would. Do you think Tiger or Rory picked Nike because of the clubs or the money? When Tiger signed with Nike it took years to have a all Nike bag. What is Tiger suppose to say about the clubs? These clubs look horrible from the black insert and the green swoosh.

    • Sammy Moon

      Aug 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Wow… a lot of hate. While tiger does play custom blades, they are still the same core iron at heart, they are just heavily modified. Remember that Nike is still one of the youngest golf companies out there and in 10 years or so the company has really come a long ways from their original designs. Remember the slingshot? Not a pretty club and a huge swoosh, but its the only set of irons I ever remember having to create a wait list for to get ordered for customers. Nike has done a great job getting Tiger and Rory on staff and part of the reason they chose Nike is because of the attention they will get from the company. Nike works so hard to improve every year and market a radical new product. Remember that they get much of their design feedback from their pros, which includes Tiger and Rory. So obviously these designs are good enough for them to like as they most likely had input in the design.

  22. Scooter McGavin

    Aug 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    To all those complaining about the look: maybe these weren’t designed with you traditionalist old geezers in mind. They are probably are trying to get some younger blood that doesn’t mind bolder looking equipment with these designs. So, to put it short, do what others have said and just keep buying your Titleist blades that you probably can’t hit anyway.

    • MHendon

      Aug 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Scooter you’re probably right. Nike more than likely is marketing these to a younger crowd. Problem is the majority of the golfing public is over the age of 30. It’s hard to second guess a company who’s renowned for marketing its brand, but I believe they may be missing the mark on this one.

    • Lefty

      Aug 20, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Ha haa, bang on!

  23. TheJuice

    Aug 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I keep forgetting that there are so many lame terds on this site that call anything with color ugly. You vanilla golfers really need to stay off this site and just buy your boring looking Mizuno or Titleist blades and leave the stuff that actually plays AND looks nice to the WRXers that love all types of equipment. Damn!

  24. MHendon

    Aug 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Yeah not digging these with the black insert. I like the MM protos though. However I can’t believe Rory’s switching after having just one 3 significant tournaments in a row. Never mess with success!

    • ben dover

      Aug 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      He actually “WON” three tournies in a row…”ONE” three tournaments??…really?…are you stupid???

      • bradford

        Sep 2, 2014 at 8:16 am

        Your name is Ben Dover…Really??…Are you 12??? Nobody will ever love you.

  25. adolfo

    Aug 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I wonder what Rory and Tiger’s club specs especially after he said that his PW is 45 degrees, which is pretty strong for a Tour player. The stock PW is 47, which from what I saw, the Vapor Pro and Pro Combo specs look to be pretty comparable to other manufacturers. The Vapor Speed remind me of the Old TMag Burner Irons in terms of iron lofts. As for the color, I would prefer sticking with the Red theme but this works. I’ll take this neon green instead of the SQ Yellow

  26. John

    Aug 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    How does an iron have a penetrative flight with a shaft like dg s300 in it? Rubbish shaft for a blade player, better off keeping old irons and upgrading the shaft, yellow tick looks tacky, I’ll stick to my vr blades

  27. John

    Aug 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Someone already stated this earlier but the Speed one does look very much like a Cleveland MT iron. That feature in the back that resembles trusses is almost a direct match…

  28. jim rebey

    Aug 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    The Pro & ProCombo look like the old MacGregor Golden Bears from mid to late 80’s.

  29. CD

    Aug 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Ugly, really off-putting swoosh. Coming from me with lead tape on the back! Ugly, not for me.

  30. Christosterone

    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    The mm proto is beautiful compared to these.
    Wish they would release those…

  31. snowman

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    One Question for Nike: How do I remove the puke-green swoosh?

  32. NickM3

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    My suggestion for my Nike would be to offer the ‘Swoosh’ in all colors and finish of the club, such as chrome, black nickel, etc,for individuality. Just like Hopkins golf has done, be able to customize your own set and Nike will kill it with these irons.

  33. chad ryan

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    These are sweet. But a little to sporty for my tastes. One of those things that look cool and you appreciate them, but you’d never buy.

  34. Nolanski

    Aug 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I always liked the idea of combo iron sets. I need forgiveness in a 4 iron. But I don’t need any help hitting a 9 iron. I know you can mix n match other club makers but Nike makes it easy. I’d like to see what the 8-PW irons look like with the muscle back. They are kinda ugly but so are Ping G25s…

  35. ddgg

    Aug 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

    wow what a copy cat, Cleveland MT iron want to be.

    • bradford

      Aug 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      uh….yeah, no to that. Ribs, sure–but not really even that close

  36. Archie Bunker

    Aug 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    If I pre-order, do I get a pair of matching sneakers free?

  37. bobo

    Aug 19, 2014 at 10:23 am

    The “hidden” brother of the MM protos that the Nike family kept locked and chained in the basement somehow escaped.

  38. Sosa

    Aug 19, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Haha…at least they got the name right…vaporware! Man, these are ugly.

  39. moses

    Aug 19, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Is Nike going Ricky Fowler?
    Wow what a loud noise on the back of club.
    It would apoear Nike hasnt learnd that less is more.

    Titleist and Mizuno know.

    • bradford

      Aug 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Mizuno, granted, but as I mentioned above–“Titleist” is much larger on the AP irons than this swoosh. I can’t argue about colors, because to each his own. I prefer more subdued colors on my irons, but that’s not to say it’s a mistake–the more I look at these, the more I like them.

  40. duffer

    Aug 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

    With a little nail polish remover and elbow grease the florescent logo will be a faded memory – if I wasn’t so locked into my Mizuno irons I would consider gaming these.

  41. Cuse76

    Aug 19, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I think these sticks look sweet. I like the change, gives it a modern look. The pro blades will retail for 1200, pro combos 1325, and the vapor speed will go for 990. That is via Nikes twitter feed in one of their comments they posted to someone. The blades will definitely be in the bag for next season , I like the lower ball flight.

  42. steve

    Aug 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Really? Who are they trying to sell clubs too? Do they understand? Does Tiger even appeal to the 12-18 years old any more? Rory yeah, but how can you game these with the stupid colors. So many other choices that dont advertise what clubs you are playing from the other fairway.

  43. jeff

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:41 am

    They just don’t get it.

  44. Charlie

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Bleh. This isn’t tennis. This is golf. Those designs belong on a shoe or a headband.

  45. AJ

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Guys

    There are about a million threads on this site about refinishing golf clubs.

    Taking the PVD (or whatever it is) off and repainting the swoosh will likely take a few minutes a club.

    They will then be absolutely beautiful in the bag as well as from over the ball.

    Myself? Despite being a Titty blade ‘purist’ I actually quite like these. Might give my 695MBs a run for their money…I don’t know what it is but I kind of like the sporty look to them.

    Good job Nike.

    • bradford

      Aug 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Fully agreed…there’s something intriguing about them and it’s growing on me. I really like the green anyway, but not the black, and I’m not sure that’ll ever come off

  46. Dave

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:49 am

    They took the MM Protos and really Fowler-ed them up…

    (Sorry for the pun Rickie but golfer you are, fashionista you ain’t.)

  47. bradford

    Aug 19, 2014 at 6:35 am

    There were black and yellow headcovers too…Vapor woods? Anyone have info?

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  49. dunn2500

    Aug 19, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Oh, and take green out and just make it black or red…..would sway lot of people I think….not everyone is fan of fluorescent green or any color for that matter….make it more neutral so looks simple and clean….just a thought

    • bradford

      Aug 19, 2014 at 7:04 am

      I’m cool with the green, it’s the black/silver that looks awful imo. Protos were so satin and nice, these look like plastic kids clubs.

    • mt99

      Aug 19, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Not to read too far into anything, but Rory has been sporting some florescent colors lately and red is obviously TW’s… changing of the guard, my friend!

  50. dunn2500

    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:59 am

    I have an issue with Nike name…idk why, maybe it’s just my superficial side, lol

    But have owned their pro combo cb and their forged muscle back irons…they are as good as anything and have phenomenal feel and playability….Their drivers are really good too…..Their top end putters roll the ball better than anything I have used

    But I just can’t get myself to buy their stuff….sure lot o people feel same….If you have tried their stuff with neutral mindset very hard not to like it….

    Their forged clubs are made at same forging house all other top brands are made so kinda tough to say they suck but titleist or callaway is awesome…..

  51. Hotttt

    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I wish they would release woods in the same colors and designs.

  52. Hotttt

    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:52 am

    These are gonna sell like hotcakes! HOT! They look awesome!

  53. Shrek223

    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Why does Nike inist on making ugly clubs. The Tour version had my interest at first sight. Then they come outwith this crap…

  54. Peter

    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:36 am

    No doubt the mmproto version that we have seen pics of look great.

    But what I would like to ask is has anyone noticed Nike seem to be doing TW related products in colours similar to his new nutrition supplement sponsor brand colours. His golf bag is black with florescent green/yellow, he has also lately been wearing clothing predominantly black with some florescent green/yellow aspect, shoes the same and now this iron.

  55. Alan

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Woah that’s fugly, would have gamed the MMProtos over this anytime of the week.

  56. Craig

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:25 am

    The MMProtos were sold as just that, a limited run prototype set. I don’t think Nike was looking to create a headache for themselves by releasing a 40 set run of Oven MMProtos at $1,500 a pop then release the identical club a few weeks later at half the cost. As with any product, if you don’t like them, don’t buy them; there’s plenty of choices out there.

    • bradford

      Aug 19, 2014 at 4:52 am

      It is the same club, awful colors aside.

      Glad I didn’t get the protos, I can’t imagine this release will help their value.

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  58. Gonzo

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Nike has a great R&D department, but their marketing is done by a pregnant woman who doesn’t golf

  59. Dave

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Nike stinks… WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO THE MM PROTOS….. RIP sweet blades RIP

  60. Chuck

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Wake me up when Tiger actually switches clubs…. Doesn’t seem to be something he takes lightly. He might as well finally change golf balls too… JEEZ

  61. Enrique

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:59 am

    not a fan. i’ll be doing mizuno.

  62. MHendon

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I guess Tigers going to them, they have his TW logo on them.

  63. kevin

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I want a set…how much $$?

  64. D

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Awesome stuff, If you are a low single digit Nike Has great clubs. Since the VRS Forged v1 and v2 and now these they are making some of the best high single digit irons as well.
    I hear that they have terrible service if you have warranty issues and its a good idea to throw them through a loft and lie machine, I have seen a few sets that have been off pretty bad in the loft gaps.

    • Chris Jenkins

      Aug 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

      all new clubs should be measured for loft and lie, not just nike…ALL of them!!!

      • D

        Aug 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm

        I agree, but from what i have heard and seen, Nike irons tend to be out more than most. I have heard that their wedges are accurate within 1.5*. Ping is the best from what i have heard when it comes to that.
        The guy who bends my clubs for me suggests getting your clubs re-adjusted EVERY SEASON.

  65. jonny

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Not sure why people keep saying nike is not in the game anymore. Ummmmm,
    Not sure if you been watching rory kick arssssss. Nike clubs. Anyways. This line will go far and as long as they are used and tigers name on them. They will sell.

    • Captain Oblivious

      Aug 19, 2014 at 10:36 am

      If you had watched Rory before the last couple of years, you would have seen him kick arsssss with Titleist clubs.

      The fact that he can do it with Nike clubs is a testament to his ability alone and has nothing to do with the clubs.

  66. paul

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I love looking at my titleist CBs when I pull one from the bag. I don’t think I would like these so much.

  67. Andy B

    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Nike just doesn’t get it. The MM protos were one of the best looking modern blades ever. Their technology is really starting to take off, but they insist on making their clubs stand out in a bad way. Red club heads with a white nike check on the crown and now what was a great concept or prototype and they put black and yellow on the back. If nike released the MM Protos to retail and released their VR_S Covert tour 2.0 in black, I would actually give them a long, hard look. I simply will not bag clubs that are ugly. The technology is not so far above the rest of the equipment to have to put up with Victory Red and Volt colors. No way these sell to serious golfers. The vapor speed line could potentially get away with these looks, but the other two are aimed at mid to scratch golfers. The current pro combos and blades are so much better looking than these. Release the real MM Protos already!!!!!

  68. w

    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    nike is finally releasing clubs i would play. these look like players clubs with a splash of game improvement. i’m sure they would mix nicely with the MMprotos

  69. Lee H.

    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Not a fan on how they look. Having said that, if they perform better than my current Mizuno JPX 800 irons, the look is secondary. Hopefully, these will get Nike noticed again.

  70. Joe Golfer

    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I’d like to know more about that “black colored PVD insert” on the back of the face.
    Is it a vibration dampening material?
    Is it weighted inside with tungsten to add more forgiveness at specific areas?
    Is it some sort of combination of both?

    • Chris

      Aug 19, 2014 at 1:27 am

      PVD is a corrosion resistant coating. Not sure what they have underneath it.

  71. nikkyd

    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Man, if that plastic insert was chrome it would look way more awesome. Hopefully the short irons arent absolute shovels

  72. Paul

    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    +2

    the mm protos are gorgeous, they’ve ruined them

  73. Michael

    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I may be going against popular opinion here, but I think the Pro set looks sweet.

  74. Naru

    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    The swoosh logo is too big and distracting.
    I’m sure these Vapor irons works great, but Victory Red TW Blades looks so much better.

    • Aaron

      Aug 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      How is the Swoosh logo to big and distracting? You really think you are going to be able to see that logo once it is on the ground???

    • MikeOZ

      Aug 19, 2014 at 8:14 am

      your swing must be terrible if you can see the back of the club enough to distract you!!

  75. Teekman

    Aug 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Am I the only one who thought they threw the MM Protos into a grinder?

    • JohnB

      Aug 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Not bad until you look at what they could have been (mm protos). I think they absolutely ruined the look.

      • forembc

        Aug 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm

        +1

        • don

          Aug 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm

          Nike is climbing to the top of the golf industry actually so while the traditionalist will disapprove, their equipment flat out performs. to each their own…ford/chevy, apple/samsung….the list goes on. I think the wildcard here is that they are a marketing behemoth and the best 2 players on the planet…and winning mind you.

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Justin Thomas’ winning WITB: 2019 CJ Cup

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60TX

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3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-iron), Titleist 620 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Photo via Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Driver: Ping G410 LST (9.5 degrees, flat+, CG shifter in neutral, 5g face, 5g toe weight)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70G-6.5 TX (44.25″, tipped 1.5″, D4)

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5-wood: Ping G410 (@17 degrees, flat standard, 5g face weight)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 95G-6.5 TX (41.75”, tipped 1.5″, D4)

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Irons: Ping i500 [3-iron (38.75″, 21 degree loft, 1 degree up)], Ping iBlade [4-iron (1/2 degree flat, standard length)], Ping Blueprint [5-PW (1/2 degree flat, standard length)]
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 w/Cushin insert

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Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (50, 54 degrees) (1 degree flat), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping PLD Prime Prototype (Stealth finish, straight arc, 34 3/8″, 19 degree lie, 2 degree loft, black shaft)
Grip: Ping PP58 Midsize Full Cord

Grips: Custom Lamkin Black 58R

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

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We hear the buzz words “3D printed” all the time these days. It’s a newer technology that has shown to have lots of applications in other industries, but golf hasn’t been one of those until now. 3D printing a putter is a pretty new adventure, but EV3D Golf is showing that it is going to be much more common very soon.

EV3D Golf is bringing new putter designs to us golfers that CANNOT be made through traditional casting or milling. 3D printing is the process of creating a putter layer-by-layer, allowing any supported shape you can think of. Even hollow designs like EV3D’s signature lattice features!

This gives EV3D engineers the ability to create putters that push the limits of MOI, feel, and of course look. The intricate lattice design does more than just look really cool, it also helps move weight to the outside and rear of the putter, increasing MOI in all models. All EV3D putters are printed from a combination of 420 stainless steel and bronze. This alloy gives the putter its responsive feel, excellent durability, and the ability to offer 3 finishes. They also offer a ton of different hosel designs to fit your eye and putting stroke, all are 3D printed as well. EV3D even adds custom touches like text in the cavity, different site lines, and paint fill to make it your own. Right now they offer 6 different head shapes, but if none of those are what you are looking for, they will work with you to print your dream putter from scratch!

We got our hands on 2 models, the EV3D Golf Ares X and Hades, to take out to the course and putt with. In hand the first thing that grabs your eye’s attention is the intricate lattice work on the putters.

All you want to do is hold the putter closer to your face and see how the heck they did it. At the right angles you can actually see through that lattice structure, but we were told that debris getting stuck in there isn’t an issue. The next thing you will notice is the rough texture of the head. This is created by the process of 3D printing the head, showing off the layers of material used to build the shape of the head. I don’t know if was intended but that rough texture does help with reducing glare, making the putters easy on the eyes even in the brightest conditions.

I personally really like the Antique Bronze finish, but EV3D does offer a Natural and Slate Black finish to suit your personal taste. Out on the putting green the Ev3D putters performed really well, offering a hefty dose of forgiveness and a crisp feel and sound. Traditionally modes like the Hades don’t offer much in the way of forgiveness compared to mallets, but the Hades shocked me with its off-center putts. Putts hit off the heel or toe stayed on line much better and I even made a couple that had no business even being close to the hole.

Distance loss on those mishits is about what you would expect, coming up a little short, but defiantly not a drastic difference. Since the EV3D line doesn’t have any fancy face milling, I was a little worried about the initial roll and if the ball would hop or skid. Initial contact was great, only met with a tiny bit of skid before rolling out. Nothing that I think effected even my longest putts. The feel off the face is something that reminds you of a quieter classic Ping BeCu putter, crisp with an audible click. If you are looking for a silent impact, like an Odyssey Microhinge, then the EV3D line might not be your cup of tea. If you are on a quest for exceptional responsiveness on well struck and mishit putts then you should be very pleased with any of the EV3D putter models. The feel of impact is a little firmer than I think we are all used to these days with so many inserts and deep milling. The crisp feel and slightly more audible EV3D is somewhat refreshing and mishit putts are extremely easy to recognize.

Overall, the EV3D putters are a solid offering from a new company utilizing a new technology in the golf club space. With all the combinations of putter heads, site lines, and hosels, I can’t see you not being able to find a putter that fits your eye. Looks for any putter are going to be subjective, but there is no denying that EV3D is pushing the limits at a time where we see a lot of similar putter designs from all manufacturers. And if you are the type of person who wants to create an original design of your own that has never been done, EV3D is waiting for that call to help you take your idea from thought to printed putter head! Check the entire EV3D putter line at the company website.

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