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Nike VR Forged Wedges

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Nike’s new VR Forged wedges offer three distinct sole grinds to give golfers with different short-game styles and course conditions more choices from around the greens.

Standard Grind

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Nike’s “Standard Grind” was inspired by Tiger Woods, and is the most versatile of the company’s new wedge grinds. It has a moderate sole width with a medium amount of bounce and camber, which will work well for golfers with shallow and medium angles of attack.

It’s available in the following models: 48-10 (48 degree of loft, 10 degrees of bounce), 50-10, 52-10, 54-10, 56-14, 58-10 and 60-10. For lefties, it’s available in 52-10, 56-14 and 60-10 (satin finish only).

Dual Narrow Grind

Nike’s “Dual Narrow” grind has the most bounce of the new offerings, making it great for golfers with steeper angles of attack.

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It’s available in 56-16, 58-14 and 60-13.

Despite those scary bounce numbers, the dual sole allows the leading edge of the club to sit low to the ground at address, and the extreme amount of heel relief actually removes bounce when the wedge is played in an opened position.

Dual Wide Grind

Nike’s “Dual Wide” grind has the lowest amount of bounce and the widest sole. The benefit of a wide sole is that it creates a very low center of gravity, which allows golfers to hit straight-faced shots higher than thinner-soled wedges.

The Dual Wide wedges are available in 56-08 and 60-06. The low amount of makes them able to be used off tighter lies, as well as on opened-faced shots.

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All three designs are forged from 1025 carbon steel, and have Nike’s X3X grooves. The wedge’s faces also have what Nike calls a “precision laser crosshatch pattern” for more friction between the grooves, which helps create more spin.

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The Nike VR Pro wedges are available for $129 in Satin and Black Oxide finishes.

Click here to see what members are saying about the wedges in the forums.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon putter cover”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon putter cover. The eye-catching cover has got our members talking in our forums, and the reaction to the cover has been very positive.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Fritzer: “Sick cover, love the SJ logo considering he played for the Jr sharks.”
  • chafita: “Awesome cover.”
  • tdk8180: “You better win with a cover like that…ballsy putting a San Jose logo on there….jeez”

Entire Thread: “Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon cover”

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New 2020 Cleveland Launcher UHX irons feature a combination of hollow and cavity back irons

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Cleveland Golf has introduced Cleveland Launcher UHX irons, which incorporate hollow back long irons with cavity back short irons.

The unique approach looks to provide maximum distance and forgiveness in the long irons (4- 7-irons) through lower and deeper weighting in the hollow back construction while focusing on precision and control from the 8-iron to PW with a cavity back design in this addition to the 2020 Cleveland iron lineup.

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2020 Cleveland Launcher UHX irons: Details

The new additions also contain a high-strength, HT1770M variable steel face insert in each long iron. According to the company, improved mass distribution in the face insert is designed to deliver higher ball speeds and more distance on each shot.

Speaking on the new Launcher UHX irons, Director of Engineering, Research and Development at Cleveland, Dustin Brekke stated

“This combination of cavity back and utility irons into one set offers the perfect blend of distance and accuracy. A new variable face pattern delivers more distance due to hotter faces with better mass distribution.”

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Both the hollow and cavity back irons feature a V-Shaped Sole which is designed to offer both improved speed retention and forgiveness through improved turf interaction. The company’s Tour Zip Grooves and enhanced Laser Milling aim to provide maximum spin on each Launcher UHX short iron.

Arriving in both left and right-handed options, Cleveland’s Launcher UHX Irons officially launch on October 4 and are priced at $799.99 MAP for a seven-piece steel set and $899.99 MAP for a seven-piece graphite set.

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2020 Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons feature “turbocharged” face insert

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Cleveland Golf has unveiled new game improvement Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons which feature a new “thinner, hotter” turbocharged face insert designed for more speed and forgiveness.

Along with the turbocharged face insert, the new additions also contain a fully hollow construction. The design of the fully hollow construction allows for optimized sole weighting and bids to offer players both a higher launch and maximum forgiveness.

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Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons: Details

Speaking on the new Launcher HB Turbo Irons, Dustin Brekke, Director of Engineering, Research and Development at Cleveland stated

“These irons allow game improvement players the ability to get the ball into the air better than any iron on the market. Now with a thinner, hotter face, the Launcher HB Turbo Irons give you a half club more distance over the previous generation.”

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The irons feature a redesigned HiBore Crown, which pushes the center of gravity low and deep within the base, a placement which is designed to allow golfers to launch their ball higher.

The clubs also contain progressive shaping throughout, as the brand seeks to provide players with a smooth transition by offering maximum forgiveness on long irons to optimal control on short irons.

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Cleveland’s Launcher HB Turbo irons hit retail on October 4, and are available in both right and left-handed options. The new additions are priced at $799.99 MAP for a seven-piece steel set and $899.99 MAP for a seven-piece graphite set.

 

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