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Spotted: Nike “MM Proto” Irons



Earlier this month, Rory McIlroy posted a picture of a Nike’s new “MM Proto” 2 iron on Instagram that, according to a Nike representative, was a collaborative effort between McIlroy, Tiger Woods and club engineers at The Oven. McIlroy went on the win The Open Championship with the club in his bag.

Today at the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, we spotted Seung Yul Noh testing out a full set of Nike “MM Proto” forged irons. Although we don’t have any information on technology or design, the in-hand photos suggest they are Nike’s new line of forged, blade-style irons.

Check out our photos of the new irons below.

Click here to see more photos and read what members are saying in the forums


Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the new MM Proto iron photos in the forums.

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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.



  1. Bradley

    Aug 18, 2014 at 3:25 am


  2. Stan

    Aug 6, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Dear God….they’re beautiful….

  3. Kevin

    Aug 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Do these new Nike irons include the steroids?

  4. marcel

    Aug 4, 2014 at 12:15 am

    emulation Mizuno Diamond shape… id stay away from Nike… Bridgstone rules them only anyway

  5. TheJuice

    Jul 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I haven’t felt this way about looking at a club since I first saw the Cobra Amp Cell Pros. I waited for them, purchased them and have loved them since they first came out. Damn it, I feel like that again!!!!

  6. MLH44

    Jul 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Glad to see Nike coming out with new forged blades, but in regard to looks these pale in comparison to the VR Pro blades. Not even close and I luv my Vr Pro blades. I wish we knew what type of carbon steel they were forged out of. Other than feel the only thing that could possibly get me to part with the VR Pros is distance. With traditional blades you typically give up 10 yards in return for control. Who cares about 10 yards when the Vr Pros are darts. However, if these were 10 yards longer than the VR Pros…difficult not to consider the putting up $1,000 cause you know that’s how much these sticks will cost. Would like to see the trajectory figures as well. Get us some data WRX

  7. Tom Duckworth

    Jul 30, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Nike is growing on me. These are the best looking irons I’ve seen from them yet. Looks like a lot of help in the toe. I hope they stick with the satin finish too. I would love to see what these feel like.

  8. Robert

    Jul 29, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I hate to say it, well really I don’t, but Nike is quickly becoming my favorite club manufacturer. Their recent stuff has been top notch. I know the swoosh has it’s detractors, but you can’t argue with the performance of their line-up. The 2.0 woods and irons are truly great clubs. Now if only I could play blades!

  9. Tom

    Jul 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    The more loft , the more the toe surface area increases, interesting.

  10. Mike

    Jul 29, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    It’s like a reverse mp-64, maybe a little higher flight with the weight lower? I like em!!

  11. Matthew Bacon

    Jul 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Wow, those look great!

  12. Evan

    Jul 29, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Excellent looking modern players iron. Home run for Nike on this one, just hope they don’t go putting tacky badges all over it.

  13. steve

    Jul 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I know it is petty, but the swoosh is annoying

    • W

      Jul 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Yeah, It’s in the wrong place, it should be on the heel, and smaller, and unpainted. That would have been cleaner

      • Chris

        Jul 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

        It may be annoying, but it’s also probably a part of their marketing for these. People will see the Nike guys gaming these and if they win with them, people will want to buy them. Gotta let them know it was the iron with the giant black swoosh on the toe.

    • BcavWecllh

      Jul 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

      But you won’t see it as well on TV! Besides, you can’t see it from the playing position.

  14. CJ

    Jul 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

    If I wasn’t in love with my s55’s I would give these a try but I highly doubt that they can get rid of my ping babies.

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  16. Jack

    Jul 29, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Beautiful! Not ground breaking, but a good change in direction for Nike. Agree with other posters that it’s very ‘asian’ looking. I’ve seen many similar type asian style blades. Looks like a blade but has some CB qualities.

  17. Nath

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Looks like I need to hold off buying those mb’s

  18. goatee

    Jul 29, 2014 at 3:49 am

    from Seung-ryol Noh? gorgeous.

  19. W

    Jul 29, 2014 at 3:25 am


  20. cody

    Jul 29, 2014 at 12:07 am

    very asian inspired.

    • cody

      Jul 29, 2014 at 12:09 am

      looks like a titleist 695 iron that went to a Japanese design class.

  21. MHendon

    Jul 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I like a little more square toe but over all these are some nice looking sticks.

  22. Tony Lynam

    Jul 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Nike is really starting to come around.

  23. NB

    Jul 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm


  24. snowman

    Jul 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Those look good; doubtful I’m good enuf to game ’em…..Perhaps a forged cavity back offering as well?

  25. kess

    Jul 28, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I’d buy those. Gorgeous.

  26. cdvilla

    Jul 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Nike making Miuras… I like it.

    • bradford

      Jul 29, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Lol, what goes around comes around. A company can use whatever forge they’d like, so it’s very possible Miura is making these, especially in the prototype phase. I’d love to hear you could buy Nike designs and have them crafted at Miura

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Driver, shaft combinations of strokes gained: off-the-tee leaders



‘Tis the season for, well, looking back at the previous golf season. Hopefully, you’re still able to put a peg in the ground where you live.

However, if you find yourself stuck on the couch, staring longingly at your clubs in the corner as they begin their period of forced hibernation, we’re here to offer you an always enjoyable (we hope) diversion: a look at the equipment of some of the best golfers in the game this past season.

More specifically, we’re taking a look at the driver head and shaft combinations of the best drivers of the golf ball on the PGA Tour (as measured by their strokes gained: off-the-tee metric) for the 2022-2023 PGA Tour season.

Let’s get to it.

10. Hayden Buckley: 0.611

Driver: Titleist TSR3 (9 degrees)

Shaft: UST Mamiya Lin Q M40X Blue 6F5

9. Luke List

Driver: Titleist TSR3 (9 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

8. Viktor Hovland: 0.741

Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @8.4)

Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 TR X (45.75 inches, tipped 1 inch)

7. Keith Mitchell: 0.743

Driver: Mizuno ST-Z 230 (9.5 degrees)

Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 75 6.5

6. Kevin Yu: 0.803

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White 80 TX

5. Brent Grant: 0.806

Driver: Srixon ZX7 Mk II (8.5 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro Black 75 TX

4. Patrick Cantlay: 0.852

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 @8.75 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX

3. Rory McIlroy: 0.907

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (9 degrees @7.5)

Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6 X

*McIlroy switched into TaylorMade’s Qi10 LS driver at the DP World Tour Championship. 

2. Ludvig Åberg: 0.982

Driver: Titleist TSR2 (9 degrees)

Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

1. Scottie Scheffler: 1.021

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (8 degrees)

Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

*Scheffler switched into TaylorMade’s Qi10 LS driver at the Hero World Challenge. 

There you have it, GolfWRXers. We’ll be back with more pieces of this nature as we X out the days in December.

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Callaway Apex Pro, Apex CB, Apex MB combo irons – Club Junkie Reviews



When Callaway released the new Apex Pro, Apex CB, and Apex MB irons in August, better-skilled golfers were very excited to get them out on the course to try for themselves.

The Apex Pro packs a ton of technology into a small head size with reduced offset and a thinner topline. Callaway updated the new Apex CB with a new sole design for better turf interaction and shot consistency. The Apex MB is the blade for elite players who are looking for precise distance control and shot shaping.

Callaway knows some golfers like to mix and match clubs from different sets to optimize their performance, so I was very intrigued to see how the Apex Pro Series Triple Play iron set combined all three irons.

Callaway Apex Pro Long Irons (4, 5, 6)

When you set the new Apex Pro irons down, you will be pleased with the look of reduced offset and a compact shape. The irons aren’t so small that you get intimidated, I think Callaway picked a good size. Being slightly larger than the CB and MB gives you a little more confidence that you don’t need to strike it dead center in order to get a good shot out of them.

The Pros use multi-material construction to add distance and forgiveness while the forged face and body give you soft feel and distance control. Urethane Microspheres are also used to dampen vibration and give the Pro irons a soft and solid feel. Now the GolfWRXer in me wishes the Pro had a touch less offset, but I like the overall shape and think the more rounded toe gives them a softer look.

Out on the course, the 4, 5, and 6-irons are easy to hit and do offer you a little extra firepower for those longer shots. The feel is soft and muted, even on mishits, and the turf interaction from the Dynamic Sole design resists digging in soft conditions. The 4-iron is a real cannon off the tee on short par 4’s and long par 3’s, giving you the distance as well as added height to stop the ball on the green.

Off the turf, you can easily elevate the 5 and 6-iron shots into greens, but all of the Pro irons offer better forgiveness than you might expect. My miss is generally off the toe and those shots still get up in the air and carry. When you miss, you can still carry that bunker or get the ball to the front of the green.

Apex CB Mid Irons (7, 8, 9)

These might be my favorite looking out of the three iron sets in terms of size and shape. They blend some of the roundness from the Apex Pro with a slightly sharper toe and more compact size. The Apex CB have very little offset, and the transition from hosel to leading edge is done well and without too much curvature.

The soles are more narrow, but you can see more of the angles in the Dynamic Sole. The pre-worn leading edge and trailing-edge relief stand out more and work very well. I play in Michigan, and you rarely come across a firm and fast fairway, so turf interaction is very noticeable in these softer conditions. Much like the Apex Pro, the CB gets into the turf immediately and wants to shallow out and exit quickly.

Solidly struck shots feel so solid and soft with a heavy “thud” at impact. When it comes to feel, these irons will easily hold their own against other popular forged CBs. Shots hit thin or off the toe will bring more vibration to your hands and produce a clickier sound.

Distance control with the Apex CB irons is very, very good. Well-struck shots seem to fly exactly the same distance and height every time. The launch is a little lower than the Apex Pro but you still can elevate them off the turf or tee. These irons also seem to spin a bit more as you notice shots having a little more curvature to them. Into the wind, you can see a touch of rise in the shot. You will notice a little more of a dropoff in carry when you miss the center of the face, but directionally the ball stays online well.

Callaway added MIM weights in the toe, and as much as they perfect the balance of each iron, they seem to add some forgiveness as well. Skilled players will love the shotmaking ability of the CB: You can hit them high, low, left, or right, and in any combination of the aforementioned.

Apex MB Short Irons (10, 11)

First, just having irons with a “10” and an “11” on the sole is flat-out cool. That little difference is fun to see and they always get comments from other golfers. While all of the new Apex irons blend well together, these have the most distinctive look to my eye. They are the edgiest look with a sharper toe and straight leading edge. There is a lack of softness and roundness to the me, but again, they blend in well with the set.

I only have the pitching and gap wedge in the set, but that is about where my skill tops out! The MB will demand your attention as they obviously are the least forgiving in the set. While well-struck shots will reward you with impeccably soft feel and a solid “thud” sound, off-center will be a little more harsh on your hands and ears. My misses tend to be the most dramatic and you will see a big drop off in distance when you hit it out on the toe. Where the Apex Pro will get you on the green, the MB can keep you just off depending on the miss.

For being such high-lofted clubs, they do keep a lower ball flight that carries a lot of spin into the green. You can easily fire at tight pins with confidence that the trajectory and spin will keep the ball close to its landing spot. And since they are MBs, you can flight those shots any way you would like with ease.

Turf interaction is good, but these will dig the most out of the set. But even with the deeper divot, the irons get through the turf very quickly.

Matching the gap wedge to the set is something I have liked in this set. There is just a feeling of consistency on full, or close-to-full shots that you don’t get with a sand wedge-style head. Those full shots kind of feel like you are just hitting a pitching wedge but at a shorter distance. The “11-iron” still works around the green, and you can hit little pitch and chip shots with plenty of spin, even with an open face.

Overall, Callaway’s Triple Play offers a little bit of everything for players who need a little help in the long irons but want consistency in the scoring clubs. Feel, distance, and forgiveness are all added to the mix in good amounts in order to balance out the set. If you are a single-digit handicap who wants a players look from address but needs a little help, Callaway’s Apex Pro Series combo sets are well worth trying out.

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Whats in the Bag

Tony Finau WITB 2023 (December)



  • Tony Finau’s what’s in the bag accurate as of the Hero World Challenge.

Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees @7) Buy.
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

3-wood: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond T (14 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3) Buy here, Ping Blueprint (4-PW) Buy here.
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 Hybrid X (3), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 TX

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (50-12S, 56-12S) Buy here, Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T) Buy here.
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 125 Wedge S

Putter: Ping PLD Anser 2D prototype Buy here.
Grip: Garsen Golf Ultimate

Grips: Lamkin UTx Mid

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot Buy here.

See the rest of Tony Finau’s WITB in the forums.

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