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Is this Nike’s new line of products for 2016?

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An array of images from Nike have popped on the web recently, coming from Instagram and our own GolfWRX forums.

Below are the photos, with links to where they came from. While we’re not sure exactly how reliable these sources are, they look to be photos of Nike’s new line of products in 2016. What do you think?

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  1. Alex Harper

    Dec 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    These clubs are an embarrassment to the golf industry, it’s unreal that clubs have migrated to this.

  2. jim

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    if you looked closely you would have realized that the pros are just last years with a bridge down the middle. once ou look closely you will eventually like it. I though they were horrible at first but they now look pretty good. Hopefully nike will bring out a new muscleback so rory will use newer equipment. The drivers are just awesome though. The flex is absolutely sick.

  3. jim

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    if you looked closely you would have realized that the pros are just last years with a bridge down the middle. once you look closely you will eventually like it. I though they were horrible at first but they now look pretty good. Hopefully nike will bring out a new muscleback so rory will use newer equipment. The drivers are just awesome though. The flex is absolutely sick.

  4. aaron merritt

    Nov 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

    “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self evident!” – Arthur Schopenhauer
    These clubs are very different (again- og vapor line had the same kind of reception) and because they don’t look like a titleist knockoff golf conservatives jump on here to say they look like plastic toys. The reality is that the clubs look fantastic.
    ALSO, to the people who are going to say the Flex is a horrible driver…..you just don’t have enough swing speed for it.

    • JustWellsy

      Dec 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Exactly! My swing speed is consistently 118+ mph and the Vapor Flex is the ONLY Nike driver that gave me an acceptable spin rate/dispersion. On another note, I am not a fan at all of the look of the new pro irons. It’s not the color, I’m ok with that. I really hope they decide to release another iron that has more of a blade look to it, because that is important to me. I hate not knowing because I am in the market for new irons right now. If I knew this was it for 2016, I’d just buy the vapor pros. But I’d be pissed if they came out with a new version of them mid-year.

  5. kn

    Nov 18, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    It looks like the design team got lost in the graffiti section of Cuba, stayed for a few too many mohitos, then sent the “finished samples” before any of them sobered up enough to check the final product. Just like Tiger taught ’em how to mix business with pleasure.

  6. Edgewood Jones

    Nov 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Go Seahawks!

  7. Don

    Nov 18, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    U G L Y

    I generally liked the look of Nike clubs and the colours don’t bother me. However, the plastic and that inlay look very cheap. Ugliest design since those Yellow Sumo Irons.

  8. Iain

    Nov 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    The clubs don’t look to bad if you take the colour out of the equation!

  9. Fourpar18

    Nov 18, 2015 at 10:47 am

    As a current Vapor Pro Combo and Pro gamer I would have to say that this line looks GREAT! I am approaching 40 y/o and I LOVE the vapor color and I think the new line really is a good blend of young and old. I especially like the Vapor Flex look, it does look like the M1 but I think it looks better! The WHITE colored (although nice) is played out! With color variations from multiple different companies they are attracting a new group of people…. kids and young adults. I was at one of our popular driving range and I saw kids from 8-23 y/o all over the place, that’s what golf is trying to capture…I say they are hitting the mark.

    Another key factor to look at is the look; it looks like a combination of AP2 and Pro Combo…two great sellers this past year. My question; Why wouldn’t a company do this? When people talk about “stealing other companies concepts” is getting old, manufacturing companies (all brands) have been doing it for years. The cereal market it even does it; you have Fruit Loops and Fun Loops…lets get over this.

  10. Ian

    Nov 18, 2015 at 9:27 am

    How possible is it that rival companies can come out with such similar looking drivers so close to eachothers release – screams of collusion!

  11. Jacob

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    People, this is what ALL clubs will probably look like in 20 years. What’s so awful about clubs looking like basketball shoes anyway? If you want to grow the game things are gonna change…

  12. gabo

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    i already play with them and they are crazy the pro is great really good looking from the top and the flex is freaking long just wait for it

  13. vince guest

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Surely these are the new ladies selection?

  14. ShootersTour

    Nov 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Poo Poo.

  15. KD

    Nov 17, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Awful. How many color schemes is Nike going to try before they get it right?

  16. Jack

    Nov 17, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I’m a huge Nike golf fan, but this is something you may see at a Mardi gras.

  17. Someone With Eyes

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:56 am

    These are absolutely terrible. This might be the worst top to bottom line of clubs I have ever seen. Instead of getting rid of sales reps they should have fired their entire design team. Golf clubs are not like basketball shoes. Maybe they are are trying to attract more urban youths to the game.

  18. johnnylongballz

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Reminds me of the multicolored plastic club sets for kids. I hope they come with 3 plastic balls and a little plastic golf bag.

  19. Chuck D

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Are we sure that Nike driver isn’t the shift knob in BMDubya’s new electric rig?

  20. other paul

    Nov 16, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I like the looks. But until they make a driver that makes the ball go really far away really fast, I wont be paying attention. Great driver accuracy, but they need more distance.

  21. Chance

    Nov 16, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I think those black irons look sweet. I would love to game them if they played well!

  22. nunya

    Nov 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    As much as I liked last years irons. I hate these.

    • JustWellsy

      Dec 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Agree… The only way I can describe my dislike is to say they look too “thick” and remind me of those AWFUL slingshot irons from years ago

  23. Steve

    Nov 16, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Tell the accountants to write off another lost in golf equipment for next year. What junk, only a matter of time until they stop making equipment. Investors are not going to accept losing year after year

    • Dj

      Nov 16, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      You may wanna check Nikes earnings.

      • Steve

        Nov 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm

        You might want to check their earnings/lost in the golf equipment. They are a monster, but the golf buisness is aloss for them.

        • GMatt

          Nov 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

          Bingo…. Their clothing and sneaker lines are propping up the golf division losses. Of course those clothing and sneaker divisions are making more than probably all the other golf manufacturers combined so why not operate their golf division at a loss just to stay in the marketplace

  24. Jay

    Nov 16, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    These are awful. Everything looks cheap

  25. john

    Nov 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    the blue is straight copied from mizuno, what were they thinking?

    the irons look great with the blue / yellow though, but the woods are truly staggering

    • Dj

      Nov 16, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Cobra has had blue also. It’s a color, not a patent.

      • john

        Nov 18, 2015 at 6:38 pm

        they don’t have mizuno blue, that is pure mizuno light blue nike right there

  26. Jake

    Nov 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I got a chance to hit the new drivers. The new nike flex is the most horrible feeling/sounding driver I have ever hit. The head is made of RZN. The other heads are ok but the flex ruined the experience.

  27. HackerDav31

    Nov 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Are they the new Nike clubs? Not sure. Could be Mizuno. Lets stop pretending, eh?

  28. cgasucks

    Nov 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Is it just me or is Nike’s clubs are getting uglier and uglier?

  29. Mat

    Nov 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    The Vapor pro irons are very good looking to me. Hopefully they are that dark in person.

  30. Tom Duckworth

    Nov 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Cool stuff. I’m looking forward to the reviews to come. I do see the point of wanting to see more neutral colors as well. Nike is marketing to younger players I guess but I love to look down at a black driver, all business.

  31. Brian

    Nov 16, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I’ll be stoked when stores start carrying RZN Black balls again. I’ve had to resort to using the ProV1s I’ve found in my backyard this year.

  32. KK

    Nov 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Very interesting micro dimples on the RZN proto ball. Everything else is whatevs.

  33. Dpavs

    Nov 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Nike has clearly gone color blind.. those color schemes are hideous!

  34. JMcDonough

    Nov 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    OH BOY, NEW PAINT!

  35. Scooter McGavin

    Nov 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    No, that’s obviously Callaway.

  36. DatSliceDoe

    Nov 16, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Nike ought to take a page from Cobra’s book and offer a few color options. Love the performance, but I want a neutral color driver.

    • 6

      Nov 16, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Nike doesn’t sell enough clubs to shell out that much to make multiple colors for clubs.

    • JustWellsy

      Dec 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      They could solve everything by offering their clubs through NikeID, like they do for shoes and some clothes.

  37. mhendon

    Nov 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Those irons look a little like Titleist AP1’s

  38. Tom

    Nov 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Wow…just wow! must be targeting the under forty players.

    • 6

      Nov 16, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      And you must be 6 years old

      • Tom

        Nov 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

        Old enough to know better and could teach you a thing or two.

    • rymail00

      Nov 16, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      +1

      But I’m 34 and don’t find these visually appealing at all. I still prefer the normal black/blackish dark grey crown (Titleist, SLDR ect.)

  39. Jonzone

    Nov 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I love WRX but I have no idea why they title this article, or any new release with “Is This The….”
    We all know it is…we are on here for a reason!

    Regardless, this release is hideous.

  40. Roger

    Nov 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Nike stuff has never caught my eye……..these colors are a bit to be desired to say the least.

  41. Mcd

    Nov 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I dont get it. What’s different?

  42. John

    Nov 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    The Vapor Flex looks really cool….and really similar to the M1 haha.

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Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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