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Top 10: The Best Nike Golf Equipment Ever Made



Nike’s golf equipment never appealed to the masses in the same way as the company’s golf shoes and apparel, leading to the company’s decision to discontinue its production of clubs, balls and bags and focus on soft goods. Its lack of retail success, however, does not mean that Nike didn’t produce excellent golf equipment.

Nike launched its first golf balls, the Precision line, in 1998. Its first line of golf clubs came in 2002. Our staff took a trip down memory lane to remember all the Nike golf equipment produced between then and now. Here’s our list of the best golf equipment Nike ever made.

SQ Sumo2 Driver


Nike’s SQ Sumo2 was one of the most polarizing clubs in company history. Released in 2006 — the height of the industry’s obsession with high-MOI drivers — the SQ Sumo2 used a composite crown and a square head shape to push weight to the back corners of the driver head for added forgiveness on off-center hits.

The SQ Sumo2 was best known for its loud, high-pitched sound, which rang like an aluminum baseball bat at impact. A later version, Nike SQ Sumo2 5900, increased MOI to 5900, while improving sound and feel.

VR X3X Toe Sweep Wedge


All wedges pretty much look the same, right? Not Nike’s Toe Sweep wedge, the brainchild of legendary Nike club maker Mike Taylor that was released in 2014.

Related: Our slideshow of early prototypes of the Toe Sweep wedge, which show the developmental stages of the club. 

The VR X3X attempted to solve the age-old problem of the heel of the wedge getting “stuck” on shots from long grass. Taylor’s solution was to create wedge soles with hardly any mass on the heel side, which also made open-face shots easier. Both Rory McIlroy and Johnny Vegas used the Toe Sweep grind to win on tour.

Split Cavity Prototype Irons


While these irons were never released, they were played by several of Nike’s tour players, and carry a special significance to us. Our founder easyyy scored a set of Trevor Immelman prototypes back in 2005, the year GolfWRX was founded, and hasn’t stopped talking about the Miura-forged protos since.

At the time, the Split Cavities were the standard to meet for all forged cavity-back irons. They were clean in shape, butter soft at impact and great through the ground. Several notable forged cavity-back irons followed, including our recent Nike favorites, the VR Forged Pro Combos.

Vapor Flex 440


For gear heads, the worst part about Nike’s decision to fold its golf equipment division could be the promise it showed with its latest driver, the Vapor Flex 440.

Ever since Nike’s switch to its Covert design platform for metal woods, the company struggled to compete in the realm of low-spin drivers. The Vapor Flex 440 (released in 2016) was different. Sixty percent of the club head was made from Nike’s proprietary, carbon fiber-reinforced RZN material, a weight-saving scheme that boosted performance.

Our sources tell us that Nike’s line of 2017 drivers relied heavily on a RZN construction, and were by far the best-performing drivers in company history. If true, it’s a case of too little, too late.

VR_S Forged Irons


Nike’s VR_S Forged were released in the U.S. after enjoying incredible success in Japan. While intended for mid-to-high handicappers, the irons caught on with low handicappers, as well as many PGA Tour players (including Tiger Woods), who used them as long-iron replacements.

Key to the success of the VR_S Forged was their two-piece forged construction, which merged a 1025 carbon steel framework with a thin club face that was welded to the body to improve ball speed and forgiveness. Despite their bulk, the irons looked and felt premium, and added value to their $999 sticker price with Nippon’s aftermarket 950GH shaft as the stock option. They were one of the best game-improvement irons released in 2012.

VR Tour Driver


Years before slots became a common sight on clubs, Nike released a line of metal woods with something called a “Compression Channel” behind the club face, which was said to increase the size of the sweet spot by making the club face more flexible — particularly the bottom.

The Compression Channel was used on many models, but Nike’s VR (Victory Red) Tour driver, released in 2010, could have been the best. Proof of that showed up just three weeks ago, when Jhonattan Vegas used the six-year-old driver in his victory at the RBC Canadian Open.

The VR Tour measured 420 cubic centimeters, and had a classy, pear-shaped club head free of alignment aids. It was a thing of beauty.

Method 006 (Rory McIlroy’s putter)


Remember the #releasetheputter movement that originated in the GolfWRX Forums? Several sources inside Nike Golf have told us that if it weren’t for GolfWRXers, Rory McIlroy’s replica Method putter would have never been released. Pat yourselves on the backs, folks.

It’s true that most better-player clubs sold at retail are inspired by PGA Tour players, but it’s rare to get your hands on a golf club designed to the exact specifications of one of the best golfers on the planet. That was the case with the Method 006, which was the result of Rory McIlroy’s work with David Franklin, Nike’s renowned putter designer and creator of its Method technology.

Owners of the limited-edition putter, released in 2015, have a carbon copy of the flatstick Rory McIlroy used to win his third and fourth majors: the Open and PGA championships in 2014.

Forged Blades


In 2003, Nike released its first set of blade irons, and to many they’re still the most beautiful blades ever produced. They were named simply “Forged Blades,” and were unencumbered by the logos and colors that would be used on future Nike iron releases.

The Forged Blades were used by David Duval to win his lone major, the 2001 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Slingshot Irons


Released in 2003, Nike’s Slingshot irons were not only the company’s most commercially successful iron model, but also possibly one of the coolest game-improvement irons to date.

The irons featured a slingshot-esque “bridge,” which stretched across the cavity of the hollow-bodied irons. It enhanced perimeter weighting, and helped golfers hit towering iron shots by moving weight lower and deeper in the club head. Thin, strong, “cold-rolled” 455 Stainless Steel club faces were also added for more distance.

The design was awesome, the name was perfect and the performance was impressive. This was Nike Chief Club Designer Tom Stites at his best.

Tour Accuracy Golf Balls


In the golf world, the year 2000 is synonymous with Tiger Woods’ best golf. It was in June of that year he accomplished his most impressive feat — winning the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots. He then went on to win the next three major championships.

Fueling his performance was a new golf ball: Nike’s Tour Accuracy. The solid-rubber core ball is argued to have given Woods a distance advantage over his competitors, most of whom were still using wound golf balls at the time. It is also said to have pushed Titleist to release its first solid-rubber core golf ball, the Pro V1.

Just last week on Twitter, Woods credited the Tour Accuracy as helping to “put the wound ball into extinction.” No argument there.

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  1. DJ

    Aug 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    T40 and T60 3 woods and Nike Ignite driver

  2. Bri

    Aug 11, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Another vote for the T40 3-wood from me. Reckon getting a 3 wood your happy with is the hardest club in the bag to get right and this was as close as I ever got. My current RBZ hits it further but never had the confidence that I had with my old Steel shafted T40 15*.

  3. Clay

    Aug 10, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    My only disagreement is for me the Vapor Fly Pro is amazing and better than the flex. The M1 and M2 could not match the combination of length, consistency, and accuracy I get with it. It really only fits a small segment of golfers, but for me it is excellent.

  4. mhendon

    Aug 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I can’t say I tried a lot of Nike equipment but I did try the T40 fairway, hated it. Tried the VRpro limiter driver and loved it, still in the bag. Point being if you’re open minded you’ll find good and bad equipment with any major OEM.

  5. Alvin

    Aug 10, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I thought the T60 fairway woods were pretty easy to hit.

  6. DH

    Aug 10, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Duval didn’t play the forged blade to win at Lythym .

    I was there and still remember looking into his bag and seeing the pro combo protos

  7. Bob

    Aug 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Yup 🙂

  8. RedX

    Aug 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    all this time and you’re still kicking up a stink Smiz!

  9. Nathan

    Aug 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    The CPR Woods were ridiculously easy to hit. (clubs for Prevention and Recovery)..Still bag my 26º even though it’s so beat up.

  10. Christosterone

    Aug 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Also you forgot mm protos…the were awesome…


  11. Christosterone

    Aug 10, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I bought a vapor flex 440 for $149….payed $429 for the original flex if memory serves…

    It is the polar opposite of the sq2 insofar as it sounds like a mid 90s Titleist…that small, breaking a lightbulb in a towel sound…

    It is truly an exquisite driver….and in my office sits a set of 2003 Nike forged irons…they are truly the most gorgeous set of forged blades in the modern era save the Wilson 100 yr anniversary heads…


  12. Bob

    Aug 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Nike made good equipment? What did I miss?

    If Nike made good equipment they’d still be making it.

    So I guess they didn’t

    I play real golf equipment, Titleist 🙂

    • BeerandGolf

      Aug 10, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Just go away.

    • Jay

      Aug 10, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      You’re just going to steal that joke off the article announcing Nike was getting out equipment??? At least attempt to be original.

  13. Deacon Blues

    Aug 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    The Covert 2.0 driver should be at least an honorable mention on this list. I’ve had it since late 2014 and it’s in my bag for the foreseeable future. I tried the next year’s model (the Vapor Speed) but it didn’t work out quite as well for my game.

    Nike’s FlexLoft sleeve provided a range of loft (8.5* – 12.5*) and face angle adjustability that was wider and more user-friendly than that of other OEMs. That’s the Nike Golf feature I’ll miss the most whenever I have to switch.

    • Jim

      Aug 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      …google “Bullet Golf Hollow Point Driver” maybe find one on EBay for $10. The ORIGINAL ‘Covert’…

      when Covert came out, I had to show a Nike-bot it was NOT so ‘original’ and looked it up…..some Knob on Ebay had one listed for like $400 as ‘a collectors item / conversation piece

  14. steve

    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Slingshot? They were horrible

  15. Your Daddy

    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    WOW! Just wow! Nike made horrible clubs!

  16. Brandon

    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    The Slingshot irons were the worst irons that I ever hit. The longer irons, with the gap in the cavity, made a horrific sound. Too clunky on the sole. The blades that they made (Duval’s and the Victory Red’s) are very nice looking clubs. Every thing else is garbage.

  17. Alex

    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I still used the regular Nike Dymo with a Aldila Proto Vs Shaft, time after time look for some other driver to play, none has been able to throw it out of the bag, lol!

    • Your Daddy

      Aug 10, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Um you need to look harder brochacho

  18. Mike Honcho

    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Slingshot???? WOW. I guess Cleveland VAS needs to get an honorable mention somewhere.

  19. Mike

    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:51 am

    2 things – 1) I can’t believe Tom Stites wasn’t mentioned as the designer of the Forged Blades, especially considering he is (or was) a featured writer here! 2) The Tour Accuracy was a phenomenal ball early in multilayer era, but man if they didn’t get absolutely SHREDDED on wedge shots.

  20. Keith

    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I won my first club championship with a set of Nike Pro Combo irons and the T40 3 wood, which should be on this list. I’m good friends with a former Nike staff player and they all loved that 3w in the early, mid 2000’s. VR Forged driver is one of my favorites, still sitting in my garage.

    I’ll always be a fanboy.

  21. Justin

    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I picked up a Vapor Flex 440 a few days back because I was simply in need of a new driver and I could not pass up the $150 price point for a brand new club. Also, it was the very last one on the shelf and came with a shaft that happened to be what I needed, so it seemed to be destiny. To say this club performs well is an understatement. I had the original Nike Covert driver when it came out and after a number of rounds over about a year, the face cracked. So I sent it back and Nike gave me the version 2.0. That version was a great improvement on the original, but both pale in comparison to the 440. You can really feel the pop off the face and though it’s “quiet” compared to other drivers, it’s not quite as dull sounding as the Covert (Sounds like you slapped someone across the face really hard!). The ball flight is awesome on the 8.5 R setting for me and I’m spinning it in the low 2000s. While I was simply hoping to get a driver I could put in play, I was pleasantly surprised and may well hang onto this thing for a few years!

    • Ft

      Aug 10, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      You mean less than 2 years ago? You must be living in the future

  22. Jonah Mytro

    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I play the covert 2 hybrid (version 1), great feel and distance..Still have the old school sumo 3 & 4 hyrbids

  23. golfraven

    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:32 am

    The VR driver was probably the best, the Sumo the worst. There was not much in between and after.
    Ciao Nike clubs, ttyn.

  24. Joe

    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:32 am

    How on earth is the famous SQ 3 wood that tiger used all those years not on this list??? Best 3 wood ever period!

  25. ta

    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

    That was a really great Bridgestone ball, that Tour Accuracy, huh?

    • MBA-J

      Aug 11, 2016 at 9:36 am

      The Tour Accuracy was NOT a Bridgestone golf ball. Bridgestone simply manufactured Nike golf balls using Nike designs/patents/etc. Gordon Ramsey can make a hamburger in a McDonalds, but that doesn’t mean it’s a Big Mac.

  26. Nate

    Aug 10, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Tiger’s tweet about Nike golf balls is funny since he used a “prototype” his entire career that was a ProV1 stamped with a swoosh.

    • dom

      Aug 10, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Pro V1 are also not wound. Ping was the first company to demonstrate the shortfalls of a wound ball. Tiger is way off base if he thinks Nike ball sales had anything to do with the wound balls demise. If Tiger was still playing they never would have quit. They will be missed, a major force like Nike ( and Tiger) leaving can only be bad for the industry, now others will follow. R.I.P. Nike Golf.

      • Nate

        Aug 10, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        From the rumbles I have heard from people at Nike Golf over the past 5+ years is that this announcement was expected each year.

        The signing of Rory and the amount of money they threw at him (which was a lot more then what was publically announced) was the real last efforts to save the equipment division. They really should have put that half a billion dollars into R&D and marketing instead. I remember being on a conference call and the Nike people asking as to why sales in the NW where more then the rest of the country combined.

        • KCCO

          Aug 11, 2016 at 9:58 am

          I actually did work each year for their company, building their exhibits/displays for PGA show, etc. Had oppurtunity to game anything, never did. But do have as many Nike golf shoes as the average person has regular shoes. I feel bad for the large group of people that will have to attemp to relocate to other golf companies for jobs, which is a scary thought…or just beat in general with no job.
          As for Northwest and their high sales?…very 420 friendly in those parts? High sales; high shoppers…jk
          On a serious note, I just always walked by the Nike golf equipment, don’t know why, but I just personally never fell in love with anything. On several occasions have hit there clubs ex.mmproto felt great, but nothing to make me pull the irons in my bag…seemed like what was a great product for them was an average product for some of the other leading OEM’s.

        • Greg P

          Aug 13, 2016 at 5:54 pm

          If these guys can’t make money selling $500 drivers and $1000 iron sets they are in trouble. And so are we.
          The big issue is how much is being dosed out to players in endorsements. Ridiculous.
          I could not care less who plays a club or is associated with a brand.
          Has no bearing on how it performs for me. But folks do and we are paying for it.

  27. Rob

    Aug 10, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I have a 2010 VR Tour Driver and I love it. I’m a gear head and every year when the new drivers come out I demo almost all of them to see if they out perform the Nike and none of them have the combination of looks, feel, and performance. I doubt that club is ever coming out of my bag.

  28. Matt

    Aug 10, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I really liked the VRs Driver with the Fubuki shaft…pretty solid club. Loved the OG Tour Accuracy and TW ball!

  29. Clemson Sucks

    Aug 10, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Forged blades were $

  30. ooffa

    Aug 10, 2016 at 9:58 am

    LOL, I thought this was going to be one of those jokes that when you clicked on the article the list would be blank.

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Golf 101: 5 Tips to building your golf bag with CH3 (+ Charles Howell III WITB)



I think at this point it’s safe to say that Charles Howell III is the adopted son and patron saint of WRX.

Not only is he a member of the site and visits regularly, but he’s also an avid club nerd and tester. I’ve become friends with CH3 over the past couple of years and have had some fun gear geek sessions with him. Want to know the coolest thing of all? He’s still as passionate and curious about gear as we are and not just Titleist (who he is on staff with) he’s curious about it all.

So who better to ask about how to build a great golf bag than with a man who knows it, does, and plays for his livelihood week in and week out?

These are 5 Charles Howell III golden nuggets that any golfer can learn from—and oh yeah, his take on the future is spot on.

Rule #1: Stability over speed no matter what

“Even for the guys on tour, stabilizing the clubface is paramount to good driving. One of the reasons I love testing shafts so often is to see if there is that magic combo of speed and control. However, the stability of the clubhead and shaft have to be there—I could find a combo that’s 20 yards longer, but if it’s something I can’t control, it doesn’t have a place in my bag. Extra yardage is fun until it isn’t.”

Rule #2: Find wedges that can do it all

“I chose the Vokey SM8 M Grind in the 56 and 60, because as the grind spectrum goes, they fall dead in the middle for me but everyone is different. I discovered that finding a middle ground grind wise solves the “different wedges for different grass problems” some players find themselves in. Even at Augusta, there was more Bermuda sticking out than normal which made shots from behind 15 different for example a little trickier. Not only are you chipping back towards a downslope with water behind, but it’s also now into the grain. Knowing I had wedges to combat either scenario made it that much easier. As a player, you have to put all the grinds through the paces and see what one checks off the most boxes. It might be something you never considered.”

Rule #3 Forgiveness looks different for every player

“Iron set makeups have changed so much in recent years. Pay attention to the soles when choosing your irons, even in the longer irons. It would be easy to think that bigger heads wider soles would be a no-brainer to hit, but to be honest, it’s not that simple. Sometimes finding a sole that will help the club get in and out of the ground easily will get you that center contact you were looking for. Although guys on tour may choose beefier long irons, it’s pretty rare to find one with a really wide sole. Soles that large encourage a player to try and sweep it off the turf which is counter-intuitive with an iron in your hand. When getting fit, pay attention to attack angles and center contact with your longer clubs; you may find that thinner soles help you more than anything else.”

Rule #4 Enjoy the process of learning and testing

“Obviously playing for a living gives me the advantage of testing a ton of stuff, but it’s just as fun doing the research at home (online) and understanding what certain equipment can do and the idea behind it. I still rely on testing as much as I can to see what works but it’s the pursuit of knowledge that keeps it all fresh week in and week out. Technology is so good these days but like anything you have to ask questions, look around try some stuff and then make a decision. Remember it’s your golf bag, take some pride in demanding that every inch of it works for you.

Eyes on the future…

“I think as we go down this Bryson/distance chase, the ultimate result on tour will be a lot of two driver bags. Look at it this way, having a 47-inch driver for long bombs, and a 44.5 inch for tighter drives, and a 4-wood isn’t all that hard to imagine. Players can tweak lofts in the irons and wedges easily to adjust to gapping. It’s not rocket science, and I don’t think we are that far from seeing multiple players on tour doing it that way.”

Charles Howell III WITB

Driver: Titleist TSI3 (10.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 6 X

3-wood: Ping G425 LST (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 8 X

7-wood: Ping G410 Max (20.5 degrees @20)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 9 X
Irons: Titleist T100 (4-6) 620 MB (7-9)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (48-10F @47, 52-12F, 56-08M, 60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

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GolfWRX Classifieds (12/3/20): Mavrik SubZero, rare Scotty Cameron, Wilson Staff



At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member CLRMTgolfer – Wilson Staff forged combo set

This is one extremely nice custom combo set of irons from Wilson golf – from blades, all the way to the Staff utility, this set has everything you need for shotmaking.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Wilson staff iron set

Member EHSgolf1 – Callaway Mavrik SubZero driver

Your chance to get an almost new Callaway Mavrik SubZero for less than new price!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Callaway SubZero

Member Champ 2430 – Scotty Cameron Timeless longneck prototype

As they say “if you know you know” and this rare Scotty Cameron Prototype longneck is a thing of beauty – the only thing is I really hope you have a big golfing budget.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Rare longneck Cameron

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Adidas X Vice Golf launch The Vice Golf Shoe by Adidas



Adidas has teamed up with Vice Golf to launch the new Vice Golf Shoe inspired from off the course which includes a dozen Vice Pro Drip Lime x Adidas golf balls.

The Vice Golf Shoe from Adidas contains ultraboost and a signature lime-green colorway to accent the designs for life both on and off the golf course. The shoe features a camouflage pattern in gray and white on the top of the shoe, while a brand-new drip pattern decorates the boost material at the bottom.

The shoe features branding “discoverables”, such as a subtle Vice logo on the tongue of the shoe while a collab logo is celebrated within. The company’s motto “Embrace Your Vice” runs down the spine of the heel, while another Vice logo lives underneath the 3-stripe caging on the inside of the foot.

If golfers want a brighter color pop, the alternate neon lime laces give that option.

“Based in Bavaria like Adidas, we have always looked up to this global ambassador and brand that has made big moves in both the golf and footwear in recent years. It is a great honor to finally present the result of 22 months of work with tears of happiness when the final pair of shoes arrived” – Vice Golf founder and CEO Ingo Duellmann

In addition to the shoe, the packaging of the Vice Golf Shoe by Adidas is made to look, feel and act exactly like their signature golf ball packages. 

The bottom of the box is wrapped in a neon lime camouflage pattern, and the top cover features the exact, embossed Vice logo colored in neon lime drip pattern as seen and felt on the brand’s golf ball packaging. The connection continues after lifting the lid and discovering an actual box of Vice Pro Drip Lime golf balls, with Adidas logos, sitting in its own compartment.

The Vice Golf Shoe from Adidas (plus one dozen Vice Pro Drip Lime X Adidas golf balls) costs $219.95 and is available to purchase from December 7, 2020, 11 AM EST at


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