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Nike Golf Men’s VR Chrome Forged Golf Wedge, 52-Degree/10-Degree Review

By Golf Wedge Solutions | Brand

Dec 21
Nike Golf Men's VR Chrome Forged Golf Wedge, 52-Degree/10-Degree Review

If you’re looking for a wedge that will give you more spin and more control, look no further than the Nike Golf Men's VR Chrome Forged Golf Wedge. You’ll be hitting shots like a pro with this wedge.

At 52 degrees, the Nike VR Chrome Forged wedge is considered a gap wedge, also known as an all wedge. It is typically used to hit a shot with high and short trajectory. The name derives from the club's design to fill the "gap" between sand and pitching wedges.

Features

This specially designed left-handed wedge is packed with features that will help drop your handicap by making your game more consistent. It is beautifully crafted of a soft 1025 carbon steel and finished in premium satin chrome.

The newly improved X3X grooves are the most notable feature. Named for its pattern that adds three times the surface texture versus conventionally finished faces, it creates more spin in all conditions.

The stronger, more aggressive channels provide enhanced spin in wet conditions like morning dew, rough, and rain. These grooves ensure there’s plenty of spin any time there’s something between your club and the golf ball, providing the ultimate consistency and control.

With Nike’s X3X grooves, there are more grooves that are closer together and deeper on the clubface, which provides more control and consistency in all conditions off of the clubface.

With its 52 degree loft, this wedge is a versatile tool, useful for both pitching and chipping around the green. This allows for an easy to control swing that provides enough height for the ball to land accurately.

The loft makes it a great tool for playing both pitch and chip shots. A full swing with this wedge should get the ball about 80 to 110 yds.

The 10 degree bounce is on the high side and this means the head digs less when you strike the ball. High bounce is better for loose conditions such as long grass or fluffy sand.

This wedge comes with a standard grind which is the most versatile profile for all conditions. The grind is the relief and contour that is ground into the sole of the wedge. The grind on this wedge ensures the correct address position without the need to open the face, providing shot making opportunities around the greens.

Pros

  • Ultimate stopping on the green
  • Distance control from the fairway
  • Excellent back spin
  • Decent heel relief, particularly on the trailing edge
  • Unique groove pattern (in accordance with USGA rules)
  • Consistent results
  • Soft forged feel
  • Good controllable Spin

Cons

  • Does not live up to the brand quality as expected
  • Some users note that it does not go the distance, coming up an average of 20 to 30 yards shorter than other brands of similar design with the same degrees
  • New grooves actually generate less spin than previous designs
  • Average shape, nearly identical to everything else on the market
  • Less pronounced sole grind

Comparison

Similar wedges made by other manufacturers include the Titleist SM6 Tour Chrome Wedge and the Cleveland Golf Men's 588 RTX 2.0 Muscle Back Satin Wedge. Both wedges are offered at the 52 degree loft with high bounce angle.

The SM6 wedges boasts a progressive center of gravity. This design creates a perfect alignment with the impact location specific to each loft.

As the impact point rises so does the loft of the wedge helping to control distance and trajectory. With this wedges it does not matter where on the face you hit because distance does not change with the trajectory.

The Cleveland wedge features a muscle back head design that helps to optimize spin control. This wedge has a slightly larger profile that provides forgiveness on full, chip, and pitch shots. The subtle cavity promotes perimeter weighting allowing for better accuracy on off-center hits.

These two wedges both offer accurate distance and trajectory control similar to that of the Nike VR Chrome when hitting a shot with high and short trajectory. While all three wedges are similar, the Nike offers superior grooves and a softer carbon steel shaft.

Verdict

As one of the newer manufacturers in the golf arena, Nike has certainly made a name for themselves. Forged from 1025 carbon steel to give it a soft feel, the Nike VR Chrome wedge delivers enhanced shot-making consistency, tour-level feel and long-life groove performance.

This iron will give you the tool you need to match your wedge to your swing and the course conditions. It is designed to optimize spin and control around the greens with a stronger, more aggressive groove edge and deeper groove channels to deliver ultimate stopping power and distance control.

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All prices are last updated on 2017-08-08 at 22:48 / Product images credit: Amazon.com

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