Nike Victory Red Forged Split Cavity Back Irons Review

What does victory mean to you? That’s the question that Nike Golf wants to answer with its highly anticipated line of Victory Red Irons golf clubs that they introduced last fall.

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The Nike Victory Red Forged Split Cavity Back irons are aimed at the better golfer or Tour player like Trevor Immelman and Suzann Pettersen, who want the look and feel of blade, with the forgiveness of a muscle back. The Victory Red Irons didn’t come about of some marketing idea to produce another set of golf clubs for the sake of selling. The new line of golf clubs are a part of an evolutionary process over the past three years by Nike Engineers to develop a set of irons based on feedback from its Tour players, that helped them achieve victory. Nike has taken everything they learned during this process to create a line of great irons using the same technology, design, and materials, their Tour players have been using over this three year development process and finally make it available to the consumer.

Look and Feel
The new Victory Red Forged Split Cavity Back Irons have an amazing looking finish of partially matte brushed with a highly polished 1025 Forged Carbon Steel. The sole of the VR Forged Cavity irons have a moderately wider sole and slightly thicker topline than the Victory Red TW Blades. At address the Victory Red Forged Split Cavity irons maintain a traditional look of a blade with a split back design that’s not noticeable from address, which is incredible for a midsize blade. The split back design positions the center of gravity behind the sweet spot for ball control while providing forgiveness. The face of the VR Forged Split Cavity irons is CNC Milled to ensure uniform ball compression for consistent ball flight and distance control. The offset on these irons is slightly more than the Victory Red TW Blades, but they do share the same loft and lie. Round this out with the Victory Red Grip by Eaton Grips, which are designed for maximum grip on the top half, and fantastic feel on the bottom. I found these grips felt really good in my hands and  enjoyed the firm and soft texture of the top and bottom. These irons also come equipped with True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel Shaft, designed to give you a low penetrating ball flight with maximum control and accuracy. 

Performance
The first time I hit the VR Forged Split irons, I immediately noticed how great these club feel when you strike the ball, similar to a blade, but a lot more forgiving. The CNC Milled forged flat face of the VR Forged Split irons ensure uniform ball compression for consistent ball flight. The split back cavity design positions the center of gravity behind the sweet spot of the clubhead for ball control and forgiveness on off center hits. If you’ve ever hit a blade, you know how difficult it is to get the ball up in the air and how unforgiving they are on off center hits. You’ll appreciate the slightly wider sweet spot and the medium penetrating ball flight, that the VR Forged Split irons produce. The amount of workability you get in these clubs is as close as you can get to playing blade, but with the added benefits of a forgiving split cavity. This is why 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman and LGPA golfer Suzann Pettersen will be playing the Nike Victory Red Forged Split Cavity Back irons this season on Tour. 

The cambered sole design allows for greater playability from various lies on the course and promotes consistent contact shot after shot. I always felt confident no matter what type of lie I had, that the VR Forged Split irons would make solid face contact. This can be attributed to the lie an bounce angles of these irons that have been designed for the better golfer or Tour player angle of attack. The sole of the club glides through the turf effortlessly in the mid-rough and on the fairway, without digging into the ground. 

The Victory Red by Eaton Grips are really comfortable to hold and provide a nice combination of firmer grip on top and much softer texture on the bottom, which allows you to have more control and better feel, shot after shot.  

The only drawback to these amazing set of irons is the $999.99 price tag, which might be too expensive for some to justify spending, especially during the current economic climate. 

Overall, the Nike Victory Red Forged Split Cavity Back irons are great set of golf clubs for the better player who wants the look and feel of a blade, but the forgiveness of a cavity back. You’ll understand why so many of Nike’s Athletes have achieved victory on Sundays, and I’m not just talking about Tiger Woods.

Nike Victory Red Forged Split Cavity Back Irons 3-PW Steel X,S,R; RH/LH MSRP: $999.99

Author: Rob Hayashida

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