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If you’ve read any of my past reviews on fairway woods you know how important they are to me. I am a firm believer that a good trusty 3 wood that gets the job done on multiple fronts is one of the most valuable clubs in my golf bag. The 3 wood is a game changer in many ways, if you think about it you can turn to it to do more than just bang 2nd shots on par 5s in an attempt to get an eagle putt. A good 3 wood should be versatile, it should be powerful and it should be forgiving. That’s a tall task for any one club, but if it’s going to find a spot in my bag then it simply has to be all 3 of those and more. Nike Golf sent over one of their new VR Pro Limited (LE) Edition 3 woods for a full review.

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From Nike Golf:

Attack from anywhere:
Designed with our Tour players to provide top-level performance on every shot in the arsenal. From shot-shaping distance, green-seeking accuracy or consistent reliability, these are go-to clubs from the tee and the green.

Demand performance
Designed and played by the game’s elite, with technology that’s up to the task, these 3 and 5 woods combine distance, workability and consistency.

New MRC Diamana ‘ahina
Incorporates Mitsubishi Ryon’s signature multi-dimensional interlay technology (M.D.I.) to deliver a stiffer mid and tip section than its predecessor.

Looks:

If Nike Golf has figured anything out since they got into the golf equipment industry several years ago it is how to make a gorgeous looking club. Sure not everything they have put out has been quite this nice, but overall they are definitely one of the nicer looking clubs on the market. The VR Pro Ltd. Edition 3 wood is no different. The head is pear shaped that is black in color with no alignment markings or any graphics at all that you see from address. Just a nice clean club. Flipping it up and looking at the sole you see the very prominent compression channel with shiny chrome and some red accents in various areas. The big VR and Nike swoosh really complete what is a great looking club.

One more thing that I would like to tie into the looks of the club is this great head cover that Nike has decided to go with. Nike opted for one of the old school looking socks with a big and full pom pom in red and black and the sock itself is red, white and black. It looks really cool, and unlike some of the other old school sock covers of the sort, this one fits on the club nice and tight for an overall great head cover.

Performance:

I used the Nike VR Pro Ltd. Edition 3 wood for several range sessions and rounds of golf up to the very last day of our 2011 golf season in the Midwest. The day I took it out was pretty chilly and quite windy; a very typical late fall day indeed. Warming up on the range I grabbed this 3 wood and right back into that stiff breeze I started launching balls. I was immediately happy with the ball flight, very tight dispersion with a nice mid and boring trajectory. It only took me a couple seconds to determine that this 3 wood was not like every other 3 wood I have hit this year. First of all, before I go too far into the reasons why, let me point out perhaps one of the bigger differences I noticed right away. The depth of the face is definitely deeper than many of the 3 woods out there as it seems like everyone these days is putting out a shallow face fairway wood that is larger front to back. The VR Pro LE is a little deeper and it doesn’t feel quite as big as those 3 woods because from front to back the club just feels more compact.

I know what a lot of people are saying right now, “Oh no, a deep face fairway wood, I’ll never get it up in the air off the deck.” Not the case at all in fact. I started out hitting balls off the deck the very first time I hit balls with this and I had zero issues getting the ball in the air right off the turf. Something else about this club that is different than many these days is that the face angle is +2 degrees open. I haven’t always done real great with “Tour” drivers that come one or more degrees open but I really didn’t have any negative impact on the direction of my ball. In fact I was quite impressed with just how easy it was to hit this club straight.

While I had no issues getting the ball airborne of the turf the area that the VR Pro LE 3 wood really excelled for me was off the tee. This thing reminded me of a little driver if you will, the setup off the tee was very confidence inspiring and I just knew I was going to hammer the ball straight to where I was aiming. Off the tee this 3 wood is without a doubt the longest 3 wood I have ever hit. The added distance of it changed how I play a couple of the holes around my home course that demand accuracy and distance control of the tee. I’m simply hitting the ball further than ever before with it so instead of having a hybrid or a 5 iron into the green I still can get down to the mid irons making scoring that much easier.

Forgiveness is decent, I think you could probably find a more forgiving 3 wood on the market but I will say that finding the center of this club face where all the power is at is a very easy task. As I mentioned earlier, the club head seems like it’s a bit on the small side but actually comes in at 157CC which is right in line with other 3 woods on the market. While missing the sweet spot will cost you a little bit of distance and accuracy the whole point of the Nike Variable Compression Channel Technology is to deliver speed and forgiveness at more spots on the club face and I think it does just that quite well.

The shaft that comes standard is the Mitsubishi Diamana ‘ahina. The model I tested had a stiff flex shaft that weighs 72.5 grams. I really liked the overall weight and feeling of balance this setup offers. The shaft felt plenty stout for me when I really wanted to go after shots and I found it delivers a nice consistent mid ball flight. Shot dispersion was amazingly tight for me, something that I’ve been known to struggle with from time to time.

Overall:

I think finding the right 3 wood can be a stepping stone for my golf game. Having a 3 wood that I can trust to use for a wide variety of shots to help me either stay out of trouble on tight holes or attack the green on those par 5s is an element that I haven’t always had. This club definitely gives me the ability to take my game to a new level. For many people their “go-to” club would be a putter or maybe a wedge, but a trusty 3 wood that performs every time I call on it is every bit as vital for me and my game. This club offers distance, it’s easy to hit from multiple lies and it has just enough forgiveness when you need it. Every time I had this club in my hand I knew I was going to hit it good, and that kind of confidence is not easy to come by, but when you find it you have to embrace it for as long as you can. I truly think this 3 wood is the ultimate game changer for me, if you’re in the market for a 3 wood do yourself a favor and demo this one. You’ll immediately love the look and be happy to find out that the performance more than matches that look.

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Jason is a busy husband and father of 2 daughters who are both just starting to take up the game that he has loved for years. Golf is his passion, when Jason is not playing golf and testing equipment he's hanging out with all his friends on the THP forum discussing every aspect of this great game.

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  1. TC says:

    I like it Jake! I love me some 3woods and I know how much you loved this one! Sounds like it not only meets your criteria, but exceeded your expectations. That’s the sign of a good golf club right there.

  2. Paulo says:

    Nice review Jason! I enjoyed reading that.

    This is certainly a very pretty fairway wood. But it also sounds like it performs as good as it looks for you! I agree that the 3 wood is a very important club to have confidence in. The difference between hitting a tight fairway, and standing on a tee not knowing what is going to happen – huge!

  3. royalwulff says:

    Great review Jake! I like the looks of this club and from what you write it performs great also.

  4. Mattykrack says:

    Nice in depth review. This is a beautiful club.. I have the Vr pro non le and live it. Wish this didn’t sit open. I fight a slice here and there and being open would increase it.. thanks for the great review. Always enjoy reading your review

  5. Cookie says:

    Nice review Jake! I like everything about this one from the classic look to the Pom Pom head cover to the 2* open at address. I liked how you focused on how easy it was to get the ball in the air off the deck since I can already tell that this would be a bomber off of the tee. Well done, this is a must try in my opinion.

  6. Ryan H. says:

    It’s nice to see Nike making such great looking clubs these days. They’ve really stepped it up over the last couple seasons. Sounds like you really found a great match for you, Jake. Thanks for the thorough review!

  7. 9-Iron Man says:

    Solid review Jake! Nike sure knows how to bring it when it comes to making great-looking clubs that perform really well. Can’t say I’m a fan of the sock headcover though. Otherwise, this sure seems like a winner. It’s beyond my current ability, but it sure looks nice.

  8. War_mongering says:

    Great review! As always, very informative!

  9. bear4ever says:

    Great review Jason K!
    I like the more compact and deeper face fairways, and I definitely like the pear shape head. The flight path sounds good as well. I prefer a more boring flight path because I know that I can hit it higher if I need to and also lower if necessary. I hope to try one of these eventually.

  10. damaikis says:

    Nice review Jake! At first I was skeptical about the deep face on this one, but you’ve convinced me otherwise! This seems like a great FW!

  11. TheDue says:

    It’s a great looking addition to the bag if nothing else, but sounds like performance comes included. I like how you can see the compression slot on the sole, but not on the crown, all though I don’t think that would bother me any. The headcover rocks.

  12. ghsace says:

    Nice review! I like your point about the 2* open not being an issue for you. I would have been scared of that, but seeing as how you didn’t see much of a problem, I would give this a shot. Great great headcover too!

  13. Yoccos says:

    Fantastic review Jake! I love the looks of this club and it looks like they packed a ton of performance into it. Love the line up Nike is putting out with the VR line. I like the fact you touched on the open face as it’s something I previously feared.

  14. omikey says:

    I’m thinking that this is not the club for me. When they start talking about ‘a stiffer mid and tip section than its predecessor.’ I’m thinking = HARDER to get the ball AIRBORNE for my swing I need a soft tip low kick point. Also given my tendency to slice the ball, and the fact that my normal shot is left to right, having a club that is already open 2* is probably a problem for me.

    I do like the looks of the club, very pleasing to the eye …. I like the head cover cause it’s DIFFERENT and I like to be just outside the norm.

    Good review Jake !! Thanks for the insight on this new club from Nike.

  15. clamfist says:

    I didn’t have a 3 wood last season. I will be looking to replace it. I don’t normally like Nike clubs but based on your review, I will give it a shot.

  16. Dirtydawg67 says:

    Awesome review Jake. You have me wanting to go hit this club right now! I desperately need a 3w that is easy to hit off the deck. This is now very high on the “must hit list”.

  17. Hanks says:

    Awesome review Jake! I love your reasoning for why a 3 wood can be so important to one’s game and this sounds like it fits the bill nicely. Sweet head cover on this too!

  18. Smallville says:

    I’d like to try this one out, but the deep face still scares me. I’d like to see a picture of the face in addtion to the top and sole pics in these reviews.

  19. Sean says:

    Very nice write-up. I love the headcover too. I’d be a bit hesitant about hitting it off the fairway, but would love it off the tee. 🙂

  20. DawgDaddy says:

    Great review Jason, I really like the looks of both the club and the headcover. Nike is really becoming a company that I like after years of my being indifferent to their products.

  21. JJ says:

    Just demoed this 3 wood at local golf shop. Really enjoy it. The stock shaft needs to be replaced, but the feel off the face is SWEET. Got the “pop” when the ball hits the center.

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  23. Chuck Swift says:

    @how to play better golf.

    Your sentence structure, punctuation and typos leave a lot to be desired. You may also want to double and triple check your own posts before sharing them with the world. For example.

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    “I’ll definitely come again again.”

    Good grief!

  24. mengsin says:

    After reading your review, I gonna buy it with AD TourBB6s . It is on sales:-) 🙂 🙂

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