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Few companies have done as much of a sharp turn in the equipment industry as Nike Golf over the last few years and one only has to look as far as their designs to see such staggering differences. Gone are the black and yellow throughout the club line and now we are seeing very modern designs with clean lines that leave you craving for range time with them. Last week, THP took a look at the Nike VR_S irons here and this review will cover the VR_S Forged iron set that looks equally intriguing.

From the company
Our most technically advanced forged irons combine high-speed performance and meticulous craftsmanship for longershots and better feel. Our highest COR face in a forged iron, and a design that moves weight off the face, combined to optimize launch for higher, straighter shots and maximum carry. It’s the iron that puts speed at a premium.

4-GW (SW also available)
Nippon NS Pro 950GH HT
Street Price – $999

First Impressions
One look upon opening the box and you are hooked as Nike has created a timeless iron that offers crisp clean lines with modern technology packed in every turn. From the shine of the chrome to the “grooved” badge of the cavity and Nike VR red in all the right places, the company has put out an iron that upon first inspection appears to have a plethora of forgiveness without the thought of a “transformer”. The cavity offers a pocket behind the ball that seems to match up well with the overall looks and the sole and topline would be called “in the middle” of not too thick and not too thin for those looking at it from that point of view.

Who Are They For
THP is not big on classification such as GI (game improvment), SGI (super game improvement), GE (game enhancement), etc. Over the last 36 months, the lines have been blurred and the equipment coming out is better than ever. One area that irons in particular are shining is the ability through weight manipulation and shape, to offer more forgiveness in styles and processes that in the past simply was not able to be done. Nike has done that with the VR_S iron here and continued to blur the lines in an area that THP is quite fond of. Offering a club that has fantastic distance and forgiveness without the sacrifice of looks and feel that seems to come with the territory more often than not.

Ball Flight
The Nippon shaft that is paired with these irons is a lighter weight shaft that offers incredible stability. The result when partnered with the new Nike club head is a mid to high ball flight that is low enough to eliminate ballooning and high enough to give you the maximum distance you are seeking. Ball flight can be played right or left (draw or fade) without much issue and by manipulating the placement of the ball, our testers had little issue flighting the ball high or low either. However, the natural ball flight is mid to high and one that all of our golfers really enjoyed.

In the month long test conducted by THP, all the golfers that got a chance to put these irons in play came away extremely impressed with the performance of the new Nike VR_S Forged irons. Nike seems to have not left any rock unturned in their creation of this club and you can see that as you play them round after round. One thing to note here is the leading edge of the iron that leads to turf interaction. Too sharp and you can have some grabbing and digging and too rounded and you can have some bounce off the turf issues. The leading edge is not raised off the turf as much as some other irons that offer this much forgiveness and because of that, ball striking was crisp and fluid and as if the testing of a thinner soled club was taking place. Between the leading edge and the weighting balance of the club head, Nike Golf has found the perfect compliment between the two and because of that, the golfer gets great feedback and feel without the sacrifice of forgiveness around the perimeter of the club.

Nike Golf has really upped their portfolio with the VR_S Forged irons and offer an iron that shares so many characteristics with a thinner soled performance driven club head in a package that offers incredible distance and forgiveness. For more information on these or any other Nike Golf products, check out their website at

For more pictures of this iron from our testing, click here.

Till Next Time

Josh B.

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Josh is the Publisher of The Hackers Paradise and co-founder of THP Media with his wife Morgan Babbitt. Together they share a passion for golf, and they travel the country along with their two dogs in the THP Tour Van bringing their love and knowledge of the game to golfers everywhere.

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  1. blugold says:

    Classic design with performance. I am happy to read that the clubs are also forgiving. Sounds like these irons should find their way into many bags.

  2. tadashi70 says:

    Good stuff Josh, I like the description of the ball flight. I think maximizing distance is key in today’s golf with today’s golfer. They sure are aa stunning looking iron.

  3. damaikis says:

    Great review JB. These irons sound really solid, and I really like the crisp, clean look to them. I would love to take some swings with these beauties!

  4. Kmac™ says:

    Very nice review. Im super intrigued and hard core pondering a set.

  5. Sharkwrestler says:

    Never have tried the Nippon Shaft it sounds like it’s a winner with the Mid to high ball flight WTG Nike. The grooved Badge catches my eye it gives the club a legit look. I’ll def be in line to try these out at the Demo day.

  6. Cookie says:

    Great review Josh!! A few things that stood out for me:

    – Obviously – they are great looking irons. Topline is not too thick and the cavity looks nice without being too busy
    – Really appreciate that they are offering this set in 4-GW and even a SW
    – I liked the way that you described the ball flight that you see in the head / Nippon shaft combo

    The more I look at that 2nd photo, the more I like them. They just really a little bit different, without being “transformer like” as you mentioned. I look forward to hitting these. Solid review – well done!

  7. TC says:

    I think this is an incredible offering from Nike Golf. I like what they’re doing with this set and I think they should see some nice success in sales.

  8. War Eagle says:

    Great review, I like what Nike has done with this set. A good, clean look, that are similar to the other irons on the market yet unique on their own. I think Nike will do well with these.

  9. Ryan H. says:

    I love irons like this. I think your description of ‘blurring the lines’ is spot on. These should be attractive to many different types of players.

  10. DMB012 says:

    What a great looking iron! Solid review and I can’t wait to try these out.

  11. Paulo says:

    Nice review. These irons are very pretty indeed! Really liking the offerings from Nike lately.

  12. One-T says:

    I have liked the look of these since day 1, the review leaves me panting fo rthe chance to hit these.

  13. ole gray says:

    Beauties to say the least! Enjoyed the review and these irons should be a huge success for 2012. I hope to get my chance at the demo day this May, to whack a few with these clubs.

  14. Sooner21 says:

    That has to be one of the best looking irons I’ve ever seen, and to hear they perform as good as they look gets me all giddy inside!

  15. ghsace says:

    I love the looks of these. As has been said, they are super clean looking and have beautiful lines. Nice Excellent review!

  16. royalwulff says:

    I really like the looks of these and can’t wait to swing them and see how they perform.

  17. Puttin4Bird says:

    Excellent review! These irons look absolutely stunning and it’s nice to hear that they offer a decent bit of forgiveness for those of us who love the look of a “players” iron but still need some forgiveness as well. I can’t wait to check these out, especially with that Nippon shaft but my fear is that my already high flight might be a little too high to handle. I can’t wait to check them out.

  18. TheDue says:

    Nice review JB. It’s incredible to see an iron that looks this good, yet plays well in the hands of the mid/high hc golfer as well as those who can go low with their game.

  19. 9-Iron Man says:

    Beautiful clubs, no question. Nike continues to impress. Thanks for the review JB.

  20. ddec says:

    great review. I think it pretty much sums up my thoughts on them after gaming them for 2 rounds

  21. bhilln says:

    Nice review, very impressive set that Nike has put out there. Looks fantastic, top quality shaft to match the head… sounds like a winner!!!

  22. Dr. Teeth says:

    Very nice review JB! I really enjoyed these irons when I got to hit them. I think you are right about these irons blurring the lines. Nike has developed a beautiful iron that performs very well as well.

  23. pkielwa says:

    Beautiful!!! Would love to see a “from above shot” to catch a glimpse of the offset and top line. They look awesome!

  24. FrankA says:

    Those irons are hot. Glad they perform as good as they look!

  25. yoccos says:

    Nice review JB. Really impressed by the looks of these and cannot wait to hit them at demo day!

  26. Belbs says:

    Want. Want badly, very badly. Great review. I’d love to get myself a set of these. They sound fantastic.

  27. Dirtydawg67 says:

    Nice review JB. Nike has made a very good looking iron with these and I can’t wait to spend some range time with them in May.

  28. Hanks says:

    Elegant, timeless, classic design. Nike has really set the bar high with these irons

  29. Jared says:

    When these come out I will be in line like it was launch day for the Iphone 4. Great review

  30. Smallville says:

    I like the look, but I’m not sure these irons are best for me. I think this will be a big seller for Nike, just not for me!

  31. Gerry says:

    Nike has done it again…kudos to them for bringing up the game a notch. It seems that even forged irons are more forgiving today than they were ten years ago. And as long as these irons allow you to hit a Tiger Stinger they are doing their job! Good luck and enjoy these irons whoever gets their hands on these beauties!

  32. MarkWilf21 says:

    Hit these irons today against the new Titliest Ap1 712s. The mid to long irons were great – good ball flight and unbelieveable feel. Suprisingly though the Ap1s won hands down on 8 to PW, probably due to the lack of offset and smaller heads. Both great clubs though for the intermediate golfer.

  33. VA Vince says:

    These are at the top of my list. I got to hit a 8 iron and loved the feel, great irons.

  34. Rob says:

    Hit em, bought em, use em – LOVE THEM!

  35. Mr. Satchmo says:

    these are still the best looking irons I’ve seen this year

  36. daniel says:

    Hi, Im 17 and im a plus handicapper. I play the nike vr pro combo at the moment but would like to switch to this club. Iron play is bringing my game down. I probably hit my irons as good as 2-4 handicappers. Do you think it would be good if i switch to these clubs? Thank you!

  37. Admin says:

    Absolutely Daniel. A very forgiving set of irons.

  38. Ross says:

    The Nike VRS Forged iron are very under rated. I find the consistency of the irons & ball flights to be top notch. As an 8 HC player, I’m looking for a club that makes up for my lack of practice but I’m also looking for consistent distances. I don’t want to hit the occasional “home run” ball that can happen with cast clubs.

    You owe it to yourself to give these irons a serious look.

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