Rory McIlroy has put new Nike Golf Engage wedges into play at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Rory McIlroy has put new Nike Engage wedges into play at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
The name ‘Engage’ refers to three key interactions during the golf swing: player and equipment, golf club and turf and club face and golf ball.
A modern muscle design – as used in the Nike Vapor club range – is employed to shift the centre of gravity to facilitate stability and consistent turf interaction.
Nike Engage wedges come in three different grind options – Toe Dual Sole, Square Sole and Toe Sweep.
McIlroy and other Nike staff players were involved in the product development process and gave their feedback to Master Craftsman Mike Taylor.
The Square Sole was designed to be played with a square face while the Duel Sole grind was inspired by designs employed by McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
The second-generation Toe Sweep is crafted for use from the worst lies on the course.
“To me, the wedges perform really well from rough around the greens,” said McIlroy, who is using a Nike Engage 59-degree wedge in his first tournament of 2015.
Matt Plumb, Nike Golf Product Line Manager for Woods and Short Game, added:
“Our aim in offering three sole grinds allows athletes to be more purposeful when selecting their wedges.
“Each of these grinds provide a distinct advantage in the types of shots you can play with them.”
All Engage wedges come precision-milled with X3X grooves, which impart maximum spin on full shots.
The finish is authentic and raw to reduce glare and increase surface roughness, which improves spin and control.
Nike Engage wedges come with an RRP of £99.99 and will be available to purchase from April.