Nike VR Forged Pro Combo irons review

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Golf Monthly Senior Staff Writer Paul O'Hagan reviews the Nike VR Forged Pro Combo irons in his equipment test

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Golf Monthly Verdict

GM verdict: The Nike Forged offering has long been a big hit with Nike tour players. It’s difficult to make major alterations to such classic-looking heads without offending those who currently like the traditional styling and ball flight on offer. However, Nike engineers have done a fantastic job in hiding the new technology away inside the mid and long irons. The differences in performance aren’t significant, but there’s definitely a noticeable improvement in shot dispersion in the longer clubs, without sacrificing any of the excellent feel or stunning looks. Nike’s deep X3X grooves helped deliver improved control. But... it’s a shame that the bladed short irons are no longer available in the set.PGA pro verdict:The VR Forged Pro Combo irons offer an attractive, classic look. I was particularly impressed with the higher ball flight produced in the longer irons, and pleased to see that the cavity design has been extended into the 6-iron for this year’s range. I also really liked the control that the shorter irons gave me – I was able to shape shots with ease. The new Dynamic Gold DG Pro shaft felt very responsive, and I thought that the two products worked beautifully together.Test team ranking:Performance: 4.5/5Visual appeal: 5/5Innovation: 4.5/5Value: 4.5/5Overall: 4.5/5

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Nike VR Forged Pro Combo irons review:

Key technology:

A progressive set designed with the better player in mind. The 3, 4, 5 and 6-irons feature a pocket cavity filled with polymer ? or ?shot-making gel? as the Nike Golf R&D engineers call it ? while the shorter clubs, from 7-iron through to pitching wedge, have split cavities, with the focus on shot precision. High-frequency X3X grooves are designed to provide optimal spin.

Will suit: confident strikers after improved long-iron performance.

Paul joined Golf Monthly in 2006 in a junior role and has since worked as senior staff writer and now as technical editor. He writes equipment and instruction content and tests the vast majority of golf clubs that are introduced every year.