Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep wedge

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The Golf Monthly test team reviews the Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep wedge

Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep wedge
Golf Monthly Verdict

Once you realise how much you can open the face without sacrificing control, it’s incredible how many types of shot you can play with this clever design. It still requires acceleration through the ball, but you can be so aggressive that it will encourage a positive action, particularly when you’re looking to get the ball up quickly. When playing a shot with a square face, the unique sole design doesn’t affect performance in any way. The Toe Sweep sole is particularly impressive from the sand, getting the ball up quickly without the need to open the face excessively. But... There are currently limited loft and finish options available with the Toe Sweep wedge.

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The Golf Monthly test team reviews the Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep wedge

Key technology:

The Toe Sweep wedge features X3X grooves, which are closer together and deeper, in order to deliver consistent spin from the fairway, rough and sand. The toe area has been made wider, while material has been removed from the heel area. This combination is designed to make it easier to play a range of shots, with the face positioned at different angles.

Will suit... players looking to hit a wide variety of pitch and chip shots.

PGA Pro verdict:

Initially, the new sole innovation looked quite odd, and I noticed that the face wanted to fall open at address. However, this proved beneficial on test. It was exceptional from tight lies, and there was very little, if any, ‘snagging’, even on shots that were struck slightly heavy. This is a great wedge to use on those tough, tight shots around the green.


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Nick Bonfield
Features Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, writing, commissioning and coordinating all features across print and online. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x