The new technology in this years wedges is the X3X High-Frequency Grooves which give the VR Pro the most exact wedge face Nike has ever cooked up.
Each wedge face features more grooves, resulting in a cleaner, more consistent ball flight and spin while still conforming to the new USGA rules. More grooves closer together and deeper on the clubface, ensures the VR Pro wedge greater control and consistency in all conditions off of the clubface.
In addition, a precision laser crosshatch pattern has been applied to the land area between the grooves. This pattern adds three times the surface texture as conventionally finished faces, resulting in increased spin in a variety of conditions.
Crafted for consistency that Nike Golf tour athletes demand, the VR Pro wedge utilizes a new precision-forging technique that immediately delivers the club to a near-finished level.
This precision-forging technique eliminates most hand work and ensures consistency and maximum performance throughout the set.
First, each iron face is milled to a perfectly flat surface. The face is then carefully die-stamped, pressing grooves to exact specifications for extremely low variance and consistency.
From materials, to design, to construction, the VR Pro wedge is developed with true craftsmanship to eliminate variance and enhance control.
It’s available in two finishes, the brushed chrome and brushed oxide and for this review I received a 56 degree brushed chrome wedge.
I love the face of this wedge. the laser crosshatch pattern looks like a bunch of x’s and is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I don’t know how it’s accomplished, but with the X3X High-Frequency Grooves, you’re able to generate a good amount of spin on the ball without the negative side effect of chewing up your golf ball.
I did a side by side comparison test, pitting the Nike VR Pro Wedge against the Cleveland CG16 Wedges (another review club I had at the time) and in my opinion, the VR Pro wedge has more feedback and feel but falls a bit short compared to the CG16’s Tour Zip Grooves spin generation.
Overall, it’s a good club that looks great giving solid performance and with a price point of $119.99. It comes in a variety of loft and bounce options and took the 2011 Golf Digest Hotlist silver medal.