Nike Victory Red Forged Steel Wedge
Launched in late 2008, the Nike Victory Red Forged Steel Wedge is a fairly recent addition to the market.
Sporting an attractive design and some nice graphics, it is a very nice looking club that is sure to look great sitting in anyone's golf bag.
This series of Victory Red Wedges comes in lofts of 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees. A VR Forged Steel Wedge also comes fitted with the True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel shaft.
We tested the 56 degree model with 14 degrees of bounce. Fitted with the True Temper shaft mentioned above, in stiff flex.
The VR wedge does look very good at address, though the head is a bit on the heavier side, which takes a little bit of getting used to.
This Nike wedge does produce an incredible amount of spin. You will almost certainly not be prepared for the huge amount of spin that this wedge will give you when you first play with it.
But although the spin can be incredible, it's not ridiculous. With enough practice most players can learn to get good control of the golf ball in the longer shots from 60 yards or more, provided you get to know what's coming when the golf ball lands.
But this probably isn't the most forgiving wedge though to be hitting when you are further out. Shots that aren't struck too well can drift a tad offline when in the air, but as with most wedges, this isn't really to a large degree.
In terms of around the green, the VR Forged Steel Wedge provides an excellent amount of feel. However perhaps not quite as good in this area as the Titleist Vokey Spin Milled Wedge that we have on review.
The club was very efficient out of greenside bunkers, and from decent lies, but out of heavier rough around the green, it wasn't quite as easy to get under the ball as with some wedges. Which could result in the golf ball not responding that well.
Aside from that though, the Nike Victory Red wedge is still a reliable club around the green to have in your bag. A lot can depend on how the rough is on the course you're playing.
A fairly important thing to note is that a lot of the modern wedges of today can really chew up golf balls, and unfortunately we did find this wedge to be one of them. Getting through a lot of golf balls is something that you will need to be prepared for if you use this Nike Victory Red Wedge.
This club is admittedly on the more expensive side for a wedge at around £80 or $129 brand new as of 2011. But for your money you do get a well made, well designed club that can generate spin almost better than any other wedge out there.
|Easy To Hit || 7/10|
|Forgiveness || 7/10|
|Distance Control || 8/10|
|Value For Money || 7/10|