Gamble Sands Golf Course

Greetings! @NorthwestGolfer back again with a new summer job: I am a caddie at the only new golf course in the state of Washington this year: Gamble Sands. I can describe this gem of a course in 3 words…
1. Gorgeous! The views AND the links.
2. Peaceful! No houses, no cars, no roads, the quiet setting here is amazing.
3. Playability! The ‘rub of the green’ was designed to help a golfer, and links golf is just the BEST.

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Gamble Sands was designed by David Kidd, of Bandon Dunes fame. I got to caddie for him back in June, and I took notes all day, as he is a bit of a storyteller and golf design nerd (so am I). I got to see from The Man himself all the ways that the golf course is set to help out a golfer if they are to play it smart and not let ego and aggression control their golf game.

Gamble Sands is an inland links course, set on a huge sand hill above the Columbia River, across from the town of Brewster. All 18 holes fit the lay of the land in a beautiful and interesting way. The sandy soil drains well, and the fescue grass is hard and fast- your drives roll forever and bump-and-run shots roll up close to the cup. If the pin is at 150 yards, I hit it 140 so the ball can roll out and stop close.

On to the course! Gamble Sands has a great mix of holes that bring a lot of creative shots into play. There are 3 drive-able par 4’s, 3 getable par 5’s, 2 short par 3’s, 2 long par 3’s (reachable if you play creatively), a 600 yard par 5, a 500 yard par 4, and 6 risk-vs-reward par 4’s. Every hole is unique, and the minimalist design is so great, you know you are playing something special as soon as you tee off on #1.

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Range balls and unlimited water bottles are included in the greens fees. The outside staff is energetic and helpful. The caddies are skilled and knowledgeable, they will guide a group around the course and save you 4 strokes a side. The greens are so young that a caddie is a MUST. The restaurant food is excellent, and the Gamble Sands gear is super cool (but expensive).

Gamble Sands is going to win every ‘Best New Course’ award, so come check it out before it closes for the winter! Make it an epic golf trip and play Bear Mt Ranch and Desert Canyon while you are out here…

My Golfchops.com rating: 23/25
Customer Service:
4
Condition of Greens: 4
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
Value:
5
Amenities:
5

2013 Fall Annual Golf Scramble

Welcome to the 2013 Fall Annual Golf Scramble presented by Golfchops.com!  Thank you for your interest in this year’s tournament!  We are very excited this is our 4th Fall Annual Golf Scramble.  This is not your traditional 4-man golf scramble.  We load 18 holes of fun challenges, contests and gimmicks you normally would not see in a standard golf scramble .  See the below visual for this year’s challenges.

This tournament is all about having a good time, possibly walk away with some cash and having the chance for you and each teammate to win the coveted tournament GREEN JACKETS!

Check out our facebook event page >> https://www.facebook.com/events/187559681414117/ to stay tuned on the latest news around the tourney!

Tournament Information:

Location: Nile Shrine Golf Club
Time: Saturday October 5th, 2013 – Shotgun Start 1:00pm (Note The Cougars, Huskies and Seahawks all have away games this weekend.)
Tournament Fees: $69 – Includes Golf, Cart, Tee Prize, Food from Sorelli’s, & Beer
Registration: Please contact JR Falkenhagen at jrfalkenhagen@hotmail.com for payment information via Paypal.

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Nike TW’14

Nike Golf Elevates Nike Free-Inspired Footwear with the TW’14

-Increased flexibility and range of athletic motion enables more power through the swing-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (May 13, 2013) – Building upon the success of last year’s TW’13, Nike Golf brings enhancements and a modified look to the new Nike TW’14 footwear. Nike Athlete Tiger Woods debuted the new Nike shoe in a dramatic fashion with his 78th PGA Tour career victory at The Players Championship. The new iconic shoe is also the first Nike Golf shoe to be made available on NIKEiD with previews beginning May 20, 2013.

The original Nike TW’13 was created through insights from the athlete himself, Tiger Woods, who stated, “I train with Nike Free technology all the time… I love training in it, running in it, lifting in it. So I asked, why can’t I play golf in it?”

With that, Nike designers set to work creating a Nike Free-inspired golf shoe tailored to maximize Woods’ game.

Nike TW’14

Woods first debuted the TW’13 on Tour late in the 2011 season and the game-changing shoe took the marketplace by storm in 2012. Through his inspiration, hands-on testing and detailed feedback, Nike Golf has continued the collaboration with Woods on the new Nike TW’14, further enhancing the fit, feel and function.

The natural motion engineered outsole of the Nike TW’14 is designed to mimic and conform to the natural motion of the foot, and still deliver all the protection and traction of a lightweight performance golf shoe. This innovative outsole allows the athlete to keep contact with the ground longer, better harnessing the energy of the foot to the shoe and, therefore, the shoe to the ground.

“These shoes provide freedom of movement and allow me to release more power through my swing,” said Woods.

The new upper features improved ventilation that delivers increased breathability and comfort. This was achieved through strategically located perforations and a more comfortable mesh tongue providing athletes the ventilation they want without compromising the waterproof protection they need.

“With this shoe, we worked diligently to take every detail to a new level,” said Tobie Hatfield, Athlete Projects Innovator in Nike’s Innovation Kitchen. “Tiger’s relentless focus on getting better makes us better. His insights force us to never stop innovating and delivering technology that will enhance a golfer’s performance. In the TW ’14, he wanted more stability with mobility and we’ve accomplished that by using Nike’s Dynamic Flywire technology which moves with him, but stabilizes his foot when he swings.  We also increased breathability of the shoe by using a full mesh tongue.”

The new TW’14 footwear stays true to Woods’ signature colors, White, Black and Red, and also adds a new colorway to the mix, Cool Grey with Vivid Blue and Venom Green accents (available 8.1).

Nike TW’14 on NIKEiD

With the fully customizable TW’14 iD version, consumers can create the perfect combination of breathability and traction for their playing conditions.  In addition to choosing a wide-range of color combinations, golfers can choose between two distinct uppers:  waterproof and breathable.  The waterproof upper is made of multi-stretch synthetic leather for weather protection and durability, and the breathable upper (available exclusively with NIKEiD) features lightweight mesh to keep feet comfortable on hot days. The TW’14iD is available in two outsoles, either the Spike version or the Integrated Traction option (molded rubber).  Consumers can also personalize their shoes by adding their name or an inspirational message to the inside tongues.

Nike TW’14

Available: June 7, 2013

MSRP:  $220    MAP/Street:  $180

June 7, 2013 Colorways: Black/Reflective Silver-Varsity Red; White/Metallic Dark Grey-Varsity Red

August 1, 2013 Colorway:  Cool Grey/Black-Vivid Blue-Venom Green

 

Nike TW’14 iD 

Preview:  May 20, 2013

Available:  June 7, 2013

MSRP: $ 225

Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course

Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course
35109 SE Fish Hatchery Road
Fall City, WA 98024-8601

Course Review Date: 5/5/2013
Course Reviewer: Ian

Nothing screams confidence boost like playing 5465 yards and a rating slope of 64.8/102.  Minus maybe “Little” Wayne Golf Course in Bothell that slopes out to a monster 105, I do believe 102 is the lightest slope I have ever played.  Regardless of the track  you might have enjoyed the past couple days, it sure was a hell of a weekend for golf!  Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course up in Fall City was one of those random last minute, I need a place to play and no one has tee times kind of an adventure, but for a reasonable $34 and 80 degree May weather, you will get no complaints out of me…maybe.

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Picture 1 - You certainly won’t see many driving range shacks that look like a broken down chicken coop with an old locker room attached to it.  Apparently not owned by the golf course either, but by the guy next door who owns the adjacent farm.  And it gets better…his range picker is an old Subaru.  Honestly, you cant make this stuff up.  Click on the picture for a larger view and really soak it up…the best part you can’t really see is the large sticker on the ball machine of a guy putting in the late 70’s with a beautifully dirty mustache.  Best driving range ever.

Picture 2 - A snapshot looking down the first tee and it gives you a general idea of what the majority of the holes are going to play like.  Dead straight, short par 4’s, but more challenging than you think due to the tree lined narrowness.  All the par 4’s play somewhere between 270 yards to 340 yards with maybe just one playing any longer than that.  Driver is almost an after thought but you can gamble and have a little fun with it and blast away at a few.

Picture 3 - A side view from one of the tee boxes at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.  The mountain views out here are fantastic.  If you’re not digging the golf you sure have something nice to stare up at instead.

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Picture 4 – I think this is the 491 yard, par 5, 11th hole.  One of the par 5’s that plays wide open and give you ample room to hit it anywhere but left.  The strange part about it though is that there really isn’t a fairway.  We hit a couple bombs down there and they were sitting up in an almost lightly cut rough.  It wasn’t really an issue or anything, but it certainly wasn’t a fairway.

Picture 5 - 298 yard, par 4, 12th hole. Nasty little par 4 that you so want to get after, but water right keeps you honest from pulling the trigger.  Definitely drivable, but a big risk.  Pepper a nice 4 iron out there and then don’t chunk an easy wedge to the green or you’ll find the hazard….stupid.

Picture 6 - A picture from the side of the par 5, 18th fairway.  The mountain views are really something to see out here.  Your approach to the green is greeted with a pretty significant right to left downhill slope that gobbles up a lot of shots.  One of the better holes on the course, manuevering that hill and finding the green can be tricky.

Positives: The range was epic.  I so wanted to see that Subaru driving around the range picking balls.  Quite a few balls for $4 to boot.  All the greens were in really solid shape  Looked good, rolled really well and had a solid little pace to them for a $34 a round muni.  Now that I think about it, the whole course was in good condition.  Sure you had some oddities like no fairway on a couple holes, but the maintenance looked solid out there.

Drawbacks:  It’s tight, so players are right on top of each other and you almost need a helmet out there.  We had multiple rockets land very very close to us.  Not many “fore” shouts as well for those wayward shots.  Another drawback, it’s tight, so players are right on top of each other and completely oblivious to the amount of noise they make.  Carts wizzing around, people shouting, even course staff giving a loud explanation of how the tees work when you’re trying to play a pitch shot 20 feet away from them.  If you’re the type of player that can be sensitive to noise in your swing, it might not the place for you on a busy day.  Also, I think the course rating is too light.  Yes it’s short and there really are not too many hazards to speak of, but this course very tight on a lot of holes.  If you’re not hitting it straight, you’re going to run into issues.  A +8, 79 posted with a differential of 15.6.  That’s just not fair :(

Golfchops.com rating: 15.5/25
Customer Service: 3
Condition of Greens: 3.5
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 3
Value: 3
Amenities: 3

- Friendly staff and service folks out there.  Nice conversation at check in.
– Not overly fast, but looked great, rolled well.  Certainly can’t complain with that.
– Maintenance looked good.  Course was clean and well kept.  Lack of fairway on a few holes a bit strange.
– Nothing wrong with $34 for a leisurely Sunday round.
– Driving range an absolute crack up, pretty small putting green and strange chipping area with a bunker connected to a strip of astro turf.  Cart service on the golf course and good little restaurant at the turn for food.

Pumpkin Ridge Ghost Creek

Pumpkin Ridge Ghost Creek
12930 NW Old Pumpkin Ridge Rd.
North Plains, OR 97133

Review Date: 4/28/2013
Course Reviewer: Ian Favre

Having previously enjoyed the wonder that is the private 18 holes at Pumpkin Ridge (Witch Hollow), I was pretty excited to enjoy this random 70 degree weather and give the public side of Pumpkin a whirl.  Ghost Creek undoubtably gets its name from the secret squirrel creek that meanders through the majority of the golf course and without much warning decides to eat up random tee shots that you think you have delivered to a safe and happy home.  Definitely a golf course that takes a couple rounds to understand, Ghost Creek is fair while still being somewhat punishing and demands the absolute best of your short game on every hole.  Without putting a lot of thought into club selection and tee shot placement, a first timer at Ghost Creek can find quite a few issues, so take your time and pick your spots to play aggressively.

Pre-round you’re greeted with a $90 greens fee (walking) which all things considered wasn’t too bad for the quality of golf we were about to enjoy.  The fee does include range balls (thank you) and access to the practice facility which features a beautiful and very fast putting green.  On to the first tee where you are immediately distracted by what looks like a super tough water carry approach shot to the 9th green on your right.  Crafty…get me thinking about an approach shot 9 holes ahead of me.  Hit that shot in the water by the way. Ugh.   From the blue tees at Ghost Creek we were looking at a reasonable 6386 yards and a 72.1 rating/139 slope.  She really feels like two different course packed into one 18.  On one hand you get the wide open first hole where you can almost hit it anywhere off the tee and still have a reasonable approach to the green, but after that you work your way into ever tightening surroundings in the forest.  Pretty cool contrast and use of the natural landscape really.  By the time you reach the 4th hole you are playing golf in the middle of the forest.

It doesn’t take long, depending on your skill level of course, to determine that the rough is pretty damn penal out here.  According to Jason, who I was playing with, it wasn’t quite as long as the last time he was out here, but the ball definitely buried down in there and you were either stuck smashing it out as hard as your can swing or watching a total flyer explode and fly 15 yards past the green.  Basically, that rough was some difficult business, hence my previous statement about club selection.  Keep the ball in the fairway out here.  More than anything you want the opportunity to get the ball to the greens as quickly as possible because they are nothing short of awesome.  Easily some of the best public golf course putting surfaces I have ever seen.  Maybe the best.  Fast, smooth as a pool table and as healthy as you will find anywhere.  As someone who’s favorite part of the game is putting, I was in paradise.  It was the 3 or 4 shots it was taking me to get to that point that was ruining my day :)

Favorite Hole: Probably the previously mentioned 443 yard, 9th hole that immediately stands out from the the first tee.  Creek running up the right hand side, then cutting across through the fairway to the large water hazard awaiting your approach.  Some additional fairways bunkers to the left to keep you honest and a head wind to make sure you have about 200 in.  Jason and I both hit great drives with the wind knocking them down leaving us 210 in.  Full water carry at 210 with a head wind?  That’s a tough shot for the average joe.  The hillside that slopes from the green to the water didn’t help my cause either.  Very cool, very tough golf hole.

Click on Pictures to Enlarge:

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Picture 1: Putting Green at Pumpkin Ridge Ghost Creek.  Spend some time here because the greens are fast and short game is a must out here.

Picture 2: Solid driving range that is included in greens fees.  Lots of targets and yardage marked off for you.

Picture 3:  Deer all over the place the whole round.

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Picture 4:  The par 3, 3rd hole.  Pretty straight forward, 158 yard par 3 from the blues…depending on pin placement.  We caught the lucky day where is was placed directly behind the front greenside bunker.

Picture 5: Whew, the par 3, 5th hole.  Home of an absolute monster green and playing at 205 from the blue tees.  A slight wind and a tucked pin put it around 215-220 with the pin tucked far left.  A fun shot because it seems so easy to make such a large green, but an easy 3 putt or more when left in the wrong spot.  A really cool and wicked golf hole.

Picture 6: Teebox view of the 18th hole.  Very similar to the 9th hole, wind in your face, long iron or more in your hand to carry.  A scorecard wrecker for sure.  Another hole at Ghost Creek that demands your absolute best tee to green.

Summary: Honestly one of the better golf courses in Washington or Oregon I have had the privilege of playing.  Design was unique, challenging, and I’m always a fan of places that make you think instead of just hacking away.  The greens were in remarkably nice condition and don’t be surprised to see chips and putts rolling many feet by the cup all day long.  Tee to green the place was spotless and in tip top shape.  Pace of play was excellent for a 2 some as we rarely waited on the 4 some playing in front of us (how impressive is that).  Well worth the $90 green fee any day.

Golfchops.com rating: 24/25
Customer Service: 4
Condition of Greens: 5
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
Value: 5
Amenities: 5

- Really friendly staff out here.  A bit of a hard sell on the “Ghost Pass” but I guess it saves you cash out there.
– Perfect.  Absolutely perfect greens.
– Very very obviously well maintained golf course.  They’ve hosted big time tournaments here for a reason.
– The $90 tag is typically more than we like, but this was some seriously quality golf.
– Very nice practice facility featuring a good range and an excellent putting green.  Cart service on the golf course a couple times.  Chipping green and practice bunker available.

Broadmoor Golf Club

Broadmoor Golf Club
2340  Broadmoor Dr. E
Seattle, WA 98112

Course Review Date: 3/10/2013
Course Reviewer: Ian Favre

Not sure about you guys, but I get excited for every round of golf I play.  From the nicest country club to the goat track in your neighbors back yard, if it has a few flag sticks and greens that you can putt on, I am in and I am stoked.  Regardless of the track, just the act of turning off the outside world for 5 hours should be cause for celebration.  Some days we find ourselves sloshing our way through the mud pit municipal and other days we’re convincing a security guard that yes I do indeed have a tee time at your club today and you can indeed open the gate.  It’s ok, I don’t bite….as far as you know.  Invited to play in a tournament with Master Yoda (I’ll explain in a minute), I found myself playing towards the top of the Seattle golf food chain at Broadmoor Golf Club.

Master Yoda explanation: I take lessons from Ryan Benzel out of Pro Golf Discount in Lynnwood.  My plug for Ryan…easily the best golf decision I have ever made.  I’m 3 lessons in and more than just playing better, I have more fun playing golf now than I ever have before.  Seriously, if you’re struggling with the game, do yourself a favor, spend the money and go see the guy.  Where else can you take lessons from someone who’s played in the PGA Championship….4 times.  Here’s a link to his info on lessons: Ryan Benzel Lessons.

As for Broadmoor, it certainly doesn’t disappoint from an experience stand point at all.  Any golf course that has a security guard manned gate for entry and exit clearly means business.  Cruising into the parking lot really doesn’t do the place justice from a visual standpoint, however its very easy to find everything you are looking for.  Putting green, driving range and clubhouse all lay out in front of you and at no point do you get that awkward, where do I go for this feeling.  Driving range is pretty small but an exclusive private club really doesn’t have a need for the Super Range out there.  Putting green is similarly pretty small, but its manicured like the greens keeper got on all 4’s and trimmed each blade of grass individually.  Bonus points in my mind for having the mini hole to putt at.  Why don’t more places have this?  Love that thing.  Makes the regular cup look like a coffee can when you get out there.

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Design wise, Broadmoor showcases a lot of the typical Northwest private club staples: Tree lined fairways, remarkable houses that in this market cost twice what they are worth, beautiful rolling fairways, and perfectly manicured greens.  Broadmoor was really unique to me in a few ways and not just because its such an exclusive joint.  I never really got a feel out there for how the course would route and play…if that makes sense.  One hole would be dead straight with a lot of fairway undulation and play to an average sized green.  The next hole would be dead flat with fairway bunkers and a big green.  Then you get a downhill, dogleg left to a well guarded green the size of a postage stamp.  I don’t know, call me crazy, but it felt like playing a collection of someone’s favorite holes from 18 different courses.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid golf course, but I do remember in the middle of the back 9 saying to one of the guys I was playing with that the holes meshed weird.

Broadmoor has also made an effort to lengthen the golf course from the 6200 range to 6500 yards by slapping some new tees on a variety of holes.  There’s multiple holes where you see a tee box stuffed way back in between some trees to add an additional 40 to 50 yards.  For the majority of us that are playing from a more forward tee box, no biggie.  If you’re a stick, who used to pound one around the corner and have wedge in….well now you can’t cut the corner and you get to play a blind 6 iron to the green.  Little changes can make big differences I guess.

Ok, let’s talk some positives.  Broadmoor was easily one of best manicured golf courses I have ever played at.  The greens were nothing short of perfect.  Minus the occasional ball mark those were some of the smoothest greens I ever rolled putts on.  It’s one of those places where you felt bad taking a large divot and really bad when hitting a full chili dip wedge….or 3.  It’s a very playable golf course for a variety of skill levels with limited hazards and from the appropriate teebox, not too much length.  This is also a great “learning” golf course for a player who is just finding their way.  It requires specific tee shot placement for good approaches, asks for both draws and fades on occasion and features pretty small, guarded greens requiring a precise touch.  If you can learn to play well here, you should be good to go just about anywhere.

Interesting Broadmoor Tidbits:
Current tour pro Paul Casey won the Pac-10 Championship here shooting a 60 & 61.  Yikes….buzz saw!
Jack Nicklaus won the Seattle World’s Fair Open Invitational at Broadmoor in 1962.

All in all, a true country club experience at it’s finest.  Amazing clubhouse, over the top manicured golf course and great company.  A big thanks to Master Yoda for the invite.  As a side note, the guy shot 64.  You ever played with someone that shot 64?  I mean, when do you say good shot when every damn shot was good?  It was like watching a 10 year chess prodigy or something.  Just awesome.

Golfchops.com rating: NA/25
Customer Service: N/A
Condition of Greens: 5
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
Value: N/A
Amenities:  5

Rating Notes:
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Really didn’t have any service encounters at all.  Matter of fact, I don’t think I even spoke to an employee of the course at all.  Hmmm, how do I score.
– Greens were perfect.  Basically what us rec golfers dream of everyday when we are playing our muni’s.
– Nothing short of pristine.  Course was in perfect condition.
– Hmmmmm….I have no idea.  I played in a pro-am, but obviously if the Gates family has a membership, its safe to say its pricey.
–  Small but nice driving range, excellent little putting green area and remarkably beautiful clubhouse.  A tournament without drink service? Booo.

Nike One RZN and New 20XI

Golfchops Notes:  We’ll be play testing each one of these balls and have reviews available by the end of the month.

Press Release From Nike:

Nike Golf Adds More RZN to the New 20XI Golf Ball

-More RZN results in a faster and more responsive golf ball -

BEAVERTON, Ore. (December 5, 2013) – Nike Golf made a bold statement when it first introduced a new innovation in its premium 20XI golf balls called RZN.  The new proprietary RZN technology resulted in a lighter, faster and more responsive core that is engineered to produce longer distance and more controlled shots.

Nike Golf has taken this technology a step further by adding more RZN to its new 20XI ball, available on February 1st. With more RZN material added to the core and mantle of the golf ball, Nike Golf engineers have created an even faster engine for ultimate tour performance.

This larger, softer RZN core improves feel off all shots while maintaining driver distance. The added RZN mantel produces longer shots off irons while providing a softer short game feel. This combination of core size and mantle translates into two times more RZN material than the previous generation 20XI.

“The added RZN mantle provides faster speed off irons and, therefore, more distance,” said Rock Ishii, Nike Golf’s Product Development Director for golf balls. “Not only did we increase speed with 20XI, but we added softness for improved feel around the greens, creating a balanced tour model golf ball.”

RZN technology accomplishes two critical performance components to maximize benefits from a golf ball: More distance off the tee and a more stable ball flight (especially in crosswinds).

Faster Ball Speed Equals Longer Distance

  • Advancement in proprietary RZN chemistry delivers faster ball speed.
  • Internal tests with Nike Golf tour athletes have shown an average of 2-3 mph increase in ball speed.
  • Every 1 mph increase equates to 2-3 yards carry distance.

Highest Levels of MOI Provides More Consistent, Stable Ball Flight

  • Lighter core and heavier outer layers result in perimeter weighting.
  • High MOI assists in reducing driver spin and maintains spin beyond apex to maintain carry and control.
  • 20XI has the highest levels of MOI in a golf ball to date.

The 20XI will be available in two versions, the 20XI and the 20XI X.  While both balls deliver faster speed and high levels of MOI, the 20XI ball is designed to improved feel and enhanced short game control. 20XI X delivers maximum distance, improved feel and reduced spin for greater accuracy off the tee, making it the longest tour model Nike Golf has ever created.

Availability:  February 1, 2013

MSRP:  $58.00

Street Price:  $45.99

Nike VRS Covert Irons

Press Release from Nike: (pics below)

Nike Golf Adds Speed and Distance with VR_S Covert Irons

-A High Speed Cavity Back iron for maximum distance, control, and forgiveness-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (November 28, 2012) – Building off successful innovation from the original VR_S franchise, Nike Golf creates a High Speed Cavity Back iron designed to maximize distance, control, and forgiveness.

The Nike VR_S Covert irons combine a sleek look with high performance technologies. Proprietary technology platforms include a High Speed Cavity Back and a NexCOR face.

The High Speed Cavity Back in the VR_S Covert irons allows athletes more distance and control with every shot. By incorporating this new hidden technology into its fastest lineup yet, Nike Golf engineers have been able to move the weight of the club to the corners, raising Moment of Inertia (MOI) to increase forgiveness and add even more distance to off-center shots.

The cavity back technology is hidden “covertly” giving the iron a sleeker look at address with the performance advantages of a highly forgiving distance iron.  The VR_S Covert irons are Nike’s most versatile irons to date and will appeal to a very wide range of players.

A new variable added to the VR_S Covert irons to maximum distance is the incredibly thin 1.6mm sole thickness designed to heat up the face.

“Distance, control, and consistency are the keys to successful golf shots,” said Nike Golf Director of Club Creation, Tom Stites. “We combined a High Speed Cavity Back, NexCOR technology, and a dual bevel sole to maximize distance for every club in the bag. Golfers will notice positive improvements not only on crisp shots, but on off-center shots as well.”

The NexCOR face is designed to deliver faster ball speed and longer shots from a wider area of the face. NexCOR creates more speed at impact by employing variable face thickness that focuses on increasing the sweet spot not only in the center of the face, but also to the lower portion and towards the toe where most golfers are likely to make impact.

For the VR_S Covert irons, engineers have created a dual bevel sole, which allows the club to sit low to the golf ball and prevent digging. The sole makes a clean cut through the grass making interaction with the turf less disturbing to the golf shot.

The Nike VR_S Covert irons are part of the VR_S Covert family that includes the iconic Nike Cavity Back drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids -all available in golf stores throughout North America and Europe on February 8, 2013 and in the rest of the world starting on February 15, 2013.

Key Technologies:

  • High Speed Cavity Back
  • NexCOR – The New Face of Speed

Nike VR_S Covert Irons

Availability: February 8, 2013

Specifications:

4-AW, True Temper Dynalite 90: S/R (RH/LH);

4-AW, Nike Kuro Kage Black 70: S, R, A (RH/LH)

Street Price: $699.99Steel/$799.99 Graphite