Nike VR Driver, Fairways, and Hybrid In The Pipeline

Nike staffer Paul Casey may have broke the photos of the Nike VR driver from the Nike Golf sales meeting just a few weeks back but now we have the have the official details on the club that has been making the internet golf forums go wild for months.

With the Ontario PGA Show happening at the end of this month we expected that it might be the place where the new VR products are finally unveiled and it looks like we might be right as Nike Golf Canada passed on information today about these products.

Calling them a “New Tour-Inspired Innovation”, Nike Golf finally reveals the full details on the Victory Red Premium Drivers that will respectively carry price tags of $499.99 and $549.99 here in Canada when they are introduced on February 1st, 2010.

In addition to these two new drivers this week the company will also introduce a couple other new clubs: The premium Victory Red STR8-FIT Tour fairway woods that also include STR8-FIT face-angle technology and the distinctive red Split Compression Channel on the sole and the VR Hybrids that feature a 455 Ultra Thin Face with Nike’s distinctive Split Compression Channel.

Starting on February 1, 2010, two versions of Victory Red drivers, The Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour and the VR Tour will be available.

According to the company, “The new VR drivers were designed for avid golfers who are refining and optimizing distance in their game, desire a more traditional look and demand tailored performance with pin-point accuracy. This premium line provides golfers all the benefits, adjustability, looks and performance that the Nike Athletes receive week in and week out on Tour.”

They added, “The VR STR8-FIT Tour driver expands upon Nike’s award-winning STR8-FIT Face Angle Technology, giving players both the ability to select their shot shape as well as the flexibility to dial in the look of their driver like never before. The VR STR8-FIT Tour Drivers offer 32 face angle positions for the ultimate in workability and confidence at address. For the golfers who prefer a more traditional look, Nike has developed the VR Tour driver that is distinguished by a smaller “pear-shaped” head size and no adjustability trait.”

The company says the clubhead of both versions of the VR drivers has a design that should appeal to the avid golfer seeking lower spin rates and a more penetrating ball flight. This, in a package with a refined shape and look.

Each driver features the distinctive red Compression Channel that is located on the sole and is lined from the toe to the heel paralleling the face. Nike says the Compression Channel “increases the overall compression of the body, which produces increased, uniform ball speeds across the entire face.”

“The Compression Channel technology takes the rigidity out of the sole and provides more flex in the heel,” said Tom Stites, Director of Club Creation for Nike Golf. “By adding this technology, we have made the VR drivers more forgiving for the better players when they miss it in the lower zone of the heel.”

The VR Tour driver has a smaller, more traditional head design for more workability than the VR STR8-FIT TOUR. The VR Tour also has a longer hosel than that of the VR STR8-FIT Tour and has one glued head position without adjustability.

Availability: February, 1, 2010 at golf shops and specialty stores across Canada.

VR STR8-FIT Tour Driver

Men’s: Loft Options: 8.5 (RH); 9.5 (RH/LH); 10.5 (RH/LH); 11.5 (RH/LH); All available in: R,S,X

Cdn MSRP: $499.99

VR Tour Driver

Men’s: Loft Options: 8.5 (RH); 9.5 (RH); 10.5 (RH); All available in R,S,X

Cdn $549.99