Nike VR Pro Cavity Irons Review

Nike VR Pro Cavity Irons golf set
A 7-iron from the Nike VR Pro Cavity Irons set. Nike Golf

The Nike VR Pro Cavity irons set was released by Nike Golf in 2011, continuing its "VR" (for "Victory Red") series of irons. This set introduced the "Opti-Mass" weighting system to Nike irons.

The VR Pro Cavity set followed on the heels of Nike's VR Pro Combo and VR Pro Blades sets. And the VR Pro Cavity set itself was eventually supplanted by the VR_S Covert irons, and later irons sets. Nike no longer manufactures the VR Pro Cavity irons, but you might occasionally see some listed online.

What follows is our original review of the VR Pro Cavity set, which was first released on March 15, 2011.

Review: Nike VR Pro Cavity Irons

The Nike VR Pro Cavity irons offer consistent distance for mid- and mid-high handicap players, wrapped in a club looking like it is designed for better players. Wider sole increases playability from a variety of lies and variable centers of gravity keep gapping consistent.

What We Liked

  • Oversize style instills confidence
  • Moderate-thickness topline with a players-club look
  • Good distance control

What We Didn't Like

  • Harsher feel on mishits

Playing the Nike VR Pro Cavity Irons

Nike blasted onto the golf scene in 1996 featuring a very high profile professional golfer (you know who). Since then, Nike Golf has won many tournaments and retained top tier players on Tour.

Along the way, Nike Golf has offered forged players irons and super-game improvement sets. Now, the company has a set targeted at "aspirational golfers" but designed to look like they were made for the better player. With this offering, the Nike VR Pro Cavity irons, Nike Golf has bolstered its successful VR (Victory Red) franchise and by doing that, helped further Nike as a golf brand aimed at every level of golfer. The Pro Cavity is made for the mid-high handicapper who wants an iron that looks more like a player's iron.

What's different about the VR Pro Cavity model? Nike has introduced the Opti-Mass system. Opti-Mass is a variable amount of resin and tungsten, placed in the cavityback, that adds weight and shock absorption. Opti-Mass allows the centers of gravity to vary from club to club within the set, to better optimize trajectory and create consistent gapping. The benefit to golfers is better distance control and a more controlled trajectory based on the ideal function of each iron – e.g., higher long-iron shots and lower-trajectory short irons.

Consistent yardages are one of the real strengths of this iron set. Our testers, from low- to mid- to high-handicappers, found consistent distances that rarely varied more than a few yards. Seems as if Nike Golf has figured out where many golfers miss and addressed this fault in the progressive makeup of the set.

The standard set is 4-A. Longer irons have a 3-piece head allowing for a thinner, hotter face insert; mid-irons are 2-piece and short irons 1-piece. The steel-shafted irons come stock with True Temper's Dynalite 110, which really helps get the ball airborne and is a lighter option than the Dynamic Gold shaft. (Graphite shafts are also available.) When hit purely, the feel is smooth.

On the other hand, mishits sometimes felt harsh enough to make some testers challenge whether the club is that forgiving. Distances, however, were better than average, and as already noted, consistent.

While the Nike VR Pro Cavity irons are consistent in distance and have some good features, the set didn't wow our group of testers. One mid-handicap player said, "I think Nike is missing something here, but I'm not sure what." The design is based on the handsome (and forged) Pro Combo set. It has the VR pedigree and does evoke the look of a better club.

The final verdict is out and will depend on how consistent a ball striker plays the VR Pro Cavity. But the Nike VR Pro Cavity irons do offer those who are working at getting into a lower-handicap consistent distance and trajectory control, and with that, hope for getting it closer to the pin.