Photos: The development of Nike's VR X3X Toe Sweep Wedges

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edited Nov 27, 2013 in Equipment #1
One of the most eye-catching releases from Nike Golf for 2014 is their Toe Sweep wedge.



Prototypes were first made in 2010 by Mike Taylor, a trusted craftsman for Ben Hogan Golf, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and many others. It has been heavily refined from where it was at the initial prototype stage to what will be offered at retail. The idea is to allow plenty of bounce when it is needed (heavy rough, sand) and at the same time be playable from tight lies when the club face needs to be opened up.



During Nike's media summit at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, short game guru Dave Stockton Jr. put it to the test. His first shot was out of a bunker from about 25 yards to a tucked pin. He stuck it to within 6 inches. Dave then proceeded to hit some high, soft landing flops of a tight lie to a pin on a downslope with barely any green to work with. Talk about versatility!



According to Nike, Michelle Wie has already put it into play and Paul Casey (among other professionals) has tested it with great results. As Mike Taylor told GolfWRX, don't judge the Toe Sweep by its aesthetic, you have to try it out from varying lies and conditions to see what it's all about.



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  • snivlemsnivlem Members Posts: 243
    At first, it looks like a BB 08 4 iron, but as the club evolved, it definitely gained some aesthetic qualities. I'd like to try it out.
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  • scratchswingerscratchswinger Members Posts: 16,304 ✭✭
    Best thread that I have seen in a while!!!



    I want one, I need some serious help.
  • sharkiesjsharkiesj Members Posts: 3,020 ✭✭
    I'm getting one. My wedge play is respectable but it can always be better.
  • robengelrobengel golf genius Members Posts: 618
    edited Nov 27, 2013 #5
    does it really say toolbox on the back? or is that custom
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  • scratchswingerscratchswinger Members Posts: 16,304 ✭✭
    robengel wrote:


    does it really say toolbox on the back? or is that custom




    The one in this thread looks like a raw proto. Here is the retail version.



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  • Doc420Doc420 Members Posts: 2,340 ✭✭
    I wonder what the head weight is compared to regular wedges. Any idea what the final specs will be.
  • nova6868nova6868 Members Posts: 4,734 ✭✭
    Great thread. I like seeing the evolution of a design.
  • taz757taz757 Members Posts: 461
    The initial protos looks a lot like one of those Sure Out wedges you'd find at your big box store for $20. I like how it's evolved and has a very similar idea to the TM ATVs.
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  • scratchswingerscratchswinger Members Posts: 16,304 ✭✭
    It looks like Stockton also had a chance to showcase the Nike Rain gear, too bad he did not have the Hyperadapt.
  • ahbotahbot ClubWRX Posts: 1,299 ✭✭
    Thanks for the insight. This wedge looks cool.
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  • bub72ckbub72ck Members Posts: 2,458 ✭✭
    I have never cared much for any Nike gear but this wedge really has me intrigued. It's so different from anything out there today.
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  • nova6868nova6868 Members Posts: 4,734 ✭✭
    So I can guess that the heel has basically no bounce, but what about the sole overall? What's the bounce rating?
  • cogi59cogi59 #makemorebirdies Members Posts: 571 ✭✭
    Very cool. Always interesting seeing the development from initial ideas and prototypes to final product.
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  • KWheelsKWheels Members Posts: 313
    edited Nov 27, 2013 #15
    Curious how they removed all the material from the heal and didn't created a very "toe heavy" club? This must be counterbalanced somehow so that the sweet spot is centered and performs well from full swings. Either that or this is the dream club for the wedge player that hits a big hook. I have a friend that can hit a controlled hook with a SW that moves 30 yards right to left. I doubt they build this for that "player" though. image/derisive.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':derisive:' />
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  • tbowles411tbowles411 ClubWRX Posts: 25,244 ✭✭
    I wanted the Cally MD2. I think I changed my mind.
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  • kwooten31kwooten31 Members Posts: 2,093 ✭✭
    Looks a lot like my old Hogan sure out...
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  • staysober for golfstaysober for golf Low carb guy Members Posts: 1,041 ✭✭
    Looks good but i don't play a 60*, what lofts will they be available?
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  • _MS22__MS22_ No Pressure, No Diamonds . . . ClubWRX Posts: 2,441
    I will be buying one of these to test out. Miuras are starting to lose their zip....
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  • Steff_PSteff_P Steff_P Members Posts: 499
    edited Nov 27, 2013 #20
    That wedge looks hideous! I thought the same thing with hybrids, but now I have one in my bag so you never know....It might work!
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  • LlortamaiseyLlortamaisey Members Posts: 5,982 ✭✭
    edited Nov 27, 2013 #21
    I had a wedge custom ground for me into almost this exact grind several years ago. It had extreme heel relief just like this Nike wedge.



    My wedge was great around green, probably the best I've ever used. Once you got more than 30 yards from the green, it turned into a left machine. The heel would dig because of the similar relief and I'd hit shots so far left I thought I was going to have to vote for Ralph Nader for the rest of my life. If I hit something slightly fat, there was a chance I could hit my shin.



    Let's hope Nike figured a way around this conundrum.
  • robbie91robbie91 Members Posts: 3,091 ✭✭
    I'm not sure it's for me but it certainly doesn't look like a bad design. The retail model looks like a pretty clean club overall. I rarely say this but…. nice job Nike. This will be a solid offering.
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  • RPVLRPVL Members Posts: 1,060 ✭✭
    Great insight in their prototyping skills, such small incremental steps towards a very nice product.
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  • SoCalTitleistSoCalTitleist Members Posts: 3,256 ✭✭
    isnt that a cleveland niblick
  • jeffyjeffmnjeffyjeffmn Members Posts: 690 ✭✭


    isnt that a cleveland niblick






    ^^^^^^^this^^^^^^^
  • youngwaldoyoungwaldo NJMembers Posts: 3,213 ✭✭
    kwooten31 wrote:


    Looks a lot like my old Hogan sure out...




    Thinking the same thing.



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  • JaxBeachNoleJaxBeachNole Juicy Members Posts: 4,031
    Looks like an Alien Wedge
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  • JaxBeachNoleJaxBeachNole Juicy Members Posts: 4,031
    Also looks like something another company will come out with six months after, talking about all the research they did in development.
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  • tbowles411tbowles411 ClubWRX Posts: 25,244 ✭✭


    Also looks like something another company will come out with six months after, talking about all the research they did in development.


    I see what you did there....
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  • maringolfermaringolfer MarinGolfer Members Posts: 22


    Best thread that I have seen in a while!!!



    I want one, I need some serious help.




    I just got the new Cleveland Smart Sole.......http://www.clevelandgolf.com/US_smart-sole-s-wedge__smart_sole_wedge_s__viewProd_wedges.html

    Great club...does the same thing as the Nike and available now
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  • ksavy17ksavy17 Members Posts: 2,625 ✭✭
    interesting to see the initial stage to the final version. This is something I would love to try as my short game is very suspect
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