Nike Golf Equipment – Poor Quality?

Many times when people ask what clubs I have, and I tell them that I’m currently playing Nike irons (& driver for that matter) I get a similar response.  Something like "I’ve been told that Nike golf equipment isn’t nearly as good quality wise as the other big golf brands that have been in the game much longer".   I usually respond by asking where they heard this, and normally they can’t get specific about who is spreading the rumor that Nike gear is inferior. It’s just a "well I heard" situation.

Personally, I’ve been playing Nike irons for almost 3 years now, with great success, and I haven’t even hit an iron by another manufacturer during that time.  Not because I’m overly loyal, but being a lefty when your buddies are right handed makes it slightly difficult to try their clubs on the course. 

Because of this, I honestly couldn’t say whether Nike irons are as good as Callaway, Titleist or TaylorMade irons.  For all I know, they may be inferior.  But I hit them well, so isn’t that what matters?  Or am I not taking advantage of better technology, and I just don’t know it? I believe Phil Mickelson made a statement at some point that he couldn’t believe how well Tiger plays, using such inferior equipment.  And to touch on that, there have also been rumors that Tiger’s irons aren’t actually made by Nike, but by Miura Golf, and stamped with the Nike/TW logo.  Who knows.  I do know that there are plenty of other Nike Tour Pro’s, including Michelle Wie, Anthony Kim, K.J. Choi, and Paul Casey to name a few.  Maybe they’re all using secret, ultra-high quality Nike prototypes that us hackers don’t have access to.

What exactly would make Nike clubs inferior to other clubs?  Cheaper materials?  Poor design?   I’ve been considering getting a new set recently and all of the negativity I’ve heard towards Nike golf clubs came rushing back to my brain.  I guess the only real test is how does it perform for the golfer who’s playing the clubs. What are your feelings towards Nike gear?  Have you played any of their irons or metal woods?  I’m curious to get some opinions.

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18 Replies to “Nike Golf Equipment – Poor Quality?”
  • ERIC
    September 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Nike CCI Forged Irons—-Great feel and playability,Clubs like these, force you to improve your swing. Open the face, close the face, maintain a good tempo, and your working the ball with easy. The only con is a loss of distance with the shot irons, obout 10 yards. For the curent price, you can’t beat these forged clubs, for playability, and feel. Try them, work with then, you won’t be disapointed.

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  • Stephen
    September 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    tiger woods would not be using nike drivers and woods if they were inferior no matter how much nike were paying him. he doesn’t need the money

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  • All about golf
    September 28, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Everyone knows the bigger the name the quality degrades..they could put the name nike on a tin can and it would sell

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  • sean
    October 21, 2009 at 11:59 am

    really liked the nike sumo and the SV wedge but a lefty golfer that i know said that the nike ignite irons werent all that great

  • kewlkat
    October 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I think that people have pre-conceived notions. It might be because they had some lower line Nike equipment or they just dont think that nike can compete with older brands because that is what they are used to playing with. It obviously performs well because we see Tiger perform with it. Maybe it is “Tiger’s Magical Golf Powers” but I dont think he would use it if he could do better with other gear.

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  • Cheymike
    June 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I game a bag full of Nike stuff (SQ Dymo Str8-Fit driver, SQ Dymo 3, VR irons, VR AW). I have had good luck with them and find NO reason to change (well, except for the need to part with money). The only thing I don’t like about the driver is the CLANNNNNGGGGG! Other than that, its been good to me and for me!

  • mbtshoes
    September 18, 2010 at 3:41 am

    tiger woods would not be using nike drivers and woods if they were inferior no matter how much nike were paying him. he doesn’t need the money

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