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.