Nike continues to make inroads into the golf business. It wasn’t that long ago that they hit the golf club market with a set of forged blades. Only several years later Nike now has a full complement of iron models to go with the hugely successful Ignite woods.
One of the newest iron models to hit retail centres is the Pro Combo OS.
The Pro Combo OS is a new iron that is based on the success of the past Pro Combo irons. The Pro Combo OS are constructed using a forged 1030 carbon steel to give the clubs great feel. The difference? The OS is an oversized iron designed with feel and forgiveness in mind. The longer irons feature an undercut cavity with a low centre of gravity which progresses to a higher centre of gravity in the short irons. This gives the golfer added forgiveness and ease of use in the long irons where it is most needed with more control in the short irons. The concept is almost identical to that developed and used in the Mizuno MX-20 and MX-23 iron sets. The OS does have a wider sole to improve ball-striking consistency. These irons come standard with the steel Speed Step shafts in regular, stiff, or extra stiff. This shaft is not great, especially for a player seeking more control and accuracy in his irons.
While the Pro Combo OS have managed to combine forgiveness with better feel they are using unoriginal ideas here. The irons have a bulky/boxy appearance and I have heard many negative comments on the appearance of the longer irons, players don’t like the fact that they can see the sole of the club at address. The Speed Step shafts that Nike uses are average at best but unfortunately their isn’t much the custom department at Nike can offer in the way of upgraded shafts. Their custom fitting department is still miles behind competitors such as Callaway and Ping.
I think Nike has used this iron as a starting point. While it didn’t test well there are definitely areas that can be improved and I would expect future generations of this iron to rate much higher as Nike’s experience in the golf industry grows.
Overall Rating – 40%
Target Handicap – 0-25
Ball Flight – High
Offset – Progressive
Finish – Chrome
Construction – Forged 1030 carbon steel
Stock Shafts – Constant Weight Speed Step regular, stiff, extra stiff