Nike Ignite irons reviewed

'With recent square head publicity, they've slipped under the radar but their performance came out loud and clear'

Bob Warters's picture
Wed, 11 Apr 2007

Nike Ignite irons (with 3H hybrid)
Technology:Deep undercut cavity to lower centre of gravity for higher launch and better stability in the irons; wide sole to reduce fat shots; generous offset. Enhanced perimeter weighting, lower and deeper centre of gravity in the hybrid club to increase forgiveness.
Price:RRP £399 (4-PW plus 3H hybrid, graphite shaft)

Iron hybrid combination in the Ignite set

It's no coincidence that the recent improvement in my golf game has coincided with my putting into play this iron/hybrid combination from Nike.

They've been around for a few months since their launch last year but strangely I've seen little publicity about them. And apart from a couple of illustrations, even Nike's website carries only minimum detail and no media announcement.

They seemed to have slipped under the radar but their performance came out loud and clear in my estimation.

I tested the graphite-shafted version driven by a distinctive black and orange UST regular shaft with a soft tip that suited my long-established handsy golf swing which normally tends to trap the ball into a low trajectory.

The wide sole - a modern addition to technology which helps reduce those irritating fat shot in wet conditions - kept the weight low and deep in the undercut cavity-style head and even with my forward press launched the ball high in the mid-irons.

My only concern was the distinctive offset in the head, which caused me to pull a lot of short-iron appoaches and demanded hard work to recover with my chipping and putting.

However, the feel off the thinner-than normal club face throughout the 4-iron to pitching wedge set, was quite tender and forgiving, especially with little bump and run shots played with 8- and 9-iron.

In line with the modern fashion, Nike has dropped the inclusion of a traditional 3-iron to introduce an easier-to-hit 3H hybrid into the set. This was a great little club in its own right, with more offset than many of its rivals and was easy to get airborne.

In the past, I'm sure many of us have felt that buying a set of 3-PW has been a bit of a waste in terms of the use we get from the 3-iron but the inclusion of this versatile 19-degree rescue offers better value for those wishing to splash out between £300 and £400 for a set of nine graphite clubs.

Not only did it allow me to shape shots around trees with a high draw ball flight, but it delivered cheeky little shots around the fringe. It also comes with its own black and orange headcover.

The Golfmagic Verdict
Summary: In the light of the publicity surrounding the latest square-headed drivers, Nike hasn't exactly trumpeted the arrival of these versatile clubs but if you're looking for an iron that's both forgiving and easy-to-hit, get down to your local dealer and consider these very seriously.

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