From day one of the new review system we've talked about not only the importance of data, but the importance of actually being able to share that data with our readers. What you see below is each and every shot that our 6 golfers took during the testing process for the Nike VR II Pro Hybrid. Hovering over any point on the map will give you all the pertinent details of that particular shot. Raw averages were compiled for each and every piece of data we culled from our simulators. If the screen looks a bit cluttered for your taste you can simply de-select any golfer to remove his data from the charts.
NEW: Tabbed Navigation
We've separated our shot map, and the graphs of the raw data into separate tabs. We hope this will make viewing the data a bit easier. From our perspective, it opens up the door for including more data down the road (we were pretty much maxed out under the single page display).
On each of the bar graphs, we include two reference lines. The dotted gray line will always represent the average for all golfers for whom we collected data. The dotted black line represents the averages for only those golfers you select. This way you are able to quickly see how the numbers from an individual, or sub-set of testers compares to both each other and the testing group as a whole. We also include sliders which allow you to filter golfers based on driver swing speed and handicap.
What to Look For
As we discussed in the review itself, the Nike VR II Hybrid's shaft is longer than the other hybrids we've tested this year. That alone is probably enough to explain the longer total distance produced. What is worth noting is that the VR II actually launches higher, lands softer, and produces less roll than the other hybrids we've tested this season. Obviously this has some benefit if you're trying to stop a ball on a green from hybrid distance.
Our testers on average did produce higher spin rates across the board. It should also be pointed out that for whatever reason, horizontal launch angles were slightly higher with the VR II Pro as well. It could simply be a reflection of how our testers were swinging, or it could indicate a stiffer tip section in the Project X shaft.
How are we doing?
If there's anything you'd like us to try and add to these interactive pages we generate, stop by the MyGolfSpy forum and let us know. If it's possible, we might just do it.