Nike VR Pro Wedges (Interpreting the Data)
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 test process. 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.
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. Finally, for reviews like this which use radius-based scoring, we've also added a new slider that gives you ability to filter shots based on their proximity to the target (the hole).
This is the first wedge review to use tab navigation on our interactive data pages. Be sure to check out both the individual shot data on the range, as well as the raw averages on the data tab.
Some Key Things to Keep in Mind
- The hole is located at the intersection of the X and Y axes
- As always, shots are color coded by golfer
- The X and Y axes labels are in yards, however, each shot is labeled with its distance from the pin in feet
- Charts for Accuracy and Consistency, which are the basis for our performance score, are now listed first in the comparative data section
- The "Yards Offline" chart refers to distance from the centerline without regard to distance (similar to our driver tests)
- The Distance charts refer to carry, roll, and total distance without regard for the hole location.
What to Look For
What I found to be most interesting as I examined the data a bit more closely is that although our testers weren't quite as accurate as they've been with other wedges (under our radius-based scoring), what the numbers show is that our testers were actually a bit closer to the center line when compared to those same wedges. This suggests to me that once the golfer gets a feel for distance control with the Nike VR Wedges, they could potentially out perform some of the others we've tested.
As part of that same equation, it's worth pointing out that the VR Pro wedges produced less side spin than other wedges we've tested this season.
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.