Nike SQ Sumo Irons Review

By Jim Hagerty

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Specs

Available in steel and graphite shafts, Nike SQ Sumo irons (4-iron through approach wedge) were introduced in 2007. Sumos are perimeter-weighted, made of stainless and cryo steel (there's a face insert on the 4- through 7-iron) and Nike's signature Powerbow weighting system, which lowers the center of gravity into the deep, cavity backs. Each head also contains a vibration-dampening insert. Shafts consist of Speed Step SL steel and iDiamana graphite. Nike touts the clubs as extremely forgiving.

Perks

With significantly strong lofts, SQ Sumo irons get the ball up quickly. Shots come with an extremely soft feel and lively action off the club face. Head weights are balanced nicely at setup, and shafts perform well for a light model, with the steel option the best performer. The wide soles move through the hitting area cleanly, making mis-hits stay relatively straight.

Sacrifices

Nike SQ Sumo irons are bit light, which can force players with stronger swing speeds to lay off to ensure impact is precise. Their strong lofts and fairly wide soles can also prevent shaped shots and result in slight distance limitations.

Bottom Line

Nike SQ Sumos champion technology, allowing for accurate shots with acceptable distance. Falling in the $400 (steel) to $500 (graphite) range, they are superior clubs for the novice or beginner. Nike Tiger Woods or Nike Victory Red blades are more suitable for advanced players.

About the Author

Jim Hagerty is a freelance writer and journalist. In addition to the hundreds of Web-based articles to his credit, he's a staff writer for "The Rock River Times," where he covers arts and entertainment, outdoors and human interest news events. Hagerty holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations and journalism from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.