For the last couple years, I have had the pleasure of seeking out and getting to know the people behind some of the best lesser known clubs being manufactured today. What I have found is that their attention to detail, craftsmanship, history and performance are as good if not better than the large OEM brands. When you put your name on a product you created it better be great. That was the case for my first two indy club builders Scott Golf and Miura and like Miura, my third club builder is based in Japan as well. Vega Golf, the first to produce forged cavity back irons was born in Ichikawa Japan when Samurai sword craftsmen realized they can use their forging skills to produce exquisite golf equipment.
The Vega family has been at it for over 100 years and while they still use traditional Samurai craftsmanship they also employ the most advanced and innovative finishing techniques in the world.
For this build, Vega sent me their VC-01 irons. The VC-01 is a very traditional looking small cavity iron and is fully CNC milled. To complete this build, my friends at KBS sent me the Tour FLT 130 XS shafts and PureGrips sent in their DTX grips.
First off let me just say that I am a big fan of the minimalist cavity design of the Vega VC-01 irons. The club head shape resembles a true players iron but with a thicker top line and a little more offset than I am used to. The lofts on the VC-01 are very conservative to today's standards and the head weights are on par with other brands.
Although this is a review of the VC-01 irons, this can also go down as a "how important the right shaft is for your swing" review. I have had tremendous success in my golf game with KBS and their CTaper line but I felt a need to try the Tour FLT shafts as they are a tour influenced shaft that fits a wide range of players. My experience with this combo were good but I believe my experience with the VC-01 irons could have been great with the right shaft pairings. Not all was bad though. From a shot shaping perspective they were the most consistent BUT the Tour FLT shaft created too much backspin which caused the ball to balloon more. Thus the lack of distance.
I am putting a "to be continued" sticker on this review for now. The CTapers from KBS are going on the VC-01 irons for a true test. At the same time I felt the need to tell this side of the story to let you know how important the right shaft is for your game. In the mean time, for more info on Vega and the VC-01 irons, visit VEGA GOLF and to get fit for the proper shafts from KBS, visit KBS GOLF SHAFTS