Nike Golf have unveiled their new club range, the Vapor Fly, designed to provide an overall higher launch angle further both off the tee and from the fairway.
The new Vapor Fly series clubs, designed to provide an overall higher launch angle, is the culmination of years of diligent study.
Nike Golf athlete Rory McIlroy, who was instrumental in the design of the Vapor Fly Pro driver, relies on his driver for ultimate forgiveness and distance.
“I think every golfer looks for forgiveness to make their bad shots better,” says McIlroy.
“It’s phenomenal to know that when you have a very forgiving driver like this, even if you don’t quite catch [the ball] off the middle of the face or put a good swing on it, that it still has a chance to go the same distance and be in the fairway as if you hit a good shot. To have that much confidence in a driver standing over a tee shot is great.”
Nike Vapor Fly Drivers
The Vapor Fly (£249.99) and Vapor Fly Pro (£299.99) drivers have a thinner crown that is 30 per cent lighter than the outgoing Vapor models, which allowed Nike to move the CG lower for lower spin and a higher launch while also increasing forgiveness. There is also a new Hyperflight face that delivers more speed and a re-designed Compression Channel that transfers more energy to the ball at impact for distance and feel.
Nike’s fourth-generation cavity-back design on the Vapor Fly and Fly Pro drivers is even more stable, with wider, stiffer FlyBeams helping increase overall feel and forgiveness. A FlexLoft 2 hosel with 15 loft and face-angle settings joins a distinctive Photo blue crown colour that marries with Nike’s colours in other sports.
Completing the trio is the Vapor Fly Flex 440, which represents the biggest change from its predecessor. It is now made of 60 per cent RZN material to move the CG low and forward while also creating a different sound at impact. The FlexFlight technology from the 2014 Vapor Flex driver returns, so you can switch between a low-spin and mid-spin set-up.
Nike Vapor Fly Woods and Hybrids
The Vapor Fly fairway woods and hybrids have received the same cosmetic and construction treatment as the drivers.
New for the Vapor Fly fairway (£179.99) is a 15 per cent thinner FlexLoft hosel, which can be moved up and down one degree, with the lie angle also independently adjustable. This is one degree less loft adjustability than last year’s Vapor fairway, and so Nike has brought in more loft options to accommodate.
The new Vapor Fly hybrid (£149.99) is now more compact to look down on, making it more iron-like and easier to hit. It’s also more similar in terms of its offset and face length to Nike’s irons for an easier transition in the top end of your bag.
Nike Vapor Fly Irons
The Vapor Fly irons (£499.99 steel and £599.99 graphite in 4-PW) come in a nickel smoke finish and will be the super game improvement offering, while the more compact Vapor Fly Pro (£699.99 steel 4-PW) have a black PVD finish and will suit better players.
Both feature a modern muscle design that positions the centre of gravity (CG) in the middle of the face for added stability and a better feel at impact.
The use of RZN is no longer limited to Nike’s balls, and it appears in both irons to aid lower and deeper weighting that encourages a higher launch, and in turn, a steeper descent angle to help shots stop quicker.
As with previous Nike irons, variable thickness NexCOR faces and FlyBeam-reinforced chassis help the faces flex powerfully for faster and more consistent speeds across the face.
Avaliable on www.nike.com from January 22, 2016 and from select retailers on January 29, 2016.