Nike Vapor Fly Metalwoods PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

 

Vapor Fly Pro Driver

Are you wondering where the bright blue/yellow lime color scheme came from for the new Nike Vapor

Fly?  I have two words for you - Rio & Olympics. Yep, Golf returns to the summer games after over

a 100 year hiatus, and Nike is not one to sit back and be a spectator . . . with Rory being front and

center as one of the favorites to medal, it only makes sense to have the Ulsterman's tee launcher

stand from the rest of his competitors during telecasts in 2016.

 

 

 

 

Nike's new Vapor Fly, Vapor Fly Pro, and Vapor Flex are the latest evolution in Swoosh metalwood

technology. We tested the Vapor Fly Pro, which is the same model that World No.3 Rory McIlroy

currently has in his bag.

 

 

Appearance

What we found was that most either loved the bright blue look or were put off by it. I personally

prefer to see my drivers in black, silver, or even a touch of white is fine . . . but this driver is

so well put together in both shape and style, that I actually started to like the look as testing

went on.

 

 

Stock Shaft

The standard stock engine in the Vapor Fly Pro is no slouch - Mitsubishi Rayon's Diamana Blue Board.

Specs (stiff flex) - 61 grams, 4.4 torque, mid launch.


 

 

 

The smoked finish on the Vapor Fly Pro is clean, a nice contrast to the blue crown and shows an

impression upon impact - which is a good way to get feedback on each strike.

 

 

 

 

 

According to Nike

engineers, The new

compression channel

increases performance on

mishits.


The Flex/Loft sleeve allows

for precise adjustability, but

we found the stock setting

of 10.5 neutral was our

preferred setup during

our testing.

 

 

 

 

Performance

As for actual #'s, before heading out to the course to put the VFP through some actual game time

conditions, we did a fair amount of testing on a Foresight launch monitor. Here was the average

of all the swings, (minus the two best and worst - because sometimes you get a funky read off the

monitor that shows a mirage of Dustin Johnson like proportions, or the that you never played the

game in your life . . . therefore skewing the data).

 

SS: 104 Ball Speed: 151 Launch 13.4 Carry: 249.6 Total Distance: 266.1 Proximity to center: 11R

 

Pretty typical #'s for me, nothing to rave about or be disappointed by. When I took the Vapor Fly

Pro out to the course, I paid much closer attention to detail. Setting up on tee box on a tight driving

hole will do that to you. You can tell that Rory had some influence on this design, The pear shaped

crown doesn't look so big at address. . . and although it's a disco blue, it still somehow conveys

to the player that it's a serious stick . . .

 

 


 

The Golf Pride Z grip comes standard on Vapor Fly models

 

 

One thing I did find was that ball flight with the Vapor Fly Pro (in the stock neutral setting)

had a slight right bias. My usual push draw, was just a push. Since I like to see the clubface

slightly open to square at address, changing the setting on the sleeve to a slightly closed face

wasn't an option I normally prefer. I found myself wanting another level of adjustability. I've

gamed drivers the last few years that have an adjustable weight component as another way

to dial in the desired shot shape. When I did adjust the face angle to a more left bias, ball

flight started left of target, stayed left of target. After continuing to fiddle around with the

sleeve, I settled back to the stock setting (10.5/neutral). Once I knew that the ball would push

10 yds I just aimed accordingly. The Diamana Blue was as smooth and predictable as I hoped,

and impact felt exactly how it should - just a subtle thwack was a welcome sound. The Vapor Fly

Pro is not the most forgiving of the new line, but for a players driver it's fairly lenient on the

occasional heel/toe hit. Overall, I'd give the VFP a thumbs up from the previous years model,

and for those better players fighting the hard right to left shot, that 10 yard push would be a

welcome sight.

 

 


 

Vapor Fly 3 Fairway

Nike's Vapor Fly 3 Fairway looks so clean at address. In fact, more than a few Tour players

have called it their favorite club in the bag including World No.18 Brooks Koepka. The extremely

light crown allows for a lower center of gravity for higher launch and less spin, making the Vapor

Fly fairways really long.

 

 

 


Featuring the HyperFlight face for super fast ball speeds, even on slight mishits.

 

 

 

 

If Drivers probably have the

shortest life span in a

players bag, then 3 woods

usually have the longest.


Why so?

 

Well, Drivers are all

about distance, so most will

give up a bit of accuracy if

they can gain significant

yardage.


A good 3 wood is all about

accuracy, dependability and

versatility. It must perform

both on the tee and off the

deck . . .


 

 

 

Performance from a fairway club is usually a little more subjective because of what we stated

previously, the many demands placed upon a particular players choice of 3 wood. It has to start

from the tee, so we tested out just some raw flight #'s from our Vapor Fly 3. Once we get to the

course and start hitting shots off the deck, and trying to shape shots into tight fairways - then we'll

know if this particular club has a shot to un-root old faithful from the bag.


The launch #'s were solid, infact slightly better than average for me.

SS: 100  Ball Speed: 148  launch: 13.9  BackSpin: 3010  Carry: 232  Total Distance: 251

Sidespin: 186L


Barely a hint of a draw, most shots flew on line and fell just left of center. Fading it was a

piece of cake without touching a setting on the loft sleeve.


 

 

Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65 or Diamana Blue.



Off the deck, it launches exactly how you hope it would . . . but without ballooning.

The Vapor Fly 3 wood still manages to flight the ball even in South Florida's windy

conditions. There wasn't a shot this club couldn't handle . . . looks like their might be

a new stick in the bag this spring.

 


To check out Nike Vapor Fly products: http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/golf/clubs