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.
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
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
increases performance on
The Flex/Loft sleeve allows
for precise adjustability, but
we found the stock setting
of 10.5 neutral was our
preferred setup during
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
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.
Well, Drivers are all
about distance, so most will
give up a bit of accuracy if
they can gain significant
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
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