CATEGORY: Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED: 4–PW with True Temper ZT 85 steel shafts; 4–PW with UST Mamiya Recoil 400 graphite shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Adding Nike's "RZN" polymer saves 14 grams over steel, shifting weight lower to amplify MOI.
PLAYABILITY: A simple, functional iron that elevates the ball off lies thick and thin; more likely to get you over trouble than around it; long irons are easy enough to use -- a couple of guys would cut out their hybrids.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The club's greatest strength and one of the standouts for forgiveness; low stress says it best -- take things slow, and expect good results; thin strikes get a full ride, and the extra altitude means most shots find a way to hold the green.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Honest distances with a tight distribution; high launch helps light swingers and low hitters to add a few yards; good gaps and great control throughout the set; well-designed sole proves useful inside 100 yards.
FEEL: The impact is mellow and understated for a big iron -- very damp ride through the ball; most guys think the light Recoil shaft is a big upgrade -- it pairs well with the head, and gets moving easily; this club likes to work at its own pace, and it's best to let it.
LOOK: Modern design that's ready for liftoff -- a stout, full-bodied iron with a comfortable amount of mass behind the toe and heel; sleek, smoke-colored finish; thicker than the Pro model but nothing to be ashamed of.
Light graphite shaft doesn't fit players with fast tempos, who tend to lose the club coming down; busy, modern look earns a split decision -- either you "Just Do It," or you don't; many panelists prefer the Pro model -- the Vapor Fly doesn't add enough forgiveness for what its larger head gives up in style and precision.
BOTTOM LINE: This Nike Vapor Fly iron is built for comfort over handling. The high-flying Vapor Fly could work well for slower swingers or seniors whose style skews "young at heart," but most guys concur: Try the Vapor Fly Pro first.