ClubTest 2015: Nike Vapor Pro Combo Irons
Nike Vapor Pro Combo Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $1,100, steel
WE TESTED: 4–PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The cavity-back 4- to 7-iron and “muscle cavity” 8-iron to AW have progressive sole widths, with a beveled leading edge to aid versatility.
PLAYABILITY: A major strength; fires off high-flying short irons and driving darts from long range; a cooperative club that accommodates attempts to tweak trajectory or shot shape; heavy head carves through all kinds of turf, thick and thin.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Designed with the accomplished ballstriker in mind—you get what you put in, nothing more; laser-guided short irons with pinseeking precision on pure swings.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The emphasis is truly on “control” here; finely tuned—it’s easy to dial in exact numbers; takes some pace to get going, but responds well to fast swings; surgical around the greens—grooves really grab the ball.
FEEL: The club’s strongest attribute; a condensed sweet spot that caters to players who want to know how they hit it; weighty and well balanced; stable enough to stand up to tough lies but nimble enough for finesse plays; responsive face with instructive feedback.
LOOK: Doesn’t get much better than this one; sleek, simple and small—a combo set that blends together seamlessly; basically blades from the top down, with minimal offset and an easy-to-align face; looking at these beauties over the ball makes it worth the extra practice you’ll need to put them in play.
It can be too much club for many testers who don't bring their "A" game—cavity backs don’t do enough to aid forgiveness; not a bomber on center strikes; several guys say the green accents deface an otherwise beautiful club.
BOTTOM LINE: One of our testers’ favorites, even if most guys would need to log lots of range time to realize the Pro Combos shotmaking potential. Best left to better players, it looks and acts like a blade. Swing well and they'll sing to you—swing poorly and you’ll scream.
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MORE INFO ON THE VAPOR PRO COMBO IRONS
From Golf.com, October 2014
The Vapor Pro Combo irons, which fit nicely between the Pro and the Speed, also utilize the modern muscle design to provide a combination of precision and ball speed, as witnesses by Rory's performance in the Open Championship in which he used the prototype version of the 2-iron (called the MMPROTO 2i). Like the Vapor Pro, the Pro Combo irons feature a CG closer to the center of the face, making them both more precise and more forgiving than past Pro Combo models. The 2-7 irons in the set are built with a forged body, high strength steel face and lightweight RZN insert to help provide higher launching shots, more distance, and improved MOI and forgiveness. The 8-PW are one-piece forged clubheads with a shallow cavity that promotes a more penetrating trajectory for accuracy and versatility in the scoring zone.
The RZN material, which is a modified version of the material used in Nike's RZN golf balls, helps displace a significant amount of weight (approximately 45g) from the outside of the clubhead, improving feel at impact and increasing stability on miss-hits.
Other features of the Vapor Pro Combo irons include progressive blade lengths and sole widths, precision machined X3X grooves, slightly longer, lower profile long irons, and traditionally-shaped short irons. -- Michael Chwasky
NEXT REVIEW: Ping G30 Irons