ClubTest 2015: Nike Vapor Speed Driver

Nike Vapor Speed Driver
Michael Chini

Nike Vapor Speed Driver

 

Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
Price: $299
WE TESTED:
10.5° (adjusts 8.5° to 12.5°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki Z 50 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: This driver produces 400 rpm less backspin than its predecessor, the Covert 2.0.

PROS

 

DISTANCE: Sneaky long—effortless power that transitions seamlessly from the range to the first tee; some guys believe the lightweight design contributes to added length; for a handful of panelists, surprising distance on mis-hits.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A few testers say it offers more directional forgiveness than previous Nike drivers.
FEEL: The Vapor Speed delivers an explosive, powerful feel with a muted sound; a crisp, balanced and strong impact sensation time after time.
PLAYABILITY: Slightly lower trajectory than many others in the Max Game-Improvement category; a penetrating flight that’s easy to move right to left; plenty of roll—overall, the Vapor Speed is well suited to breezy conditions.
LOOK: A sleek, modern appearance that doesn’t distract; a subtle flashiness disguises the technology but doesn’t completely hide it; several guys prefer lime green to the red on previous Covert models.

CONS

 

Some of our testers would like to hit higher drives to maximize performance, even after making loft adjustments; others find that misses can cost them more distance and direction than they’re willing to concede.

BOTTOM LINE: The Vapor Speed performs best when you do. It’s ideal for faster-swinging players whose ability borders on the Game-Improvement category.

HOT STIX'S TAKE: A mid-launch, mid-spin club that offers good forgiveness across the face. Launches lower shots than many others in the category.Launch - Mid; Spin - Mid

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Nike Vapor Speed

NEXT REVIEW: Ping G30 SF Tec

MORE INFO ON THE NIKE VAPOR SPEED DRIVER

From Golf.com, October 16, 2014

The Vapor Speed also features Nike’s adjustable Flex Loft 2.0 adjustable hosel system (but not the Flex-Flight adjustable CG technology) and is aimed at players simply looking for high launch and maximum distance. The deep-face Speed offers the most forgiveness in the Vapor family and also produces slightly more spin than the other models. The Vapor Speed comes standard with Mitsubishi's Fubuki Z 50 Ultralight shaft. -- Michael Chwasky

NEXT REVIEW: Ping G30 SF Tec

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