ClubTest 2015: Nike Vapor Speed Fairway Woods

Nike Vapor Speed Fairway Wood
Michael Chini

Nike Vapor Speed Fairway Woods

Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
Price: $200
WE TESTED:
3 (15°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki Z 60 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A reinforced cavity and compression channel contribute to driver-like length.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: Testers compliment its shot-to-shot consistency; excellent off the tee and fairway; good from light rough or sand; the Vapor Speed is very workable for a game-improvement wood.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Keeps the ball in play on errant mis-hits; typically goes where you hit it, with consistent distances.
DISTANCE: For some guys, it’s the longest in the test; repeatable results with the occasional rocket off the tee thrown in—you may not need a driver with this 3-wood in your bag.
FEEL: Testers love the balance, which creates a stable feeling throughout the swing; a good energy transfer to the ball culminates in a springy, metallic feel at impact; lots of feedback to the hands, which many players appreciate.
LOOK: The Angelina Jolie of club design—classy, bold, and a little bit of rock and roll; fans of the color scheme love its modern look, which has a touch of edginess.

CONS

Not the most forgiving wood featured; some players prefer a more dampened impact feel on mis-hits; fluorescent swoosh and graphics aren’t for everyone.

BOTTOM LINE: The Vapor Speed is one of the better clubs tested. This model is toward the players’ end of the game-improvement spectrum, but those with repeatable swings can expect plenty of distance and lots of impact feel.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Nike Vapor Speed Fairway Wood

NEXT REVIEW: Ping G30 Fairway Woods

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