Nike Vapor Speed Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED: 4–PW with True Temper Dynalite 105 steel shaft and 4–PW with Mitsubishi Fubuki Z 70 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 2- through 7-irons have hollow bodies reinforced with thin ridges called “FlyBeams” that are designed to improve energy transfer at impact.
PLAYABILITY: Among the top-ranked models in the category; can be worked in either direction with relative ease by our stronger players; consistent medium-high ball flight; very useful from tough lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Pretty decent directional control—wild shots are minimized; minor misses maintain distance fairly well.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The Vapor Speed is one of the better models tested; guys hit shots pin-high all day with the shorter irons; high ball flight leads to very good distance, even into the wind.
FEEL: About as good as it gets in this category; soft at impact, with ample feedback that tells you all you need to know; delivers an explosive message to the hands on good shots; light overall weight but is surprisingly stable through the ball.
LOOK: Receives the highest marks from our testers; you won’t have to make excuses to your buddies when you pull these out of the bag; a classic profile that doesn’t give you the impression of a max game-improvement iron.
Not as much help on mis-hits as you’d expect from a max game-improvement design—decent forgiveness compared with some others; a little light for a few players’ tastes; the thinner sole width and minimal offset can make them a bit harder to hit than some others in their class.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the best performers in the test. The Vapor Speed is more of a game-improvement model than a pure max game-improvement club, but these handsome sticks score high for feel and overall playability.
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MORE INFO ON NIKE VAPOR SPEED IRONS
From Golf.com, November 2014
The final and most widely appealing model in the Vapor lineup, the Vapor Speed, is aimed at players who simply want maximum distance and forgiveness. Like the Pro and Pro Combo irons, the Vapor Speed is also built with Nike's modern muscle design, which moves the CG not only closer to the center of the clubface but also lower and deeper in the clubhead. This CG location, combined with very thin clubfaces and lighter, longer shafts, provide high launching shots with maximum carry distance.
"This is the longest distance iron that we have ever created," says Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf's director of engineering, "if you want to hit it long and straight this is the iron that fits that profile."
The 2-7 irons in the set feature a hollow construction that help them function like metalwoods for maximum distance, while the short irons and wedges in the set are built with RZN in the cavity, improving feel, sound, and stability at impact. Other features of the Vapor Speed irons include moderate sole widths, beveled leading edges for more versatility from a variety of lies, precision machined X3X grooves for optimum spin and consistency, progressive face heights, and larger blade profiles. -- Michael Chwasky
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