A week after switching to Nike’s new Vapor Pro driver at the Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy is playing the company’s Vapor Pro irons as well.
The world No. 1 and recently crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year has been spotted with the new Nike sticks in his bag at the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, which began today at Carnoustie Golf Links, St. Andrews Golf Club and Kingsbarns Golf Links. McIlroy shot a one-over 73 Thursday at Carnoustie.
The Vapor Pro irons have a carbon steel forged construction, precision-machined X3X grooves, slight offset, thin top lines and a satin-chrome finish. The head design involves tungsten plugs that help move the center of gravity closer to the center of the clubface.
“When I joined the Nike team, the VR Pro Blade irons were one of the easiest transitions in my bag,” McIlroy said. “To improve my performance, my collaborations with the Oven team were based upon consistency and feel. With the new Vapor Pro irons, they’ve worked to achieve that for me.”
For McIlroy, a gradual switch to the Nike Vapor line makes sense. He played a prototype version of the 2-iron (called the MMPROTO 2i) at the British Open and switched to a new driver a few months later at the Ryder Cup.