The Vapor Pro driver, which Rory McIlroy famously played at the Ryder Cup, is now joined by two new Vapor models, the Vapor Flex ($499) and the Vapor Speed ($299). Like the Pro, both the Flex and Speed models are built with a cavity-back design that allows the center of gravity (CG to move forward for lower spin rates without a loss of MOI or stability. Both new clubs also feature a compression channel behind the clubface (for greater face flex) as well as supportive fly beams (to stiffen the clubhead), the combination of which increases ball speed across the entire clubface.
All Nike Vapor drivers will be available for purchase on Jan. 30, 2015.
The Vapor Flex, which is the most tunable driver in the Vapor family, features an adjustable hosel that allows for loft and face angle to be altered independently of one another, providing 15 different combinations. This new system, called Flex Loft 2.0, is 30 lighter than the previous Flex Loft design, allowing for more weight to be repositioned in more useful areas of the clubhead.
A secondary tuning technology called Flex-Flight expands the Vapor Flex’s options to allow for a total of 30 launch possibilities. The design utilizes a variable weighted rod (one end weighs 9 grams, the other weights 0.5 grams) that’s placed in a cavity in the low rear of the clubhead. By adjusting the position of the rod, the clubhead’s CG can be moved 2.4mm, from low and forward to low and back, effectively altering both launch angle and spin rates. The Vapor Flex comes standard with Mitsubishi’s Diamana S+ Blue Board shaft.
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.