Nike Vapor Flex Hybrid
Category: Better-Player Hybrids
WE TESTED: 3 (adjusts 17° to 21°) with Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blueboard 80 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The Vapor Flex produces a 2° higher launch than last year’s VRS Covert 2.0 Tour.
PLAYABILITY: Quite versatile—the Vapor Flex puts a player in total control of trajectory and shot shape; slightly deeper head helps from out of the rough, while the sole carves through other poor lies; easy to rip repeatable draws.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Pretty decent directional forgiveness; get used to watching baby draws and fades come off this club from any lie; Vapor Flex produces relatively good launch on thin hits.
DISTANCE: Low-spin head generates roll off the tee and keeps shots from ballooning—won’t force you to relearn your yardages; consistent if not mind-blowing distance; slight adjustments help dial in desired yardages; sneaky length on mis-hits.
FEEL: Silky smooth yet powerful on pure strikes; impact is a balance between crisp and muted, firm and soft; weighty head produces a jumping sensation at impact, no matter the contact.
LOOK: The new, more serious appearance is better than in previous models; the traditional setup hides the technology beneath and frames the ball well.
Not the longest model tested, especially on mis-hits; some panelists want more differentiation in feel on good and bad shots; other guys find that there’s not enough help on their misses.
BOTTOM LINE: The Vapor Flex is an attractive, consistent hybrid with a variety of loft-adjustability options. It offers better players the flexibility to maneuver shots with relative ease.
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MORE INFO ON THE NIKE VAPOR FLEX HYBRID
From Golf.com, October 22, 2014
Nike’s new Vapor line of woods now includes the Vapor Flex ($229) and Vapor Speed ($179) hybrids. The Flex model, which features Nike’s FlexLoft 2 adjustable hosel design, can be tuned for loft and face angle to optimize carry distance and shot shape for a wide range of players. The FlexLoft 2 design is also 30% lighter than the past iteration of the technology, allowing mass to be redistributed to other areas of the clubhead to create added stability at impact.
Other features of the Vapor Flex hybrids include a lower center of gravity, straighter leading edges, a reinforced cavity back design and a compression channel behind the clubface that increases ballspeed across a wider area of the clubface. The Vapor Flex hybrids will be available in 17°-21° and 21°-15° models with Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 80 shaft.
“The Vapor Flex hybrids were engineered for speed, versatility, and forgiveness as demanded by our athletes,” said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering for Nike Golf. “Leading edges are straighter and tighter to the turf while a lighter FlexLoft 2 and sloped crown has significantly lowered center of gravity to produce improved launch conditions.”— Rob Sauerhaft
NEXT REVIEW: Ping i25 Hybrid