The new big stick Rory McIlroy officially debuted at the Ryder Cup earlier today, and which he presumably will continue to play throughout the matches, is the Nike Vapor Pro driver ($399.99). Featuring a pear-shaped, 460cc clubhead, the Vapor Pro is built with three key technologies – FlyBeam reinforced Covert Cavity back design, a new Compression Channel, and a new FlexLoft adjustability design.
The FlyBeam, which acts like an I-beam in building construction, stiffens the cavity in the back of the club while the redesigned compression channel increases COR across the entire clubface. The result is more energy transferred to the ball at impact for more speed and distance.
"To elevate performance, we added FlyBeam technology to the Covert Cavity Back to focus energy into the variable-profile Compression Channel and NexCOR face," said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering. "This is the first time we have created a driver where the face and channel are measurably more flexible than the body."
Adjustability and custom tuning are also significantly enhanced by the new hosel design (FlexLoft 2), which offers five lofts and three face angles with 15 different settings. The new system is approximately 30% lighter than the previous iteration, allowing more weight to be redistributed to other areas of the clubhead for added stability and improved launch conditions.
The Nike Vapor Pro driver will be available on January 30, 2015.
(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)