Nike Golf’s visually bold and functionally refined Vapor design has now extended to hybrid clubs. Completing Nike Golf’s new Vapor line of woods are the new Vapor Flex and Vapor Speed Hybrids, each highlighted by an eye-catching flash of volt in the cavity back and Compression Channel.
The new Vapor Flex hybrids feature FlexLoft 2, a lower center of gravity, and lower, straighter leading edges based upon athlete feedback. A FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back directs impact energy to the reengineered compression channel for increased ball speed across the face.
The engineering team at The Oven reshaped the Vapor Flex hybrid chassis to allow for more consistent impact and improved launch conditions.
“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.”
By adjusting the FlexLoft 2 mechanism in the Vapor Flex hybrids, golf athletes can tune loft and face angle to optimize distance and shot shape during the fitting process. The new, improved system is five grams (30%) lighter without compromising function. The redistribution of mass creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster swing speeds. Another benefit of FlexLoft 2 is its forward and backward compatibility. Golfers with previous generations of Covert can use shafts with the original adaptor in the new head or vice versa.
The Vapor Speed hybrids feature a unique design that engineers at The Oven call “Linear Progression.” The longer hybrids feature a larger body and shallower face and progress to a sleek body and deep face on the short hybrids. This progression allows for more forgiveness and speed on long hybrids, while yielding shot-making accuracy and workability on shorter hybrids.
“The Vapor Speed hybrids are engineered for speed, increased trajectory and forgiveness,” said Radcliffe. “Athletes looking to maximize and control trajectory from a variety of lies will benefit from the powerful combination of these signature technologies.”
To achieve increased speed and optimal launch conditions across the face, all Vapor hybrids feature Nike’s FlyBeam reinforced cavity back with a reengineered Compression Channel. The combination stiffens the Covert Cavity in the back of the club, while accentuating the spring-like effect across the face to return energy to the golf ball.
Nike Vapor Speed Hybrids
Availability: Jan. 30, 2015
Specifications: 2H: 17° (RH), 3H: 20° (RH/LH), 4H: 23° (RH/LH), 5H: 26° (RH); shaft: Fubuki Z 70
MSRP: $216.00 Street Price: $179.00
Nike Vapor Flex Hybrids
Availability: Jan. 30, 2015
Specifications: 3H: 17° – 21° (RH/LH), 4H: 21°-25° (RH/LH); shaft: Diamana S+ 80
MSRP: $276.00 Street Price: $229.00