REVIEW: Nike Vapor Fly Pro Driver

ADDING SOME FLY TO THE VAPOR

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Nike Golf has been blazing its own trail as of late.  Bright colours, bold designs and a variety of industry leading innovations.  Last year’s Vapor line was just the beginning, there were a number of special edition models that were made first for touring pros and then filtered down to the consumer.  As well as the technology flowing out from within in their R&D department Nike is also involving their athletes more in the design process of the new products.  That might be why this year, rather than making huge changes, they just tweaked the Vapor line with some new colours, different crowns and a little more “Fly”.

HOW DOES IT LOOK?

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Let’s start with the crown on the new Nike Vapor Fly Pro driver.  Everyone is talking about the bright blue and yellow colour scheme, It is clearly designed to be bold and in your face.  It isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but in keeping with Nike’s recent marketing campaigns they are looking to bring golf to a fresher audience aiming at those who want to stand out from the crowd, this driver will certainly do that.  It isn’t as bad as some more conservative folks might claim, it is a nice blue and the yellow swoosh is in the lower heal side which makes it palatable.  We like the looks of the Pro with the black face and metal accents vs. the regular which is chrome. The real performance benefit of the new crown isn’t the colour, but the material.  It is lighter in weight by 30% and thus Nike can move that weight for better CG.  While it still isn’t as low and back as some others on the market, it certainly is an improvement over the Vapor line.  Actually the best part of looking down at this club is the shape.  It is the best looking pear shape driver on the market, it hides the 460cc very well.  It looks compact without having a super tall face.

After you flip the Nike Vapor Fly Pro driver over, you see again a big cavity back, a large compression channel with a number of other pockets put into the sole to move discretionary weight to the centre of the head, right behind the compression channel.  It also has the cavity bracing introduced last year.  Nike also use the same hosel adapter which allows you to adjust loft and direction independently.  The Pro model goes from 8.5 to 12.5 with right, left and neutral settings.  All these feature make for a small bump in performance.

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HOW DOES IT FEEL?

One of the biggest benefits of the new club, is the shaft.  The Vapor Speed had a Fubuki shaft in it (which isn’t a bad piece of kit) but the Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard which comes stock in the Vapor Fly Pro is an improvement for this model.  Excellent feel, strong trajectory and low spin.  The 60 gram shaft has a nice balance so this Vapor Fly Pro swings very nicely.

The Fly has had just enough tweaks to make it perform better on the course. For those of you who hit with a strong trajectory, you’ll still have good results, while the launch is a little higher the flight is very flat and lands with plenty of run.  It feels nice off the tee and could control the line which it seemed to hold well.  It’s hot off the face and the compression channel makes for a fairly forgiving head, especially along the lower quadrants of the face.

HOW DOES IT SOUND?

Nike has improved the sound too by lowering the pitch just a little.  It is still distinctly Nike, but a very pleasing sound.  Gone are the days of booms to a very pleasant crack at impact.

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  • Spin: 2143 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 15.2*
  • Dispersion: 7.9 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 104.0 mph
  • Ball Speed: 153.0 mph
  • Total Distance: 3 yds
  • Carry Distance: 4 yds

If you have been watching the PGA tour events you will notice that this is Rory’s go to driver and he is crushing it.  While you shouldn’t expect exactly the same results, you will see improvements over last year’s Vapor models. We like the tweaks that make the new Nike Vapor Fly Pro launch a little higher, spin a little less and still go straight.  The upgraded shafts is a plus too.  If you like the blue colour, the driver has got a little more “fly” in it.

 

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