REVIEW: Nike Vapor Speed Driver

THE BRAND FOR THE WORLD NO. 1

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Nike has been an innovator on the driver front for years.  Every model seems to add some new technology to enhance the end users performance.  In 2015 Nike is going “all in” with the Vapor Speed driver as they have combined all the previous iterations technologies over the years into one driver.  The Covert Cavity , Compression Channel, NexCore face, and FlexLoft 2 adjustable hosel is all part of what make the Vapor Speed a top performer in every category.

Gone is the black and red of the VR line and in is the Black and Volt of the Vapor line.  The shift to the “in your face” luminous lines up with the rest of the Nike products and whilst it might be a love it or hate kind of colour scheme the one everyone agrees on is that it certainly stands out in the bag.

The crown is mostly black with just a volt swoosh near the lower back of the crown.  The sole is polished with black paint fill and the cavity and channel are volt.  It is certainly striking from the bottom.  The Fubuki shaft is mostly white with some black near the grip and the black Golf Pride wrap is black.

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Any club that has a Fubuki shaft in it always worries me because I rarely have hit any version of this shaft well, especially a 50 gram one.  And sure enough the first time on the course I had the head set at 10.5* loft and everything went high and right.  It wasn’t the way I had hoped to start with this club.  But after adjusting the hosel to 8.5* everything went straight and even a little left at times.

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I made one more adjustment to 9.5* and boom; long, straight and with a good launch angle.  I wouldn’t have guessed changing the hosel setting would make such a big difference, but it did.  The Fubuki Z50 didn’t become a hindrance to this club, but the great feel associated with this shaft really made this club a fairway finder; straight hit after straight hit.  I even found that the spin was moderate for the “base” model of the Nike Vapor family.

The combination of all the head tech really pays off in the Nike Vapor Speed driver.  Between the compression channel and the cavity, this is one forgiving driver.  Pretty much the entire lower half of the face offers consistent results and the anywhere near the centre works well, leaving only the far upper corners for bad shots.  Nike is really able to put weight and forgiveness in what seems to be the right places for good sound, great feel and excellent results.  It launches the ball fairly easily with a flat flight.

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Flightscope X2 Launch Monitor

Nike Vapor Speed Driver

  • Spin: 2524 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 14.8*
  • Dispersion: 7.1 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 103.7 mph
  • Ball Speed: 152.4 mph
  • Total Distance:  271.1 yds
  • Carry Distance:  260.7 yds

Based on what I am reading and seeing out there, this is the most underrated driver of 2015, not too many are talking about it.  It really isn’t even the most hyped Nike driver, but the results speak for themselves, this is a top performer in just about every category.  Sure it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Vapor Flex or the Vapor Tour name, but it offers excellent performance for a so called “base” model driver.  Nike is “all-in” with the new Vapor line of drivers and the Speed is a great choice for forgiveness, accuracy and solid distance.

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