The new Vapor Fly line from Nike Golf, in addition to three new drivers, includes a Vapor Fly fairway wood and hybrid plus the Vapor Fly Pro and Vapor Fly irons, all built around the idea of producing higher launch for more distance and accuracy.
Conceived in “The Oven,” Nike’s R&D center in Fort Worth, Texas, engineers worked on the new Vapor Fly models using state-of-the-art virtual design resulting in what they say was “the culmination of years of diligent study.”
Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering made the point, “As we’ve learned more and more about golf athletes while researching advanced materials and evolving manufacturing technologies, we’ve verified that if we can launch the ball higher, while managing spin, it will ultimately fly farther.”
The upgraded technology of the Vapor Fly fairway wood ($250) uses a lightweight crown similar to that used in the drivers. Called the Flightweight Crown, it pushes head weight lower producing a higher launch with lower ball spin and higher MOI, i.e., more resistance to twisting when impact is not exactly in the center of the clubface. Available in five lofts between 13 and 21 degrees, each has the FlexLoft adjustable hosel with three loft and two lie settings. The fairway woods also have a face that is thinner towards the edges for better ball speed when impact is off center and the FlyBeam cavity back to stiffen the “Tour-inspired” clubhead shape.
The Vapor Fly Hybrid comes with either the MRC Tensei CK Blue 80H or MRC Diamana S+ Blue Board 80H shaft at a retail price of $220. It has the Flightweight Crown with a 30 percent lower weight for similar benefits to its use in the fairway wood. The clubhead h as also been modified from last year and has Nike’s cavity back construction, Compression Channel and HyperFlight, perimeter-thinner, face. Four lofts, #2/17 degrees, #3/20 degrees, #4/23 degrees and #5/26 degrees will be available each with a retail price of $220.
There are two game-improvement category irons: the Vapor Fly ($800) and Vapor Fly Pro ($900) with stock steel shafts. The Vapor Fly long irons, from 4-iron to 7-iron, have a hollow RZN cavity of the Nike FlyBeam design with weight lower and deeper in the face to help produce higher ball flight. The mid-irons have a RZN pocket design while the short irons a RZN cavity. RZN is a Nike proprietary material that is very light but strong and used in both clubs and golf balls. Vapor Fly Pro irons are built with similar features in the same “modernmuscle” design but with less offset. Both have the benefits of the combination of a variable thickness flexible Nexcor face supported by the FlyBeam-reinforced chassis to produce more consistent shots across the entire face.
Nike will release the Vapor Fly fairway woods and hybrids plus the Vapor Fly and Vapor Fly Pro irons for sale on their website January 22 and at retailers January 29.
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