FIRST LOOK PICS: 2015 Vapor Pro Irons

Even though the below-freezing temperatures here in the New York City area have prevented me from testing the 2015 Vapor Pro irons, I wanted to share pictures of the new irons with you all, as I have already fielded many questions about them on both my Twitter account (@AN_Golf) and the NGN Twitter account (@NGNation).

By now, you have probably heard about all three versions of the Vapor Iron series – Pro, Pro Combo, and Speed. NGN Bob posted his first look at the Vapor Pro Combos here. These photos are intended to show you the craftsmanship of the Vapor Pro irons, which have blade profiles throughout the set – meaning a lower face height for most irons.

The Vapor Pros are made from one-piece forged 1025 carbon steel with Modern Muscle geometry, and complete the evolution of the much acclaimed MMPrototype irons. All irons feature Nike’s X3X groove technology on the face, True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts, Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips and Volt color accents on the back of the head and on the grip.

I can’t wait to take these out for a spin again since the last time I hit the irons was in August at the Vapor launch event at Liberty National. For those of you like me who play a Pro Combo set already, hopefully these comparison pics will help address any questions you may have. But as always, feel free to ask me questions via the comment box or on our Twitter account.

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Nike Golf Engage Wedges Available April 17, 2015

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RORY MCILROY DEBUTS THE NEW NIKE GOLF ENGAGE WEDGES

With three sole grinds made from the hands of Master Craftsman Mike Taylor, the new Nike Golf Engage wedges are the newest solution to help athletes such as Rory McIlroy both score and escape adverse conditions on the course.

The name Engage comes from three important interactions between the golf club and the turf, the club face and the golf ball and the connection between the athlete and his or her equipment.
“To me, they perform really well from the rough around the greens,” McIlroy said. “The ball seems to consistently get up easier and land softer.”
McIlroy debuted the wedges today at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship putting a Nike Engage 59-degree dual sole wedge into play.

To better engage the club, ball and athlete, Nike engineers followed a similar design that is utilized in the Nike Vapor family of clubs, Modern Muscle. Modern Muscle shifts the center of gravity to promote stability and consistent turf interaction in even the worst of playing conditions.

McIlroy was one of the Nike athletes who tested the new wedge design and provided valuable feedback to Taylor and the Nike club team during the product development process.

The Nike Engage wedges are available in three distinct sole grinds: Dual Sole, Square Sole and Toe Sweep.

“Our aim in offering three sole grinds allows athletes to be more purposeful when selecting their wedges,” said Matt Plumb, Product Line Manager for Woods and Short Game. “Each of these three sole grinds, which are driven by our experience working with our athletes around the world, provide a distinct advantage in the types of shots you can play with them. We work with athletes to maximize their performance by selecting a combination of lofts and grinds that suits the needs of their golf DNA.”
The Square Sole was designed to be played with a squared-up club face while the Dual Sole offers two distinctive surfaces for a wide range of shots. The Dual Sole is inspired by grinds used by Tiger Woods and McIlroy.

The second-generation Toe Sweep grind maintains its superior performance as the best wedge from the worst lie on the course while improving versatility on tight lies. The wide toe and narrow heel width allow the club to be laid open at address and stay open through impact in even the deepest of grass.

The Nike Engage wedges are precision milled with X3X grooves to deliver maximum spin on full shots. The grooves have more volume and sharper edges to deliver a more consistent shot in any condition as well as a more consistent ball flight. The precision milling process that makes the X3X grooves is offered for the first time with the Engage Wedges.

Based on athlete feedback and testing, the Engage wedges will all utilize an athlete-authentic raw finish instead of chrome plating. The finish will reduce glare as well as increase surface roughness to improve spin and control.

The Nike Engage Wedges ($119.99) will be available on nike.com on April 17.

 

NIKE ENGAGE WEDGE SPECIFICATIONS

Square Sole (RH): 50°/11°, 52°/11°, 54°/9°, 56°/9°, 58°/9°, 60°/9°

Square Sole (LH): 52°/11°, 56°/9°

Toe Sweep (RH): 54°/9°, 56°/9°, 58°/9°, 60°/9°

Dual Sole (RH): 58°/13°, 60°/13°

Dual Sole (LH): 60°/13°

Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet, Black

 

Editor’s Note: The post above is from a press release from Nike Golf.

 

FIRST LOOK PICS: 2015 Vapor Pro Combo Irons

We’ve had official pics of the Vapor Pro Combo irons on NG Nation for a while now, but recently Nike Golf sent me a set to test and review. I’m posting first look pics (my first in-person look) here on the site so you can get a feel for what these beauties look like.

These are really beautiful forged irons, with amazing design and craftsmanship. The set includes 4-AW, all featuring Nike’s new Modern Muscle technology. The 4-7 irons feature a pocket cavity with a RZN insert on the back, and the 8-AW utilize a shallower, sealed cavity on the back. All irons feature Nike’s X3X groove technology on the face, stock DG Pro shafts, Nike Tour Wrap grips and Volt color accents on the back of the head and on the grip.

I’m looking forward to taking these to the range for a test drive, and then gaming them on the course to round out my testing. After that I’ll report back with my full product review, but until then enjoy the pics in the gallery below. And if you want to go ahead and get a set of your own, you can buy them here. If you want to see the spec sheet for the Vapor Pro Combos, you can view that here.

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Great Deal on Nike VR Pro STR8-FIT Tour Driver – $75 at DallasGolf

Hi everyone and happy Wednesday. I just wanted to share a great deal with you on a really good Nike Golf driver. Over at DallasGolf.com, they have just sold out of their Covert 2.0 stock but now have a limited number of VR Pro Str8-Fit Tour Drivers on sale for just $75. Have a look at the ones still available below:

 

Nike Golf Vapor Pro Combo Irons Available Today

Nike Golf’s Vapor Pro Combo irons were released today, and they are now available for purchase on Nike.com and at golf retailers:

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Here’s more info on the Nike Vapor Pro Combo Irons from Nike Golf’s press release:

August 19, 2014
PRECISION POWER: NIKE GOLF UNVEILS VAPOR PRO COMBO IRONS
New Modern Muscle design delivers ultimate blend of precision and power in a multi-material construction.

Today Nike Golf revealed its new Vapor Pro Combo irons, part of the Vapor iron family, at an event in New York City. Developed at The Oven with Nike Golf athlete insights, Nike’s Vapor Pro Combo irons deliver the unique combination of more distance and control through innovative Modern Muscle design. Modern Muscle is defined by balanced weighting for perfected precision and power. As a collaborator throughout the development of these irons, Nike athlete Rory McIlroy used a prototype of the Vapor Pro Combo (MMPROTO 2i) to win the 2014 Open Championship.

The new Modern Muscle design shifts the center of gravity, previously located closer to the heel, toward the center of the face. The long irons (2i-7i) feature a forged chassis with a thin, high strength machined face and a lightweight RZN insert to promote faster ball speeds, higher trajectory, and increased stability with pure feel. The short irons (8i-AW) feature a forged construction with a shallow cavity that promotes a strong, penetrating trajectory for enhanced shotmaking.

“I tested a prototype version of the Vapor Pro Combo 2-iron for a few months and worked with Nike to make it better for me,” said Rory McIlroy after winning the Open Championship. “They brought me this 2-iron to try out at the Nike Performance Fitting Center at Archerfield last month and I loved it. It was an instant hit and I immediately put it in the bag at The Scottish Open.”

For the first time, Nike Golf club engineers incorporated proprietary, lightweight RZN material – a modified version of the material found in the high energy core of Nike Golf’s line of RZN golf balls – in the cavity of the Vapor Pro Combo long irons, 2i through 7i. RZN technology displaces 45g of material to the perimeter of the club head while tuning impact feel. The result is enhanced speed, trajectory and forgiveness while maintaining workability and pure feel.

“The Vapor Pro Combo is one of our most innovative iron constructions to date,” said Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf’s Director of Engineering. “Our precision application of multiple materials throughout this Modern Muscle design has fueled the breakthrough performance characteristics that our athletes such as Rory are reporting back to us. This iron has the clean lines and workability of a blade with the forgiveness of a game improvement iron.”

The Vapor Pro Combo is constructed with progressive technology and geometry throughout the set, a concept first brought to market by Tom Stites with the original Nike Pro Combo in 2002.

“We recognized that athletes had different requirements throughout their set of irons,” said Tom Stites, Nike Golf’s Chief Imagineer. “The original Pro Combo was an industry first in the mixed set category and this Vapor Pro Combo represents our most refined version to date.”

Precision-machined X3X grooves deliver spin control and shot-to-shot consistency, while progressive blade lengths and sole widths featuring a beveled leading edge allow for forgiveness and enhanced versatility.

Slightly longer, lower profile long irons and classically-shaped short irons give the Vapor Pro Combo irons a modernized, updated look.

The Vapor Pro Combo irons will be available on Nike.com and at select retailers October 31, 2014.

Vapor Pro Combo Irons

Specifications: 3-AW, True Temper DG Pro (RH/LH)

Suggested Retail: $1319.99 4-AW Steel

Nike Golf Vapor Pro Irons Available Today

Nike Golf’s Vapor Pro irons were released today, and they are now available for purchase on Nike.com and at golf retailers:

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Here’s more info on the Nike Vapor Pro Irons from Nike Golf’s press release:

August 19, 2014
PURE PRECISION: NIKE GOLF UNVEILS VAPOR PRO IRONS
Insights from Nike Golf athletes drive development and design of Nike Golf’s most precise irons to date.

Today Nike Golf revealed its new Vapor Pro irons, part of the Vapor iron family, at an event in New York City. Developed at The Oven and carefully crafted based on direct insights from Nike Golf athletes including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, Nike’s newest forged blade irons feature innovative Modern Muscle design. Modern Muscle is defined by balanced weighting for perfected precision and power.

Nike Golf club engineers kick-started the process for perfected weighting several years back. By analyzing the wear patterns on Woods’ irons – with an impact pattern centered to slightly toe-biased on the club face, but with a natural center of gravity closer to the heel of the club, Tiger and the club team collaborated and came up with what became a kept secret for several years – the addition of tungsten plugs. Nike Golf Master Modelmaker Mike Taylor added tungsten plugs to the toe of Woods’ irons to move the center of gravity away from the heel and locate it in the center of the face. The result: maximized precision and improved feel on both center and off-center strikes.

“Years back when we tested the parts with adjusted weighting, I immediately noticed a more balanced feel and more consistent performance,” said Woods. “Working with the club team to bring this concept to life was a great experience. I hit three or four shots with the Vapor Pro, and I knew right away – they sound and feel more solid, more balanced and even more consistent than the tungsten loaded traditional blades I have played for years.”
By bringing Modern Muscle design to the masses, golfers now can experience the same benefits of a better balanced iron as Woods, McIlroy and other Nike Golf athletes on Tour.

“When I joined the Nike team, the VR Pro Blade irons were one of the easiest transitions in my bag. To improve my performance, my collaborations with the Oven team were based upon consistency and feel,” said McIlroy. “With the new Vapor Pro irons, they’ve worked to achieve that for me.”
“The unique, Modern Muscle profile introduced in the Vapor series of irons both balances the weight of the hosel and structurally reinforces the blade profile resulting in immediately discernable improvements in precision and feel for our athletes,” says Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf’s Director of Engineering. “In testing, most of our athletes comment that these clubs feel and perform as if there is more mass behind the ball with a heavier and more solid impact.”

A modernized take on the classic Nike blade profile, the forged Vapor Pro irons feature a slightly longer blade length in the long irons with one degree of added bounce to add forgiveness through the turf. Precision-machined, third generation X3X grooves on a forged 1025 carbon steel chassis allow golfers to control spin and shot-to-shot consistency, while narrow sole widths make it easier to hit from less-than-ideal lies. Thin top lines and straight leading edges with minimal offset offer the ultimate in alignment and shot-shaping workability. The Vapor family of irons feature the satin chrome finish preferred by our athletes for glare reduction and optimal alignment across all models.

The Vapor Pro irons will be available on Nike.com and at select retailers October 31, 2014.

Vapor Pro Irons

Specifications: 3-PW, True Temper Dynamic Gold X/S/R (RH/LH);

Suggested Retail: $1199.99 3-PW Steel

 

Nike Golf Vapor Speed Irons Available Today

Nike Golf’s Vapor Speed irons were released today, and they are now available for purchase on Nike.com and at golf retailers:

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Here’s more info on the Nike Vapor Speed Irons from Nike Golf’s press release:

 

August 19, 2014
PURE POWER: NIKE GOLF UNVEILS VAPOR SPEED IRONS
New Modern Muscle design and metalwood construction create a breakthrough balance of power and stability.

Today Nike Golf revealed its new Vapor Speed irons, part of the Vapor iron family, at an event in New York City. Created at The Oven with Nike Golf athlete insights driving the development of the long irons, Nike Golf club engineers crafted the Vapor Speed irons to deliver exactly what the name entails: pure power.

Like the Vapor Pro and Vapor Pro Combo irons, Nike Golf’s Vapor Speed irons feature innovative Modern Muscle design. Modern Muscle is defined by balanced weighting for perfected precision and power. The Vapor Speed irons design moves the center of gravity lower, deeper, and more towards the center of the face for faster ball speed and long, consistent distance. Ultra-thin NexCOR club faces and lighter, half-inch longer shafts, further amplify ball speed for incredible distance.

“The Vapor Speed irons are for the golf athlete who wants maximum distance and forgiveness throughout the set,” said Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf’s Director of Engineering. “This is the longest distance iron that we have ever created. If you want to hit it long and straight, this is the iron that fits that profile.”
The Vapor Speed long irons (2-7) are built with a hollow, metalwood-inspired construction that features Nike’s new FlyBeam technology.

“FlyBeam technology in the cavity of our hollow long irons allow for thinner wall thicknesses while stiffening the chassis,” said Matt Daraskavich, Nike Golf’s Sr. Innovation Manager for Irons, Wedges and Putters. “These structures focus impact energy to the high speed NexCOR face resulting in the highest ball speed across the face that we have made to date.”

For the first time, Nike Golf club engineers incorporated proprietary lightweight RZN material – a modified version of the material found in the high energy core of Nike Golf’s line of RZN golf balls – in the cavity of the Vapor Speed short irons, 8 through sand wedge. This delivers Tour-inspired feel and sound with added stability.

Moderate sole widths with a beveled leading edge make it easier to hit through the turf, while precision-machined X3X grooves deliver spin control and shot-to-shot consistency.

Progressive face heights, and larger blade profiles merge with a sleek, satin chrome finish for a clean, traditional look at address.

The Vapor Speed irons will be available on Nike.com and at select retailers October 31, 2014.

Vapor Speed Irons

Specifications: 3-SW; True Temper Dynalite 105 Steel S/R (RH/LH); MRC Fubuki Z graphite S/R/A/W

Suggested Retail: $959.99 4-AW Steel; $1079.99 4-AW Graphite; $945.99 5-PW, SW Women’s

Nike Golf Vapor Hybrids Available January 30, 2015

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- The Vapor Flex and Vapor Speed hybrids create more distance with better launch conditions –

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

 

Editor’s Note: The post above is from a press release from Nike Golf.