Nike Golf Vapor Flex Driver Available January 30, 2015

Nike Golf’s Vapor Flex Driver: Precision Tuned Distance Driven by the RZN Weight Management System

-New FlexFlight adjustability system helps to optimize launch conditions -

Distance for every golf swing – that’s what Nike Golf engineers set out to deliver with the brand’s new Vapor drivers: the Vapor Pro, Vapor Speed, and now the Vapor Flex.

The Vapor Flex, Nike’s pinnacle driver, features the same three key technologies found in the Vapor Pro and Vapor Speed drivers:

·      Nike’s FlyBeams,which stiffen the cavity back of the club.

·      A re-engineered Compression Channel that accentuates the spring-like effect across the face to return energy to the golf ball.

·      FlexLoft 2, whichallows the golf athlete the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings.

All of these technologies were developed to drive more energy to the golf ball for more distance, no matter the swing.

But Nike didn’t stop there with the Vapor Flex driver. While the Vapor Pro and Vapor Speed drivers each provide specific launch and spin characteristics, Nike Golf engineers believes there’s one more important step to ensure the golf athlete achieves their optimal launch conditions. With that goal in mind, the Nike engineers created the FlexFlight adjustability system.

FlexFlight features a RZN tube with a high-density weight on one end, called the FlightPod, which is located in the cavity of the club. By flipping the Flightpod, golfers can actively move the center of gravity of the Vapor Flex driver to further optimize their launch conditions.

With FlexFlight, golfers can manipulate the center of gravity from low and forward to low and back by adjusting the pod in quarter turns with the same wrench used to operate the FlexLoft 2.  Utilizing the FlexFlight system impacts launch angle, spin rate, forgiveness (increased inthe “mid” setting) and workability (enhanced in the “low” setting).

“Often times in the fitting process, there’s an opportunity for a final adjustment to develop the shot shape and ball flight the athlete is looking for,” said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering for Nike Golf. “That’s how FlexFlight can help. With a simple quarter turn, we can adjust the mass of the FlexFlight module forward and backward within the club to change the trajectory and shot shape for the athlete. In doing so, we are seeing that a two-plus millimeter shift will change launch angle up to a degree – and it gives us that fine-tuning change inspin of about 300 rpm. As the last step in the fitting process, that can be the difference between the athlete being comfortable with the fitting and really being able to compete with it on the golf course.”

The FlexFlight system is simple and easy to use. The 15-gram RZN Flightpod, inserts into the back of the driver. Using the same Flexloft wrench, a simple quarter turn rotation and audible click will lock or unlock the pod.  When unlocked, the Flightpod can be removed, reversed and locked back into the cavity.

“The power of RZN is that it allows us to remove and relocate mass within a club head.” said Radcliffe.

Nike Golf uses RZN technology as a valuable weight management component, and the technology is also featured in Nike’s new Vapor irons and RZN golf balls.

The Vapor Flex driver will be available on Jan. 30, 2015.

Nike Vapor Flex

Availability:  Jan. 30, 2015

Specifications:  8.5° – 12.5° loft; Diamana S+ 60G (Blue Board) shaft; RH/LH: R, S, X flex

MSRP: $600.00 Street Price: $499.00

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

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Nike Golf Vapor Speed Driver Available January 30, 2015

Nike Golf’s Vapor Speed Driver: Higher Launch Angle. Lower Spin. Pure Distance

- Nike Golf’s largest and most stable chassis in the new Vapor driver franchise -

Volt just got bigger in Nike Golf’s new Vapor Franchise of drivers.

Fresh out of The Oven, Nike’s Vapor Speed driver has the largest and most stable chassis of the new Vapor drivers. Black on the crown with the distinctive volt in the cavity back and Compression Channel, the Vapor Speed driver promotes a higher launch angle with lower spin.

“We’ve reengineered the chassis of the Vapor Speed by sloping the crown more from face to the back and creating a deeper face,” said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering for Nike Golf. “This moves the center of gravity projection toward the center of the face and significantly reduces spin to launch ratio versus the Covert 2.0.”

Like the recently released Vapor Pro driver, the Vapor Speed driver blends three key technologies: Nike’s new FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a re-engineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2. All of these are vital to the golf athlete driven to maximize distance and consistency within his or her desired flight window.

“We added FlyBeams to the Covert Cavity Back to drive frequency-tuned compliance into the Compression Channel,” said Radcliffe. “The new channel enhances the trampoline effect observed on the NexCOR face with a springboard design that accentuates ball speed on hits struck across the entire face. The end result is better sound, feel, consistency and distance.”

FlexLoft 2 allows the golf athlete the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings. The new, improved system is five grams (30 percent) 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 driver will be available on Jan. 30, 2015.

Nike Vapor Speed

Availability:  Jan. 30, 2015

Specifications:  8.5° – 12.5° loft; Fubuki Z 50G Series shaft; RH/LH: R, S, X flex

MSRP:  $360.00 Street Price: $299.00

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

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Nike’s Hao Tong Li Gets Second Win in Three Weeks with Vapor Pro Driver

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China’s Hao Tong Li and Nike Vapor Pro Driver: A Winning Combination

- Nike athlete Li wins second professional title in three weeks with new Vapor Pro driver -

It has proven to be love at first sight. Just four weeks ago Nike athlete Hao Tong Li tested the new Vapor Pro driver at The Oven and immediately put it in his bag. Since then, he has won two tournaments in the span of three weeks.

He won his first professional title with it on the PGA Tour China Series three weeks ago. Last week, Li claimed his second professional victory with the same distinctive volt driver at the Nanshan China Masters on the One Asia Tour, becoming the youngest winner on the Tour at the age of 19.

The Vapor Pro driver blends three key technologies: Nike’s new FlyBeam reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a re-engineered Compression Channel, and FlexLoft 2. All of these are vital to the golf athlete in achieving the ultimate in hitting their window of distance, speed and launch conditions.

The FlyBeam construction stiffens the Covert Cavity in the back of the club, while the Compression Channel, with variable compliance, accentuates the spring-like effect across the face. Cohesively, the two work together to focus, store, and return impact energy to the golf ball for shots struck at all points on the face.

Li played with 14 Nike clubs in his bag, including the new Vapor Speed 3-wood (15 degree), and the Nike RZN Black ball. On the body, Li sported apparel from Nike Golf’s Performance Collection and the Lunar Waverly shoe.

Li’s Nike Golf Arsenal

Driver: Nike Vapor Pro 12.5-degree

Fairway Wood: Nike Vapor Speed, 3-wood/15-degree

Hybrid:  Nike Covert 2.0 17-degree and 20-degree

Irons: Nike VR Pro Combo (4-9)

Wedges: VR Forged 47-degree, 54-degree, 60-degree

Putter: Nike Method prototype

Ball: Nike RZN Black

Apparel: Nike Golf’s Performance Collection

Footwear: Nike Lunar Waverly

Nike Golf’s 2014 PGA Tour Victories

·      Russell Henley – Honda Classic

·      Seung-Yul Noh – Zurich Classic

·      Rory McIlroy – The Open Championship

·      Rory McIlroy – WGC – Bridgestone Invitational

·      Rory McIlroy – PGA Championship

Nike Golf’s 2014 International Victories

·      Charl Schwartzel – Alfred Dunhill Championship

    (European Tour)

·      Ross Fisher – Tshwane Open (European Tour)

·      Rory McIlroy – BMW PGA Championship (European

  Tour)

·      Xin-Jun Zhang – Beijing Open (PGA Tour China)

·      Paul Casey – The KLM Open (European Tour)

·      Hao Tong Li – Jianye Tianzhu Henan Open (PGA

  Tour China)

·      Hao Tong Li – Nanshan China Masters  (One Asia)

Nike Golf’s 2014 LPGA Tour Victories

·      Michelle Wie – LPGA LOTTE Championship

·      Michelle Wie – U.S. Women’s Open

Nike Golf’s 2014 Ladies International Victories

·      Cheyenne Woods – Volvic RACV Ladies Masters

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

Nike Golf Vapor Fairway Woods Available January 30, 2015

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- Nike engineers reimagine fairway woods design to promote speed and forgiveness for the golf athlete -

Nike Golf innovation begins with the golf athlete in mind – always. Nike engineers and designers took the inspiration and insights from Nike athletes to drive the technology of Nike’s new Vapor Speed and Vapor Flex fairway woods, available on January 30, 2015.

“Athlete insights drove significant chassis refinement in the Vapor fairway woods.” said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering for Nike Golf. “Our athletes wanted tighter but forgiving leading edges, fuller profiles and added ball speed.  We’ve delivered that with the synergy of our FlyBeam and compression channel technologies.”

The Vapor Speed fairway woods have a 25% larger footprint with a lower and deeper Center of Gravity (CG) than previous Nike models.

“Athletes including Tiger Woods requested larger face profiles in fairway woods, but it was vital that we do that without compromising ball speed or optimal launch conditions,” said Radcliffe.  “We successfully modified the chassis by sloping the crown to lower the CG which optimized launch characteristics across the family.”

Like the new Vapor drivers, the Vapor Speed fairway woods feature Nike’s new FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a re-engineered Compression Channel and a NexCOR face – all combining to stabilize the chassis, maximize ball speed and promote longer and straighter distance. The low CG provides a high launch with a lower-spin flight.

The Vapor Flex fairway woods highlight the same technologies found in the Vapor Speed on a more compact chassis, except the Vapor Flex has added Nike’s FlexLoft 2 adjustability system, allowing the golf athlete the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings.

The new, improved FlexLoft system is five grams (30%) lighter without compromising function, which leads to a CG that is up to 2mm lower on the Vapor Flex fairways. 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.

Nike Vapor Speed Fairway Woods

Availability:  January 30, 2015

Specifications:  3W: 15° (RH/LH); 5W: 19° (RH/LH):  MRC Fubuki Z 60 shaft: X, S, R, A, W

MSRP: $240.00  Street Price: $199.00

 

Nike Vapor Flex Fairway Woods

Availability: January 30, 2015

Specifications: 3W: 13° – 17° (RH/LH); 5W: 17° – 21° (RH/LH): MRC Diamana S+ Blue Board 70 shaft: X, S, R

MSRP: $300.00  Street Price: $249.00

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

Nike Golf Athlete Hao Tong Li Gets His First Pro Win with Vapor Pro Driver

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Nike Vapor Pro Driver Propels China’s Hao Tong Li to his First Professional Victory 

- Li romps field by eight strokes in tough conditions – 

It didn’t take long for the new Nike Vapor Pro driver, which made its debut this week, to prove its performance success on the professional tours. While Nike Golf athlete Rory McIlroy was bombing drives with the Nike Vapor Pro driver as part of the victorious European Ryder Cup team in Scotland, there was another professional Nike athlete benefitting from the new Nike driver – China’s Hao Tong Li.

Li, who just last week was at The Oven getting fitted with the new volt driver, won his first professional victory at the Jianye Tianzhu Henan Open on the PGA Tour China. In cold and wet weather conditions, Li took his first PGA Tour China Series title by eight strokes, the second-largest winning margin in Series’ history. Li joins fellow Nike athlete Xin-Jun Zhang as having won on the 2014 PGA Tour China Series.

“I just tested the Vapor driver last week at the Oven and decided to put it into play right after testing,” said Li. “It gives me lower spin and high trajectory, which is exactly what I want. I hit it longer and it’s more stable. The volt color is so outstanding.”

On the body, Li sported apparel from Nike Golf’s Performance Collection and the Lunar Waverly shoe.

Li’s Nike Golf Arsenal

Driver: Nike Vapor Pro 12.4-degree

Fairway Wood: Nike prototype, 3-wood/15-degree

Hybrid:  Nike Covert 2.0 17-degree

Irons: Nike VR Pro Combo (4-9)

Wedges: VR Forged 47-degree, 54-degree, 60-degree

Putter: Nike Method prototype

Ball: Nike RZN Black

Apparel: Nike Golf’s Performance Collection

Footwear:  Nike Lunar Waverly

Nike Golf’s 2014 PGA Tour Victories

·      Russell Henley – Honda Classic

·      Seung-Yul Noh – Zurich Classic

·      Rory McIlroy – The Open Championship

·      Rory McIlroy – WGC – Bridgestone Invitational

·      Rory McIlroy – PGA Championship

Nike Golf’s 2014 International Victories

·      Charl Schwartzel – Alfred Dunhill Championship (European Tour)

·      Ross Fisher – Tshwane Open (European Tour)

·      Rory McIlroy – BMW PGA Championship (European Tour)

·      Xin-Jun Zhang – Beijing Open (PGA Tour China)

·      Hao Tong Li – Jianye Tianzhu Henan Open (PGA Tour China)

Nike Golf’s 2014 LPGA Tour Victories

·      Michelle Wie – LPGA LOTTE Championship

·      Michelle Wie – U.S. Women’s Open

Nike Golf’s 2014 Ladies International Victories

·      Cheyenne Woods – Volvic RACV Ladies Masters

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

Sneak Peek at My Favorite Nike Golf Bags for 2015

2015 seems like a long time away for some new golf gear, but it will be here sooner than you think. I’ve had a chance to check out some of the new Nike Golf bags for 2015, for release between now and March, and here are my favorites:

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Sport Lite Bag for NGN

Ok, so I doctored up this photo, but I thought a good start to 2015 would be a cool way to represent Nike Golf Nation on your golf bag. In reality, Nike does offer a very flexible and customizable way to produce the Sport Lite bag for corporate outings and the like. The Sport Lite bag has all the features needed for a light stand bag – putter well, weigh under 4 lbs, six pockets, and the EquaFlex strap system. This is the same bag carried by more than 80 Nike collegiate programs.

 

Nike Air Hybrid Vapor bag  Air Hybrid – LE Vapor

This limited edition bag supporting the Vapor line perfectly matches the new color scheme for the Vapor woods and irons. It also has a 14-way top with grab handle (a feature I love), a ventilated back pad, 12 pockets, and a cart friendly base among other features. I simply love the way this looks and it is a nice and practical bag that closely resembles the staff version.

 

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RZN Range Bag

More novelty than anything, I love this bag for the office or a cool showpiece for the home. Originally designed for holding range balls, this mini version of the Vapor Staff bag holds up to 30 dozen golf balls and has zippered pockets for tees and other accessories.

Personally, I might use this bag for holding my dogs toys or maybe, with a baby on the way, I could find extra storage in the apartment to hold baby stuff (whatever that is)!

 

women's tote bagWomen’s Tote Bag

This is definitely a new bag for ’15 and its not only a functional bag, but it is also very stylish. Kudos to the designers for being in tune with the latest trends in women’s wear. This bag is lightweight and durable and it has multiple accessory pockets. The white version will be out in March but the black/gingham version will be out in November.

 

valuables pouch bagSport II Valuables Pouch

I’ve said it before numerous times but I am a big fan of the valuables pouch. I currently own one from my company but it is definitely not as stylish as these, so I may be looking to get the Silver/Volt/Black version this spring. The valuables pouch is a great bag for putting your watch, phone, wallet, etc in to keep them safe and organized during rounds. I also keep my ball marker and divot tool in here and a few commemorative items I’ve collected along the way.

Rory McIlroy Debuts New Nike Vapor Pro Driver

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New Vapor Pro driver provides pure distance with a Tour launch

Nike athlete Rory McIlroy has added a flash of volt to his bag this week. The number one player in the world will debut Nike’s new driver, the Vapor Pro at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland. The visually bold driver is black on the crown, volt in the cavity back and Compression Channel, and produces a penetrating, tour-launch with low spin and added speed across the face.

McIlroy was influential in the development of the Vapor Pro. Like his Nike Covert Tour 2.0 driver, McIlroy wanted a 460cc pear-shape profile — a shape that yielded awe-inspiring drives throughout his remarkable 2014 season. He also was looking for stability and speed through added flexibility across the face.

“The first thing I noticed when I hit this driver was how hot it was,” said McIlroy. “Then, I found that I could really control the flight and work it both ways on the golf course. I saw added ball speed on the monitor and am getting 10-15 yards more distance on the golf course this week.”

The Vapor Pro driver blends three key technologies: Nike’s new FlyBeam reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a re-engineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2. All of these are vital to the golf athlete in achieving the ultimate in hitting their window of distance, speed and launch conditions.

To elevate performance, we added FlyBeam technology to the Covert Cavity Back to focus energy into the variable-profile Compression Channel and NexCOR face,” said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering. “This is the first time we have created a driver where the face and channel are measurably more flexible than the body.”

The FlyBeam construction stiffens the Covert Cavity in the back of the club, while the Compression Channel, with variable compliance, accentuates the spring-like effect across the face. Cohesively, the two work together to focus, store, and return impact energy to the golf ball for shots struck at all points on the face.

“This is the first time we have measured higher modal frequencies in the rear portion of the club than the front. This means impact energy is concentrated in the channel and face which tunes acoustics and maximizes energy transfer. This effect drives the increases in ball speed we are seeing in athlete and robotic testing,” added Radcliffe.

FlexLoft 2 allows the golf athlete the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings. 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 Pro driver will be available on January 30, 2015.

Nike Vapor Pro

Availability:  January 30, 2015

Specifications:  8.5° – 12.5° loft; Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue Board 60 shaft; RH/LH: R, S, X flex

MSRP:  $479.99

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

More on the New Nike Golf Vapor Pro Drivers

A few days ago I posted about a video which described the new Vapor Flex Driver, that video has now been taken off of YouTube. But MyGolfSpy.com was on the ball and did a nice piece on the new Vapor Flex driver, you can read that here.

Then on Monday, the Vapor Pro and Vapor Speed drivers appeared on the USGA Conforming Drivers list, GolfWRX.com did a post on that which you can read here.

Here are pics of the new Vapor Pro and Vapor Speed drivers:

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VIDEO: Nike Golf Vapor Flex Driver

Editor’s Note 9.23.14: Looks like the video has been taken down, but sounds like the rumors of Rory gaming the Vapor Pro (not Vapor Flex) driver this week might be true per this article on GolfDigest.com.

Here’s our first look at the new Nike Golf Vapor Flex driver — word has it that Rory McIlroy may be gaming it this weekend at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. For now, check out the video:

PRODUCT REVIEW: Nike Tech Flow Golf Glove

At the launch of the Vapor irons at Liberty National a few weeks ago, Nike set up a range session for media and guests to test out the clubs. Fortunately, the marketing team had everything covered as they offered the new Tech Flow golf glove for us to use.

Here’s a review of the glove, which comes in two colorways – one that perfectly matches the new Vapor iron set.

Nike Tech Flow Glove

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The name behind “Tech Flow” refers to providing maximum airflow to your hands, whether that is to keep them cool or to keep the sweat down. In order to accomplish this, the glove has two halves. On the under side, where the club touches your palm, the glove is constructed from full leather for a soft, supple feel. In addition, the leather on the under side of the fingers is perforated for maximum ventilation. On the other side, however, the glove is primarily constructed from a mesh material, to allow for air to flow through the hand.

A few other nuances that I noticed in comparison to other golf gloves:

  • There is no added palm insert. Some gloves have an extra layer of leather at the base of the palm, where golfers tend to experience the most wear. If you golf a lot, you’ll notice that this area is the first to develop a hole. This glove however does not have that, and it is something that I prefer. To me, that added leather reduces feel and can feel bulky.
  • The mesh upper is UPF 15+ for sun protection.
  • The mesh upper is also held together with a thermal screen, so that it does not become baggy or loose. On both gloves this is grey.
  • On the black version, the piping is in Volt, for added flair.

My overall impression was that it was a very lightweight glove and great for summer, where my glove could get very sweaty, even saturated at times. Initially, the change was a little different because I was not accustomed to having such a light weight glove, but I am really liking the Tech Flow design. I recommend it for warm winter golfers, and for those that want to match their glove with the new Vapor irons.

MSRP: $19.00

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Nike Mens Tech Flow Golf Gloves feature:

  • Leather palm provides soft, supple feel on every shot
  • Lightweight mesh back-of-hand material maintains breathable comfort
  • Thermal screen across back-of-hand offers targeted lightweight support
  • Angled tab design provides superior ergonomic fit
  • Customized fitting system ensures great fit for all hand shapes and sizes