Ken Griffey Jr.’s Vapor Irons

Baseball standout Ken Griffey Jr. is at this week’s Waste Management Open where he was seen in metallic silver TW15s. But earlier this month, “The Kid” was at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando where we got to see a glimpse of his new Swingman Vapors.

NGNation reader Jeff Moon was able to capture the shot, which shows Griffey’s Vapor Pro irons and his Swingman insignia engraving.

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This isn’t the first time that Griffey has had custom clubs made for him. In 2011, we reported two versions of his Swingman woods that had his logo on the face of the clubs.

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Michelle Wie Adds Volt Vapor Driver and Volt RZN Black Ball to Her Arsenal

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MICHELLE WIE ADDS MORE VOLT TO HER NIKE GOLF EQUIPMENT ON THE LPGA TOUR

This week Nike Golf athlete Michelle Wie brings her creativity to the course yet again, this time in the form of a new all-Volt Nike Vapor driver. The 2014 U.S. Women’s Open Champion also becomes the first golf athlete on the PGA or LPGA Tour to play the new Nike RZN Black Volt ball.

 

NIKE VAPOR SPEED VOLT

Similar to the Nike Women’s Lunar Control shoes she customized and will be debuting on tour this week, Wie took a new Nike product and put her own stylistic spin on it. The first time she tested the Nike Vapor Speed driver, she immediately asked if it could be made with a Volt crown.

The designers at The Oven went to work on a custom paint scheme. The result is the distinctive Nike Vapor Speed Volt. Wie immediately placed it in her bag and will debut it this week at the LPGA Tour’s Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Fla.

While the color design is customized specifically for Wie, the technology and club specs of her driver remain the same as the Nike Vapor Speed at retail. The driver combines three key technologies: Nike’s new FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a reengineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2. The Covert Cavity Back design spreads weight towards the heel and toe to maximize forgiveness.

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.

 

THE NIKE RZN BLACK VOLT BALL

The Nike RZN Black Volt ball is not unique to Wie although she is the first athlete to play with it on Tour. Nike’s proprietary Speedlock RZN core technology features an interlocking core design – the core’s surface is similar to that of a waffle iron – that interconnects with the compression layer to form a tighter bond and helps promote better energy transfer through the layers at impact. Similar to how snow tires utilize aggressive treads to bond with a road surface, the Speedlock core’s interlocking geometry helps eliminate the slipping that normally occurs between a traditional, smooth-surface core and the outer layer. When a core slides or slips on impact, the ball loses energy and as a result, speed and distance. Speedlock technology helps to harness more energy between layers for faster ball speed, longer distance and more stability into the wind.

The Nike RZN Black Volt ball is available at nike.com and other retailers. The Nike Vapor Speed Volt is not available for purchase and is a special custom-built driver for Wie.

 

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

 

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 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 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.

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: