2016 Nike Vapor Fly Expert Review

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The Nike Vapor Fly series of clubs are brilliant from the very first look. The bright blue colorway visually draws players in and gives them a feeling of overall confidence when addressing the ball. Nike has designed the Vapor Fly series to provide players an easier time producing a higher launch angle, while engineers worked hard to manage the spin rate on the ball.

Nike Vapor Fly Driver


Vapor Fly Driver
Vapor Fly Driver Address
Vapor Fly Driver Toe
Vapor Fly Driver Face

Club Tested: Vapor Fly Driver Shaft: Tensei CK Blue 50; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 8.5°; Position: Neutral

The Takeaway

A 30% reduction in crown weight from the 2015 Vapor Speed driver creates a lower CG and higher MOI. The new Hyperflight Face creates extreme ball speeds across the entire face. A re-engineered Compression Channel amplifies performance on mishits. The maximum launch from a Symmetrical C-Shape head is designed for more stability and the Covert Cavity Back design spreads weight to the heel and toe for maximum forgiveness. FlyBeam structure stabilizes the body and channels more energy into the face. FlexLoft 2 Technology offers 15 different launch conditions.

Who’s It For?

The Nike Vapor Fly Driver offers maximum launch conditions, increased forgiveness, and additional spin for those players that might be having trouble getting their driver elevated, producing enough spin and or finding the center of the face. Mid to upper handicappers will benefit from this 460cc head and lightweight shaft.

Final Take

The new Nike Vapor Fly driver with its stunning Photo Blue/Volt Colorway really shapes the head at address. I felt the ball flight was on the high side for the 8.5 degree setting, yet I did not have any real ballooning. The Vapor Fly is semi-muted, but still provided enough feedback on strikes. I was able to work the ball on command with this driver due to the slightly higher spin rates that I get with my type of swing. I liked the shape of this head compared to the past Nike offerings, it seems more balanced and less pear shaped.

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Nike Vapor Fly Pro Driver


Vapor Fly Pro Driver
Vapor Fly Pro Driver Address
Vapor Fly Pro Driver Toe
Vapor Fly Pro Driver Face

Club Tested: Vapor Fly Pro Driver Shaft: Diamana S+ 60; Length: -1/2″; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 9.5°; Position: Neutral

The Takeaway

A 30% reduction in crown weight from the 2015 Vapor Speed driver creates a lower CG and higher MOI. The new Hyperflight Face creates extreme ball speeds across the entire face. The re-engineered Compression Channel amplifies performance on mishits. A Tour-Preferred pear shaped head is designed for enhanced workability and the Covert Cavity Back design spreads weight to the heel and toe for maximum forgiveness. FlyBeam structure stabilizes the body and channels more energy into the face and FlexLoft 2 Technology offers 15 different launch conditions.

Who’s It For?

The Vapor Fly Pro has a much more tour-inspired head shape than the Vapor Fly and will best suit players that seek a lower spin rate and launch angle, and maximum workability, while still having enough forgiveness on their lesser missed shots.

Final Take

The Vapor Fly Pro shape is very close to the non-Pro version. Both are 460cc, but the Pro looks just a tiny bit smaller. I really, really like the addition of the Black colored face over the stainless brush look of the non-Pro. It really frames the face well at address. The ball flight was much lower as was the spin rate which produced a penetrating ball flight even set at 1 degree higher loft. Again, the feel was semi-muted like the non-pro version, but the Vapor Fly Pro is the best feeling and looking Nike driver I have hit to date.

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Nike Vapor Fly Fairway Wood


Vapor Fly Fairway Wood
Vapor Fly Fairway Wood Address
Vapor Fly Fairway Wood Toe
Vapor Fly Fairway Wood Face

Club Tested: Vapor Fly Fairway Wood Shaft: Tensei CK Blue 65; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 15°

The Takeaway

Nike introduces the new Hyperlite Face that creates extreme ball speeds across the face, and a re-engineered Compression Channel that amplifies performance on mishits. The Covert Cavity Back Design spreads weight to the heel and toe for maximum forgiveness. And, the FlyBeam structure stabilizes the body and channels more energy into the face, the Athlete Authentic Tour shape provides forgiveness and workability while the FlexLoft offers six settings for the unique ability to adjust loft and lie angle independently.

Who’s It For?

The Nike Vapor Fly Fairway Wood is designed to fit a good range of players. Two different shaft offerings will help define the launch angle that the player is looking for.

Final Take

The Vapor Fly Fairway Wood has a more traditional shape that mid to lower handicap players prefer. The ball flight was a little on the low side, which surprised me based on the shaft that I chose for testing. The feel was like the Vapor Fly Driver, though maybe a little less muted. Like the driver, this head offers a brushed steel face colorway. My dispersion pattern had a slight draw bias to it, which might have changed if I had adjusted the FlexLoft settings.

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Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid


Vapor Fly Hybrid
Vapor Fly Hybrid Address
Vapor Fly Hybrid Toe
Vapor Fly Hybrid Face

Club Tested: Vapor Fly 3 Hybrid Shaft: Tensei CK Blue 80; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 20°

The Takeaway

An extremely thin and light crown reduces weight for higher launch and less spin yielding even more yardage. The Vapor Fly Hybrid offers much of the same technology found in the Vapor Fly Drivers and Fairway Woods. An Athletic Authentic Tour Shape provides forgiveness and workability making this a true iron replacement.

Who’s It For?

The Vapor Fly Hybrid is for the average to stronger player who prefer a Tour-Inspired head and shot shape.

Final Take

This nonadjustable hybrid has a very classic, clean shape to it. Excellent feel produces a semi-penetrating ball flight that seemed slightly hook prone for my swing. That is something that is the norm for me if the club is nonadjustable. I feel that this hybrid is more of a “drop and stop” type of hybrid, and great for approach shots into greens and precision distance on tight Par 4’s.

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Nike Vapor Fly Irons


Vapor Fly Irons
Vapor Fly Irons Address
Vapor Fly Irons Toe
Vapor Fly Irons Face

Club Tested: Vapor Fly 7 Iron Shaft: True Temper ZT 85; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 32°

The Takeaway

Modern Muscle balances the CG in the center of the Vapor Fly Iron face for the highest ability and purest feel. RZN Enhanced construction create a lower and deeper weighting and a higher ball flight. The Flexible NexCOR faces and FlyBeam reinforced chassis work in concert to deliver fast consistent ball speeds across a wider area. The set features hollow cavity long irons (4-7) for superior forgiveness, RZN Pocket mid-irons (8-PW) combined stability with refined feel, and RZN cavity short irons (AW, SW) allow shotmaking creativity.

Who’s It For?

Lower-mid to higher handicap players would benefit the most from the new Nike Vapor Fly Irons. The shape and construction will help these player with forgiveness, a higher ball flight and solid distance performance.

Final Take

The Vapor Fly Irons seem to have slightly more offset, a thicker top line and a touch larger overall look compared to the Vapor Fly Pro version. The high-polished black finish is nice, but not as brilliant as the all black Pro version. The 85 gram lightweight stock shaft offered up a higher ball flight which made these very easy to swing. At impact, there was a slight click to the strike. Something that tends to come with this type of iron.

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Nike Vapor Fly Pro Irons


Vapor Fly Pro Irons
Vapor Fly Pro Irons Address
Vapor Fly Pro Irons Toe
Vapor Fly Pro Irons Face

Club Tested: Vapor Fly Pro 7 Iron Shaft: True Temper XP 95; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 32°

The Takeaway

Modern Muscle balances the CG in the center of the Vapor Fly Iron face for the highest ability and purest feel. RZN Enhanced construction create a lower and deeper weighting and a higher ball flight. The Flexible NexCOR faces and FlyBeam reinforced chassis work in concert to deliver fast consistent ball speeds across a wider area. The set features hollow cavity long irons (2-5) for superior forgiveness, RZN Pocket mid-irons (6-8) for combined stability with refined feel, and RZN cavity short irons (9-AW) allow shotmaking creativity. A professional profiles inspires enhanced workability.

Who’s It For?

The Vapor Fly Pro, of their entire lineup, will cover the largest segment of players. Low to mid-high handicaps will really benefit from the three different designs within the entire set.

Final Take

Wow! First off, the cosmetics of the Vapor Fly Pro is one of my favorites by far. The all black clubhead with photo blue trim pops, yet it is clean and simple. No paint fill on the face is a plus because it gives it a super clean look at address. I feel the head size is perfect and yields a slight larger top line compared to other Players Irons. The ball flight was slightly higher than normal due to the True Temper XP shaft. With this shaft I got the ball in the air in a hurry. I found the feel was very, very solid with outstanding feedback, and the distance, coming from a 32 degree 7 iron head was outstanding. This Iron not only looks the part, but plays the part as well. One of my favorite irons from 2016 so far.

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate) Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV Yellow Trackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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