Nike's Vapor Fly Golf Clubs

Nike Vapor Fly drivers and Vapor Flex driver
From left, Nike's Vapor Flex driver, Vapor Fly driver, and Vapor Fly Pro driver. Nike Golf

What's so "fly" about the Nike Vapor Fly series of golf clubs? Well, the way the ball flies after coming off the clubface, Nike Golf said when it introduced the clubs to golfers in December of 2015.

Nike Vapor Fly clubs — which include multiple driver models, fairways woods and hybrids, and multiple sets of irons — were designed around the goals of a higher launch angle and more carry distance. Clubs designed to launch the ball higher (while managing spin rates) result in shots that fly farther.

Fly high and fly long — those were the twin goals of the Nike Vapor fly clubs. The clubs featured here were among the last major club releases made by Nike before the company announced it was getting out of the golf club business.

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Nike Vapor Fly, Fly Pro and Vapor Flex 440 Drivers

There are three driver models in the Nike Vapor Fly series.

  • Vapor Flex 440 Driver: Has a 440cc clubhead built mostly (60-percent) from a carbon fiber composite reinforced by Nike's proprietary RZN. RZN - a lightweight but very strong resin - was first introduced in the company's golf balls, but it plays a role throughout the Vapor Fly line of clubs. The Vapor Flex 440 driver reached retail outlets on March 4, 2016 and had the highest MSRP, $500.
  • Vapor Fly Pro Driver: Rory McIlroy was "instrumental" in its design, Nike Golf states. 460cc, more traditionally shaped (pear-ish) clubhead, low spin, forgiveness, "finely tuned to help athletes such as Rory McIlroy perform at the highest level." Hit retail on Jan. 29, 2016; MSRP of $400.
  • Vapor Fly Driver: 460cc clubhead. High trajectory, lower spin, fast ball speeds, forgiveness. Reached retail on Jan. 29, 2016, with an MSRP of $350.

These drivers all have certain characteristics in common: bold blue crowns, but with the Volt green color accentuating the compression channel on the sole.

All have the HyperFlight clubface, thinner at the perimeter to protect ball speeds on off-center strikes; all have Nike's "Covert Cavity" reinforced with "FlyBeams" to help stiffen the very thin and lightweight crown and chassis.

All three have FlexLoft 2.0 adjustability technology, with 15 settings (five different lofts, three different face angles).

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Nike Vapor Fly Fairway Woods and Hybrids

Nike Vapor Fly fairway woods and hybrids
The Nike Vapor Fly fairway wood (left) and hybrid. Nike Golf

The same very thin, lightweight crown (what Nike calls its Flightweight crown) that appears in the Vapor Fly drivers is also used in the Vapor Fly fairways and hybrids.

Their crowns are 30-percent lighter compared to last year's Nike Golf models, which saves weight to be repositioned elsewhere. Nike has lowered the center of gravity position and increased the MOI: higher launch, less spin, more forgiveness.

The FlexLoft adjustability appears in the Vapor Fly fairway woods, allowing loft and lie angle to be adjusted independently of one another. Each of the five fairway models has six individual settings.

Both the fairway and hybrid continue the bright blue crown coloring and Volt green compression channel stripe on the sole.

The Vapor Fly fairway woods and hybrids arrived in retail outlets on January 29, 2016, with the fairways having MSRPs of $250 and the hybrids $220.

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Nike Vapor Fly Pro and Vapor Fly Irons

Nike Vapor Fly and Vapor Fly Pro irons
Nike Golf's Vapor Fly (left) and Vapor Fly Pro irons. Nike Golf

The two sets of irons in the Vapor Fly family are Vapor Fly and Vapor Fly Pro irons. The Vapor Fly set, at the time of release, had an MSRP of $800 (set of eight, steel shafts) and the Vapor Fly Pro set an MSRP of $900. They reached retail outlets on Jan. 29, 2016.

The cosmetics between the two sets are different, with the Pro version having black clubheads with bright blue accents. The Vapor Fly clubhead is a bit more muted, but still has black along with grey, plus blue and Volt green accents.

Both sets are designed for a higher launch angle (despite having stronger lofts than traditional) and lots of forgiveness. Despite the game-improvement-level forgiveness in the Pro version, Nike says that model still offers workability that better players like.

The two sets share many features: a "modern muscle" back, with center of gravity in the center of the clubface; and the use of RZN materials to manipulate the positioning of weight around the clubs. (In both cases, that means more mass lower and deeper in the clubhead.)

And both sets feature three different constructions through the set: metalwood-style hollow construction in the long irons; "pocket" mid-irons (smaller pocket of space inside the clubhead); and RZN-reinforced cavity short irons.

The set configurations are different, however:

  • Vapor Fly Pro irons: 2, 3, 4 and 5 RZN hollow irons; 6, 7 and 8 RZN pocket irons; 9-iron, pitching wedge, A-wedge RZN cavity irons.
  • Vapor Fly irons: In the Vapor Fly set, the hollow irons are the 4, 5, 6 and 7; the pocket irons are the 8, 9 and PW; and the short irons are the A-wedge and sand wedge.