Nike Vapor Fly, Vapor Pro Irons

Nike Vapor Fly, Vapor Pro irons

Nike Vapor Fly, Vapor Pro Irons

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Nike Vapor Fly, Vapor Pro Irons

Two new irons are replacing last season’s Vapor Speed irons in Nike Golf’s lineup for 2016: the Vapor Fly and the Vapor Fly Pro.

The Vapor Fly, which has a platinum-nickel finish and a yellow Nike Swoosh logo, has been designed to maximize distance and forgiveness. To make it easier to hit high, soft-landing shots, the 4- through 7-irons have been designed with a hollow chamber inside the heads. However, instead of using the same 431-stainless steel on the back of the chassis, much it has been replaced with carbon fiber-reinforced resin. Opting for lightweight resin created 14 grams of discretionary weight and pushed more of each iron’s overall weight to the perimeter, which increases the moment of inertia (MOI) and should make the Vapor Fly more-forgiving. At the same time, the hollow-body construction lets the thin, Sup-10 spring steel face flex more easily at impact for increased ball speed.

To give players a blend of forgiveness and feel, Nike designed the Vapor Fly’s 8-iron through pitching wedge with a resin-filled, pocket-cavity. The attack wedge and sand wedge have been designed as resin-enhanced cavity-back irons to provide players with more feel.

The Vapor Fly Pro irons, which have a black finish and blue Swoosh logo, are designed for slightly more-accomplished players, straddling the line between a better player’s cavity-back and a game-improvement club.

Like the Vapor Fly irons, they come as an eight-club blended set, but the combination is different. The Vapor Fly Pros mix hollow-bodied 4- and 5-rons with pocket cavity mid-irons (6-8) and cavity-backed shot irons (9-A). According to Nike, the darker finish helps the clubs appear smaller at address and helps to conceal their offset. The Vapor Fly irons have slightly wider soles and thicker toplines than the Vapor Fly Pro irons, and according to Nike, should have a slightly higher initial launch angle because they have a slightly lower center of gravity (CG) position.

Both sets of irons should be in stores starting Jan. 29. The Vapor Fly irons will come standard (4-A) with True Temper ZT 85 steel shafts for $799.99, and UST Mamiya Recoil 400 shafts for $899.99. The Vapor Fly Pro irons (4-A) will come with True Temper XP 95 steel shafts for $899.99. Vapor Fly Pro 2- and 3-irons also will be available for $112.50.

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