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Two Nike Vapor drivers hit the USGA Conforming List

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Photos of what appeared to be Nike’s new 2015 Vapor drivers started circulating recently leading to speculation about models and specs.

On Tuesday, two new Nike Vapor drivers — a “Pro” and a “Speed” — hit the USGA Conforming List, verifying the authenticity of the recent photo leaks. There’s also rumored to be a Nike Vapor “Flex” driver, with an adjustable cartridge, which has yet to appear on the conforming list. That means the new Nike Vapor line will most likely consist of three different models (Pro, Speed and Flex).

Note: Although the photos of the drivers on the conforming list are black-and-white, it is assumed all models will come equipped with a lime green color scheme, which Nike calls “Volt” in its Vapor iron line.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Vapor products in the forums.

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Nike Vapor Speed

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The two new Vapor drivers hit the conforming list the same day Rory McIlroy was spotted testing out a Nike Vapor driver at the Ryder Cup. Check out the photos of Rory testing a new Vapor driver, with a Diamana Blue Board shaft. This means McIlroy is legally allowed, if he chooses, to play the 2014 Ryder Cup with one of the conforming Nike Vapor drivers.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Golfraven

    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Are those pics in black&white? First time I see Nike going for more classical looks.

  2. JGB

    Sep 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

    speed: $299
    Pro: $399
    flex: $499+?
    The flex seems awesome with tons of technology, just hope the price isn’t outrageous..

  3. pingmatt

    Sep 24, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Wouldn’t the R&A equipment rules apply since the Ryder Cup is in Scotland? USGA doesn’t have jurisdiction.

  4. Deaus

    Sep 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I heard that they were going to release a Fixed hosel. I really hope that happens. I prefer the feel of fixed hosel and I know im not alone.

    • COGolfer

      Sep 23, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      I’m with you, especially in the driver. Fixed all the way.

      • marcel

        Sep 24, 2014 at 2:32 am

        makes little to no difference unless you did not screwed it properly – then it winges all the time!!!

      • Joey2aces

        Sep 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

        I concur. 99% of amateurs have NO clue on how the adjustable works. In fact, I will say 99.9%.

        • M.

          Sep 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

          Enlighten us…

        • TR1PTIK

          Sep 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

          You’re dumb if you truly believe that. Adjustable hosels should be used for proper fitment and then left alone. There might be a few instances where you’d want to play with it, but only those who really know their swing and are seeking a specific ball flight should bother. The fact is, most people won’t spend the money or time to get properly fitted and probably leave it in the stock setting. If that’s what you were trying to convey, then I guess I agree with you, but you’re statement is ripe with arrogance.

          • bradford

            Sep 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

            *rife, not ripe. But I agree with the rest of what you said.

          • MHendon

            Sep 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

            Here’s the thing about adjustable clubs. What good are they if your swing is to inconsistent to deliver the club to the ball in a consistent manner. Most amateurs swing path can change significantly from one swing to the next. The adjustable hosel was one of Taylormade’s original gimmicks to sell drivers and got enough market share to force other companies to follow suit. If anything adjustable hosels may be bad because they encourage poor mechanics. As far as weather you can feel the difference, I doubt it but personally I don’t like the way they look.

          • bradford

            Sep 25, 2014 at 7:11 am

            You can absolutely tell the difference, BUT the adjustments aren’t actually doing what the sleeve tells you. There is no hozzle adjustment that actually adjusts the loft of the club. In fact, the only thing that ever did was the face angle adjustment on the R1.

  5. Jason Hawk

    Sep 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Wow. This looks incredible, will have to see if it compares to my r7 limited!

  6. Cwolf

    Sep 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    The white looks great!!!

    • Scooter McGavin

      Sep 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Isn’t it just white because these are black and white photos? It’s probably still volt.

      • TR1PTIK

        Sep 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

        If they were black & white photos there would likely be a shade of gray instead of white to convey that color is present. These are most likely color photos featuring black & white driver heads.

        • B

          Sep 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

          *Face Palm*

        • bradford

          Sep 24, 2014 at 11:17 am

          are you serious? These are black and white photos. Period.

          • MHendon

            Sep 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

            No TR1PTlk is right they are color photos. The green would show up as a shade of grey if they where black and white photos.

          • Jeremy

            Sep 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

            They’re black and white photos for sure. The green is showing up as a shade of grey.

            With digital processing, the green could be any value of luminance from black to white. As it is, volt is a fairly light color and this looks about like what it should when converted to B&W.

          • bradford

            Sep 25, 2014 at 7:14 am

            Hole up something white next to the image and tell me again that it’s not a shade of grey…AND–in B&W photography, the lightest color will always show as white. That would be the Volt in this case anyway.

  7. TR1PTIK

    Sep 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I definitely like the white on this driver better than the volt color Nike’s going to be selling, but I’ll buy either way if I have the money and the numbers look good. Definitely leaning toward the Pro version (especially if it’s 460cc).

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WRX Spotlight: Etonic Stabi-Loud shoes

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Product: Etonic Stabi-Loud shoes

Pitch: From Etonic: “Throughout the years Etonic continued to achieve recognition for its footwear throughout the entire sports industry. From partnering with tennis legend Fred Perry to releasing the signature shoes of NBA All-Star Hakeem Olajuwon, Etonic has shown a passion and dedication to supplying athletes everywhere with the highest quality athletic shoes. Etonic continues to follow its commitment to athletes around the world by producing industry-leading activewear that allows you to achieve your best while feeling your best.”

Our take on the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe

If you were to think of one Tour player which you would expect to wear the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe, then who would you pick? I’m confident you all got it right. John Daly is partnered with both Etonic and Loudmouth who collaborated on this shoe, and you’d be hard pressed to find a golf shoe which represented his flamboyant style more than the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe does.

Looking to create the loudest shoe in golf, Etonic did just that, with bold colors in a zebra style pattern. According to John Holst, VP of Sales for Etonic Golf,

 “The Stabi-Loud shoe is truly one of a kind. If you’re looking for an ultra-comfortable, high performance shoe that will stand out on the course, then look no further!”

What’s more, the color sequences they’ve paired together work excellently. The classic zebra look, the black and orange and particularly the companies deep red and black pattern which looks electric.

The shoes come in four different color schemes and are fully waterproof. The shoe also features a microfiber material which makes the shoe extremely comfortable as well as durable.

The shoe hits the retail market in May, and for those who admire the styles of John Daly, Ian Poulter etc. then you’re likely to love Etonic’s Stabi-Loud Shoe. It covers all the bases in terms of comfort, and if you’re looking to stand out on the course, this shoe will undoubtedly help you achieve that.

 

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WRX Spotted: TaylorMade “Original One” Mini Driver

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It’s been said before — what’s old is new again, and in the case of what just popped up on the USGA Conforming List, it appears the new “Original One” from TaylorMade could be 40 years in the making.

Although we have no official word from TaylorMade on any of the specifics of “Original One” yet, there sure are a lot of conclusions we could draw from the standard single black and white image that accompanies a new inclusion on the conforming list.

  • First off its clearly a Mini Driver (hopefully this proves I’m literate now). We’re not sure of the CCs of this club, but based off the previously released AeroBurner Mini, we would expect it to fall between the 255-300cc mark. Which on a side note is kinda funny because 300cc used to be considered an oversized club…
  • It’s adjustable: Unlike previous iterations of the “Mini,” this club will be fully adjustable. This means that it will have adjustability +/- two degrees from the standard lofts, currently listed as 11.5 and 13.5 degrees and on the USGA list; fantastic news for anyone concerned about fitting or shaft testing.
  • Original One (Pittsburgh Persimmon): Like I said off the top, this club is 40 years in the making because 2019 is TaylorMade Golf’s 40th Anniversary. The name is a throwback to its Original metal driver — the Pittsburgh Persimmon. (A TM spokesperson did confirm “This is a cool product to celebrate our 40th anniversary…more info to follow)
  • Technology aplenty: Just from the sole alone, we can clearly see that the “Original One” has hosel adjustability, a speed pocket, and a titanium crown. This is pure speculation but it will be interesting to see if it will also include TwistFace and the company’s new speed injected face.
  • Screws on the sole: To maximize mass properties, these screws could be holding a very heavy sole plate to the bottom of the club to move mass to the furthest reaches of the club’s shell. Again this is speculation, but taking a close look at the lines of the black and white photo (I’ve been staring at it for 10 minutes now), I have an inkling this might be the case.

This is not the first time TaylorMade has brought a mini driver to market. There was the SLDR Mini in 2014, and after that, there was the AeroBurner. Both clubs were great for both professional and recreational players alike to give another confidence inspiring option for off the tee — and for the truly brave souls with some speed to hit off the deck.

We will probably be seeing this on tour very soon as players fine-tune their setups for major season. In other words, we shouldn’t have to wait long to see our technological speculation confirmed (or refuted).

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Paul Casey’s Winning WITB: 2019 Valspar Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX (tipped 1 inch)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX Limited (tipped 1.75 inches)

Irons: Mizuno MP-25 (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro (4), Mizuno MP-5 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 TX

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 350-SSS
Grip: Scotty Cameron Matador

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip Cord Midsize

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Mizuno’s Senior Club Engineer, Chris Voshall told us Casey’s somewhat surprising setup in his long irons is simply the product of Casey hitting the windows he wants to with the particular clubs in question.

“It’s all based on the height of the ball flight,” Voshall said. The MP-25 3-iron was more penetrating and better for him off the tee, so he kept it in there.”

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