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Nike Vapor Flex and Vapor Speed Fairway Woods

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Nike’s Vapor Speed and Vapor Flex fairway woods are designed to fly longer and straighter than the company’s previous fairway woods, regardless of how golfers use them.

At the request of Nike Golf athletes, the clubs were made larger than previous models. The Vapor Speed in particular was made 25 percent larger, making it a great choice for golfers who prefer a larger face profile in their fairway woods such as Tiger Woods.

Vapor Speed Fairway Wood ($199)

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Engineers were also able to drive the center of gravity (CG) lower in the Vapor Speed fairway woods by adding slope to their crowns. That change, along with the synergy of Nike’s FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back Design and Compression Channel, raises launch angle, lowers spin and adds ball speed — the key to more distance.

Vapor Flex Fairway Wood ($249)

The Vapor Flex fairway woods have the same technologies as the Vapor Speed models, but they’re smaller in size and have Nike’s new FlexLoft 2 adjustable hosel, which is 30 percent lighter than the company’s original FlexLoft hosel. It gives golfers the ability to adjust loft 2 degrees up or down from the stock setting and choose one of three independent face angles: left, neutral or right.

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Note: The FlexLoft 2 adjustable hosel is compatible with Nike’s original FlexLoft hosel. 

The Vapor Speed ($199) will be available in lofts of 15 and 19 degrees with Mitsubishi Rayon’s Fubuki Z 60 shaft (X, S, R, A and W flexes). The Vapor Flex ($249) will be available in lofts of 15 and 19 degrees with Mitsubishi Rayon’s Second-Generation Diamana S+ 70 shaft (X, S and R flexes).

Both fairway woods will be in stores on Jan. 30, 2015.

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  1. brett w

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    They mention that the woods are bigger this year but does anyone know the exact size in cc’s?

  2. spazo

    Oct 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    yet another taylormade slot copy.

    • Jakebyers23

      Oct 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      If you look back to the Nike Victory Red driver from 2010 it had the “slot”. This is long before any Taylormade club had one.

      • Keith

        Oct 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

        Pretty sure nike was the first to do that slot on the driver. Called it a compression channel.

        • Dave

          May 7, 2015 at 1:48 am

          Nike and Adams were first with slot technology. Then TM purchased Adams.

  3. gwillis7

    Oct 15, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Ya I love the way these look. I like the bright green highlights….reminds me of oregon football.
    A lot of traditionalists hate nike i realize that, but I think their clubs look really good. I should say their ‘woods’ look really good every year.
    Still haven’t bought one though lol

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  5. Cwolf

    Oct 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I’d like the speed with the flex shaft.

  6. Kyle

    Oct 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Sign me up for vapor speed!

  7. Golfraven

    Oct 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    yep, straighter and longer – of course. ehh, nope. I rather invest same cash into Titleist woods.

  8. Charlie

    Oct 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Meh. Look at that sole. Nothing will beat out my Tour Edge CB Pro!

  9. enrique

    Oct 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    My previous post was removed – but I’ll ask again – are these available soon or next year like the drivers?

  10. Mark

    Oct 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Non adjustable version looks very good from above. Shame about the sole plate…

  11. adolfo

    Oct 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

    wow do they look good. still going to be a tough sell to knock my pings out of my bag though

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GolfWRX Spotlight: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue review

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TaylorMade on the tech features of the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

  • V Steel Sole design

    The v-shaped sole allows for clean turf interaction and provides additional versatility when playing from tight or difficult lies

  • Twist Face

    Uses corrective face angles designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits and to produce straighter shots

  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket

    Our breakthrough Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology delivers enhanced sole flexibility to create additional ball speed as well as improved forgiveness on low-face mis-hits

  • C300 Ultra-Strong Steel Face

    High-strength C300 steel allows for a stronger, faster face engineered for explosive speed performance *Only SIM Max Fairway and Rescue

How it looks: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

I’ll be honest here: I hate hybrids. They look goofy and I hit em high and left 101 percent of the time. However, every once in a while I’ll find one that I can warm up to. It’s happened twice in the last five years: PXG Gen 2 and SIM Max. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but this hybrid looks like it’s gonna get into the turf and I’m actually gonna hit a good shot. The color scheme is clean and simple. The lines are sleek and not boxy, which is always a bonus. Sometimes hybrids look like a brick on a stick to me. This one does not.

How it feels: TaylorMade SIM Max hybrid

This is where I got really intrigued: the feel. It’s solid. Really solid. Now, I must say that TM didn’t reinvent the wheel with this thing, but the SIM Max is just a simple solid hybrid that is easy to hit and gets through the turf. The V Steel helps that I reckon. It has a nice heavy hit which is good since this is supposed to transition from woods to irons.

Overall: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

It’s a winner. Not hybrid of the century or anything, but a club that could stay in the bag for a while and produce solid results. Look, we have 14 slots to play and they all have a job to do. You cannot go wrong by giving this one a slot in the starting lineup!

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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