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Casey to use Nike Vapor Fly driver at Tour Championship

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Paul Casey will use Nike’s new Vapor Fly driver this week at the Tour Championship, the golfer told GolfWRX.

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Nike’s new Vapor Fly driver keeps Nike’s Volt accent color, and pairs it with a new blue body and crown.

Casey first tested the driver, which was added to the USGA’s List of Conforming Drivers this week, on Tuesday at East Lake, site of the Tour Championship. Casey said he did not expect to put the new driver in play this week, but changed his mind after his Tuesday’s practice round. Our photos show him practicing with the driver at East Lake on Wednesday, and he will be the first golfer to use the new club in competition.

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Casey’s Nike Vapor Fly driver (right) alongside his Vapor Speed driver.

Casey told GolfWRX that he likes the Vapor Fly because it launches higher than the Nike Vapor Speed driver he used throughout the 2015 season, and has a flatter trajectory at the apex of his ball flight that creates more carry distance and roll out.

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Nike’s Vapor Fly driver has a blue crown.

Related: See all the clubs Casey has in the bag. 

Casey will play the Vapor Fly at the same 10.5-degree loft and neutral as his previous driver, with the same Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 73X shaft. He also has a new putter in the bag this week.

Casey’s chances this week

At No. 22 in the FedExCup Standings, Casey has a slim chance of winning the PGA Tour’s FedExCup. To claim the $10 million bonus, the golfer would need the following seven things to happen, according to PGATour.com:

  1. Win the TOUR Championship
  2. No. 1 must finish in a 3-way tie for 13th or worse
  3. No. 2 must finish T5 or worse
  4. No. 3 must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse
  5. No. 4 must finish T3 or worse
  6. No. 5 must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse
  7. No. 6 must finish T2 or worse

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Nike’s Vapor Fly driver in our forum. 

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. James G

    Nov 6, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    McIlroy was just gaming one that was painted the same as this but not sure if it is the same model.

  2. pj

    Sep 30, 2015 at 9:32 am

    The color was a great choice for recognition and sales. Taylormade had a surge in driver sales once everyone on tv saw that non-staffers were playing their white headed drivers. Nike is doing the same thing with their choices of color schemes. The majority of the golfing public doesn’t view this site to see what the pros are playing. All there is for the majority of the golfing public is seeing: colorful drivers; names on bags and headcovers; and close-ups of putters.

  3. Devin Debay

    Sep 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I love the look of this new driver!! I’m a Nike staffer myself, and I love everything Nike does, such an innovative company!! Wow what nice colours too!

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  5. Golfraven

    Sep 25, 2015 at 8:52 am

    lets be honest Casey will not win the pot with this new driver or putter..

  6. Golfraven

    Sep 25, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Make it black & white and you may have couple of buyers. But hey boys on the tour like it although they don’t have to pay for it and in return receive big bugs $. Happy buying gents.

  7. Sodapoppin

    Sep 24, 2015 at 2:43 am

    WTF? Stupid ugly colors.

    • Yeah

      Sep 24, 2015 at 3:44 am

      Yeah, I agree so much :/

    • Jon

      Sep 24, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      So why couldn’t a guy, or a gal for that matter, paint it a different color?

  8. Joe

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    LOVE.THIS.COLOR.COMBO. Glad the face is silver and the bottom has chrome

  9. mo

    Sep 23, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Just not a fan of pastel colored drivers. I like the tech behind it but wow that color is hideous.

  10. Cb

    Sep 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    No Nike not blue!!! I was so happy when they went back to the classic black but I should have known they were going to go back to color again

  11. billm311

    Sep 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Looks like it may have some weight saving material in the crown, lower the CG a bit from the Vapor line…

  12. Gorden

    Sep 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Casey is a pro, with fitting experts working with him and every little twist and adjustment available to him it is a safe bet they can fit any driver to him….the only real veritable is between his ears as with any new equipment the mind will make the final decision if it is the right club or not.

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