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Spotted: Nike Vapor Fly Flex 440 driver

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After images leaked of what appeared to be Nike’s new Vapor Fly line, we spotted Kevin Chappell testing what we presume to be called “Nike Vapor Fly Flex 440” driver at the 2015 RSM Classic.

Based on the photos, the driver has the same battery-style weight in the sole as its predecessor, the Vapor Flex, which was previously used to adjust center of gravity (CG). Also, the driver most likely measures 440 cubic centimeters judging from the “440” printed on the club.

No further information is currently available about the driver, but you can check out our in-hand photos below, and see what GolfWRX members are saying here.

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See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Nike Flex driver in the forums.

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  1. Curt

    Nov 20, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    In my opinion, Nike drivers and fairways sit waaaay too upright!! Major move forward for them is to allow flat lie angles!! It’s the main reason I can’t get beyond even sitting a Nike driver on the ground in front of me……lie angle is very fundamental and has a great impact on how one comes into the through the ball!! Nike should know better.

  2. Daddy no

    Nov 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    The fit and finish looks dreadful, like some dude stuck the pieces together in the trunk of his car right before he went to play

  3. Christestrogen

    Nov 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Say what you will about Nike but the vapor flex is by far the best sounding driver on the planet…
    Rick Shiels was even taken aback by how dead it sounds…
    It was because of his surprise by the dead sound that I bought the driver….
    Not the longest driver I’ve ever hit but the best sounding driver since the 460 era began…
    http://youtu.be/Af_yvdoF65g

    -Christosterone

    • Daddy no

      Nov 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      SLDR is the best sounding driver ever

      • Christestrogen

        Nov 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm

        I have a tour vault sldr…nice but not nearly as dead sounding as Nike…not even on the same planet..
        And dead, soft sound is what I’m going for…
        Sldr cool if that’s your bag but it ain’t for me….great driver though IMHO…even love the tp velox st x…

        -Christosterone

  4. Tim

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Its actually a RZN Crown, not composite, feels like plastic.

  5. Sam

    Nov 19, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Black and blue top looks solid, absolutely love the blue swoosh, that random “volt” stripe on the bottom + PUKE!

    I could get used the to weird weight shape, but that stripe.

    • Lsf_21

      Nov 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Do you swing while looking at the bottom of the club?

  6. Mikie

    Nov 19, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Tested this driver yesterday! Performed extremely well on trackman compared to last years version , a lot more ball speed & more sound. Looks much better in hand , photos don’t do it justice! It’s certinaly performs as good as what’s out there.

  7. Steve

    Nov 18, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    It does seem to have a lot going on. I like the look of the Vapor Fly much better. Then again I guess thats not surprising as I don’t care for the current version of the Flex either

  8. Brandon

    Nov 18, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    The blue looks good(my favorite color), but if you are going in that direction then get rid of the electric green. that doesn’t go together. In fact, Nike should just do a custom paint program. If they are going to take this route then let the consumer determine their own color.

  9. Mark

    Nov 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Dear oh dear that looks cheap. Who exactly is designing Nike woods? An art student or a Golfer?

  10. Golfandpuff

    Nov 18, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    LOL @ Dan, looks nothing like M1! I would have to see it in person…and again…if it is $450 retail…not worth it unless I am fit by Nike and beats current driver outside. IMO, still not worth it…great scoop golfwrx again…cool pics.

  11. Tom

    Nov 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Wow. This makes me wanna pull up my pants and polish my shoes.

  12. John Triscott

    Nov 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Glad to see a 440cc. Looks better than vapor fly blue imo

  13. Chuck D

    Nov 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Oh, and the James Bond style rear port for smoke, oil slick, throwing stars for counter measure defenses!! Go NIKE!!!

    • Tom

      Nov 19, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Close, it’s a miniature NOS canister.

      I’ve played the Vapor Pro since it came out and am still gaming it. Nike makes some great drivers, and they don’t look as weird as some of the cobras at least..

  14. Dan

    Nov 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    M1 crown with a splash of blue?

    Clever Nike…clever

  15. blake

    Nov 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    this is silly

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Callaway launches Rogue, Rogue Pro and Rogue X irons and hybrids

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With its new line of Rogue irons — consisting of Rogue, Rogue Pro and Rogue X models — Callaway continues its search to answer a conundrum that’s plagued game-improvement irons for years; how do you make an iron that produces great ball speed without sacrificing sound and feel. The dilemma is that in order to increase ball speeds, engineers must make the faces of the irons thinner. The problem is, the thinner they make the faces, the more vibration is caused at impact, creating a longer-lasting, higher-pitched sound. Very few golfers want that off-putting, clicky sound, but they do want the ball speed and distance.

So, that’s why companies are experimenting with different materials and injections between the faces of game-improvement irons and their bodies. That buffer creates a dampening effect to reduce vibration, while still allowing faces to be constructed thinner to raise COR (coefficient of restitution, a measure of energy transfer) and ball speed. Companies such as PXG irons use TPE injections, and TaylorMade uses SpeedFoam in its new P-790 irons; Callaway says those constructions either constrict speed, or they don’t have a profound enough effect on vibrations.

For its Rogue irons that are made from 17-4 stainless steel, Callaway is using what it calls urethane microspheres, which are essentially little balls of urethane that it combines together, in the cavities of its irons. The difference between these spheres and other foams and materials on the market, according to Callaway, is that the material is porous. Callaway says the microspheres work to dampen sound without negatively effecting ball speed.

A look at the inside of a Rogue iron, via Callaway’s photography

The inner material in the cavity works in tandem with familiar technologies from previous iron releases such as Apex, Epic and Steelhead XR. Callaway says it has improved upon its VFT (variable face thickness) and Face Cup technologies, focusing on thinning out portions of the face where golfers tend to miss shots — low on the face, on the heel and on the toe. Each of the Rogue irons also uses Internal Standing Wave by way of Tungsten-infused weights that help control the center of gravity (CG) in the club heads; that means centering the overall weight between the scoring lines, and controlling where the CG is placed vertically throughout a given set (re: higher on the short irons for more control and spin, and lower on the long irons for more height).

For the consumer, all of this means getting performance-driven irons at a lower price compared to the Epic and Epic Pro irons. Each of the irons will be available for pre-sale on January 19, and come to retail on February 9. Read on for more info on each of the specific irons, and the Rogue and Rogue X hybrids that introduce Callaway’s Jailbreak technology into hybrids for the first time.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Rogue irons and hybrids in our forums.

Rogue irons ($899.99 steel, $999.99 graphite)

Callaway’s Rogue irons are the standard model in this line of irons, equipped with all of the technologies described above. According to Callaway, these are essentially Steelhead XR replacements, but have more compact shapes. In the Steelhead XR irons, Callaway used a wider profile in order to center CG between the scoring lines, but due to the inclusion of the Tungsten-infused weights in the Rogue irons, it was able to shape the irons more similar to XR and X-Hot irons of the past — more preferable shapes for GI irons, according to Callaway.

Stock shafts include True Temper’s XP105 steel shaft, and Aldila’s Synergy graphite shaft.

Rogue Pro irons ($999.99)

The Rogue Pro irons, as you may expect, have a more compact shape, thinner toplines and thinner soles than their standard-model-counterparts. Therefore, the Pro design will yield more control that better players will prefer, but they are still packed with all of the performance-enhancing technologies of the Rogue irons. They also have a chrome plating that better players may be drawn to.

Rogue X irons ($899.99 steel, $999.99 graphite)

Callaway described the Rogue X irons to me as “bomber irons.” They have lofts that are 3-to-4 degrees stronger than the standard Rogue irons, and they have longer lengths and lighter overall weights, but according to Callaway, they will still launch in the same window iron-for-iron (re: a 7-iron will launch like a 7-iron). Despite cranking down the lofts, they have bigger profiles, wider soles and more offset; those designs work to drag CG rearward, which helps to increase launch.

Combine that design with the Rogue’s VFT, Face Cups, Internal Standing Wave and urethane microspheres, and the result is an iron that’s “all about distance,” according to Callaway.

Rogue and Rogue X hybrids ($249.99 apiece)

As noted previously, the Rogue and Rogue X hybrids include Callaway’s Jailbreak technology. Like Callaway’s Rogue fairway woods, they use stainless steel bars behind the face instead of the titanium bars that are used in the Rogue drivers. Also, like all of the other Callaway clubs that use Jailbreak, the idea of the design is that two parallel bars inside the club head connect the sole with crown help to add strength to the body at impact, allowing the faces to be constructed thinner, thus, create more ball speed across the face. The Rogue and Rogue X hybrids also have Callaway’s familiar Face Cup technology.

The standard Rogue goes up to a 6-hybrid, while the oversized, Rogue X “super hybrid” goes up to an 8-hybrid. Similar to the Rogue X irons, the Rogue X hybrids have an oversized construction, a lighter overall weight, and longer lengths. The goal with these Rogue X hybrids is to create higher launching, more forgiving and longer hybrid options for golfers who need help getting the ball in the air.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Rogue irons and hybrids in our forums.

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First Look: Precision Pro NX7 Shot laser rangefinder, made for golfers and hunters

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Precision Pro’s new NX7 Shot is useful whether you’re hunting birds or birdies.

In just over 3 years, Precision Pro has become a player in the laser rangefinder market, quickly developing a reputation for products with maximum features at a price that’s lower than comparable offerings from competitors. Precision Pro came out with its NX7 Pro in 2017, and is following up that offering with the new NX7 Shot, which is designed to hit the two biggest markets for laser rangefinders: golfers and hunters. That’s probably why the company put a camouflage design on the water-resistant and shockproof body of the NX7 Shot.

Inside, the rangefinder has target acquisition that is meant to stabilize even when shaky hands or windy conditions are in play. The NX7 Shot also has an effective scanning distance of 400 yards, which is more than adequate range for golfers not named Dustin Johnson. Other features of the NX7 Shot include is its Scanning Mode, which allows the user to pick up multiple targets in one motion, and its Last Priority Mode, which lets the user acquire a target through tree branches and cover.

The NX7 Shot also comes with a 2-year warranty and free battery replacement for the life of the product. Regarding the warranty, Precision Pro Co-founder Jonah Mytro says “it’s something that nobody else in the industry is doing” and it “shows that we value our customers and that we want them to keep using our products for life.”

It’s designed to be legal for competitions that allow rangefinders, and is listed at $249 with free shipping when ordered from the Precision Pro website.

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Snell adds MTB Black and MTB Red to lineup, thanks in part to GolfWRX forum feedback

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Snell Golf entered the market in 2015 when Dean Snell, co-creator of the Titleist Pro V1 and TaylorMade Penta, decided to sell premium golf balls direct to consumer at a fraction of the standard premium golf ball price. With massive year-over-year growth, the company’s offerings have been well received by the golfing public.

Snell is expanding its MTB line with the release of the MTB Black and MTB Red models. The company indicates the Black and Red models leveraged customer feedback to expand an already successful line.

“Through evaluation of customer feedback, we are able to go through the design and testing process with a clear understanding of what the customer wants to see and feel in their Golf Ball. Pair our expertise and experience with customer suggestion and the result is a ‘Tour Like Experience’ with extra cash in your wallet for a round at the bar,” says Snell Golf founder, Dean Snell.

We asked Snell about the feedback process, and he had some interesting (and flattering) things to say.

“One of the biggest parts of the feedback came from the forums at GolfWRX. I check it weekly for sure, sometimes every other day. There’s one [thread] that started when we started and it’s still going…the information, with people playing and testing, I typically read that.

“And then I get a lot of emails. I read them all, and then I make a big chart, and I fill it in…”high spin,” “low spin,” etc. Then I read and mark the boxes with what people are saying, and when a box fills up, that’s a voice…So there were three big voices from consumers, and that led to these balls.”

Snell said when he worked at Titleist and TaylorMade, tour pro feedback was paramount. Now that he’s offering a direct-to-consumer product, however, the consumers are his “tour players.”

This is a different approach [working with consumers] and asking, “What do you want?” You can’t satisfy everything, but when you hear a strong voice over and over, that’s what we take into consideration.

MTB Black

  • 3-piece thermocast urethane cover golf ball with a 360 dimple pattern
  • Seven percent lower compression core than the original MTB
  • Softer core lowers spin with the driver

Snell says: “Driver spin: anytime you can lower it, it’s going to make the ball better. We keep the same performance [as MTB]…it’ll just be a touch longer.”

MTB Red

  • 4-piece thermocast urethane cover golf ball with a 338 dimple pattern
  • Dual Feel Technology: Provides a firmer, more responsive feel on driver and long irons shorts, while continuing a very soft feel on short irons and around the green with more spin as well
  • Available in Optic Yellow in addition to White

Snell says: “The MTB Red became a four-piece ball. We had to add an inside layer–an inner mantle–to add spin to approach shots. You control the spin rates through the set with the layers of the ball. Getting that fourth layer in there really works for the approach shot control and spin. Otherwise, to add spin, you’d have to raise the core [compression], but when you do that, you make the driver shorter. And the “yellow tour ball” market isn’t big, but the voice in our group was loud.”

Both golf balls will be offered at a retail price of $31.99 per dozen, and are also available in a Value Pack of 6 dozen for $163.99 ($27.33 per dozen).

New models are available at SnellGolf.com for pre-order. Shipments are scheduled for February.

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