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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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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 56 degrees), TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Mizuno’s new ST-180 driver

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Mizuno has recently released a new ST-180 driver that we spotted on Tour at the 2017 RSM Classic. The company’s “wave sole” technology makes an appearance for the first time in a Mizuno driver; the design is used to push weight low and forward to reduce spin rates, and the construction contracts and expands during impact to increase energy into the golf ball. The result is a lower-spinning driver, especially for those who hit down on the golf ball, and increased ball speeds across the face.

The ST-180 drivers have a new Forged SP700 Titanium face insert that allows the faces to be made thinner — saving weight from the face while increasing ball speeds — and they feature what the company calls a “Internal Waffle Crown” that saves weight to help shift CG (center of gravity) low and forward in the head.

There’s a slew of custom shafts available for no upcharge. The stock grip is Golf Pride’s M31 360, and the drivers are selling for $399.99, available in stores now.

Below is a collection of early feedback from GolfWRX members, and make sure to join the full discussion. See more photos of the ST-180 driver here.

Note: The posts below have been minimally edited for grammar and brevity.

GolfWRX Members comment on the new Mizuno ST-180 driver

TeeGolf: I’ve seen the ST180 driver [in person] and it looks like it sits perfectly square to me. And this is coming from someone who has been playing a Titleist driver set 1-degree open for the past 3 years. It doesn’t look closed at all. 

trhode: I’ve been playing the M2 all year. In comparison at address, the ST is very closed. I had 3 customers look at it yesterday too and they all had the same reaction: closed. That being said, I did play 18 on the simulator and hit some monster drives. The head, with the Raijin shaft, seems to be just a little lower spin than my TaylorMade M2. The blue finish doesn’t bother me either. 

akjell: Hit this yesterday at the Mizuno demo day yesterday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA. Far from a hook machine but definitely a bomber. The Mizuno’s reps put me in a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70X and I could hit this this driver on a string possibly a bit better than my M1. Of the Mizuno drivers of late, this has to be the best one.

odshot68: Ordering it today. Was fit and played a round with it. Optimal launch and spin. Tensei Blue 70x at 9.5 degrees. This is definitely not left bias; first Mizzy driver ever.

nmorton: Hit this today and it’s going in the bag. Just a classic head shape that suits my eye. Been messing around with a number of drivers over the past year and haven’t singled one out. Last long term driver I had was the 850. The ST checks all of the boxes for me…looks great down by the ball, sounds solid and performs as good as any other. What really sold me was how well slight mis-hits performed. I had the 12.5 dialed down so it definitely sat open a bit. Didn’t hit the fairway but it looks sharp as well. 

evoviiiyou: Had a chance to test the driver with a couple shafts last night. The head is definitely deeper than the JPX900 and the footprint seems bigger from he set up position, very confidence inspiring like the JPX900 but a little improved. Finish and graphics are very similar to the 900 which is very nice if you like the satin Mizuno blue and I do love it just like the satin black I recently had done to my JPX driver and 3 metal. 

regiwstruk: My current gamer is a Titleist 917D3, and this is definitely replacing that. I used a JPX 900 from November 2016 through June 2017 — biggest differences are the sound and that the distance is up there with at least one of the leaders in the market. Anxious to see how it does on the course! 

Paul065: It is high launch, low spin yes but I wouldn’t say it was targeted at the average golfer. It’s basically their version of Callaway Epic Sub Zero. Rory used the Sub Zero. 

Tommyj: I went down to Carls yesterday specifically to look at the ST180. I’ve read some comments that the face looks closed. When I picked it up it was in the 10.5D position and did look slightly closed but then looked perfectly square at 9.5D and also square at 10.5D which seemed sort of odd. The shape is not for me, I had a Cobra F6 and while the ST180 footprint isn’t that big its still substantial. I like blue on drivers and the ST180 has a real quality look to it with the matte finish, having said that I’m not sure I’d want to be looking at that shade of blue all the time. The sound was an absolute killer for me, it was completely unexpected because I always associate Mizuno with being traditional and understated… ST180 launch was lower than G400 in the neutral setting, about the same when I lofted the Ping down.  ST180 was noticeably lower than D2. Longest driver of the three was G400, followed by ST180 then D2. For me the ST180 had the widest dispersion with G400 being the most accurate (by a wide margin).

Discussion: Read more comments about the ST-180 driver here

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