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Nike Golf’s Full 2015 Equipment Line

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Those of you making a new equipment wish list will love this: all of Nike’s 2015 products, which includes many things we expected and a few things that we didn’t expect.

Regulars in our forum knew that there were three new Nike drivers: the Vapor Flex, the Vapor Pro and the Vapor Speed, and we assumed that new fairway woods and hybrids were coming in 2015 as well. Nike also announced the release of three new Vapor irons in August. What we didn’t know, however, was that Nike would bring radical new wedge designs called “Engage” and two new lines of Method putters.

Take a look at our screen dumps of the new clubs and specs below (you can click on the images to enlarge them), or click this link to read the discussion in the forums.

2015 Nike Vapor Drivers

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2015 Nike Vapor Fairway Woods

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2015 Nike Vapor Hybrids

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 2015 Nike Vapor Irons

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2015 Nike Engage Wedges

Nike 2015 Engage Wedges

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2015 Nike Method Putters

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  1. DJ

    Dec 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Those wedges look terrible!

  2. killerbgolfer

    Nov 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Can’t wait to see some of these in person. The vapor irons look great in person, but I haven’t seen the woods, wedges, or putters yet. NIKE has really come a long way in the last few years.

  3. Teaj

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

    does anyone know if the black part on the back of the clubs is just paint or an insert? The reason I ask these clubs would look a lot better after I took some paint remover to them.

  4. Mrmagooz

    Oct 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Wow is nike going backwards? Ugly stuff!

  5. Todd

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I don’t get it….if the line isn’t out yet, how the heck is Rory already playing the new Vapor driver 🙂

    • Pat

      Dec 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      The guys on tour sponsored by Nike have access to prototypes at their disposal before the public does.

  6. MHendon

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    The Vapor pro irons looks great from the address position and I like the flex driver best from the address position of the drivers. So did Rory switch to everything in the Vapor line, fairways too?

  7. Rich

    Oct 3, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Does anyone else think it’s weird that the woods and irons are the “volt” and black colour scheme but the putters are red and black? How annoying! Why on earth would they do that!

  8. Johnnie

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Best-looking Nike clubs ever.

  9. paul

    Oct 3, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Putters look sexy in a futuristic way. I have gamed a Nike putter and almost bought a second. Might have to give that pro combo a try as well…

  10. chad

    Oct 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Really not feeling the look of these. IMO the worst looking clubs out there.

  11. Nigel

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I think the Pro driver, speed fairway and hybrid will be seeing the inside of my golf bag next year.
    Love the colourway

  12. BCav

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Is Nike’s club business robust enough to carry three separate product lines? Seems like a lot of product.

  13. ally smith

    Oct 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    sure glad you guys got this before they (NIKE) took it off line. thanks again

  14. Christosterone

    Oct 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I like my gap wedge to match my set.
    I wonder if the AW from the Pro Combo would match 4-pw Pro???

  15. Cwolf

    Oct 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    So excited that they are bringing back the ds wedge and having a raw finish. That is exactly what I was hoping for. The vr ds wedge is in my bag now and I love it, but the glare is awful. This new one is perfect!!!!

  16. Jericho

    Oct 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    The Nike Camerons look pretty good

  17. kess

    Oct 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I like the engage wedge… That about sums it up.

  18. Tizod

    Oct 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Kinda surprised by the length of the Speed iron lineup. The Coverts 2.0 were already longer than “standard” and now they increased it another 1/4″

  19. nothing0017

    Oct 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    43.75″ 3 Wood?! Yikes.

  20. Josh white

    Oct 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Take 20% off msrp and that’s retail

  21. cdvilla

    Oct 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Nike Golf just gets better… I really like this offering. If I’m going to pick nits, I like the sole offerings but just wish their wedges were “classic.”

    • TR1PTIK

      Oct 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Agreed. Although a bigger gripe on the lineup would have to be their inclusion of the Wrap 2G grip for the woods and hybrids. That grip seems to wear rather fast and is horrible for moisture control – I’m currently playing the grip on my irons and can’t wait to switch. No way would I want that grip on the fastest swinging clubs in my bag! They should have used the Tour Velvet or similar grip. Actually, they could have kept their “volt” theme going and used the Niion grips throughout the entire lineup. It would have been uglier, but at least it’s a better grip in my opinion.

      • John

        Oct 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

        On your comment about the wedges. I do understand where you’re coming from, but I think one of the things that I’ve admired most about Nike’s recent golf offerings is the fact that they’re willing to be a little different in order to innovate. They don’t look like Vokey’s, because I think Nike doesn’t want to be associated with Vokeys, they want to be able to stand out on their own as an innovative wedge that performs. Same with the Covert Drivers and the cavity. And as an owner of a toe sweep 58*, I can attest, that they do indeed perform. But I have been waffling back and forth between going to a slightly more forgiving GI iron, and the vapor speeds have my attention. Fitted, of course, so I wouldn’t have to deal with the generous length, I’m -1/2″ from standard as it is.

  22. dot dot

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Look at that price list. They sure aren’t shy about wanting top dollar as an MSRP

  23. J

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Adjustable weight in the putter grip seems like a neat idea.

  24. TR1PTIK

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Surely retail prices will be lower, but I nearly crapped myself when I saw the MSRP for the Vapor Flex driver! Glad I don’t have any interest in that one, but I am interested in the Vapor Pro and would hope that retail will be closer to the $400 mark. Nice to get a look at the full lineup though, and I’m very interested in the putters and wedges as well. Great looking stuff from Nike this year!

    • MHendon

      Oct 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Give it a year and get them for half price.

      • TR1PTIK

        Oct 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        Very true! Nike’s markdowns are often some of the biggest when new releases are just around the corner.

  25. golfpunk46

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

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Should you be using a blade or mallet putter?

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‘Should I use a blade or mallet putter?’ It’s a frequent question, and here we will provide you with our essential guide to help you decide.

Blade vs Mallet: Which style suits you?

As far as golf equipment goes, your putter may be the most critical item in your bag. That’s why it’s crucial to know the key features of both blade and mallet putters and what they are designed to provide so that you can closely identify which style of putter your stroke and game require to help you lower your scores.

Blade Putter

Scotty Cameron Blade Putter

The traditional blade putter features a sweet spot positioned closer to the heel and designed to offer maximum feel to golfers on the greens

A blade putter contains a traditional head shape and is a favorite amongst golf ‘purists’. Blade putters are heavily toe-weighted with a sweet spot positioned closer toward the heel. This sweet spot position is because the shaft connects to the club head of the blade at the heel or sometimes center of the blade. This heavy toe-weighting and heel sweet spot means that blade putters will typically suit players who have an arc in their putting stroke.

Mallet Putter

TaylorMade mallet putter

A mallet style putter gives players stability and balance in their stroke.

The more modern style mallet putter is a flat-stick with a larger head. The heads come in various shapes and sizes, and because of the size, a lot of the weight is often distributed away from the clubface so that players find plenty of stability and balance in their stroke. 

The ‘game improvement’ style of the mallet putter means that the larger sweet spot will help players who struggle to strike the ball directly in the center of the face, and the added weight in the clubhead is designed to prevent the putter twisting during the stroke.

Mallet putters also offer additional aid when it comes to alignment, offering more prominent features than a blade such as longer or added lines and can also benefit golfers who struggle to hit putts hard enough due to its heavier weight.

Do pros prefer blade or mallet style putters?

With the 2020 season in the books, we can take a look at who were the top-10 performers in the Strokes Gained: Putting department for 2020 and see what style of putter they used:

  1. Denny McCarthy: Scotty Cameron Tour-Only FastbackMallet
  2. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Yes C-Groove Tracy IIBlade
  3. Andrew Putnam: Odyssey White Hot RX No. 5Mallet
  4. Kristoffer Ventura: Scotty Cameron NewportBlade
  5. Kevin Na: Odyssey Toulon MadisonBlade
  6. Matt Kuchar: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1Blade (Wide)
  7. Ian Poulter: Odyssey Stroke Lab SevenMallet
  8. Mackenzie Hughes: Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C Mallet
  9. Maverick McNealy: Odyssey ToulonBlade
  10. Bryson DeChambeau: SIK Tour prototypeBlade

Blade style 60% vs Mallet style 40%

Should I use a blade or mallet putter?

Typically, this choice comes down to feel and stroke. Your stroke, just like the stroke of a professional, is unique, and your stroke will determine which style of putter will help you perform best on the greens. Like any other club in your bag, fitting and testing is a key element that shouldn’t be overlooked.

That being said, there are two prominent strokes and identifying which category you fall into can help identify where you fall in the Blade vs Mallet putter debate..

Square-to-square stroke vs Arced stroke

Square-to-square stroke

A square-to square stroke is when the putter face is lined up square to the target, and the stroke is straight back and through. If you possess a natural square-to-square stroke, you may be more suited to a mallet putter. The reason for this is that a mallet putter is face-balanced with the center of gravity positioned toward the back of the club meaning the club is designed to stay square to the putter path all the way through the stroke.

Arced stroke

An arced stroke is when the putter face will open and close relative to the target, and the stroke travels on a slight curve. Should you possess an arced stroke, then a blade putter may be more suited for you because of the natural toe-weighting of the blade-style putter.

Other factors to consider

Feel players will also usually opt for a blade-style putter, due to the desire to feel the way the ball reacts off the putter face which allows them to have more control over their putting and to gain confidence. Mallet putters make ‘feel’ less easy to attain due to the softer inserts on the clubface.

Don’t put aside the issue of aesthetics when considering the issue too. The look of a putter can inspire confidence, and each individual will feel different when placing either a blade or mallet-style putter behind the ball at address, so choosing a style which makes you feel comfortable is an important aspect to consider.

Hopefully, you’ve now got more knowledge as to how you can find the right putter shape for you and your stroke. At the end of the day, the right putter for you, whether it’s a blade or mallet, will be the one which helps and inspires you to make more putts.

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It might be a good idea to cut down your driver

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There are a lot of ways to adjust your clubs at home with some simple tools, and one of the easiest jobs for the DIY golfer is cutting down clubs, especially cutting down a driver, and installing a new grip.

Cutting down a driver will have a number of impacts including making the driver more accurate because at a shorter length it is easier to control and make contact in the middle of the face.

PGA Tour driver length

Bryson DeChambeau testing a longer driver

On the PGA Tour, the average driver length is 45″, even though some golfers like Bryson DeChambeau with a Cobra SpeedZone and Adam Scott with a Titleist TSi4 *Prototype, have recently experimented with drivers close to the 48″ USGA limit to help pick up extra speed. Even Phil Mickelson has transitioned to a 47.5″ driver for extra speed, and has been using it on the Champions Tour and recently at The Match 3.

The longer driver theory works well for stronger and highly skilled players because of their ability to control a longer and heavier club at higher speeds, but for average golfers and most recreational players, this extra length means bigger misses and doesn’t always lead to extra speed—this is why playing a shorter length can help most golfers.

More on PGA Tour driver length: PGATour.com – Are long drivers here to stay?

Buying a new Driver

If you are buying a new driver, you can custom order any length you want through your retailer and the driver will be adjusted before final assembly. If you are buying a “stock” driver, most in the marketplace are now between 45.5″ and 46″ and many golfers struggle to control the club at those lengths. This is why many golfers choose to cut down their stock driver after purchase between 1″ and 1.5″.

What happens when you cut down a driver

When you cut down any club, especially a driver, it will feel lighter without any adjustment because you have moved the mass of the club closer to your hands. Just like a fulcrum scale used to measure mass, the closer the mass—in this case, the driver’s head gets to the fulcrum of the scale, the lighter it will “feel” to the golfer—this is called swing weight.

Thanks to adjustable drivers, it is easy to get extra weights from a manufacturer to help the driver feel the same before it was cut down, and as a general rule, for every 1″ you cut, you have to replace 12g back into the head,

To get an idea of what swing weight is, check out the video below that covers the subject.

TXG Driver length test

To see a shorter driver put to the test, check out the video by the team at TXG, where they compare a standard length 45″ driver to a 43″ driver and how they compare for distance and accuracy.

 

 

 

 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (12/4/20): Scotty Cameron X6, Cobra Big Tour, TaylorMade P7MC set

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member coreyl – Cobra Big Tour 3-wood

If you are looking for a “big” off the tee alternative, the Cobra Big Tour 3 wood is a great option thanks in part to its larger head size and adjustable loft to get you dialed it.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cobra Big Tour

Member JoeFrigo – Scotty Cameron X6 CS putter

The Scotty Cameron Phantom series is all about stability, and this X6 CS-center shafted model has been made even more stable with a BGT Stability shaft. With this putter, you’re going to run out of excuses for missing pretty quickly.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cameron X6 putter

Member TigerInTheWoods – TaylorMade P7MC irons

Here is an almost new set of the hottest irons in golf, the TaylorMade P7MC’s. Going from 4-Pw and ready for your golf bag.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade P7MC

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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