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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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Details on Phil Mickelson’s new Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond driver

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Phil Mickelson’s Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero has been a mainstay of his bag this season, even with the ebb and flow of the rest of his setup.

The five-time major champion’s surprising ascent up the leaderboard at the PGA Championship has been accompanied by a turnaround in his driving performance. And as those who have checked out our Mickelson WITB already know, Lefty has made a switch at the top of the bag that is aiding his impressive driving performance.

Specifically designed for Mickelson, the driver has a Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond head that is 6 degrees set at 5.5, and it weighs a very light 189 grams. It’s outfitted with a 47.75-inch Fujikura Ventus Black TX shaft that is tipped two inches.

(Image via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder)

According to Callaway, Mickelson was pursuing both tighter dispersion at cruising and all-out speeds. He needed to be able to work the club both ways and it has to suit his eye at address, or he wasn’t switching out of his Sub Zero.

Gerritt Pon, Callaway’s senior club performance analyst, and the man who works most closely with Mickelson, said Phil had initially tested an 8.5-degree head set at 6.5 degrees, but it spun too much. Lefty looks for draw spin under 2,000 rpms and sub-2,400 rpm spin on fades.

According to Pon, “When he tested the Epic Speed line there was always something in the mix that didn’t work so we redesigned an Epic Speed head just for Phil with a lower CG and a lower loft (than retail) that supported everything he was looking for.”

Additionally, the 6-degree head sits nearly square at address, which is the look Mickelson likes.

Regarding the nearly-48-inch Ventus, Pon said, “To swing the longer shaft, he’s trying to hit up on the ball a little more than with a normal shaft. He’s creating a lot of loft at impact to launch it high.”

The head design, which features an additional screw in the front of the sole, was the product of an eight-week process CAD and foundry manufacturing.

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Brooks Koepka WITB 2021 (May – PGA Championship)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX

Irons: Nike Vapor Pro (3), Srixon ZX7 (4-PW)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 95 X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (52-12F, 56-10S), Vokey SM5 TVD (60-08ML)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

(Image via Vokey’s Aaron Dill)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Teryllium TNP2

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Louis Oosthuizen WITB 2021 (May – PGA Championship)

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Driver: Ping G400 (9 degrees @8.75) (D4)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 S (45 inches, tipped 1.5 inch)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 7 X

7-wood: Ping G425 Max (20.5 degrees @19.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 9 X

Irons: Ping Blueprint (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges:  Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedges (50-SS, 54-SS), Ping Prototype Glide Forged Pro (60-TS)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping PLD Voss Prototype

Grips: SwitchGrips ER

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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