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Photos of Nike “VPR Strike” drivers that apparently would have come out in 2017 (updated with info and more photos)

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Updated 10/10/18 at 10:32 a.m.

Photos of two other Nike VPR drivers added to Instagram

Updated 10/9/18 at 10:10 a.m.

Instagram user @oli_willson shared some of his knowledge about the Nike VPR driver that he photographed; he says the info is based on his time at Nike, and is not confimred technology stories that were gonig to be released.

“There was going to be 2 drivers, the Vapor Strike and the Vapor Strike Elite. The theme was angle of attack as most higher handicappers are steep so the VPR Strike was aimed to launch high off a steep angle of attack. The Vapor Strike Elite was a RZN head and the ball speeds were incredible. It was aimed more at the guys who sweep the ball and better players. Rory loved it and wanted to put it in play following final testing at The Oven, but Nike wouldn’t let him. I heard an extra 8 mph of ball speed vs. the blue Vapor FLY Pro. One interesting technology I heard this driver had, was that it was illegal in certain parts of the driver face, but legal in the parts where COR was measured. Was going to be marketed potentially as ‘The legal, illegal driver.'”

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An Instagram post by user @oli_willson, an “ex-Nike Golf employee” according to his Insta bio, shows a Nike “VPR Srike” driver that apparently would have come out in 2017 had Nike not decided to exit the hard goods section of the golf industry.

That is one thick “speed channel,” isn’t it?

In the Insta post, Wilson included 4 photos of the driver. Here’s a look at the crown, which seems to show some kind of carbon fiber-type technology.

Check out our TG2 video review of the product photos here.

It’s interesting to see Nike was going back to a black-and-red colorway instead of the electric blue or volt colors the company was becoming known for. What other takeaways do you have from these photos of the Nike driver that never was?

Check out our TG2 video review of the product photos here.

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  1. H?ng Phát Blue Star

    Oct 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    The content is great

  2. Emboom

    Oct 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I always find it funny how people will slam something they know nothing about. I also find it interesting that several golf companies were interested in purchasing Nike technology after the Oven was shut down. If memory serves me correctly, Taylor Made was the eventual winner in acquiring the tech. Must have been something cooking in the oven that smelled pretty good.

  3. Curt

    Oct 12, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    They quit making clubs I quit golfing.

  4. ~j~

    Oct 9, 2018 at 11:19 am

    This driver wouldn’t even make the cut for the driver vs driver show. At least they gave up on the square head and yellow shafts though. (smh)

  5. Greg

    Oct 9, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Would have been in my bag . I still love my covert driver

    • Simms

      Oct 22, 2018 at 11:45 pm

      As if the DVD driver is going to be any good, try one of the DVD Triton from the first show…if Wilson had any faith in the second DVD they would offer to trade them for the first DVD, which is worth about $25 dollars in trade at the most…..

  6. Pablo

    Oct 9, 2018 at 9:21 am

    So over Nike.

  7. Brian McGranahan

    Oct 8, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    KABOOM!!!!

  8. Tom

    Oct 8, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Nike golf equipment? Nobody cares!

    • Kris

      Oct 9, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Yet you just read about it and felt it important enough to you to lie in a comment.

      • Jarrod Calloway

        Nov 9, 2019 at 12:34 pm

        Exactly! So many idiots show up with their opinion like someone cares about their negative viewpoint. If you read something and don’t like it what makes your mind go to the comment section and drop ignorance. Only a miserable person acts that way…

  9. DJ

    Oct 8, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    best driver Nike came out with was the Ignite

  10. Brad

    Oct 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Funny how the average driving distance on Tour jumped significantly after Nike bowed out of making golf clubs and most Tour Players stopped using Nike drivers. Coincidence or not? I’d say not.

    Probably best that this one never made it to market.

    • Scott

      Oct 9, 2018 at 10:16 am

      I think that you are on to something. The last Nike one I hit 5 years ago was pretty accurate but substantially further behind my driver. Maybe 20 to 30 yards behind. I am not sure how any of the Nike stable of players could be near the top in driving distance, unless they were playing another brand painted to look like a Nike.

  11. 2putttom

    Oct 8, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    so that’s the piece of equipment with R&D that put em in the red financially

  12. Stump

    Oct 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I think Nike was pretty good at irons but their woods were cheesy. They remind me of the less expensive brand Rick Shiels has on his channel sometimes…Ben Ross I think.

  13. Ardbeggar

    Oct 8, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Who knows? It might be the best driver nobody ever hit.

  14. Scheiss

    Oct 8, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Looks like a great driver for Target, Walmart and Costco. It was the right decision to quit

  15. Tim

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Might have been a better choice in 2016 vs the butt ugly blue. Nike Golf Equipment may have lasted 1 more year?

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During most weeks, GolfWRX.com reports live from the practice rounds of PGA Tour events, but occasionally we check out the Korn Ferry Tour, LPGA Tour, and PGA Tour Champions as well. To be honest, I personally think most amateurs can learn way more from the equipment setups on the LPGA and Champions Tour, but that’s another story for another day. I’ll save the gear lessons and get right to the seriously cool, custom, and throwback equipment that I spotted recently at Phoenix Country Club for the 2022 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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7) Bernhard’s tools

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