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Tony Finau’s old Nike driving iron sells for ABSURD money on eBay

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While on-site at the 2022 Travelers Championship, I took photos of Tony Finau’s full WITB setup. My biggest takeaway was that he plays ridiculously large grips (Lamkin mid-size, with loads of wraps underneath; check them out here).

I also noticed he had two different putters in the bag; both are PLD Anser 2D models. According to Ping putter rep Dylan Goodwin, one of the models has about 5 grams of lead tape on the sole to help Finau with face awareness, and the other is his gamer, which features sharpie lines on the hosel section to help him with alignment and setup.

But those weren’t the most interesting points of note in Finau’s bag, or the reason I’m writing this story.

While going through Finau’s clubs, I noticed he’s still using an old Nike Vapor Fly Pro 3-iron, equipped with a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105x Hybrid shaft and loads of lead tape on the back cavity.

The Vapor Fly Pro irons first hit the market in 2016, but PGA Tour players such as Finau and Brooks Koepka continue to use the long irons as a driving iron years later.

Speaking to Finau on Tuesday at the 2022 Travelers Championship, he said that he got 6 years of use out of the original head he put in the bag in 2016 before it finally caved. The driving iron he has in the bag now is a replacement, and he says he has only one backup now.

“I got about 6 years of use out of the first one, and I’m hoping to get about 6-7 years out of this one,” Finau told GolfWRX at the Travelers. “I only have one backup, but I’m hoping I’ll get 6-7 years out of that one, too.”

Obviously, Finau has no plans of using a driving iron that’s not a Nike Vapor Fly Pro anytime in the near future. And if he acquires another backup, he’ll probably be able to play one until he’s 50 years old.

While discussing the old Nike driving iron on our latest Two Guys Talking Golf podcast episode, my co-host Brian Knudson was curious about how much they’re selling for on eBay.

That’s when we realized how ridiculously expensive (and sneaky hard to find) the Nike Vapor Fly Pro long irons are.

Check out how much they’re currently listed for on eBay!

OK, so those are listed prices, but what are they actually selling for? Here’s a look at a few recently sold versions:

Those are new driver type prices! Wow.

I guess when you consider that the iron is still being played on Tour six years after they released, and given the fact that Nike doesn’t make golf clubs anymore, and there’s a limited supply, it does make sense. Still, though, $400+ for a driving iron is a tough pill to swallow.

That being said, I absolutely need to get my hands on one to test and see what the hype is all about. Maybe I’ll start a GoFundMe page so I have some extra cash to make a competitive eBay bid.

(Check out the video version of our latest podcast below!)

Check out Finau’s full WITB from the Travelers here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Nike Staffer 2012

    Jun 25, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    95% of the clubs and balls Nike made were garbage. But… the 5% that weren’t were fantastic and the long irons from this set were a part of the 5%. It’s no wonder that Rory struggled so much during his Nike days and it’s pretty well known that Tiger’s stuff was a FAR cry from anything sold retail. The RZN balls might as well have been rebranded top flites.

    • Nike good

      Jun 25, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      This is such a bs take.

      Ps. Rory has more majors in his 3 years with Nike than his 5 years with Taylormade.

    • Edward

      Jun 25, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      I’ve drained many long putts with my Method 001 putter. It feels better than a Scotty Cameron.

  2. Edward

    Jun 25, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Covert Forged 2.0 irons are also beastly.

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What’s your 3-wood? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been talking about their 3-woods. WRXer ‘Kdgolf’ is on the hunt for a new 3-wood, and our members have been sharing their suggestions as well as making arguments for their current gamer.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • phizzy30: “Still have my OG SIM ti.  It’s very hot off the face, mid launch, low spin.  Great off the tee, but you need some speed off the deck to make it come to life.  Qi10 tour is also another good one I tested and numbers were very similar to the SIM ti but it launched slightly higher.”
  • knudson81: “Cobra Darkspeed LS 3+ and add a Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White 70. Absolute monster.”
  • adamwon84: “I have the AI Smoke Max 3 wood (15 degrees) and it might be the easiest club to hit from a tee or off the deck that I have ever had (when it comes to a 3 wood that is) and the distance is pretty fantastic.”
  • runningblind11: “Taylormade fairways always work best for me, I need a deeper face.  All in the last 5 years are good, but I really like the look of the Qi10 this year.   I have a 3HL and a 7 in the bag now.”

Entire Thread: “What’s your 3-wood? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (5/24/24): 1 of 15 Swag Shadow Dripping Skulls Handsome One putter

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a 1 of 15 Swag Shadow Dripping Skulls Handsome One putter.

From the seller: (@TJGolf55): “1 of only 15 made.  Super cool putter!  The putter is 35” with grip still in the plastic.  It has been carpet rolled only. No headcover but will be shipped well protected. Final price drop $575 PayPal shipped.  No trades at this time.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: 1 of 15 Swag Shadow Dripping Skulls Handsome One putter

This is the most impressive current listing 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

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KBS Max HL hybrid shafts launched

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KBS has seen great success with the new Max line of wood and iron shafts that are designed for players who need to add some height in order to optimize their shots. The KBS Max HL hybrid shaft is the last piece of the puzzle KBS needed to now offer a full bag of shafts that will help golfers hit higher and more accurate golf shots.

The KBS Max HL hybrid shafts will be similar to their wood siblings, utilizing the same EI profile. KBS has built the Max HL hybrid shaft around fitting their swing speed instead of just going by flex. This philosophy will give slower swing speed players the ability to hit higher shots with added spin for better distance and dispersion.

The Max HL shafts will be offered in flexes from a 40 gram R2 through an 80 gram X-Stiff and in three different color options. Each shaft will be available in black gloss, white gloss, or KBS red gloss paint to match or contrast with the rest of your clubs. Fitters and builders will be able to get more creative with their players as the Max HL will be the common .370 tip diameter and have 10 inches of parallel tip section.

KBS Max HL hybrid shafts: Pricing, specs, availability

  • Available now
  • Price: $75
  • .370 tip, 10 inch parallel tip section
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