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Nike Vapor Flex Driver Review

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The Vapor Flex is a true player’s driver. With a 420cc head, it is clearly designed for the more experienced and competent golfer. Nike introduced a family of drivers; all aimed a different types of golfers: Vapor Speed, Vapor Pro, and Vapor Flex. The names might be somewhat misleading as it is the Flex that is the driver for the stronger, fast swinging golfer. We’ll take a look at the club in this Nike Vapor Flex driver review in detail. Continue reading to find out more!

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It will give you a fairly low launch with minimal spin but it comes with major adjustability to tweak it to your preference and style. Once correctly set up, this driver will deliver accuracy and good distance when hit correctly. A new golfer would be advised to consider some of the other options as the small head, while great in the hands of a skilled golfer, will not suit someone needing maximum forgiveness.

Technology

Nike has been making great strides with driver development over the past few years and have put all that knowledge and experience into the Vapor Flex. While the Covert range was good, the Vapour Flex is great, provided you have the skills to match the design.

The Nike Vapor Flex is highly adjustable and uses a number of different technologies to make such a great choice for stronger players. More than half of the body is constructed from Nike’s thermo-plastic RZN material which is lighter than titanium and accounts for the muted sounds we will discuss a bit later.

Flex Flight

The main benefit of the Flex is Nike’s Flex Flight technology. This is the only driver of the three mentioned above that features this technology that lets the player shift the center of gravity (CG) backward or forward to influence the ball flight. Adjusting the horizontal weight will impact your trajectory as well as shot shaping.

It works incredibly well and when adjusted, you are not just tinkering with the head. You can feel the difference immediately and you will see the impact in your shot. Take the time to understand how to make this technology work for you so you can get it setup to perfectly enhance your swing speed and style. You won’t regret it.

Cavity Back

This is complemented by the cavity back technology. Nike has built on their success with this when used on the Covert range and it is now even better than before. It uses a compression channel and has been strengthened with the use of a Flybeam. This makes it firm and stable and as forgiving as you are going to get on a 420cc head. It also improves energy transfer for greater ball speed.

FlexLoft 2 Hosel

Next up is the FlexLoft 2 hosel which offers an amazing choice of 30 launch options. The best part about this is the simplicity and ease of use. You can manipulate the face angle and loft with ease.

With the combination of these technologies, you will have the ability to dial in the flight of your shot and shape perfectly, provided you have the skills and knowledge. As always, get to know and understand these technologies and experiment with them on the range to get the maximum benefit they can provide.

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The compression channel and the cavity back have done a lot to improve forgiveness and it hits like a bigger driver but do not let that allow you to forget that it is specifically designed for players who need very little in the way of forgiveness. It is still a players driver.

Shaft and Grip

The standard shaft is the Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 60. You are given a choice of regular, stiff, or extra stiff shafts to suit your swing speed. The standard Tour Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip was not a big hit with some players.

Looks

The general consensus is that the Nike Vapour Flex is one of the better-looking drivers on the market, but then that is a matter of opinion. There is something about the classic, smaller-sized pear-shaped head that makes it look more assertive and more professional. Others, however, find the graphics and colors schemes too much. Each to their own I guess.

The crown graphics are not subtle but are set back from the face so do not cause any distraction and give it a bit of fun and funk while still retaining its dignity. The sole is quite busy as well but manages to pull it off and still look good. The alignment aid at address is also controversial with some finding it insignificant and not of much assistance.

Sound

The Flex has a muted, somewhat conservative, sound. Many players in this target market prefer the less explosive sound some of the bigger drivers produces so many will be happy with this. It is still a solid and traditional sound. Having said that, there were a number of players who found it dull and disappointing. Again, you cannot please everyone.

Feel

The feedback on the smaller head is understandably more precise than on the larger drivers. The instant you hit the ball you will receive clear feedback as to exactly where the ball was struck. The compression channel and cavity back means you will feel and hear this feedback perfectly. The shaft was firm and suitably weighted to suit the targeted faster swingers.

Performance

The great thing about the Vapor Flex is although it is very clearly designed for the better golfer, it still gives you lots of adjustability to fine-tune it to your particular preference, swing speed, and game plan. Set it up correctly and the low-spin will perform admirably for the stronger golfer.

Pros

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    Good hits equal good distance
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    Good forgiveness for the head size - off center hits still travel far and do not go too far off course
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    Low spin to reduce the impact of hooks or slices
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    Great feedback
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    Good adjustability according to your swing or preference on the day

Cons

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    Some players found the reduced spin lead to less distance
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    Challenging and unforgiving when the ball is not struck correctly
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    Some players needed more launch, despite the adjustability
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    One of the more expensive drivers

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Final Thoughts

For a players driver, it offers plenty of adjustability making it a versatile and quality driver for stronger golfers with a fast swing. The low launch and low spin will also be welcomed by the more competent golfer.

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