Review: Nike Vapor Speed Driver
Gone is the the black and red of the VR line and in is the Black and Volt of the Vapor line. The shift lines up with the rest of Nike products, not just golf as well as a changing of the guard on Nike Tour staff. While it might be a love it or hate it kind of color scheme, I think it look good in person. The crown is mostly black with just a volt swoosh near the lower back of the crown. The sole is polished with black paint fill and the cavity and channel are volt. It is certainly striking from the bottom. The Fubuki shaft is mostly white with some black near the grip and the black Golf Pride wrap is black.
Any club that has a Fubuki shaft in it always worries me because I rarely have hit any version of this shaft well, especially a 50 gram one. And sure enough the first time on the course I had the head set at 10.5* loft and everything went high and right. It wasn’t the way I had hoped to start with this club. But after adjusting the hosel to 8.5* everything went straight and even a little left at times. I made one more adjustment to 9.5* and boom; long, straight and with a good launch angle. I wouldn’t have guessed changing the hosel setting would make such a big difference, but it did. The Fubuki Z50 didn’t become a hindrance to this club, but the great feel associated with this shaft really made this club a fairway finder; straight hit after straight hit. I even found that the spin was moderate for the “base” model of the Nike Vapor family.
The combination of all the head tech really pays off in the Nike Vapor Speed driver. Between the compression channel and the cavity, this is one forgiving driver. Pretty much the entire lower half of the face offers consistent results and the anywhere near the center works well, leaving only the far upper corners for bad shots. Nike is really able to put weight and forgiveness in what seems to be the right places for good sound, great feel and excellent results. It launches the ball fairly easily with a flat flight.
Based on what I am reading and seeing out there, this is the most underrated driver of 2015, not too many are talking about it. It really isn’t even the most hyped Nike driver, but the results speak for themselves, this is a top performer in just about every category. Sure it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Vapor Flex or the Vapor Tour name, but it offers excellent performance for a so called “base” model driver. Nike is “all-in” with the new Vapor line of drivers and the Speed is a great choice for forgiveness, accuracy and solid distance.
For more information: www.nikegolf.com
+All of Nike’s driver tech
+New Volt color scheme
+Adjustable hosel makes a difference
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