Rory McIlroy debuted the new Nike Vapor Pro driver at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland on the weekend.
Like his Nike Covert Tour 2.0 driver, McIlroy wanted a 460cc pear-shape profile. He also was looking for stability and speed through added flexibility across the face.
“The first thing I noticed when I hit this driver was how hot it was,” said McIlroy.
“Then, I found that I could really control the flight and work it both ways on the golf course. I saw added ball speed on the monitor and am getting 10-15 yards more distance on the golf course this week,” he said.
The Vapor Pro driver blends three key technologies – Nike’s new FlyBeam reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a re-engineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2.
“To elevate performance, we added FlyBeam technology to the Covert Cavity Back to focus energy into the variable-profile Compression Channel and NexCOR face,” said director of engineering Nate Radcliffe.
“This is the first time we have created a driver where the face and channel are measurably more flexible than the body,” added Radcliffe.
The FlyBeam construction stiffens the Covert Cavity in the back of the club, while the Compression Channel, with variable compliance, accentuates the spring-like effect across the face.
Cohesively, the two work together to focus, store, and return impact energy to the golf ball for shots struck at all points on the face.
“This is the first time we have measured higher modal frequencies in the rear portion of the club than the front,” said Radcliffe.
“This means impact energy is concentrated in the channel and face, which tunes acoustics and maximizes energy transfer.This effect drives the increases in ball speed we are seeing in athlete and robotic testing,” added Radcliffe.
FlexLoft 2 allows for five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings. The new, improved system is five grams (30 per cent) lighter.
The redistribution of mass is used to create more stability, better launch conditions and faster swing speeds. FlexLoft 2 also offers forward and backward compatibility.
Golfers with previous generations of Covert can use shafts with the original adaptor in the new head or vice versa.
The Nike Vapor Pro driver is available between 8.5 and 12.5 degree lofts, and comes with a Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue Board 60 shaft in right and lefhanded models with R, S and X flexes available.