Nike Driver Comparison: Vapor Speed vs Vapor Pro

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Vapor Speed

The Nike Vapor Speed driver is packed with an enormous amount of technological advancements including Nike’s Covert Cavity with Fly Beams, a Compression Channel, NexCOR face, and Flex Loft 2.0. With all of these technology marvels, it promotes a a 460cc clubhead that’s full of distance. You’ll notice there’s more stability in the Vapor Speed driver created by moving the center of gravity (CG) closer to the face and deep in the clubhead, the deepest of any driver in the entire Nike Vapor line up. While lowering the CG Nike was still able to place a priority on forgiveness by designing the Covert Cavity to reduce vibrations on off center shots, effectively resulting in more energy transferring back to the golf ball at impact for straighter and longer tee shots.

The Flex Loft 2.0 is a more refined tuning hosel for increased adjustability. The new hosel design is 30% lighter than previous versions and offers 5 lofts and 3 face angles settings, resulting in a total of 15 total adjustments, ranging from 8.5 degrees to 12.5 degrees of loft. The lighter hosel design allows weight to be redistributed to other areas of the clubhead for improved launch conditions. The stock shaft in the Nike Vapor Speed driver is an MCR Fubuki Z 50, which is designed to produce a higher trajectory which compliments all of the design elements in the Nike Vapor Speed driver nicely.

While this is certainly the most playable driver out of the Vapor line up for amateurs, there are still plenty of tour players seeking the performance of this driver. Some notable PGA and LPGA Professionals playing the Nike Vapor Speed driver include:

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Vapor Pro

The Nike Vapor Pro driver has a pear shape clubhead that suits most professionals eyes. It includes the same great technology that’s found in the Vapor Speed driver. The most noticeable difference is lower launch, which is a direct result of the pear shaped clubhead. Besides the lower launch it’s still going to have all the forgiveness that’s found in the Vapor Speed driver.

While this driver speaks to better golfers here are some numbers that Rory McIlory saw when he put this club into play during the 2014 Ryder Cup. He saw an increase of two mph of ball speed (185 mph total), a 14 degree launch angle, and a spin rate of 2200 rpms.  One test session and it was in the bag. It’s that good. Other PGA Professionals playing the Vapor Pro include:

  • Ross Fisher
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • David Duval
  • Scott Pinkney
  • Kyle Stanley
  • Patrick Rodgers
  • Kevin Tway
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Jonathan Vegas

Which One Is For You

Throughout the PGA Tour season you’ll see players using both the Nike Vapor Speed and Vapor Pro drivers. From an amateur standpoint, mid to high handicap players will benefit from the forgiveness of the Vapor Speed driver and also benefit from the distance it provides off the tee.

For the more consistent ball striker looking to elevate the performance off the tee, the Nike Vapor Pro driver will provide the feel, launch angle, and distance that lower handicap players look for in a driver. Not to mention it’s forgiving and yet extremely easy to work off of the tee.

If you can’t determine which one is best suited for you, send your questions to our PGA Professionals!

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Michael Loftin

Michael Loftin has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2007, and holds a PGA Certifications in Golf Operations. He has competed as an NCAA Division I golfer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Masters in Business Administration. He has a deep understanding of private golf facilities, where he provided extensive instruction, tournament operations, club fittings, and on course strategy. Michael’s instructional philosophy is not only teaching the students how to swing, but teaching students how to play.