Nike Vapor hybrids revealed

Nike Vapor Flex and Vapor Speed arrive early in 2015

Vapor Flex hybrid
Nike's new Vapor Flex hybrid
(Image credit: Nike Golf)

Nike Golf has followed on from the launch of three Vapor drivers by introducing two new Vapor hybrids: Vapor Flex and Vapor Speed

Nike Golf has followed on from the launch of three Vapor drivers by introducing two new Vapor hybrids: Vapor Flex and Vapor Speed.

They are designed to offer increased distance through more efficient launch conditions, and both feature a cavity back and compression channel.

The Vapor Flex hybrids feature FlexLoft 2 - an adjustable mechanism - that allows golfers to optimise loft and face angles to suit their own techniques.

What's more, Nike engineers have lowered the centre of gravity and constructed lower and straighter leading edges.

In addition, Nike's renowned cavity-back technology has been redeployed in both models to redirect energy towards a new compression channel, leading to higher ball speeds and increased distance.

"The Vapor Flex hybrids were engineered for speed, versatility and forgiveness," said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering for Nike Golf.

"Leading edges are straight and tighter and tighter to the turf while a lighter FlexLoft 2 and slopes crown has significantly lowered centre of gravity to produce improved launch conditions."

The improved FlexLoft system is some five grams lighter than its previous incarnation, and is compatible with older generations of Covert.

Longer Vapor Speed hybrids (below) feature a larger body and shallower face, while shorter models have a deeper face and sleeker body.

Nike says this facilitates increased forgiveness and speed on long hybrids, and more accuracy and workability on shorter versions.

Vapor Speed hybrid

"The Vapor Speed hybrids are engineered for speed, increased trajectory and forgiveness," added Radcliffe.

"Golfers looking to maximise and control trajectory from a variety of lies will benefit from the powerful combination of these signature technologies."

Nike Vapor Speed hybrids and available from Jan 31, 2015 in 17 to 26-degree models.

They come with a RRP of £134.99.

Nike Vapor Flex Hybrids come in 3H (17-21 degrees) and 4H (21-25 degrees).

They are also available on January 31, 2015 and will set you back £159.99.

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x