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Nike extends Vapour design to hybrids

Nike Golf’s new Vapor design has now been extended to hybrid clubs. Completing Nike Golf’s new Vapor line of woods are the new Vapor Flex and Vapor Speed Hybrids, each highlighted by a flash of ‘volt’ green in the cavity back and compression channel. The Vapor Flex hybrids feature FlexLoft 2, a lower centre of gravity, and lower, straighter leading edges. A FlyBeam-reinforced Covert cavity back directs impact energy to the reengineered compression channel for increased ball speed across the face.

By adjusting the FlexLoft 2 mechanism in the Vapor Flex hybrids, golfers can tune loft and face angle to optimise distance and shot shape during the fitting process. The new, improved system is five grams lighter without compromising function. Nike says the redistribution of mass creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster swing speeds. Another benefit of FlexLoft 2 is its 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 longer hybrids feature a larger body and shallower face and progress to a sleek body and deep face on the short hybrids. This progression allows for more forgiveness and speed on long hybrids, while yielding shot-making accuracy and workability on shorter hybrids.

To achieve increased speed and optimal launch conditions across the face, all Vapor hybrids feature Nike’s FlyBeam reinforced cavity back with a reengineered compression channel. The combination stiffens the Covert cavity in the back of the club, while accentuating the spring-like effect across the face to return energy to the golf ball.

Nate Radcliffe, director of engineering for Nike Golf stated, “The Vapor Speed hybrids are engineered for speed, increased trajectory and forgiveness. Leading edges are straighter and tighter to the turf while a lighter FlexLoft 2 and sloped crown has significantly lowered centre of gravity to produce improved launch conditions.”

The new Nike Vapor Hybrids are available from February. Nike Vapor Speed Hybrids, RRP: £134.99. Nike Vapor Flex Hybrids, RRP: £159.99.