First look: Nike launch new Vapor Irons family

Equipment

New technology played a part in Rory McIlroy's Open Championship victory

5 Nike Golf has introduced the new Vapor family of irons which includes the Vapor Pro, Vapor Pro Combo, and Vapor Speed.

The new irons were unveiled to a global media audience in New York during an event featuring Nike athletes Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

The Vapor irons blend craftsmanship, engineering expertise and design imagination resulting in a family of irons which feature a pinnacle Nike innovation called Modern Muscle.

Modern Muscle is a modification of a standard muscle-back design that moves the iron’s centre of gravity to the centre of the clubface to yield more efficient and pure strikes.

The innovation has already contributed to a major championship victory when Rory McIlroy put a prototype Vapor Pro Combo 2-iron (MM Proto) in the bag and went on to win the 2014 Open Championship.
We started with the traditional blade and asked what could be done to enhance its performance and modernise the design While Rory was the first to win with Modern Muscle in the bag, the innovation itself started with insights from Tiger Woods.

“Our engineers and designers at The Oven have been working with Tiger for quite some time to evolve this innovation and bring it to the golf athlete,” said Rob Arluna, Nike Golf’s Global Golf Club Business Director.

“We started with the traditional blade and asked what could be done to enhance its performance and modernise the design while maintaining a traditional, pure look at address.

“Thanks to Tiger’s inspiration, coupled with Rory’s added insights, we made the Vapor Pro blades feel and perform better with a technology advantage over the traditional blade. We then extended that innovation and design to Vapor Pro Combo and Vapor Speed.

Tiger Woods admitted bringing the new concept to life was a great experience.

“Years back when we tested the parts with adjusted weighting, I immediately noticed a more balanced feel and more consistent performance,” said Woods.

Details

With a modernised take on the classic blade profile, the Vapor Pro is Nike Golf’s most precise iron to date.

Specifications: 3-PW,
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X/S/R (RH/LH);

Available: January, 2015
SRP: TBC
(Available in America from October 31, 2015 with an SRP of $1,199.99 3-PW)

The Vapor Pro Combo has the clean lines and workability of a blade with the power of a distance iron.

Specifications:  3-AW
Shafts: True Temper DG Pro (RH/LH)
Available: January, 2015
SRP: TBC

(Available in America from October 31, 2015 with an SRP of  $1,319.99 4-AW)

The Vapor Speed delivers pure power for the golf athlete who wants maximum distance and forgiveness through the set.

Specifications:  3-SW
Shafts: True Temper Dynalite 105 Steel S/R (RH/LH); MRC Fubuki Z graphite S/R/A/W
Available: January, 2015
SRP: TBC

(Available in America from October 31, 2015 with an SRP of $959.99 4-AW Steel; $1079.99 4-AW Graphite; $944.99 5-PW Women’s)

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