Nike have made a big splash on the equipment scene this autumn with the bold styling and distinctive Volt green in the Vapor family of clubs and they complete the line up with the Vapor Flex and Vapor Speed Hybrids.
As with the Vapor drivers and Vapor fairways the Flex and Speed Hybrids use the FlyBeam reinforced cavity back with a reengineered Compression Channel.
These work together to stiffen the Covert cavity in the back of the club, increasing the trampoline effect across a wide area of the face, thereby returning energy to the ball at impact and increasing ball speed.
The engineering team at Nike Golf's famed research and development facility, called 'The Oven', developed two distinctive hybrids to meet the varying demands of modern golfers.
Nike Vapor Flex Hybrid
The Vapor Flex hybrid has a re-engineered chassis focussed on creating more consistent impact from all lies to improve launch conditions.
The leading edge of the Flex is straighter and tighter to the turf and by sloping the crown Nike has been able to lower the centre of gravity, enabling a higher launch from all lies.
As with all the Flex models in the Vapor series of metals, the hybrid benefits from the re-engineered FlexLoft 2 adjustability system, allowing players to fit the loft and face angle to their individual swings.
The FlexLoft 2 is 30 per cent lighter than the previous generation, allowing Nike engineers to redistribute the 5 gram weight saving to the perimeter of the club, increasing both stability and improving launch for faster swing speeds.
An additional benefit of FlexLoft 2 is that Nike has made it forard and backward compatible, so players with previous generations of covert hybrids can use shafts with the original adaptor in the new head or vice versa.
Nike Vapor Speed Hybrid
Given the name it's no surprise that the Vapor Speed hybrids are engineered for speed and distance, however Nike has focussed on providing a versatility and workability in the club for players looking to control trajectory and play an array of shots with their hybrids.
The Vapor Speed Hybrid has been designed using a concept the engineers in The Oven call "Linear Progression", meaning the longer hybrids have a larger body and shallower face that then transitions smoothly to a sleeker body and deeper face in the shorter hybrids.
By reshaping the hybrids like this, Nike has been able to build in forgiveness and speed to the longer clubs whilst providing accuracy and workability in the shorter hybrids more likely to be used attacking the greens.