Martin Hopley

When it comes to designing their clubs, Nike involves their top players like Rory and Tiger in the process, but with the Vapor Fly Hybrid there was little point as neither of them uses hybrids.

Step in hybrid addict Francesco Molinari who regularly carries three in his bag to give some input into the makeover of the Vapor hybrids.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

Straight away you can see the better player input at address with a smaller, longer and less bloated look than the previous Vapor Speed hybrid.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

It is a similar head size to the adjustable Vapor Flex, but the fixed hosel and silver top line from the Speed give the Vapor Fly hybrid the best of both worlds. The crown features a honeycomb section that is there to save weight, which is then moved to the sole without reducing strength.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

The face is a little more rounded and not as high in the toe to give a profile that is more iron-like, so the transition to them is easier on the eye and the course.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

What may or may not be easy on your eye is the Photo Blue crown that also features across all the Nike range this year.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

The silver top line extends right round the front of the hosel to give that iron styling, but neither of these features works as well for me on the hybrid as it does on the other Vapor Fly woods.

The neck does look better with the fixed hosel rather than the adjustable hosel of the Vapor Flex and with the same choice of four lofts from 17° to 26° and a great shaft in the Mitsubishi Tensei then Nike still have all the bases covered.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

Turning the club over and you see the real changes where the Covert Cavity has been made smaller in the back and the thinner channel at the front is wider in the heel and toe area.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

The cavity is supported by larger silver FlyBeams to make the back of the head more rigid so that it transfers more speed back into the HyperFlight face.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

The face is thinner around the perimeter and works with the lighter FlightWeight crown to enable the face to deflect more at impact to increase the ball speed.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

On the range the Vapor Fly hybrid performed well and I can't really fault the trajectory. The sound was more muted than the zing of the Vapor Fly fairway and by comparison was a little less enticing.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

At address the Vapor Fly felt like it wanted to sit slightly open so you had to hold it in place to be square at address more than you would for a club that sits that way naturally.

This is a very better player thing and with the Vapor Fly hybrid only having one model this time around, then this generation does seem to lean more towards that end of the market than the Vapor Fly driver and fairway which have a more general appeal.

That puts the hybrid into a tough market where the looks become even more crucial, so the Nike Vapor Fly is going to be up against it, but if you like vibrant Photo Blue hybrids, then this one will Fly for you.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid - Product Details

UK Launch12 February 2016
UK Launch RRP£149.99
USA Launch29 January 2016
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityRight
Right Handed Lofts17°, 20°, 23°, 26°
Shaft NameMitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80H; Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue Board 80H
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
GripGolf Pride Z-Grip
Number/Loft2/17°, 3/20°, 4/23°, 5/26°
Manufacturer's WebsiteNike Website

User Reviews

September 2016

I'm a bit of a come back to golf player and this time want to be serious. Bought this club today and been to the range. Its amazing - so forgiving. Goes straight and long. I love it

April 2016

I purchased the Vapor Fly Hybrid 2 (17 degree). I am replacing my 3 wood as I don't need the little bit of extra distance. Swing speed up around 110-115 with this and I carry it anywhere from 250-270 yds without effort. Much more efficient as well as it has much more playability than any fairway wood. I've been very happy with this club.

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