Drivers: Nike Vapor Flex 440
Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the Nike Vapor Flex 440, which earned gold medal honors on the 2016 Golf Digest Hot List.
Released on 2/2/2016
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When you look at Nike's Vapor Flex 440 driver,
it's immediately noticeable there's something
different going on on the sole.
And there really is,
60% of this driver is made up of
this carbon reinforced resin material
that Nike's used in their golf balls.
So they've stolen some of that technology
and moved it over here.
What does that do?
It saves weight.
Everything about a driver design
is about saving weight.
Because you can do different things with it.
Here, what it allowed them to do
was make a bigger face for the club.
That's important because a bigger face
equals a bigger trampoline,
a bigger trampoline,
the ball goes farther.
The ball goes father especially when you
don't hit it in the center of the face.
That's a big benefit of that big trampoline.
The cool thing is they've added adjustability right?
You save weight here,
that leaves room for this Nike
double A battery that essentially
is a slug right,
a weight slug.
Heavy on one end,
light on the other.
You put the heavy weight closer to the face,
you're gonna drop launch angle a little bit,
and you're gonna drop spin.
Move it and flip it the other way,
with the heavy weight back,
you're gonna raise launch angle
maybe a little bit more spin,
but there's kind of a level
of adjustability that essentially
gives you 30 drivers in one on this head.
Because Nike's got the hosel adjustability
that lets you have three different face angles
for each of the lost 8 1/2 through 12 1/2 degrees.
Yeah I think it's important for everybody to know too
that there's a little bit of buyer beware
with this in that if you're not hauling the mail
and swinging at 100 to 105 miles an hour swing speed,
you might have a little bit of difficulty getting the ball,
getting the launch that you need.
Getting it up in the air,
but for those that do have that,
it's really a pretty good club.
You know back in the day
when I could swing 100 miles an hour,
maybe this would be something that might fit in with me.
[Mike Johnson] Back in the day!
You never swung 100 miles an hour!