*Photo courtesy Nike Golf*

09/30/2014

Gone are the red driver heads from Nike golf and their Covert line. With the new Nike Vapor Pro driver, the conventional black look is back. That, and a hint of green. In the Vapor Pro Driver, the channel and cavity back were designed with the signature lime green, the color seen in Nike’s Vapor irons.

This week, Nike launched their new Nike Vapor Pro driver, featuring the same cavity head as seen in their Covert line of drivers. The driver made headlines when world number 1 Rory McIlroy made an equipment change before the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles– a victory for the Euros.

Throughout the second half of 2014, the best element of any player’s game in the world would have been the driving of one, Rory McIlroy. Drives with 340-yard carries were becoming rudimentary. He was driving the ball with a combination of length and precision not seen in golf’s history.

Then came the switch.

But what most people did not know about the change was the fact McIlroy had been hitting the driver in Nike labs since June. He felt comfortable with the driver and saw the advantages to adding the club to his bag, including an additional eight yards of carry off the tee.

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Nate Radcliffe, Nike’s director of engineering, explained the technology.

“To elevate performance, we added FlyBeam technology to the Covert Cavity Back to focus energy into the variable-profile Compression Channel and NexCOR face. This is the first time we have created a driver where the face and channel are measurably more flexible than the body.”

The driver is expected to hit the shelves January 30th, 2015.