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Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid Review

Updated on May 11, 2016

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other hybrids we have recently reviewed.

We reviewed the Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid as part of our Best Golf Hybrids Review.

If you already own the Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid please leave your review in the customer review box at the end of this article.

Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

Our Assessment 

If you are more focused on distance and forgiveness as opposed to looks and workability then the Vapor Fly hybrid has your name on it! The low spinning Vapor Fly offers playability being able to hit it from just about anywhere and also great off the tee. Only drawback is the low launch and ball flight which can make your approach shots to shallow greens tricky.

 It is value for money if you're after a hybrid that will provide slightly more forgiveness on mis-hits, particularly low on the face. It's also great in terms of offering you added distance off the tee and great versatility. However it is not good value if you are after something that will allow you to work the ball any shape and way you like.

This is for the low handicap young player that is still wanting distance and a funky looking piece in his or golf bag. If that is you, then give this a bash. There's no harm!

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Pros

  • Ultra long with good carry and adequate roll out – great off the tee
  • Forgiving on mis-hits, particularly low on the clubface where most struggle
  • Very little sidespin imparted on shots, which reduces the extent of your misses

Cons

  • Not beautiful and almost slightly distracting when looking at it at address
  • Low launch and ball flight make it difficult for those who already hit it low
  • Low spin rate makes attacking shallow target slightly more difficult

Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

From $219.00

Gender

Mens & Ladies

Handicap Range

Low to Mid

Hand Availability

Right & Left Hand (Right only in 26 degree)

Lie

56.5° – 58°

Offset

.210″ – .03″ (3 – PW)

Swing Weight

D3 (C7 for ladies)

Lofts

17°, 20°, 23°, 26°

Length

40″ – 41.5″

Shaft Type and Name

Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80H, Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue Board 80H

Grip

Golf Pride Z Grip (Blue or Black)

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Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

I’ll be honest, this busy and complex looking hybrid doesn’t do it for me and I’m inclined to think you’re on the same page here?

The splashes of blue and neon yellow are just too distracting and so far away from the conventional styling it’s scary. Sure I hear you – we’re in 2016 and it’s got a bit of a sporty feel to it. But still, try and keep it looking just half ‘normal’.

The overall shape of the Vapor Fly is decent with a compact clubface, which sits slightly open at address. The sole has the trademark channel that aids in playability, speed and forgiveness.

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Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

Build Quality

Again Nike have produced a lighter crown that provides a lower center of gravity in the club – supposedly providing a higher and longer ball flight.

The Hyperflight face also provides ample speed and power, which is very attractive to ANYONE. Not just you!

Almost surprisingly Nike have opted to not have an adjustable hosel rather just sticking to the standard loft and lie offering.

Control & Feel

The Vapor Fly offers great stability right through the swing, which results in a crisp click at impact that’s easy on the ears. Very little vibration through impact so your hands don’t take a pounding.

Not difficult at all distinguishing good strikes from poor ones. Mis-hits just lack the liveliness of pure contact and understandably so.

In terms of control there is actually very little side spin imparted on the ball regardless of where you have struck it on the clubface. This is a great help by reducing the shot shape and extent of your misses if you’ve happened to flip your hands over way too quickly.

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Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

Performance

The Compression Channel on the sole does serve a handy purpose that I know you also struggle with. Striking it low on the clubface when missing it.

Such a horrible feeling knowing straight away when you’ve struck it that the ball aint going to be flying as far and potentially resulting in a penalty. The Compression Channel aids this factor tremendously well.

The Vapor Fly is exceptionally long. But this is not all carry long though. It carries a fair distance, but because there is so little backspin imparted on the ball it provides a lot of roll once landing too.

That makes it ideal for hitting off the tee, but not so great if coming into a shallow green on your approach shot. It is also exceptionally versatile and easy to hit from a range of lies, even if in the thickish stuff. That is primarily due to the channel on the sole helping you ‘dig’ the ball out of a tricky lie.

If you’re looking for a hybrid that you can easily work each way and shape at the drop of a hat, then this is probably not going to be your winner. It is tricky to shape due to the little sidespin, but you can put a slight shape on it if necessary. It’s all about pros and cons and which you are prepared to sacrifice in order for you to gain elsewhere.

Lastly the launch and ball flight are actually fairly low off the clubface. Even though Nike themselves mentioned this club will provide height and distance, it only delivers on the latter. And that is distance.

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Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid

Value for Money

It’s a fair bit lower than some competitors and it’s a debatable subject here. It is value for money if you’re after a hybrid that will provide slightly more forgiveness on mis-hits, particularly low on the face.

It’s also great in terms of offering you added distance off the tee and great versatility. However it is not good value if you are after something that will allow you to work the ball any shape and way you like.

Or if you are wanting height and plenty of carry with little roll on landing.

The Nike Vapor Fly Hybrid is for the low handicap young player that is still wanting distance and a funky looking piece in his or golf bag. If that is you, then give this a bash. There’s no harm!

About the author 

Michael Todt

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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